Patient Information — Laser Lipolysis

How does the laser lipolysis procedure work?

First, the tissue to be treated is prepared with an injection of tumescent fluid, a local anaesthesia technique that was specially developed to facilitate the effectiveness of liposuction. The anaesthetic numbs and relaxes the tissue. Next, a .3 mm laser probe is introduced into the tissue, where laser impulses break up the fatty tissue. If the treated areas are small, the body can resorb the liquefied fat. If the treated areas are larger, a very small aspirator may be used to remove the fat.

What are the advantages of this method?

  1. Treatment precision
    Because the laser is so precise, it is useful for breaking up fat in smaller exactly defined areas.
  2. Precise control
    A translucent red collimator ray provides constant control of the beam while the doctor is performing the procedure.
  3. Minimally invasive
    Laser lipolysis is the only means to effectively deal with small body areas, like double chins and small stomach areas. For these applications, a cannula with maximum thickness of 1 mm is used to keep the incisions as small as possible.

In addition, studies have shown that a reduction of fatty tissue and firming up of the connective tissue occur after the procedure is performed, which contributes to the overall effectiveness of this method. A current USA study has found clear evidence for improved skin contraction, faster healing and less bruising. Laser lipolysis facilitates and makes liposuction of sensitive areas, such as the upper stomach and the aspiration of structures like lipoids, etc., easier and more pleasant for the patient. The simultaneous sealing of the blood vessels keeps both the loss of blood and bruising at a minimum. Currently in discussion is the positive effect on cellulite caused by the laser treatment induced transition of the connective tissue.

What is laser lipolysis?

Lipolyis literally means fat dissolution, i.e. the breaking up of fat. Laser lipolyis utilizes a precise laser beam to liquefy fatty tissue with light energy.