Look more sculpted with laser lipo
Many of our patients take great care of themselves, yet find that they have stubborn pockets of fat that just won’t go away. Sound familiar? Fortunately, laser liposuction makes addressing these troublesome areas easier than ever before. Laser lipo uses targeted laser energy to help remove areas of fat that diet and exercise can’t get rid of, leaving you with more pleasing contours and newfound confidence in your appearance.
This minimally invasive treatment can be performed on many areas of the body, including the stomach, love handles, upper back and bra area, upper arms, inner and outer thighs, waist and hips, inner knees, and the area under the chin – basically anywhere that can benefit from fat removal and skin tightening.
Laser liposuction is very well tolerated and offers excellent results with minimal downtime. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, removing the risks associated with the general anesthesia that is required for traditional liposuction. Instead of being knocked out, you’ll chat with the doctor, watch television, or listen to music. It’s a nice experience.
The physicians at Reflections have years of experience performing laser liposuction and an extensive list of references from happy patients who feel like their lives have been transformed by the procedure.
Laser liposuction is the fastest, most reliable way to get rid of stubborn fat once and for all.
SlimLipo – The new standard in laser liposuction
SlimLipo features a patented, FDA-approved laser wavelength expressly engineered to target fat cells, and uses an additional wavelength for skin tightening. This results in a safer, faster treatment that more efficiently liquefies fat and tightens skin. It requires only local anesthesia, removing the risks associated with the general anesthesia required for traditional liposuction. SlimLipo has set a new standard in the wonderful results one can expect when it’s in the hands of an experienced and skilled physician.
Reflections patients prefer laser liposuction to traditional liposuction
Laser liposuction is a gentler and safer alternative to traditional liposuction, which is more expensive and requires more downtime than laser liposuction. Most patients can return to normal activities within a few days after their treatment. With laser liposuction, you get the added benefit of skin tightening. Laser lipo heats the innermost structures of the skin, causing it to constrict over time and leaving the treated area smoother and more pleasing to the eye. Even more exciting, laser liposuction gets rid of the fat once and for all. The fat cells are gone for good after treatment and will not return. Of course, it’s important to maintain a healthy weight to avoid creating new fat cells in other parts of the body.
Is laser liposuction right for me?
Almost anyone can be a good candidate for laser liposuction. In general, the ideal candidate:
- Is healthy and gets regular exercise
- Is within 30 pounds of their ideal body weight
- Has fat deposits that don’t seem to respond to diet and exercise
- Has good skin tone with reasonable elasticity
- Is willing to work at maintaining the great results by keeping fit
What happens during laser liposuction?
First, the area to be treated is marked by the doctor while the patient is standing to ensure that trouble spots are clearly defined. This is important as the contour of the body shifts when the patient reclines for the procedure, masking the problem areas the patient sees in the mirror every morning. During the treatment, we make tiny openings and inject a numbing fluid that makes the procedure comfortable, reduces bruising and aids in the removal of the fat deposits. A laser fiber is inserted under the skin to liquefy the fat cells and heat the innermost structures of the skin, providing a noticeable lifting and tightening. Finally, thin suction wands called cannulas are used to remove the liquefied fat cells. Patients are back on their feet quickly, with most returning to work a day or two after the procedure and enjoying the results of the treatment.
Will my results last?
Laser liposuction shouldn’t be viewed as a replacement for diet and exercise; rather all three should be seen as partners in success. At Reflections, we believe integrating regular exercise and smart nutritional choices is vital for getting the most out of the procedure and sustaining your results.
Frequently asked questions about laser liposuction
What areas can be treated?
Laser liposuction can be used to remove fat and improve the contour of the skin all over the body, including the abdomen, love handles, flanks, hips, bra fat, back fat, arm, inner and outer thighs, and under the chin.
Why choose the physicians of Reflections for laser liposuction?
Our talented physicians have hands-on experience with every device on the market, and have shared techniques with doctors from California, Chicago, New Jersey, Toronto, Pennsylvania, New York, Atlanta, and Virginia. They have incorporated only the best technologies and the latest techniques for our Body Sculpting Center. Our clinical staff of medical assistants works under the direct supervision of a registered nurse, ensuring that the highest clinical standards are maintained in every step of the process. We have years of experience performing laser liposuction and can provide an extensive list of references from happy patients who can speak to the quality of their results and the positive experience they’ve had with us.
Does laser liposuction hurt?
Laser liposuction is a well tolerated and comfortable procedure. The patient is given a mild sedative and relaxes while the area to be treated is gently filled with a tumescent solution, which numbs it from the inside. Once the area is fully desensitized, the laser and suctioning commence. The patient usually relaxes and listens to music or watches videos as the treatment is being performed and experiences little to no discomfort.
What downtime is associated with laser liposuction?
One of the great benefits of laser lipo is how well it fits into today’s busy lifestyle. Patients usually set aside a few days for laser liposuction, one day for the treatment and one or two days for recovery. After two days most patients are ready to get back to work and the other responsibilities in their lives.
Why choose laser liposuction over traditional liposuction?
Laser liposuction has the significant advantage of being performed while the patient is awake using a special fluid to numb the treatment area and make the procedure comfortable — there’s no need for general anesthesia and the risks that come along with it. Being awake allows the patient to be moved into the ideal position during treatment, which increases safety and the quality of the result — sometimes we’ll even stand a patient up during a procedure to see how treatment area looks. Another big advantage is the fat melting and skin tightening provided by the laser, which allows for smoother, tighter, and more pleasing results than traditional liposuction methods. There’s also far less bruising, swelling, and downtime with laser liposuction. Traditional liposuction offers no real advantages for the patient.
What happens before the laser liposuction procedure?
