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Should I Try Laser Lipo If I Plan to Lose Weight?

Should I Try Laser Lipo If I Plan to Lose Weight?

\Liposuction is an effective but invasive procedure for removing stubborn fat, but not everyone wants surgery to eliminate unwanted fat. Laser lipolysis is an excellent alternative that provides similar results with the added benefit of skin tightening. 

However, not everyone is a good candidate for laser lipo, especially those with a lot of weight to lose. If you plan to lose weight, consider laser lipolysis and consult Dr. Lori Scott to determine your next steps. Dr. Scott is a family medicine doctor and an aesthetics expert who offers laser lipo to enhance your body and remove fat bulges and who can also help with weight loss.

Understanding laser lipo

Laser lipo is one of many procedures to give people the bodies they've been dreaming of. It's a form of body sculpting that melts fat away and boosts collagen production to improve skin tightness.

There are two main forms of laser lipo — minimally invasive and noninvasive. Minimally invasive laser lipo requires a few tiny incisions where a cannula is inserted to suction out the fat.

Dr. Scott utilizes the noninvasive laser lipo system, which doesn't require incisions or anesthesia. She moves the wand over the targeted area during the procedure to melt the fat cells, and your body removes them over time.

The fat cells that the machine destroys move out of the body through the lymphatic system. Once the body removes the fat cells, you'll see a noticeable difference in the treatment area, usually within three months.

It may take several sessions to achieve the look you're hoping for, and the results take a few weeks to months to appear as the fat cells die off. However, the added benefit with laser lipo is collagen production, which helps tighten the skin over the targeted body area and gives you a more sculpted look.

Can laser lipo help me lose weight?

Laser lipo aims to remove stubborn fat cells under the skin that you can't eliminate with diet and exercise alone. While you may lose a couple of pounds once those fat cells leave the body, it's not a substitute for losing weight.

It would help if you were somewhere near your ideal weight when seeking laser lipo treatment. Even before the procedure, it’s wise to adopt a healthy diet to maintain the results long-term.

The bottom line is that laser lipo isn't a good solution for weight loss. You won't lose pounds upon pounds with the procedure, nor should you consider trying laser lipo unless you're around the weight you'd like to achieve.

What if I'm planning to lose weight first?

It's OK to lose some weight before considering laser lipo. In fact, it may give Dr. Scott a template that benefits you after the procedure.

You should only undergo laser lipo if you're at most 20 pounds over your ideal weight, as you won't get the desired results. Dr. Scott also doesn't recommend laser lipo for people with a BMI over 30.

If you want to lose some weight to prepare for laser lipo, you can discuss your goals with Dr. Scott before setting a date for the procedure to ensure you're where you want to be.

If you plan to lose weight before the procedure, you should do so, but if you’re hoping to lose a significant amount of weight, you may have loose skin. Understand that laser lipo won't address sagging or loose skin after extreme weight loss.

Good candidates for laser lipo

Many people opt for laser lipo to achieve a slimmer appearance and remove unwanted fat deposits. However, it's not for everyone. Dr. Scott recommends laser lipo for:

The best candidates are patients who want to target specific areas of the body, like love handles or the thighs, where excess fat accumulates. Dr. Scott explicitly targets these areas to give you a sculpted appearance without invasive surgery for drastic results.

Call Lori Scott Family Care in Kinston, North Carolina, today at 252-513-1749 or request a consultation online so you can meet with Dr. Scott to discuss weight loss and if laser lipo is right for you.

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