What Is Liposuction?
Battling stubborn body fat? Is exercise and healthy living not helping get rid of those pesky flabby areas? Are you wanting your curves to be more defined and slim? Liposuction may be your best option. Great strides have been made in liposuction to remove unwanted fat. Take advantage of it and request a consultation with Dr. Joseph Jensen today or contact him with questions you have regarding this advanced process of laser fat removal.
Liposuction targets fat pockets on the body that can’t be controlled with exercise. Utah residents, call the expert. Dr. Jensen will talk you through the benefits of this innovative procedure in cosmetic surgery that can help sculpt your body with the right amount of curves and contour.
Dr. Jensen and his staff work hard to bring Utah residents long-term results. Liposuction is performed with great care. Every procedure receives conscientious and thorough attention. Our practice is committed to communication. We’ll talk you through each option so you can choose the best treatment and achieve your desired plastic surgery results.
How Does Liposuction Work?
Liposuction is an innovative procedure conducted with the help of lasers. This speedy procedure takes less than an hour to perform. Our minimally invasive treatment works to remove unwanted fat from the face, jowls, neck, and arms. As an added benefit, Liposuction encourages collagen development, making it a celebrated procedure for those with loose skin. Liposuction is performed by making a small incision and placing laser fibers under the skin to dissolve fat pockets. As Utah’s leading laser treatment professional, Dr. Jensen will localize small areas of fat to be treated. Under local anesthetic the lasers break down fat under the skin to fat oil that will be absorbed through the liver. Laser liposuction is a less invasive procedure than traditional liposuction resulting in fewer side effects. Due to the small incisions no stitches are required which lessens the chance of bleeding, swelling, and bruising. This means less recovery time, getting you back to normal activities with a more defined, contoured body.
What Is Laser Liposuction?
Adding laser energy to Liposuction makes the procedure even better. Approved by the FDA in 2006, laser liposuction uses a medical-grade laser to break up and melt the fat cells with far less trauma to nearby blood vessels, nerves, and other soft tissue. Because the laser energy liquefies the fat, it is easier to suction out and the cannula needed for laser liposuction can be smaller than those used in traditional liposuction. This combination makes for smaller incisions and easier recovery.
Laser liposuction also has a secondary advantage — the laser energy has skin tightening benefits after the procedure is complete. After Dr. Jensen has liquefied the fat, he directs the laser energy into the skin’s dermis layer (the layer beneath the epidermis). This is how all laser skin tightening is done; but with laser liposuction it’s a secondary benefit! When the body senses heat in the dermis layer of the skin, it perceives this to be a wound. It predictably responds with a wound response, which is to produce new supplies of collagen to “heal” the wound (even though there isn’t one). Since collagen provides the structural framework that keeps our skin firm and tight, new collagen production helps to tighten the skin on the treatment area where the fat has just been removed.
One other benefit of combining laser energy with this procedure is that the laser coagulates the blood vessels while it is melting the fat. This dramatically reduces bleeding and the subsequent bruising it creates.
How Is The Laser Liposuction Session Done?
Laser liposuction with Dr. Jensen is an outpatient procedure. He first injects the target area with a tumescent solution consisting of small amounts of epinephrine, lidocaine, and saline. This solution numbs the area and constricts the bloods vessels to minimize bleeding.
Next, Dr. Jensen makes one or more tiny incisions through which he can insert the laser and then the cannula. A thin wire delivering the medical-grade laser energy is inserted first and is moved around so that the laser energy can directly contact the fat cells, rupturing their cells walls. This energy will also tighten the skin in the weeks following your treatment. Next, the cannula is inserted through the same incision and the liquefied fat and tumescent solution is suctioned out. Any remaining melted fat or tumescent solution is absorbed and removed by the body.
Candidates For Liposuction
It’s important to remember that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure; it is a procedure to remove unwanted pockets of stubborn fat. For liposuction patients, Dr. Jensen wants them to be roughly within 10 percent of their ideal weight, but have pockets of fat that won’t respond to diet changes or exercise.
Laser Liposuction Treatment Areas
Liposuction can be used on the abdomen, upper arms, buttocks, flanks, thighs, and neck.
Laser Liposuction Recovery
Recovery from laser liposuction is so much easier than traditional liposuction. The incisions are so small they generally don’t need stitches, so there isn’t really any visible scarring. Because the laser energy melts the fat, the cannula doesn’t have to be moved about aggressively to break it up, as it does in traditional liposuction. This makes for minimal tissue trauma, far less bruising, and minimal pain. Our patients can walk and move about not long after the procedure and most don’t even require pain medication that night. Most patients can drive the next day and return to work in two days.
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How Soon Will I See Results After Laser Liposuction?
