Laser fat reduction technology is a comparatively recent innovation in the field of beauty care treatments. Even a decade back, fat reduction entailed surgical and invasive methods and prolonged downtime and recuperation periods. Fat was removed surgically (liposuction) leaving behind scars, lines and wrinkled skin around that area. All that is a thing of the past now as cutting edge technologies and machines have taken fat reduction treatments to altogether another level.
Before going into a discussion on whether laser fat reduction technology is safe for use, it will be relevant to understand the many intricacies of the process and how it is carried out. The advantage of laser is that it is a very concentrated beam of light and thus can target specific areas of the body while sparing the surrounding tissues. Lasers are targeted at the fat cells in the area under treatment which puncture holes in the cells causing them to deflate. The fat cells are retained in the body, only they are a lot smaller now. Over a period of time, these fat particles are released into the intestinal fluid and disposed off by the body’s natural waste removal systems. The advantage here is that body toxins stored in fat cells are also flushed out, thus cleansing the body too.
The process is intricate and complex and hence should be done from reputed beauty clinics and spas and dermatologists’ clinics. Another point that should be ensured is that these clinics must have the best of equipment installed as subpar devices can cause adverse side effects during treatment. Incidentally, one of the leading importers and distributors of top of the line laser fat reduction equipment in Australia is Universal Medical Aesthetics. They deal with only the best and source their machinery from leading manufacturers around the world. This all has geared up IPL machines and world over. Laser fat reduction by trained and qualified technicians on machines supplied by them is a guarantee of a successful procedure.
While laser liposuction is a great option and a painless procedure, it is definitely not without its risks. Conventional liposuction uses a thin cannula attached to a vacuum which is inserted in the fat to be drawn out. Laser procedure on the other hand melts the fat and punctures it through high temperatures. This might result in uneven subcutaneous fat, textures and connective tissues.
The reason for this is that each tissue in the body responds differently to heat. Hence if you subject fat to heat along with surrounding muscle, tendons and tissue, each will react differently. Longer treatment times will mean more of charring and deep tissue burn. These are not cleansed quickly by the body and take a lot of time to get rid of. Further, burns can leave scars on the surface of the skin too. This might result in infections which again have to be cured through extensive medication. In normal and conventional fat reducing liposuction, such adverse effects do not occur.
Statistics however speak favourably for laser fat reduction treatments. Empirical studies have shown that only about 1% of this process result in complications with just about 3.5% to 7.3% revision rate. This rate is the percentage of patients who have to come back again to have any issues fixed.
Another important point to keep in mind before going for laser fat reduction is about procedures that might be needed later. Laser fat reduction kills the blood cells in the surrounding tissues. Hence if any regular treatments like abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is planned for the future, the attendant risks too have to be planned out for.
These are just some of the side effects of laser fat reduction. However, this is not to take away the immense benefits of the process. Any beauty care treatments can turn complex and it will not be fair to single out laser fat reduction as unsafe since it is an extremely effective and successful form of treatment.