What’s the Difference Between Laser and Ultrasonic Liposuction?

Have you worked hard to reach your target body weight but are still frustrated by stubborn areas of fat that refuse to budge? Dr. Alecia Arn and the team at Life Balance Medical Center understand how frustrating trying to achieve your goal body shape can be. 

To help you combat obstinate pockets of fat in your trouble zones, our team offers body contouring services to eligible patients. Traditional liposuction requires an invasive surgical procedure to remove fat, but there are alternatives that use advanced technology to avoid risky surgery.

Two popular choices we offer are laser and ultrasonic liposuction. Both use energy to target unwanted fat cells, and it can be difficult to know which is right for you. Here, we explain the difference between the two so you can better understand which option can best help you reach your goals.

What is laser liposuction?

Laser liposuction uses laser technology to target your trouble spots and shrink the fat away. It also helps shape your trimmer body, triggering the production of collagen to give your skin strength and structure.

The laser energy travels through your skin to reach stubborn fat cells and creates tiny holes in the cell membranes. The damaged cells then release their stores of fatty acids, glycerol, and water into your body. As a result, the cells shrink, helping you carve inches off your body. Your body then flushes out the excess material or burns it for energy.

What is ultrasonic liposuction?

Ultrasonic liposuction is a type of fat loss procedure that destroys fat cells by using sound wave energy to break up and liquefy your fat. The technique is performed using an ultrasound machine combined with ultrasonic waves that specifically target your fat cells. 

The liquefied fat is easy for your body to remove during its natural waste removal process. The result? Those fat cells are eliminated for good.

Is laser or ultrasonic liposuction right for me?

Generally, the decision to use laser or ultrasonic liposuction depends on which areas on the body you’d like to target. While both can be used successfully on many parts of the body, ultrasonic liposuction works well on tougher fatty areas, such as your back, outer thighs, saddlebags, and the male chest. Laser liposuction is a great choice for treating the abdomen, double chin, breasts, buttocks, love handles, and inner thighs. 

If you’re considering any form of liposuction, it’s best to seek the expert opinion of a qualified medical professional, like Dr. Arn and our care team. Our providers take into account your medical history and your aesthetic goals to help you choose the best treatment for your body. 

To learn more about our options for body contouring, contact Life Balance Medical Center or request an appointment online now.

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