New technologies in liposuction are being developed continually, creating more choices for patients and more effective tools for plastic surgeons. One of these recent developments is laser-assisted liposuction, a body slimming technique that liquefies fat prior to removal. The main benefits touted for the procedure include greater precision and reduced trauma to surrounding tissues.
Skin tightening is another benefit of the laser being mentioned more frequently as of late. Loose, sagging skin is a concern for liposuction patients, as simple fat removal can’t address poor skin elasticity in older patients. In order to achieve good results with liposuction, the skin must contract to a satisfactory degree after the procedure.
Makers of laser liposuction platforms claim that their systems can produce noticeable skin tightening after liposuction – but are these claims supported by any clinical evidence?
Dr. Barry DiBernardo, a plastic surgeon in New Jersey, recently published a study that evaluates the skin tightening effects of laser liposuction. The study, which appears in Aesthetic Surgery Journal, compares SmartLipo MPX to traditional liposuction. The doctor enrolled 10 subjects who presented both unwanted abdominal fat and a mild to moderate degree of loose skin. Each subject underwent liposuction alone or laser assisted liposuction on a randomly selected side of the body.
When patients were evaluated 1 month and 3 months post-operatively, Dr. DiBernardo found noticeable differences in skin shrinkage and skin tightening. “The mean skin shrinkage ratios were significantly higher on the laser-treated side than on the suction side,” he noted.
When seeking a liposuction procedure, the most important factor to consider is always the operator. A qualified surgeon will provide the best results in the safest manner. Dr. Ringler provides several advanced liposuction techniques in his Grand Rapids plastic surgery office. Contact us to learn more about how one of these techniques can improve your liposuction results.