Laser Liposuction

Laser Liposuction PROCEDURE in South Pasadena, CA

What is Laser Liposuction?

Laser Lipo is laser-assisted lipolysis, commonly referred to as laser liposuction. A very thin tube containing a laser fiber is inserted in targeted fatty areas through a small incision. The laser fiber delivers thermal energy directly to fat cells and disrupts the fatty tissue for easy removal. The laser melts the fat, which is removed with gentle suction. At the same time, tissue around the area tightens through coagulation, contributing to a smoother shape overall.

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Laser Lipo is an ideal body contouring procedure for many men and women. The best candidates are individuals who are not significantly overweight but are dealing with mild to moderate pockets of excess fat.

Additionally, it is important to be at a stable weight and in good general health before proceeding with SmartLipo. On top of these factors, the procedure may be right for you if you have areas of fat that will not respond to diet and exercise.

Because of it’s precision and power, Laser Lipo can eliminate fat in virtually any body area to give you the trim, contoured figure you desire. It is a minimally-invasive and incredibly effective way to remove stubborn deposits of fat and tighten the skin in areas including:

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Laser Lipo is the most significant body contouring breakthrough since the invention of liposuction, offering a minimally-invasive way to reveal a more sculpted figure. The procedure targets and refines problematic areas of the body — with far less downtime than traditional methods.

Traditional liposuction uses a small suction tube called a cannula combined with physical manipulation to remove fat. Laser Lipo improves on this method. The minimally-invasive device features a significantly smaller temperature-sensing cannula and a state-of-the-art laser. Increased collagen production leads to smoother, firmer, and more uniform results than other types of liposuction.

The Laser's Essential Functions

The energy of the laser performs two essential functions:

  1. It liquefies fat cells, making them easier to remove.
  2. It heats the skin in the treatment area, triggering a healing response that stimulates collagen growth.


Laser Lipo offers countless benefits over traditional methods, such as:

  • Smoother, more refined countours
  • A shorter more comfortable treatment
  • Significantly shorter recovery tim
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What are the benefits of Laser Lipo?

Probably the biggest advantage of Laser Lipo is the skin tightening effect. Many people are left with loose, hanging skin after traditional liposuction, aging, or even dramatic weight loss. Laser Lipo can offer great results when it comes to addressing mild to moderate skin laxity.

Who are the best candidates?

The laser energy used during the treatment stimulates collagen and elastin, the proteins in your skin responsible for structure, tightness, and firmness. The energy can correct existing issues with skin quality and prevent the dreaded “deflated balloon” effect after fat reduction.

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What are the Laser Lipo treatment areas?

Laser Lipo is an ideal body contouring procedure for many men and women. The best candidates are individuals who are not significantly overweight but are dealing with mild to moderate pockets of excess fat.

Additionally, it is important to be at a stable weight and in good general health before proceeding with SmartLipo. On top of these factors, the procedure may be right for you if you have areas of fat that will not respond to diet and exercise.

Because of it’s precision and power, Laser Lipo can eliminate fat in virtually any body area to give you the trim, contoured figure you desire. It is a minimally-invasive and incredibly effective way to remove stubborn deposits of fat and tighten the skin in areas including:

  • Face & Neck
  • Arms
  • Chest (for men, gynecomastia)
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Knees
  • Buttocks
  • Lower & upper back
  • Lower legs & feet
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What should I expect from my Laser Lipo procedure?

Laser Lipo is performed from the comfort of our office. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis, meaning you will not be admitted to a hospital or need to stay overnight. On average, Laser Lipo takes 2-4 hours. However, this depends on the number and size of the treatment areas.

When you arrive for your procedure, our nurses will begin by applying a local anesthetic. This allows you to feel comfortable without having to worry about the risks associated with general anesthesia.

We are able to use a local anesthetic for Laser Lipo because it’s a minimally invasive procedure. The incisions used are much smaller than those used for traditional liposuction, and the addition of a laser to liquefy fat cells allows for more consistent and easier removal. While you may feel light pulling or tugging sensations, the treatment is not painful.

Since we don’t use general anesthesia, you can stand up after your procedure. This changes the game for liposuction because Dr. Shieh can see how your results will actually look with gravity and make adjustments if necessary. This is something that is not possible with traditional liposuction.

For most patients, one session is enough to achieve the desired results. However, touch up treatments are an option if you want to refine your original results.

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What is recovery like and what are the results?

Laser Lipo is performed from the comfort of our office. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis, meaning you will not be admitted to a hospital or need to stay overnight. On average, Laser Lipo takes 2-4 hours. However, this depends on the number and size of the treatment areas.

When you arrive for your procedure, our nurses will begin by applying a local anesthetic. This allows you to feel comfortable without having to worry about the risks associated with general anesthesia.

We are able to use a local anesthetic for Laser Lipo because it’s a minimally invasive procedure. The incisions used are much smaller than those used for traditional liposuction, and the addition of a laser to liquefy fat cells allows for more consistent and easier removal. While you may feel light pulling or tugging sensations, the treatment is not painful.

Since we don’t use general anesthesia, you can stand up after your procedure. This changes the game for liposuction because Dr. Shieh can see how your results will actually look with gravity and make adjustments if necessary. This is something that is not possible with traditional liposuction.

