LipoLite – Laser Assisted Liposuction
What is Laser Lipolysis?
Laser Lipolysis (or laser liposuction) is a revolutionary fat removal technique that allows for fast recovery, minimal trauma and much finer results than traditional liposuction.
Laser liposuction can successfully be administered anywhere the body stores fat, typically:
- Underarms (“Bat Wings”)
- Flanks (“Love Handles”)
- Thighs (inner and outer)
Results will vary per individual
Benefits of Laser Lipolysis over Traditional Liposuction
The Aesthetics Centre uses the Syneron LipoLite™ device for all Laser Liposuction procedures carried out at the centre.
The advantages of LipoLite™ over traditional liposuction include:
- Most importantly – lower cost! Laser liposuction is typically cheaper than traditional liposuction as the procedure is quicker and does not require general anaesthesia.
- Safety – Laser liposuction is safer than traditional liposuction.
- No “loose” skin – Traditional liposuction can leave loose skin where fat has been removed. The LipoLite™ process stimulates fibroblasts to produce collagen, causing the skin to tighten and firm.
- Little or no downtime – The LipoLite™ process is minimally invasive, and does not require a general anaesthetic. This means that you can drive to and from the procedure and be back at work within a day or two with minimal discomfort. For minor procedures, it may be possible to be back at work the same day.
- Minimal bruising
Who is a suitable candidate for Laser Lipolysis?
The Laser Lipolysis procedure is ideal for people who have a normal BMI and are not significantly overweight. You should already be maintaining a healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.
To be a good candidate for LipoLite™, you should have realistic expectations about the procedure’s capabilities. While LipoLite™ can improve your appearance and self-confidence, it won’t necessarily match your mental ideal, nor will it cause other people to act differently toward you.
Before you decide to have LipoLite™, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with the doctor during your consultation visit.
How effective is LipoLite™ and when can I expect to see results?
You can feel a difference in the fat volume at the time of the procedure. There are small changes visible after the swelling has settled down.
The overall result depends on the severity of the area to be treated, but dramatic improvements are usually seen approximately six weeks after treatment. Results will continue to improve over the next few months as the fat volume continues to decrease and the skin starts to tighten – with final results after four to six months.
What about cellulite?
Cellulite is essentially fat with hardened cell walls and fibrous bands causing tethering of the cells. The laser liposuction will break down the fibrous bands causing the dimpling of cellulite and destroys the fat cells!
Does it hurt?
No! A local anaesthetic is applied to the area to be treated and the procedure is virtually painless. The initial introduction of local anaesthesia may be uncomfortable and you may experience an odd sensation of the laser moving in the fatty tissue but this is not painful.
How many treatments will I need?
You should only need one treatment, but this does depend on your size and the number of areas you want treated.
The doctor doing your assessment will advise you on this at your initial consultation. A maximum of three areas can be treated at one time, and it will take approximately five hours to do the three areas.
Will I need to take time off work?
You will need to take the day of the procedure off and ideally we would recommend that you take the day off after the procedure as well.
What must I do before treatment (pre-operative care)?
You will be advised at your initial assessment about pre-operative do’s and don’ts. ie: Avoid blood thinners including anti-inflammatories as they will lead to bruising. This includes Omegas 3 and 6.
What must I do after treatment (post-operative care)?
- You will need to wear an elasticised garment on the treated area for two weeks.
- Take a course of antibiotics.
- No high-impact exercise for two weeks, but don’t stop exercising- cycling, walking and rowing are good aerobic exercises.
Safety and Complications
In normal circumstances there is no health risk associated with LipoLite™. One of our doctors will assess your suitability at your initial consultation.
Minor bruising or discomfort may occur in the first 24 hours. Antibiotics are given for five days after the procedure to prevent infection.
Dr Jenni Irvine is the most experienced Laser Lipo practitioner in South Africa. Syneron, the manufacturers of the LipoLite™ laser, has registered Dr Irvine as the official trainer in South Africa.
Our Doctors performing Lipolite™ are all highly regarded GPs working in the Benoni area, who have been personally trained by Dr Irvine.
LipoLite™ is FDA approved
Although new to South Africa, LipoLite™ has been used extensively in the USA, Europe and the UK with excellent results.
The LipoLite™ device was approved in November of 2006, and today is one of the fasting-growing, safest procedures in the cosmetic surgery field.
How does Laser Lipolysis work?
A 1mm fibre optic laser is fed under the skin through a tiny incision. It delivers a safe, powerful laser beam to heat the fat cells causing them to break down. These ‘melted’ fat cells are then sucked out using a small suction catheter.
The “melted fat” not suctioned off at the time of the procedure is metabolised and excreted by the body over the next few weeks. At the same time the laser cauterises any small blood vessels that may have been damaged thus preventing excessive bruising.
The heat of the laser causes collagen to contract and stimulates fibroblasts to produce new collagen, resulting in tightening of the overlying skin giving a smooth sculpted appearance.
The procedure is done using tumescent local anaesthetic and does not require a general anaesthetic.