Melting Away Fat With Laser Liposuction
In years past, the physician assisted removal of fat required invasive surgery but now laser liposuction offers a relatively non-invasive way to remove body fat. Laser-assisted lipolysis is a procedure using laser technology to breakdown fat deposits by inserting a noodle thin tube, called a cannula, under the skin through a tiny incision. The computer guided laser heats and breaks down the targeted fat deposits which are then removed through the same cannula by suction.
The process cost around $1500 to $10,000 depending on which area of the body and how much work is needed. The process, sometimes referred to as Smartlipo, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2006.
Is laser liposuction Dangerous?
Laser fat removal has fewer risk factors than traditional liposuction since the patient undergoes only a local anesthetic rather than general anesthesia. The low levels of laser energy cause the fat cells to lose the round shape through the process of changing the permeability of the cell membrane. The broken cell membranes release triglycerides which are then used as energy by the body or suctioned out. The skin, blood vessels and nerves are not affected so the recovery time is much faster than invasive surgery and the entire procedure is virtually pain free. The cannula is small enough to avoid a noticeable scar. Some bruising, numbness or swelling may occur but should fade within a few weeks.
How Much Does The Procedure Cost?
The cost of this liposuction varies according to many factors including the geographic location (a neck treatment is priced at $2698 in Knoxville, TN and $4500 in Long Island, New York) and amount of work need (a discount is usually given for multiple areas). The average laser liposuction prices are:
- $4500 for the upper abdomen
- $3500 for the lower abdomen
- $3000 for the buttocks
- $2500 for the chin, face, jowls, or neck
- $2500 for hips
The variation in price largely depends on the type of facility where the procedure is performed, such as a hospital will typically charge for the use of the operating room and as well as the administration of anesthesia whereas the doctor probably charges a flat fee for procedures done in the office. Some doctors have clinics set up specifically for these types of services; those clinics would be much cheaper because the price of the procedure generally includes all services required.
Are There Other Non-invasive Ways To Remove Fat?
There are several other non-invasive procedures used to remove fat medically. These processes usually target specific problem areas using similar technologies. The technologies vary between laser and injection or combinations of both, some examples are:
- Lipodissolve is a technique using a series of medically treated injections, typically includes phosphatidylcholine/ deoxycholate (PC/DC), which works in melting away localized and small areas of fat. This process is not recommended for large areas of fat. The average cost of treatment is $375 to $1,500 with up to six treatments needed per area.
- Laser body sculpting is the reshaping of the body through a technique involving the surgical and laser removal of fat. The laser liquefies fat cells which develop in pockets that are difficult to remove through diet and exercise. The average cost is about 30% less than a conventional procedure.
- CoolLipo uses laser wavelengths in small, problem areas to dissolve the fat and firm the skin. The laser causes small blood vessels to coagulate resulting in precise body contouring. The cost ranges from $1000 to $5000 per session.
- Water Jet Assisted Liposuction uses a pressurized stream of saline to loosen the fat cells. The process can be performed on multiple areas of the body during the same session. The cost ranges from $3000 to $7000 with $5000 being the average.
The type of laser liposuction recommended depends on the specific needs of the patient. All of the options are much safer and more cost effective than the traditional surgical weight loss options. Many times the doctor with perform the procedure right in his office rather than requiring admittance to a hospital and is virtually pain-free.
Non-invasive medical weight loss is a relatively safe process to remove unwanted fat. The process cost around $1500 to $10,000 depending on which area of the body and how much work is needed. All of the options are much safer and more cost effective than the traditional surgical weight loss options. The procedure is relatively pain free although some bruising, numbness or swelling may occur but should fade within a few weeks. Laser liposuction offers a non-invasive physician assisted procedure to remove unwanted body fat.
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