Laser Liposuction or Laser Liposculpture, aka SmartLipo, is an office-based, outpatient cosmetic laser surgery technique that emulsifies fat and significantly tightens the fat tissue space. Unlike traditional liposuction, laser liposculpture uses tiny laser fibers to first melt the fat, followed by tiny minimally-traumatic suction cannulas to remove the liquefied fat. The laser also interacts with collagen fibers within skin tissue and fat, which results in a tightening of the skin. At Hogue Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Hogue has pioneered and perfected Hi-Def Laser Liposculpture using the Tumescent Technique with locally administered anesthesia to achieve unbelievable results for his laser body sculpting patients.
In the past, Laser Lipolysis was typically recommended for smaller, localized treatment areas. However, after performing liposuction on thousands of body areas, something transforming occurred in the surgical hands of Dr. Hogue. For now, laser lipolysis is routinely performed by Dr. Hogue, sometimes in a series of procedures, to artistically sculpt a beautifully symmetric, defined, and curvaceous body from a generally obese body habitus.
Am I a good candidate for Laser Liposculpture?
The rules are completely out the window on this one! If you are a healthy non-smoking individual with favorable experience to local anesthetic agents, then you are not excluded from consideration for this revolutionary technique. The amount of tumescent local anesthesia which can be used during a particular procedure to numb the surgical fat space is weight based. To determine if you are a good candidate for Laser Body Sculpting by Dr. Hogue, you are encourage to call us at (763) 447-2500 to schedule your complimentary consultation for Laser Liposculpture.
What are the risks and complications of Laser Lipolysis?
Although Laser Lipolysis is safer and less invasive than traditional liposuction, it does carry with it some risks and potential complications. The most common risks and complications are bruising, infection, hematoma, and scarring.
How long is the recovery period?
Laser Liposculpture is an ambulatory “walk in, walk out” procedure. Depending on the extent of the surgical procedure, patients should expect to feel a low to moderate level of pain for up to several weeks which is treatable with over-the-counter Tylenol (Acetaminophen), or prescription oral opiate analgesics (such as Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen) and/or NSAIDs (such as Celebrex). The main issue in the recovery period is the 1-2 days of blood-tinged fluid drainage where the tumescent local anesthetic solution drains from the fat space through the 1.5mm skin entry puncture sites. For this reason, Liposculpture patients are encouraged to take off at least 2 days from their work until the skin entry puncture sites quit draining, close shut and heal up. To expedite and improve the healing process, Dr. Hogue has pioneered using Platelet-Rich and Platelet-Poor Plasma, (PRP and PPP, respectively), collected from peripheral whole blood from the patient to inject into the skin and fat space following the liposculpure procedure. Since there are costs and technical time associated with collection, centrifugation separation, and reinjection of PRP + PPP, patients choosing to have this procedure will incur an additional charge.