Laser Liposuction

A minimally-invasive way to reveal a more sculpted figure.

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.

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
  • Skin tightening in the treatment area
  • Reduced risk of side effects
  • Long lasting results

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.

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

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.

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.

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