Laser-assisted liposuction combines lipolysis and liposuction for optimal results in reshaping specific areas of the body. Lipolysis uses low-energy waves from a laser to liquefy fat which is then removed from the body by suction.
During a laser-assisted liposuction procedure, a laser assists by providing low-energy waves to melt fat, making it easier to remove through small, thin tubes called cannulas, according to WebMD. As the cannulas are moved under the skin in areas of fatty deposits, the fat is suctioned out. The laser helps to firm the skin by encouraging the production of protein collagen. The combination of liposuction and laser lipolysis produces the best results for shrinking and tightening the skin, according to Healthline.
After laser-assisted liposuction, the body area that received treatment is wrapped to reduce bruising, pain and swelling, and antibiotics may be prescribed to help reduce the risk of infection, according to WebMD. Compression garments may need to be worn for three to four weeks.
A laser-assisted liposuction procedure is usually performed in a hospital, ambulatory surgery center or in a properly equipped medical office, according to WebMD. It is normally an outpatient procedure. Unless a large volume of fat is being removed, the procedure does not require a patient to stay overnight. Some procedures require the use of a local anesthetic or a sedative.