Based on the RealSelf website, an online community where users can learn about cosmetic procedures through patient testimonies and physician feedback, reviews for laser liposuction are generally positive. Out of 344 reviews, 87 percent of reviewers recommend the procedure, as of July 2015.
Reviewers are typically pleased with the cosmetic results of laser liposuction, as well as with the quick recovery time and manageable pain levels. Some common concerns with laser liposuction are the high cost of treatment and a lumpy skin texture following the procedure, according to user-submitted reviews posted on RealSelf.com.
Laser liposuction removes unwanted fat by breaking up fat cell walls in the deep fat layer with concentrated light, according to RealSelf. This allows fatty oils to leak out, and the liquid is either removed through surgical suction or absorbed back into the body. The laser also cauterizes blood vessels in the deep layers of fat, which reduces post-operative bruising. The laser is then used in the superficial layer of fat just under the skin in order to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Finally, the surgeon removes the leftover cell fragments and liquid in order to reduce contour.
Laser liposuction poses the same risks and potential side effects as traditional liposuction, plus the possibility of burning the skin, explains RealSelf. If the surgery is not performed under sterile conditions by a qualified professional, risks can include infection, bleeding and perforation.