Laser Liposuction - Risks and Dangers

Laser in operation roomMuch of the marketing being done for alternatives to traditional liposuction revolves around its safety compared to the latter. There is no denying that liposuction comes with its own share of risks and complications but are liposuction alternatives really safer?

Laser liposuction is one of the liposuction alternatives that promise less complications and claims that it could produce better results. It uses local anesthesia and is less invasive. Laser liposuction claims that aside from fat loss, it also tightens your skin and has a faster recovery time. Patients are able to return to their normal daily activities faster, a very attractive alternative indeed.

Because it is less invasive and does not require a major operation, many professionals have started jumping into the bandwagon and now offering their services to people hoping to lose fat quickly. This in turn has resulted to overnight clinics or spas that offer laser liposuction to clients even without formal training or prior experience.

Laser liposuction is certainly one of the most popular fat loss treatments being practiced today. It is one of the newest methods of reducing stubborn fats but it is far from being safe or risk free. All types of medical treatments have their own share of complications and this includes laser liposuction.

Some of the medical complications seen in laser liposuction are also present in traditional liposuction treatments. One distinguishing side effect however, is the danger of burns due to the heat produced by the laser. If improperly performed, the skin might be burned due to long exposure or the laser is too close to the skin. The result is thermal injury or skin burn.

Skin or tissue damage – laser liposuction works on the principle of using laser energy to break down or liquefy fat. When the skin is exposed for too long to excessive heat, skin and tissue in the target area is burned. Extreme cases have resulted to skin loss and tissue trauma.

Bleeding or hemorrhage – although cases of bleeding due to laser liposuction may be slimmer compared to traditional liposuction, this is always a constant danger especially for treatments done by an unqualified professional. Bleeding could be the result of skin or tissue trauma.

Infection – any breaks in the skin increases the chance for infection. The skin is a physical barrier that prevents foreign contaminants from entering the body. But the danger of infection does not end after treatment. Infection could also be due to improper care or when the area is exposed after laser liposuction.

Anesthesia – this is administered to patients in order to desensitize treatment areas and prevent pain during the procedure. But even with local anesthesia, the danger posed by improper administration is great.

Skin deformities – a sudden loss in fat content could cause skin deformities. Wavy lines, depressions, bumps or lumps could be visible after treatment. Massive fat reduction especially in areas near the skin can cause a sudden imbalance and form waves or depressions.

Loose skin – skin may become saggy or lose their elasticity after treatment. This is a common occurrence in treatments that remove huge volumes of fat. Loose skin is also more evident in older patients with less elastic skin. However, one advantage seen in laser liposuction over traditional liposuction is that the skin loosening is lessened. Proper technique and procedure is the key to reducing or eliminating loose skin after treatment.

The best way of reducing the risks and dangers of any medical procedure is to choose a qualified surgeon. There are lots of medical professionals who may have the license to perform surgery but only a highly skilled surgeon who specializes in plastic surgery could perform the procedure competently. Many patients make the mistake of shopping for the cheapest treatment available that they underestimate the dangers of laser liposuction.



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