Laser liposuction complications

Laser liposuction is apparently nothing more than a short-lived fad. In fact, it appears that this technique may actually be causing irreparable harm to many patients, irrespective of whether a board-certified plastic surgeon is performing the procedure or not!

It’s like they say: “All good things must come to an end,” and in this case all bad things are coming to an end, too! Here is some more information on this topic:

Liposuction information and photos

And here is a link to another post about liposuction:

Liposuction surgery

How laser liposuction works

The concept of fat removal by laser liposuction is to melt the fat under the skin using laser energy and then suck the molten fat out. Laser energy is essentially heat energy that dissipates under the skin to cause the fat to burn, and unfortunately also the skin. This burning of the skin is touted by the companies selling the machines for $100,000+ as the cause of skin tightening in excess of that obtained by gentler methods of liposuction. Touted… as there is no proof! What there is proof of, unfortunately, is the sequels of scarring, unevenness and skin irregularity, as well as burnt skin.

Complications of laser liposuction include:

  • scarring
  • seroma (fluid) collection
  • skin irregularity
  • color changes

These complications are in addition to and more pronounced than the usual complications of liposuction, which include:

  • infection
  • bleeding
  • numbness

The way our bodies react to burns that occur under our skin after laser liposuction is similar to the skin’s reaction to an outside burn:

  • There is a zone of cell death centrally where tissues are vaporized and melted
  • An outer zone is one of cell damage where a variable number of cells will die depending on many factors
  • A large amount of “blister fluid” is drawn into the area of damage
  • White blood cells and other cells and chemicals involved in the inflammatory response come to the area of injury
  • Months of healing are necessary, including changes that occur to skin color and texture

At a recent meeting on “complications in plastic surgery” in Washington, DC, that was organized by the American Society of Aesthetic Surgery, several surgeons showed the results of patients following laser liposuction who now needed corrective surgery with fat grafting and other procedures. The final results, though improved, were not great. The damage done by laser liposuction seems to be permanent! The End of Laser Liposuction.