This past April, attendees at the annual meeting of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Washington D.C., discussed the hot topic of laser liposuction. The debate: is laser-assisted liposuction safe and effective? Some surgeons believe that this procedure does not improve results and only adds to the cost of traditional liposuction (as well as increasing side effects). Others think that it can tighten skin, encourage collagen production, and lead to less bruising and faster recovery time than the traditional approach. Unfortunately, there is no definitive “yes, it is effective” or “no, it is not,” so surgeons must decide for themselves.
Although there is no “correct” answer, I choose not to offer laser liposuction to my Las Vegas liposuction patients. Instead, I offer 3 great alternatives: the super-wet technique, the tumescent technique, and ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL). What is my rationale for avoiding laser-assisted liposuction? I need proof that a procedure is safe and effective before I’ll perform it. It’s that simple. And this procedure just hasn’t met that basic requirement. However, I will continue my research and stay up-to-date on the latest liposuction studies.