Dr. Edward B. Lack, MD recently wrote an article for Healthy Aging, a publication that “provides unbiased information so that physicians can help their patients look good and feel good as they age”. The topic was on laser-assisted lipolysis (LAL) an ever growing trend since its introduction in 2006.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed surgical cosmetic procedures; however, liposuction is traumatic and results in postoperative pain, edema and bruising. For surgeons, the procedure can be time-consuming and strenuous.
Advances in laser lipolysis are redefining body contouring, allowing surgeons to remove unwanted fat with greater precision and ease. Using laser lipolysis as an adjunct to liposuction, surgeons can now sculpt chiseled abs, contour below the chin and treat contour irregularities and fibrosis from previous liposuction.
Laser-assisted lipolysis (LAL) offers the advantages of skin tightening, adipocyte lysis, improved fascial retraction and faster wound healing with less morbidity. These advantages are opening the doors to emerging applications, such as laser-assisted facelifts and cellulite reduction, which traditionally have been difficult
to achieve with standard liposuction. As physicians find news ways to use the technology, laser lipolysis is becoming a gold standard of subcutaneous contouring.
Dr. Edward B. Lack, MD, is president of MetropolitanMD, a multispecialty medical/surgical clinic in Chicago. He is a past president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and is a past board member of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.