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How Does Laser Lipo Work?

Most of us have a few areas of stubborn fat that we cannot get rid of. Our bodies are designed to accumulate fat and store it in places like the abdomen, hips, and thighs. Laser lipo removes challenging pockets of fat using laser energy. It works even where traditional liposuction does not and removes fat more gently for less recovery time. 

What is Laser Lipo? 

Laser lipo is a general term for liposuction performed using laser energy to make fat easier to remove. Dr. Schwartz uses ProLipo™ laser lipo to remove fat and tighten the skin gently. Unlike traditional liposuction, laser lipo can be performed with only a local anesthetic. Traditional liposuction does not use heat, so it does not provide the skin tightening effect that laser lipo offers. Like other forms of body contouring, laser lipo works for sculpting and shaping, not weight loss. 

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How Does Laser Lipo Work?

During a ProLipo™ procedure, Dr. Schwartz uses small incisions to insert a thin laser tool. The laser energy heats the fat cells, causing them to break down and liquefy. A small cannula then suctions away the fat, leaving the area slimmer and more sculpted. 

The energy emitted by the laser also acts on the collagen fibers in the skin, causing them to contract. This tightens the skin, leaving you with less sagging or laxity than you would have with traditional liposuction. It will also trigger long-term collagen production for lasting results. The procedure is performed using a tumescent local anesthetic, a solution of sterile saline, and numbing medication injected into the treatment area. 

What Can Laser Lipo Treat?

Laser lipo works in any area where you can have traditional liposuction and in some places where you cannot. Popular areas include the abdomen, flanks, thighs, and arms. Laser lipo with ProLipo™ can even be used under the chin, above the knees, and around the ankles. Because it can use such a small cannula, it works in small spaces and can remove fat in a precise, targeted way. Laser lipo may not remove as much fat as traditional liposuction. Still, it is equally effective as a body contouring tool, especially if you are at or near your target weight. 

Laser Lipo vs. CoolSculpting®

Laser lipo is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a laser and cannula inserted under the skin. CoolSculpting®, VASER®, and other non-surgical body contouring require no invasive techniques. They have little to no downtime and work well to remove fat. The most significant difference is that laser lipo removes fat during treatment. Non-surgical body contouring will require you to wait several months as the body filters away the damaged fat cells. 

How Much is Laser Lipo?

Many factors affect the cost of laser lipo. These include:

  • The provider you choose
  • Your location
  • The size of the treatment area(s)
  • Other fees and expenses

You can expect your cost to vary depending on the area you have treated. Dr. Schwartz recommends that you schedule a consultation for an accurate estimate. Laser lipo is a customized procedure that requires an evaluation of your goals and concerns. 

How Long Do Laser Lipo Results Last?

Laser lipo removes fat cells, which do not regenerate after removal. Your results will last as long as you maintain a consistent weight. If your weight changes, this may affect your results as remaining fat cells can still grow. If your weight remains stable, you can expect your results to last a lifetime. 

Consultations Available Now

To learn more, schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwartz by filling out the form on this page or by calling his practice at 913-451-8346. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz serves patients throughout the Kansas City metro.

What is Recovery Like From Laser Lipo?

Laser lipo liquefies fat, making it much easier to remove. It causes less tissue trauma than traditional liposuction and is less likely to cause bruising and soreness. Most people can go back to work in two or three days. Others with more active jobs may need to wait longer. You should have minimal swelling and very little bruising. 

What Results Will I See With Laser Lipo?

You can often see the results of laser lipo immediately after the procedure. You will still have some swelling at this point, and your final results can take a few weeks to appear. With non-surgical body contouring, you would have to wait several months for your slimmer figure. The treated area will look firmer, smoother, and more sculpted, and you may notice that your clothes fit better and you feel more confident. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Lipo?

If you have considered laser lipo, you should meet a few criteria. Ideal candidates maintain a healthy lifestyle and are close to their target weight. Laser lipo is not intended for weight loss. It treats fat under the skin to improve contours and provide a more sculpted appearance. If you are in good health and want to target stubborn areas of fat, you might be a good candidate.


*Individual Results May Vary


Read from real patients about their experiences with Dr. Schwartz and his team at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz.

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If you have further questions about laser lipo, call us at (913) 451-8346 or complete our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you and showing you how Kansas City’s premier body contouring center can help you!

Premier Vein & Body is located in Kansas City, MO and proudly also serves Overland Park, Johnson County, and the entire Kansas City metro area.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health, and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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