Definition: LipoLite is often a complement to treatments such as traditional liposuction or other body contouring procedures, because LipoLite can treat smaller problem areas that traditional liposuction can’t. It is a minimally invasive system designed to destroy fat cells and coagulate tissue on the body and the face. It is ideal for under the chin and upper arms. LipoLite™ is from the makers of VelaShape™ bodyshaping treatments. [1]

How it Works
LipoLite causes fat cells to break apart and be eliminated by the body through non-selective heating of the adipose (fat) tissue. The 1064nm Nd:YAG laser energy is delivered via an optical fiber inserted through a tiny incision to the treatment site. The thermal energy provided has the added advantage of tissue tightening with simultaneous photo-stimulation of skin collagen. [2]

Two destructive mechanisms happen in Laser LipoSculpture (laser-assisted lipolysis):
Photomechanical destruction: LipoLite’s ability to deliver short pulses of <150 µsec. with low pulse energy of <250 mJ can overcome tissue resistance in areas of high fibrosis. [2]
Photothermal destruction: The ability of LipoLite to deliver long pulses of >750 µsec. with high pulse energy of up to 800 mJ can enhance the thermal destruction of the fat cell membrane. [2]

LipoLite can treat tissue up to 20 millimeters deep. [2] Heat delivery and accuracy are monitored by the machine and the main advantage LipoLite has over liposuction is that it does not seem to involve any incisions. Put simply, LipoLite delivers thermal energy into the fat tissue to break it down. This ideally results in slimmer arms, legs and thighs, ect. LipoLite is only attainable by licensed physicians. [3]

Due to the coagulation properties of Nd:YAG lasers, there is less bruising or bleeding as compared to traditional liposuction for faster recovery. There is very little bleeding because the laser coagulates any blood vessels. [4]

Who is LipoLite Good For?
Most convenient weight loss solutions these days involve a supplement of some sort. However, LipoLite treatments may be practical for some dieters who do not wish to take any pills. It’s important to remember that LipoLite resembles liposuction in some ways, and it is a physical procedure that involves a medical professional and all of the costs associated with this. [3] This procedure is good for patients who have stubborn areas of fat that cannot be removed by liposuction or reduced with diet and exercise.

Results with LipoLite can usually be seen quickly as the fat is removed from the body during the treatment. As your body builds new collagen over time due to the laser energy, skin will tighten and smooth and you will see a general lifting from the procedure in the skin. This is another advantage to laser liposuction; skin is tighter and looks improved over traditional liposuction, which can leave skin dimpled and loose. [4]

When you are thinking about having any cosmetic procedure performed on your body, whether it’s a non-invasive procedure, a minimally-invasive procedure like laser liposuction, or surgery, the single biggest consideration is who your surgeon will be. Going to a highly-trained and experienced physician who is aware of the various techniques and devices available will give you your best hope of achieving the results you desire. [4]

It’s important to discussing pricing with your physician during a consultation. Pricing may vary based on numerous factors and each person is different. To learn more about pricing, please contact a surgeon in your area. [4]

Advantages Compared with Liposuction
Traditional suction-assisted lipoplasty (liposuction) is the most common plastic surgery procedure performed in the United States for both men and women, with a total of 456,828 cases in 2007.  In spite of various improvements and safety measures, the procedure still carries associated discomfort for both patients and surgeons accompanied by a prolonged recovery. Due to the nature of the technique, it involves vigorous manual operation, considerable swelling and hemorrhaging (bleeding), post-operative pain and patient downtime. Moreover, liposuction sometimes results in significant surface irregularities due to the invasive nature of the procedure. Irregularities of the skin are clearly undesirable for an aesthetic procedure. [5]


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  4. Laser-Assisted Lipolysis with a 1064 nm Nd:YAG System with SelectPulse™
    Talmage Raine, M.D. Hinsdale Center for Plastic Surgery, Hinsdale, IL W. Tracy Hankins, M.D. & Samuel M. Sohn, M.D. Ariana Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center, Las Vegas, NV