The Golden Grail in Liposuction: Skin Tightening

Skin tightening is not traditionally associated with liposuction. Liposuction is designed to permanently and effectively remove pockets of fat. In addition, plastic surgeons must use delicate technical skill to remove a precise amount of fat. Excessive fat loss through liposuction may create the appearance of lax, sagging skin. Plastic surgeons may advise the tummy tuck procedure and liposuction to be able to trim away excess skin and produce skin tightening for those with larger amounts of unwanted fat and lax abdominal muscles. Then came, laser liposuction. Though laser assisted liposuction is fairly new to the plastic surgery community, a select number of plastic surgeons have opted to focus an emphasis of their practice on laser assisted liposuction.

Laser assisted liposuction involves the use of a laser fiber placed under the skin to thermally change unwanted fat into a liquefied form. Then, the fat may be removed through a very small cannula inserted under the skin. The common tumescent approach uses injectible medications to liquefy fat and vacuum suction unwanted fat from the body through a cannula.

Recent reports indicate that laser assisted liposuction has the ability to help with skin tightening which may not be accomplished through traditional liposuction. Yet, the extent of skin tightening varies among patients. Laser assisted liposuction has been found to be beneficial for the improvement of irregular body contours that may occur in some patients following traditional liposuction. In the end, the golden grail of skin tightening in liposuction may have a ways to go. However, this factor has not stopped over 400,000 women and men from proceeding with liposuction, according to 2007 statistical data reported by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

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