Working out and eating healthy are great ways to lose weight and keep your body looking good — unless you have stubborn fat deposits. Sometimes, all the sit-ups in the world can't get rid of that tough belly fat.
Liposuction is a well-known option when you're looking to get rid of areas of fat that are resistant to exercise and diet. A newer option, laser lipo, has impressive benefits over traditional liposuction with the same excellent results.
Dr. Lori Scott and her team offer laser liposuction at her Kinston, North Carolina, office. Dr. Scott has years of experience in aesthetics and other treatments to help you feel good about your body. Here, we describe the benefits of this effective procedure.
How does laser lipo work?
Unlike traditional liposuction, laser lipo doesn't require large surgical incisions in order to suction out stubborn fat deposits, but it gives you the same results. So what's the secret behind the success of laser lipo? The laser technology Dr. Scott uses destroys your fat cells so your body eliminates them.
Dr. Scott performs laser lipo in the office without the need for general anesthesia that traditional surgical liposuction requires. Numbing creams and a local anesthesia dull sensation in the treatment area to ensure a comfortable experience.
For the procedure, Dr. Scott applies pads to the area you want to improve. The pads emit heat via laser energy into the treatment area, which reaches the fat cells and damages their membranes. The targeted fat cells die off, and your body then absorbs the dead cells and gets rid of them naturally as waste.
The laser lipo process only takes about a half-hour, depending on the size of the area you’re having treated. You may notice some slight discomfort afterward, but you should be able to return to your normal activities the same day.
Significant benefits of laser lipo
Liposuction is an excellent treatment that helps eliminate unwanted stubborn fat deposits in your body. However, it's a surgical procedure with risks and a lot of recovery time. Laser lipo is a cutting-edge treatment that allows Dr. Scott to give you the same results as traditional liposuction with these important benefits.
1. Faster recovery
There's minimal downtime after laser lipo. Traditional liposuction requires you to recover for several weeks after the procedure, which disrupts your everyday routine and normal activities.
Laser lipo is noninvasive, meaning you can typically resume normal activities within a day or so. While laser lipo takes a little longer for you to notice results, you don’t have to disrupt your routine with weeks of downtime after the procedure as you can expect with traditional liposuction.
2. No anesthesia
Traditional liposuction is painful, requiring you to be under general anesthesia for the procedure. General anesthesia comes with several risks — such as nausea, vomiting, chills, confusion, and other more rare but serious side effects — which is why laser lipo is a great alternative.
For laser liposuction, Dr. Scott numbs the treatment area with a local anesthetic before the procedure, which keeps you comfortable but doesn't have all of the possible complications of general anesthesia.
3. Fewer complications
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that comes with significant risks to your health. As with any surgery, you're at risk for infection and extreme redness or swelling, along with the potential added complications from general anesthesia.
You don't have to worry about those issues with noninvasive laser lipo. There are still mild risks involved, but they're much less dangerous than those associated with traditional liposuction.
4. Skin tightening
Skin tightening in the treatment area is one of the best benefits of laser lipo over traditional liposuction. The laser Dr. Scott uses not only gets rid of fat, but it also increases collagen production in the treatment area.
Collagen is essential for tight, healthy skin. With traditional liposuction, the skin around the treated area may remain saggy or flabby. The increased collagen production the laser promotes means you don't have to worry about loose skin after laser lipo, so you can beautifully reveal your slimmer contours.
Are you considering liposuction to look and feel your best? Laser lipo is a better option. To find out if laser lipo is right for you, call our office today at 252-238-7079 or book an appointment online using our convenient scheduling tool.