SIR: Laser Liposuction Use Melts Fat, Sculpts Body

Procedure can be used on many parts of the body, with good sculpting and tight skin

SIR: Laser Liposuction Use Melts Fat, Sculpts Body

MONDAY, April 15 (HealthDay News) -- Minimally invasive laser liposuction is effective for body sculpting and fat removal, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology, held from April 13 to 18 in New Orleans.

Abbas Chamsuddin, M.D., from the Center for Laser and Interventional Surgery in Atlanta, performed laser-assisted lipolysis and liposuction on multiple areas of the body, including the neck, arms, love handles, breast, belly, thighs and calves in 2,183 individuals (aged 17 to 73 years; 75 percent female). Weight, diameter of the area treated, and skin tightness were measured prior to treatment and a the follow-up appointments, which were daily for a week, and then at one, three, and six months.

The researchers found that all treated areas had improvement in the bulk of fat which varied from 30 percent to 90 percent depending on the area treated. Depending on the initial skin laxity, age, presence of stretch marks, and area treated, skin tightening varied from 20 percent to 80 percent. Pain and bruises were the main post-treatment complaints, but there were no major complications or skin burns reported. Final touch-up three to six months after initial treatment was performed in 7 percent of treated patients.

"Ultrasound-assisted guidance of a fiber-optic laser during laser lipolysis can be used on many parts of the body and results in excellent sculpting with tight skin," Chamsuddin said in a statement.

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