Cosmetic surgeon Mitchell G. Cohen explains laser liposuction in new article
In the United States, liposuction is now the most common cosmetic surgery. In his new article, Mitchell G. Cohen, MD, shares his thoughts on this procedure.
By: Dr. Mitchell G. Cohen
In the United States, liposuction is now the most common cosmetic surgery. For liposuction, the most common technique is tumescent liposuction. For that, through a small incision, the surgeon injects a sterile solution into the area where the fat is to be removed. It consists of saline (salt water), along with lidocaine and epinephrine. As a result, the fat is numbed and swells. The epinephrine that is added constricts the blood vessels and reduces bleeding. The addition of steroids may decrease subsequent swelling.
Compared to procedures previously used, tumescent liposuction does not require general anesthesia. Because the patient remains awake, the surgeon has a feel for the muscle tone; this helps remove more fat and contour the patient's body better. Tumescent liposuction may be performed together with Laser Liposuction. The surgeon may do the tumescent liposuction first, and then follow with Laser Liposuction.
SmartLipo is an innovative liposuction procedure that allows the instant removal of unwanted fat without any many of the usual negative side effects. In fact, SmartLipo is the most sought-after laser-assisted surgery to reduce unwanted body fat, with over 400,000 people going through the procedure every year in the US alone.
SmartLipo uses very small incisions in the skin through which the surgeon inserts a thin tube with the laser fiber into targeted fatty areas. The surgeon may use this procedure to smooth the remaining fat and thus decrease any lumps and bumps. Most importantly, this tightens the skin. The skin tightening may continue for 3-6 months.
While SmartLipo is less invasive than traditional liposuction and uses only local anesthesia, it is still surgery. Thus, there are risks that must be considered beforehand. The common risks and complications include bruising, infection, scarring and hematoma (meaning that the blood pools underneath the skin). While very rare with SmartLipo, there may also be excessive bleeding, shock, and skin or tissue burns.
Dr. Mitchell G. Cohen is a surgeon in California who focuses on Cosmetic Surgery as well as Laser Liposculpture and SmartLipo.
Dr. Mitchell G. Cohen
Cosmetic Surgery, Newport Beach, California