The laser liposuction process starts with a complimentary consultation, where you will discuss your body contouring goals with a physician. If it is decided that laser liposuction is right for you, we will schedule your treatment day. You’ll also be fitted for a compression garment that you will wear once the procedure is completed. In the weeks before the procedure, lab work will be performed to confirm that you have no underlying health issues and that you are a good candidate for the procedure. We always recommend getting a good nights’ sleep the evening before the procedure.
What happens just before and during the procedure?
Before you enter the treatment room, the doctor will mark the area to be treated with colored markers to use as a roadmap during the procedure and will take a series of photographs. You will be given a mild sedative. You will then lie comfortably on a soft, warm treatment bed and we will use a small needle to inject local anesthesia into the incision sites to be used during the procedure. You may feel a slight pinching sensation, but these injections are generally painless and are often the only discomfort felt during the procedure. Next, the doctor will make a few tiny openings and the treatment area will be filled with a tumescent solution to make it numb. The doctor will then insert the laser fiber and make several passes to liquefy the fat and to lift, smooth and tighten the skin. The fat and tumescent solution will then be suctioned out with small cannulas. Once the procedure is completed, absorbent pads are placed on the incision points and a compression garment is fitted.
What happens after the procedure?
When the procedure is completed, you will be ready to be driven home. We recommend that you take it easy for the remainder of the day and get a good night’s sleep. A friend or relative must be with you for the first night overnight. Initial post-treatment discomfort is mild, similar to the feeling after a hard work out, and is easily controlled with oral medication, usually Tylenol, but a narcotic can be used if needed. Be aware that there will be a moderate amount of pink or red drainage in the first 24 hours post procedure. This is normal. You will wear a compression garment for a few weeks to aid in the recovery and body contouring process. We also like to schedule a follow up visit shortly after the procedure to monitor your progress. Any bruising and swelling usually subsides in a few weeks. The final result takes shape over several months as the skin continues to tighten long after the procedure has been completed.
What’s unique about the Reflections Body Contouring Center?
The Body Contouring Center of Reflections is dedicated to one thing: body contouring. The team of experienced physicians and staff will anticipate and understand your every need, from day of consult, to day of treatment. They will be there to guide you through the process of laser liposuction and share in the excitement of your results. Our laser lipo suite was created specifically for laser liposuction, rather than retrofitting the procedure into an existing office, which has become the norm in the region. Patient comfort and safety are the priorities. The main treatment room is spacious and connected to a bathroom for convenience and privacy. We provide our patients with a choice watching TV or listening to music through an iPod during the treatment. There is a comfortable waiting area for your guests with television and internet access as well as a large retail mall nearby. The center in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater is located at the borders between Bridgewater, Basking ridge and Warren NJ, with easy access from Rt. 78, Rt. 287, and Rt. 22.
Is laser liposuction right for me?
Laser liposuction is not for everyone. The best candidates for laser liposuction are people who are relatively fit, but are still unable to achieve their desired body contour. Individuals with significant amounts of loose and hanging skin of the abdomen may be better suited for a tummy tuck.
Who shouldn’t have laser liposuction?
Patients are not candidates for laser liposuction if they are pregnant or breast feeding, have insulin dependent diabetes, have active or chronic liver disease or hepatitis, have coronary artery disease, unstable hypertension, bleeding disorders, or are on Coumadin/Heparin. Those patients with immune related disorders such as HIV or are allergic to lidocaine are also not candidates. If it’s determined you’re not a candidate for laser liposuction, we can offer many noninvasive FDA-approved alternatives such as Liposonix and CoolSculpting.
If my skin is too loose for laser liposuction, what are my alternatives?
Depending on the degree of looseness, options include noninvasive skin tightening technologies such as Exilis, Thermage, VelaShape, or Ultherapy. If noninvasive options aren’t adequate to address the issue, there are surgical options as well. Whatever the case, our physicians will help guide you to the best solution for you particular needs.
Are there different laser technologies out there?
Yes, there are many manufacturers who now make laser liposuction devices. Our physicians have used them all and found that Palomar’s SlimLipo device has raised the bar in the industry. Many of the other laser wavelengths out there were initially developed as dental lasers that were later repurposed for body contouring. SlimLipo was developed from day one for use in laser liposuction and its patented laser wavelengths are much more effective at melting fat than the alternatives, and the risk of burns seen with Smartlipo are dramatically reduced. This leads to a more efficient procedure with less risk and superior results.
How much does laser liposuction cost?
The cost of the procedure depends on the treatment area and the amount of fat to be removed. Typically costs range between $2,500 and $7,500.
If I want to do multiple body parts, how long do I need to wait between treatments?
The number of areas that can be treated in one session will be determined by the physicians at Reflections. If multiple sessions are required, we generally recommend waiting one month between body areas to give you an ample chance to fully heal.
If I plan to have it done shortly, what should I do in preparation?
Two weeks prior to treatment, you should stop taking any products that can thin the blood, including aspirin (or products containing aspirin}, fish oil, vitamin E, ibuprofen, herbal supplements, and St. John’s Wort. If you smoke, you should stop immediately. Also, avoid any crash dieting before the procedure.
How long should I wait to have laser liposuction after a pregnancy?
We recommend that you wait four to six months after giving birth before having laser liposuction.
I’m from out of town — where can I stay?
Laser liposuction is performed in our Martinsville, New Jersey center, and there are a number of hotels within just a few miles.
Be transformed — both inside and out
Our goal at Reflections is to leave you not just looking better, but feeling better too. With Reflections top-notch laser liposuction treatment, you’ll experience a sense of increased self-esteem, feel rejuvenated, and be transformed both inside and out.