Many studies have concluded that laser lipolysis is a very safe, effective treatment for reducing small areas of body fat when a qualified, experienced surgeon performs it, states Healthline. Patients who undergo the outpatient procedure recover quickly. Laser lipolysis also stimulates production of collagen, which tightens skin, an added benefit.
In examining clinical results from more than 2,000 laser lipolysis and liposuction patients over a three-year period, researchers determined that patients generally lost substantial fat bulk in different areas of the body, while the skin became more taut. Patients did not display any major complications, although some reported minor bruising and pain, notes Healthline. Risks of undergoing liposuction include asymmetry, irregular contouring, fluid pockets under the skin, burning and skin discoloring.