Laser Lipo vs. Tumescent Liposuction: What's the Difference?

Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures in the world, partly because it’s so effective at addressing the most exercise-resistant areas of the body, like the thighs, upper arms, and hips. Two of the most popular techniques are laser-assisted and tumescent liposuction. Both methods permanently remove stubborn fat deposits, yet each of these procedures has its own unique advantages.

Laser-Assisted Lipo

In laser-assisted liposuction, I make a small incision near the target area and then use a thin laser fiber to melt the fat. This allows me to use a very small cannula to remove it. One of the great things about laser lipo is that the laser also stimulates collagen production, which helps tighten the skin in the months after surgery for even better results.

Tumescent Lipo

For tumescent liposuction, I first inject a saline solution into the treatment area. The solution contains sterile saline plus a local anesthetic and a drug called epinephrine. This injection firms the area and makes it easier for me to shape and contour for the exact look we’re after. Epinephrine also causes nearby blood vessels to contract, which helps to significantly reduce blood loss during the procedure and helps ensure a more comfortable recovery.

Which Method Is Right for You?

Ultimately the only way to determine which method would work best for you is consultation in which we’d discuss your current situation and your goals for the surgery. Really, the best results depend on the surgeon rather than technique.

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