Laser Liposuction in Sarasota, FL
Dealing with stubborn fat in areas like the stomach and underneath the chin can be a frustrating experience. When we’re young, we can often lose weight without much difficulty. As we age, however, it becomes much harder to lose weight and keep it off with diet and exercise alone, particularly in “problem areas” where fat is especially resilient.
Many people have struggled with insecurity about stubborn fat in a specific problem area for many years. Most of them have tried countless in-home treatments, diets, and exercise regimens with little success. These are common complaints patients have when they finally come to see Dr. Alberico J. Sessa about laser liposuction in Sarasota, FL. Dr. Sessa has been performing Laser Liposuction at the Sarasota Surgical Arts surgery center for many years and has achieved great success for his body contouring patients. The facility is a training center for other physicians around the world who want to learn the best techniques for this type of smart laser liposuction.
What Is Laser Liposuction?
Dr. Sessa is proud to provide Laser Liposuction to our Sarasota and Southwest Florida patients. The beauty of this new skin tightening liposuction technology lies in the wavelength of the Lutronic Laser. Fat absorbs a specific wavelength of light and energy. The Lutronic Laser specifically targets fat cells, thereby creating much less trauma and bruising than standard liposuction. The result is a significant reduction in patient discomfort and recovery time.
Laser liposuction at Sarasota Surgical Arts has an added benefit of shrinking the skin over the body’s new contours. There is no other liposuction procedure currently available that creates such a dramatic tightening of the skin.
Why Choose Laser Liposuction?
This body sculpting technique is a great option for people who have lost skin elasticity but do not wish to undergo a lifting procedure such as a traditional tummy tuck or arm lift. Dr. Sessa can also use the laser for skin shrinkage on the face in problematic areas of the neck, jowls, and cheeks instead of a facelift or neck lift.
Other areas that respond well to smart laser liposuction include:
- Stomach & love handles
- Upper back
- Knees & inner thighs
Patients struggling with stubborn fat deposits in these areas can contact our office today for a laser liposuction consultation with Dr. Sessa in Sarasota, FL.
Am I a Candidate for Laser Liposuction?
A patient who wishes to undergo laser liposuction should be at normal body weight (within 30% of their ideal weight), in good general health, a nonsmoker, and not pregnant. Good candidates are people who wish to treat a specific problem area of stubborn fat and have realistic expectations. Laser-assisted liposuction is not a weight loss treatment and is best for small areas of isolated fat deposits.
After deciding that you want to learn more about how laser lipo could benefit you, it’s time to schedule a consultation. During this initial meeting with Dr. Sessa, prepare to discuss your surgical goals and medical history. He will ask about any medical conditions, current medications, and any prior treatments or surgeries. Complete transparency is important as it helps the doctor determine if laser liposuction is a viable treatment option.
Dr. Sessa will perform an exam and ask you questions about what kind of results you hope to achieve. The doctor will provide feedback as to whether or not your expectations align with the possibilities for your body. He will go over any recommended alternative or supplemental treatments, if applicable.
At the end of the day, Dr. Sessa believes that education and transparency are key. He will provide an honest opinion and recommend a treatment plan so that you can make the best decisions moving forward.
Preparing for Laser Liposuction
After the consultation, patients planning to undergo laser-assisted liposuction should take certain steps to prepare for the procedure. This includes stopping smoking well in advance of surgery, if applicable, as smoking significantly impairs the healing process and could compromise the final results.
You should stop taking certain medications known to increase the risk of bleeding a few weeks before surgery. These medications include aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, and some vitamins. Dr. Sessa will provide detailed instructions during the consultation. It is important to follow all of the doctor’s preoperative instructions as they are meant to ensure safety, a fast recovery, and proper healing.
Smart laser lipo is performed as an outpatient procedure. Arrange to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment. They should stay with you for 24 hours after surgery. Most patients take between a few days to a week off work after the procedure to allow for proper healing and recovery.
The Procedure: What to Expect
Dr. Sessa can perform laser liposuction under local anesthesia without any need for sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure takes approximately one hour and is performed at Dr. Sessa’s outpatient surgery center in Sarasota, FL, which is accredited by the Florida Board of Medicine.
Once the anesthesia has been administered, an optical laser fiber 1-2mm in size is inserted under the skin. This laser emulsifies the fat cells and shrinks the skin at the same time. Because the laser specifically targets fat cells, there is significantly less trauma and bruising that occurs during standard liposuction.
A common theme reported by Dr. Sessa’s patients is that the procedure is virtually painless. Most are back at work in 1 -2 days with very little residual bruising. Laser liposuction is ideal for many areas including the cheeks, jowls, under the chin, hips, thighs, love handles, knees, bra line, arms, and chest. Please see our patient video testimonials to hear about the laser liposuction experience in their own words!
Recovering from Laser Liposuction
Depending on the size of the treatment area, patients will experience downtime of anywhere from a few days to a week before returning to work. At about the three-week mark, you may resume regular activities, including normal exercise.
Mild swelling, bruising, and discomfort is normal after laser lipo. Most patients experience skin tightening benefits following surgery. This is due to increased collagen production encouraged by the heat from the laser.
Results should start to appear within a week after the procedure and will continue to improve over the course of two to six months. Only one treatment is necessary.
How Is Laser Lipo Different Than Standard Liposuction?
Cosmetic surgeons perform standard liposuction using tumescent fluid (a mixture containing lidocaine and epinephrine) that they infuse into the treatment areas, to reduce trauma to the tissues. Once the blood vessels constrict and the area numbs, standard liposuction (breaking up the fat manually and suctioning it out) then takes place.
The biggest difference between the two techniques is that before the removal of the fat, the laser fiber is inserted to break up the fatty tissue and shrink the skin. Afterward, the emulsified fat is removed. While patients may see 40-60% skin shrinkage using standard liposuction, laser liposuction has shown to provide up to 75% skin shrinkage when properly performed. Another important difference is the laser’s ability to target fat tissue. Patients appreciate the reduced discomfort and bruising with laser liposuction, along with the ability to go back to their regular activities much sooner!
What Are the Possible Side Effects or Risks of Laser Liposuction?
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential side effects and risks involved. Possible complications, though rare, include:
- Skin necrosis
- Sagging skin
Frequently Asked Questions
Is laser liposuction safe?
Laser liposuction, sometimes known as Smartlipo laser liposuction or laser-assisted lipo, is a minimally-invasive procedure that is very safe when performed by an experienced board-certified cosmetic surgeon. As with all surgeries, however, laser liposuction comes with some risks. Working with a reputable surgeon who puts safety first helps ensure that these risks are kept to a minimum.
Do I need more than one treatment?
No. One treatment will provide full results, revealed over the course of two to six months.
How do I choose the right surgeon for laser liposuction?
Choosing the right cosmetic surgeon to perform your laser liposuction is the most important part of the process. Make sure they are board-certified and have extensive experience performing laser lipo.
Take a look at the results they’ve achieved for other patients before you schedule a consultation. It’s important to feel comfortable with your surgeon and have a general sense of ease and confidence in their ability to help you reach your cosmetic goals.
Dr. Alberico J. Sessa, MD, is a licensed and board-certified cosmetic surgeon dedicated to providing exceptional care and achieving natural results for his patients. To schedule a consultation at his Sarasota, FL clinic, call our office at (941) 923-1736.