For most patients, one session is enough to achieve the desired results. However, touch up treatments are an option if you want to refine your original results.

Compared to those who undergo liposuction, Laser Lipo patients experience a much faster healing and recovery process. One of the greatest benefits of Laser Lipo is the short recovery period. Most people can return to their usual routine after only a day or two of downtime.

You may experience mild, tolerable aches after your treatment as well as mild bruising and swelling. Depending on the treatment area, Dr. Shieh may advise you to wear a compression garment for a short time. You can help reduce swelling by taking any prescribed medications.

When it comes to Laser Lipo recovery and results, patients often ask about the potential for scarring. The incisions made during the procedure are so small that they do not require stitches. This means that any marks left behind are virtually undetectable in most cases.

The average Laser Lipo patient will see noticeable results within a week after the treatment. These results will continue to improve over the next three to six months. As with many fat removal treatments, the outcome is permanent as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Is Laser Liposuction Right For You?

If you are looking to get rid of unwanted fat, Laser Liposuction could be an option for you.  We offer a Free Evaluation to learn about your goals and to determine if the treatment is right for your needs. At that point we will provide you with a quote and open treatment days. We can answer all the questions you may have about laser liposuction.  Just give us a call or fill out the form below to have your skin evaluated by our professionals!

Frequently Asked Questions

While traditional liposuction can do amazing work in sculpting the body, one problem is that it does not tighten the skin. Laser Liposuction, on the other hand, melts fat through the action of laser lipolysis. This process produces new collagen which is the main protein that gives skin its tone and texture. In addition, it causes collagen to contract, tightening the skin.
In order to maintain your results after laser liposuction, it is recommended that the patient incorporates more healthy foods such as fruits, whole grains and vegetables with lean protein into the diet while reducing sugar, carbohydrates and saturated fats.
Traditional liposuction utilizes a vacuum-like device to scrape and suck out the fat deposits. This process requires general anesthesia and the action of scraping the fat from skin and muscle tissue causes trauma to the area treated. Laser Liposuction is a minimally-invasive form of liposuction that targets fat and melts it away without disturbing other tissue. Because of this, Laser Liposuction has a quicker and less painful recovery because less trauma has been caused to the body. Laser Liposuction only requires local anesthesia so patients do not have to be put under as only the area treated is numbed. The Laser Liposuction procedure also tightens the skin by producing new collagen whereas traditional liposuction does not.
Generally, we recommend that patients wait at least two weeks before exercising so that you give your body a chance to heal.
Patients may lose some weight after the procedure. Traditional weight loss results in pounds being lost uniformly throughout the body. A major advantage for Laser Liposuction is not weight loss, but the reshaping and redefining of your body.
With Laser Liposuction we can remove up to 5 liters which equates roughly to 11 pounds of fat. Removing more fat than that is not considered to be safe.
No. There is not a maximum weight limit for Laser Liposuction. Generally we will not perform Laser Liposuction if your BMI is over 30. If your BMI is over 30, please feel free to contact us as we do have a new treatment to help.
Even though Laser Liposuction is relatively safe, it does carry risks. If you are looking to lose weight, diet and exercise are your best options. Laser Liposuction is an option to reduce stubborn fat in areas such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, chin, upper arms and legs where diet and exercise may not have given you the results you are looking for.
Laser Liposuction only requires small incision points, usually only about a quarter of an inch long. At RejuvaYou, we treat your incision points to repair the damaged tissue in the weeks following a Laser Liposuction treatment so that if there is any scarring at all, it is minimal.
For Laser Liposuction in general, the recovery process is relatively quick. Every patient is different with no two cases being the exact same. That being said, most patients are able to return to work the next day. Patients can expect to gradually resume normal physical activity in about 2 weeks.
After a Laser Liposuction procedure, avoid being stationary,vigorous exercise, taking blood thinners or taking baths. It is also important to stay hydrated and to wear the compression garment to ensure optimal results.
It is important to wear a compression garment after Laser Liposuction to help your body reabsorb fluid. If a compression garment is not used, swelling can last longer than necessary. Compression garments help the skin contract to the new contours which is important to achieve optimal results.
Swelling reaches its maximum point at about 48 hours after treatment. After that point, it will continue to dissipate over the next few weeks/months. At RejuvaYou, we utilize other treatments post-lipo that will help to improve the healing time. These treatments are included with our Laser Liposuction procedures. We want you to look your very best!
The most frequently treated areas are the:
  • Abdomen
  • Flanks (Love-Handles)
  • Hips
  • Chest (Gynecomastia)
  • Outer Thighs
  • Anterior Thighs
  • Inner thighs
  • Upper Arms
  • Chin
  • Neck

A good candidate for Laser Liposuction is someone that has concentrated areas of fat that have been resistant to diet and exercise. In general, good candidates include adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone. Good candidates also do not have a life threatening illness or medical conditions that may impair the healing process.

In general, good candidates for a liposuction include: Adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone. Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing. Nonsmokers.

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a major surgery requiring general anesthesia. It involves liposuction and excision to remove fat as well as a large excision of skin. The procedure is very invasive and patients are hospitalized and have a long recovery time. Laser Liposuction is a safer procedure and causes much less trauma. Abdominal Laser Liposuction is far more common than a tummy tuck and is a better option for fat removal in terms of results and recovery time.

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