There may be some minor swelling and bruising after your session with Dr. Jensen, but generally you should get a pretty good idea of your new contour in just a few days. Plus, the laser energy triggers the increase in collagen production that will further firm and tighten the skin over the next two to three months.
Are The Results Of Liposuction Permanent?
The fat cells suctioned away with liposuction are gone for good. If you maintain a healthy long-term weight, you’ll enjoy the results for the rest of your life.
Is The Laser Liposuction Procedure Safe?
There is a slight risk of burns due to the laser energy used for laser liposuction, but that’s where the expertise of the doctor comes into play. Dr. Jensen has received detailed training and has extensive experience with laser liposuction. It is believed to be the best method of liposuction and laser skin tightening combined into a single procedure.
Are any preparations necessary for liposuction?
Thanks to the limited invasiveness of laser liposuction with Dr. Jensen, there isn’t any need to plan for an involved recovery. That is quite different than with liposuction done just 15 years ago. That’s part of the reason Dr. Jensen feels the addition of the laser energy to liposuction is such a game changer.
This is minor surgery, but you’ll still need to follow the protocols that you would to be ready for any surgery. These include stopping any blood thinners, aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, and most supplements for one week prior to your session. These can all cause bleeding, which leads to subsequent bruising.
What procedures can I combine with liposuction?
Smart Lipo is so easy to take that it can be combined with a number of the treatments offered by Dr. Jensen. For instance, you could have liposuction and then have a tattoo removal session (removing tattoos takes a series of sessions) or a hair removal session. You could combine laser liposuction on your thighs with a HydraFacial.
During your consultation with Dr. Jensen, discuss the fact that you’d like to save time and combine your procedure with another treatment. He’ll discuss your options with you.
What are the benefits of liposuction?
The human body is adept at storing fat. This is a skill honed in our evolutionary past where we were never quite sure when or where the next meal would come from. We needed fat storage as a reserve against lean times.
Today, of course, that’s no longer the case. A trip down the street to Smith’s is all that’s needed. But our fat storage remains. In certain areas, fat is stored and is almost impossible to target with exercise or with changes in diet. These stubborn pockets of fat are what Dr. Jensen targets with liposuction.
Liposuction enables you to lose these pockets of unwanted fat through a minimally invasive procedure that now involves almost no downtime. The addition of laser energy to liposuction also has the added benefit of providing skin tightening after the fat is removed. This is because the laser energy triggers an increase in collagen production, the classic “wound-healing response” sought after in so many aesthetic treatments.
Liposuction slims your contour permanently. The fat removed is gone for good, and this also limits the ability of the area to store any fat moving forward. As long as you maintain a healthy weight, you’ll enjoy the slimmer contours provided by your liposuction for the rest of your life.
What are the risks involved with laser liposuction?
The risks with SmartLipo are basically the same as with tumescent liposuction. They are very low. There is a slight risk of burns from the laser energy, but this is usually a byproduct of inexperienced practitioners, not the procedure. Dr. Jensen has been performing laser liposuction for over a decade. The FDA approved SmartLipo in 2006.
After your procedure, you will have some minimal bruising and slight swelling, but thanks to the laser energy and the Lidocaine in the tumescent solution Dr. Jensen injects prior to your procedure, all of these issues are minimal.
What should I expect at my liposuction consultation?
Dr. Jensen views every consultation as a complete back-and-forth exchange of information. You’ll begin, describing the area or areas you’re not happy with and where you feel liposuction could benefit you. You’ll describe the results you hope to achieve.
Then Dr. Jensen will examine the areas you’re looking to target. He’ll ascertain if there is still enough elasticity in your skin. That is imperative, as your skin needs to be able to naturally tighten down after the fat is removed in the area. If you don’t have good elasticity, Dr. Jensen will explain that a tummy tuck could be a better procedure for you.
If liposuction is right for you, he’ll then explain the entire procedure from start to finish. He’ll address the results you can expect, and he’ll cover the minimal risks involved. He’ll describe what you can expect for your recovery and when you can get back to work, exercise, and the like.
When your consultation is finished, whether you decide to move ahead with this procedure or not, you should be well-versed in everything about laser liposuction and traditional liposuction.
Is liposuction covered by insurance?
Liposuction is an elective procedure. It is not a weight-loss procedure. As such, it is not covered by insurance.
Schedule a Laser Liposuction Consultation in Layton, UT!
Dr. Jensen and his fantastic team are ready to get you on the road to a happier you. Call today to book a personalized appointment with Dr. Jensen and begin planning your procedure. Dial 385-300-8026 or fill out the form in our contact page. We are proud to service Layton, Bountiful, Farmington, Kaysville, Ogden and every town in between!