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What is Laser Lipolysis?
Interstitial Laser Lipolysis� is an advanced technique for removing localized adiposity in the areas that are normally resistant to dieting and physical exercise, a laser-assisted liposculpture treatment with a totally revolutionary concept.

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How does it work?
Using a special laser system to break down the membranes of fat cells, the fats are eliminated by the body in a most natural way. This minimally invasive treatment facilitates body modeling and results give rise to a harmonious body shape in a short time, without the secondary effects of conventional or more aggressive procedures. It requires only local anesthesia therefore patient is comfortable and awake throughout the procedure.

Laser lipolysis is performed with a medium pulsed Nd: YAG 1064 nm laser that targets selected areas of fat for destruction. The technique removes excess fatty tissue by selective intervention of a laser beam with adipocytes: this results in disintegration of the adipocyte membranes. It is a minimally invasive technique, employing a 1 mm diameter cannula which makes it less traumatic than conventional liposculpture techniques.

The main application for laser lipolysis is in laser assisted liposculpture and body contouring. It is also used as an alternative to liposculpture when large cannulas might be problematic; as a combined treatment for fat melting and skin contouring; and for areas where liposculpture is indicated but skin laxity might be made worse. Laser lipolysis is also indicated for the treatment of pseudogynaecomastia and in axillary hyperhydrosis.

The effects of high peak power laser pulses are not only thermal but also photoacoustic with the rapid absorption by the adipocyte membrane creating an opening in the membrane with discharge of the cellular contents. Laser light is conveyed via a 1 mm microcannula into which an optical fibre of only 300 microns is inserted. The laser delivers powerful and instantaneous pulses. Tissues that are treated with the laser beams undergo cooling � pulse wavelength only represents a small percentage of time elapsing between two pulses. A skin incision of only 1 mm requires no sutures.

Laser lipolysis is effective, minimally invasive, hemostatic and assures a rapid recovery. It has a short learning curve.

Laser lipolysis has the following advantages:
  • ultrashort pulses (150 ms
  • peak powers are extremely high, therefore, no tissue charr
  • positioning of the cannula is highlighted via trans illumination from a red guiding be
  • skin is tightened after treatment
  • less trauma to subcutaneous tissue
  • simultaneous coagulation of blood vessels, resulting in less blood loss
  • ecchymoses, edema are reduced and recovery time is short
The actual technique of laser lipolysis involves the following steps:
  • preoperative marking of the areas to be treated; infiltration of local anaesthetic;
  • laser energy is then administered via a layer technique. In the postoperative period patients should wear an elastic compression garment (4-5 days) to reduce swelling or for 1-2 weeks if they are active and take a short term course of antibiotics.
How long does the procedure take?
A Laserlipolysis treatment on average takes approximately one hour depending on the size of treated area. Patients can undergo this treatment and even return to work after a lunchtime procedure.

Which parts of the body can the procedure are performed?
Laserlipolysis is suitable for medium to slightly large sized individuals seeking a better body contour, and it does not replace traditional liposuction (for larger body types). It can also be performed on smaller areas like the forearms, upper part of the abdomen, face and knees.

How quick will the recovery period take?
You can almost immediately resume your social life after the procedure thus your recovery time is kept to the minimum. It is advisable to avoid strenuous sports, hot showers for 10 days, or intense massage for 4-5 weeks.

Will I have bruises or scars after the procedure?
The after effects of bruising or swelling are significant reduced compared to traditional and invasive methods. The point of entry for the laser treatment is so small therefore you not experience any unsightly scars



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