How are Lasers Used to Perform Liposuction?
Liposuction is traditionally a surgical procedure in which a hollow metal tube called a cannula is used to break up fat cells just below the skin’s surface before the tissue is suctioned out of the body. While traditional liposuction is considered a safe procedure that’s routinely performed alone and in conjunction with other weight loss and body contouring procedures, it comes with the same risks that any surgery has, including pain, hemorrhaging, infection, and additional risks associated with anesthesia.
The field of medical laser therapy has created new options for liposuction patients through both traditional liposuction and laser liposuction. The effects of cold lasers on liposuction patients were first discovered when doctors used lasers to treat the post-surgical pain associated with liposuction. Doctors then began treating patients for pain with lasers pre-operatively, and discovered that the lasers helped break up the targeted fat tissue, making it easier to remove.
The liposuction laser was developed to perform liposuction through a minimally invasive process without surgical incisions and risk of blood loss, infection, pain, or the side effects of anesthesia. Laser liposuction works on the basis that low-level lasers help emulsify the targeted fat tissue. When applied for the right amount of time, cold lasers pierce a tiny hole in each fat cell in the targeted area. The tissue inside the cells leaks out into interstitial space in the body and is reabsorbed and metabolized by the entire body.
Zerona is a specific type of liposuction laser that takes minimally invasive liposuction and body contouring to another level. Zerona’s unique design helps make it so effective. Zerona actually contains five lasers that are adjusted and used simultaneously over the targeted areas of the body for full body contouring. The machine consists of a central laser with four additional adjustable lasers that can be moved like arms and legs. Full body contouring usually targets the body’s midsection, including the waist, hips, thighs, buttocks, and abdomen.
Zerona is adjusted accordingly to each patient’s body shape and body contouring goals. During treatments, patients recline in a comfortable position while the Zerona laser quietly and painlessly moves over the targeted areas of the patient’s body. The patient may read, listen to music, sleep, or simply relax during treatments. Zerona is applied to each side of the body for 20 minutes per treatment, for a total of 40 minutes. Most patients are advised to receive six Zerona treatments over the course of two weeks for the best results. Under this recommended treatment, in clinical studies patients lost an average of 3.5 circumferential inches over the course of the treatment.
Advantages of laser liposuction over surgical liposuction include no recovery or downtime after treatments, the ability to continue with work, exercise, diet, and other daily routines during the time surrounding treatments, and the absence of pain and other risks associated with surgery.