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What is laser liposuction?

Laser liposuction is a fat removal and body contouring procedure in which fat is liquified with a laser-assisted liposuction device. Fat is more easily removed with this procedure, and the laser energy is also able to mildly tighten the skin by heating up the collagen from underneath the skin.

How laser liposuction works

A cannula (a small tube containing the laser) is inserted underneath the skin. Laser heat energy is delivered to the fat deposits, which melt the excess fat. Once the fat is melted, it’s very easy to remove. The laser energy also heats up collagen inside the skin, which mildly tightens up any lax skin. The laser’s heat energy does not damage any surrounding tissues because the laser only targets fat deposits.

Commonly treated areas

  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Upper arms
  • Buttocks
  • Back
  • Flanks
  • Neck/under chin
  • Male chest
  • Bra fat

Advantages of laser liposuction

  • Minimally invasive
  • Bruising, swelling, and discomfort greatly reduced
  • Fat is more easily removed
  • No sutures needed
  • Enhanced visual guidance for the surgeon
  • Can be performed with local anesthesia
  • Stubborn fat can be treated
  • Skin is tightened as well
  • Minimal side effects compared to traditional liposuction

Am I a candidate?

If you’re considering undergoing laser liposuction in Miami, you may be the perfect candidate. Laser liposuction is best for those who:

  • Are within 25 pounds of their ideal body weight (are not obese)
  • Want to get rid of persistent body fat in areas that are constantly bothersome
  • Are in good physical health
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Have realistic expectations for the procedure
  • Understand that laser liposuction is not a weight loss treatment

Recovery and results

Every patient is different, but many deal with minor swelling, bruising, and discomfort after a laser liposuction procedure. Minimal recovery time is necessary, with only a few days of downtime needed before returning to work or school. We suggest avoiding high intensity exercise for three weeks. Many patients see results in a few days, with final results appearing in about 1 to 6 months. 

Why choose The Maercks Institute for laser liposuction in Miami?

The Maercks Institute is a high-profile, Miami-based surgical center that offers a variety of advanced techniques in laser resurfacing, injectables, and surgical procedures. Attention to detail and experienced judgement is used to perform procedures in a patient-centric manner, with safety always as a priority. President and medical director Dr. Rian Maercks is a board-certified cosmetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgery specialist whose approach to both surgical and non-surgical procedures of the face and body has earned him international recognition by surgeons and patients alike. Since founding The Maercks Institute in 2009, he has changed the lives of thousands of patients over the years. Patients come to him with an issue, and he determines the best way to go about solving it. He is an expert who will formulate the right treatment for your goals at his boutique practice. We invite you to schedule your Miami laser liposuction consultation today. 

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Can laser liposuction be combined with other procedures?

Yes. Laser liposuction is often combined with other cosmetic procedures like a tummy tuck and/or male breast reduction for optimal results.

Does the fat ever come back?

Fat removed by laser liposuction does not return; however, if you gain a considerable amount of weight later on in life, that new fat may develop and appear in different areas of the body, resulting in new problem areas. If you’re going to undergo laser liposuction, it’s important to exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet to maintain your results.

Is laser liposuction safe?

Laser liposuction is very safe when performed by a licensed and experienced doctor. Laser lipo is more gentle than traditional liposuction, and can be performed with local anesthesia (you’re awake) instead of general anesthesia (you’re asleep).

What risks are involved with laser liposuction?

Working with a certified and experienced laser liposuction professional will greatly minimize the potential for any risks, but possible complications include infection, skin necrosis, dimpling, lumpiness, numbness, scarring, discoloration, sagging skin, discomfort, and burning of the skin.

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