An Overview of Laser Lipolysis

Facelift specialist Dr. David Santos leads Facial Beauty in Bellevue, Washington. Among other procedures, Dr. David Santos performs laser lipolysis.

Laser lipolysis is a technique that a plastic surgeons can use to reduce areas of fat in smaller areas of the body, such as the jowls or neck. These areas are often of particular concern to people. The neck, for example, often appears saggy with age. Similarly, the jowls, or the bottom part of the check, take on a more lax appearance over time. With laser lipolysis, a doctor can sculpt these areas and provide a smoother, more youthful appearance.

During the procedure, the doctor makes a small incision behind the ear and places a laser fiber gently underneath the skin. The doctor then moves this fiber to the specific areas of unwanted fat, and the fat is melted, and supplemental removal of fat occurs with some suctioning. The procedure is considered minimally invasive than other types of surgeries. It only requires local anesthesia, and it has a relatively short period of recovery. The swelling that immediately follows the procedure makes it difficult to notice the reduction in fat in the area at first. Therefore, a person typically needs to wait several weeks to see the actual results of the laser lipolysis.

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