Dr. Richardson uses the new Laser Lipo technique. Laser Lipo is a unique laser assisted form of liposuction that is less invasive, and doesn't require general anesthesia. You heal faster with less bruising than traditional liposuction. Your skin will be tighter due to the laser stimulating collagen production in the connective tissue.
This is a major advancement in liposuction technology.
The Laser Lipo laser dissolves fat, which makes it easier to
remove. This allows Dr. Richardson to use a smaller cannula (tube)
during your surgery. Thus you will heal faster and not require
The Laser Lipo Laser also stimulates the growth of collagen,
which will continue to tighten your skin for several months
Laser Lipo has been shown to have fewer risks and side effects
than traditional Liposuction. The procedure is performed under
local anesthesia rather than general anesthesia like traditional
What Is Laser Lipo?
Laserlipo is a new less invasive form of liposuction that uses
a laser to liquefy unwanted fat on the waist, face, thighs, arms,
or breasts. The laser's energy is applied directly to the fat
cells, causing them to rupture and be drained away naturally by
the body. Laserlipo utilizes a local rather than a general anesthetic.
You are awake and comfortable during treatment, and can talk to
the doctor. Treatments with the Laserlipo system generally result
in less swelling and bleeding as compared to traditional liposuction
methods and can usually be performed in one 45-minute session.
Repeat touch ups are required less often than with traditional
How Is Laser Lipo Performed?
During Laser Lipo, the area to be treated is infused with a saline
solution containing a local anesthetic. A very small incision
is then made in the skin. (The incision is so small that it will
not require stitches.) A very small cannula (tube) containing
the laser fiber is inserted into the fatty layers. The small laser
fiber delivers energy directly to the fat cells, causing them
to rupture and easily drain away.
Laser Lipo is performed in an office setting and hospitalization
is not required. The technique allows Dr. Richardson to remove fat
more uniformly with fewer skin irregularities and less bleeding
and bruising than would be possible with traditional Liposuction.
What Happens After Surgery?
The local anesthesia fluid infused into the fatty tissue helps
to keep the area numb for 18 to 24 hours following surgery. This
greatly minimizes postoperative pain. After Laserlipo, patients
are usually alert and able to function without nausea, or the "washed
out" feeling associated with general anesthesia. The Laser
lipo laser causes small blood vessels to coagulate immediately on
contact, resulting in less swelling and bruising and faster healing.
Most people return to work and normal activities within two days
of their Laser lipo procedure. Compression garments are typically
worn for 2 weeks after Laser lipo as compared to 6 weeks for traditional
Are There Any Possible Complications?
The safety record of Laser Lipo is well documented. The complication
rate of Laser Lipo has shown to be less than 1% as compared to
10% with traditional liposuction.
While no procedure is risk free, procedures performed using local
anesthesia like Laser Lipo generally carry less risk than procedures
that require general anesthesia like traditional liposuction.