Why Choose Laser Lipo - over conventional Liposuction?
Dr. Turok has been performing liposuction under local anesthesia for over 15 years. In that time he has seen many trends come and go in the arena of liposuction, many which have proven to be of little benefit and some of which have had enduring value.
External ultrasound has been of limited use during liposuction but may have value postoperatively.
Internal ultrasound has had a long history of increasing the rate of complications such as skin burns and internal organ damage. Newer versions such as the VASER are safer, but still pose risks.
Power assisted liposuction can provide the surgeon with less fatigue, but even newer versions of vibrating cannulas such as the ticklelipo provide little advantage to the patient.
Water assisted liposuction has been in my experience more painful for the patient and removes less fat than other forms of liposuction. Although it may provide fat for injection in good quantity, this does not make up for the increased pain many patients feel during and after the procedure.
Laser assisted liposuction has been a major step forward in liposuction. There are a variety of lasers and different wavelengths used, and Dr. Turok has used most of them.
Lasers provide value in helping to vaporize and liquefy fat, making the actual suction process easier, particularly in fibrous areas such as the male chest, and in people who have had previous liposuction.
Where lasers are of greatest advantage is in helping to stimulate skin tightening by denaturing proteins and inducing new fibroblast cell regeneration and new collagen and protein formation.
Some studies show 40% better skin tightening with the lasers than without. The risks of laser liposuction are minimal due to the use of tumescent anesthesia as a heat sink and performing the procedure under local anesthesia.