In the constant quest for a contoured and sculpted physique, many are often led to consider liposuction or “lipo”. Yet, not all liposuction methods are created equal. Laser liposuction, a groundbreaking approach to body sculpting, offers promising results with added benefits beyond its traditional counterpart’s capabilities. And it stands out as a breakthrough procedure that harnesses the power of technology to reshape and refine the body with more precision than ever before.

Compare Traditional Lipo vs. Laser Lipo

Traditional liposuction has been a trusted method for removing stubborn fat deposits for years. Now, laser liposuction adds an exciting twist to this established technique. The fat is effectively heated and melted by introducing a laser fiber into the liposuction cannulas. An added bonus? The laser targets fat and tightens the surrounding tissues, enhancing skin elasticity and producing a firmer, more toned appearance.

Here’s a breakdown of the differences between traditional liposuction and some of its variations. Conventional and laser liposuction effectively removes stubborn fat deposits resistant to diet and exercise.

Traditional Liposuction

Also known as “suction-assisted lipoplasty,” traditional liposuction is the foundational technique. It is particularly effective for larger areas and more significant volumes of fat removal. It’s a tried-and-true method with decades of successful outcomes. It involves the insertion of a small, hollow tube called a cannula through tiny incisions near the treatment area. Moving the cannula back and forth breaks up the fat cells, which are then suctioned out.

Usually performed under general anesthesia or sedation, some swelling, bruising and discomfort are expected, with most patients returning to regular activities in a week or two, depending on the extent of the procedure.

Laser Liposuction

Laser liposuction introduces laser technology into the liposuction process. The added benefit of potential skin tightening due to the heat generated by the laser makes it especially attractive for areas where skin laxity is a concern. The minimally invasive nature, often quicker recovery and local anesthesia options appeal to many patients.

Before the fat removal begins, laser energy is delivered to the targeted fat cells through a laser fiber inserted via a cannula. This energy liquefies the fat, making it easier to remove. Additionally, the heat from the laser promotes collagen production, which can result in skin tightening—a beneficial secondary outcome.

Since the laser aids in breaking down the fat, there’s typically less trauma to the surrounding tissues. This can result in a swifter recovery, with many patients resuming regular activities within one to three days.

Losing Weight

Neither traditional nor laser procedure is a weight loss solution. They are both considered body contouring procedures designed to refine and reshape. Dr. Patel prides himself on using a tailored approach, considering each patient’s unique needs and goals.

What Areas Can Lipo Benefit Most?

While laser liposuction can address various parts of the body, it particularly shines when treating smaller areas or those with loose skin needing tightening. These regions often show rapid healing and swift responses. Commonly treated areas include the abdomen, flanks or sides, outer and inner thighs, inner knees, back, bra bulge and chin. While larger areas demand more energy, effort, and postoperative care, they can also see a swift recovery within two to three days.


The abdominal region is often the first area many consider when considering liposuction. Factors like aging, childbirth and weight fluctuations can result in stubborn fat deposits and lax skin. Laser liposuction efficiently removes this fat and tightens the skin, creating a flatter, more toned midsection.

Flanks or Sides

Those pesky “love handles” can be challenging to target even with a dedicated diet and exercise. Laser liposuction provides a targeted approach to sculpting the flanks, resulting in a more streamlined waistline.

Outer and Inner Thighs

Many individuals struggle with thighs that touch or have localized fat pockets. The precision of laser liposuction allows Dr. Patel to contour these areas effectively, achieving more defined and slender thighs. The skin tightening benefits can also address minor skin sagging, enhancing overall thigh appearance.

Inner Knees

The inner knees are a lesser-discussed but equally important area where fat can accumulate over time. Laser liposuction can delicately refine this region, making legs appear longer and more shapely.

Back and Bra Bulge

Accumulated fat in the upper and mid-back can create unsightly bulges, especially noticeable in fitted clothing or swimwear. By targeting these areas, laser liposuction provides a smoother back silhouette and reduces the appearance of a “bra bulge.”


A double chin or sagging skin in the neck region can age an individual’s profile significantly. Laser liposuction is incredibly effective here, eliminating fat and promoting skin contraction, resulting in a more defined jawline and youthful neck.

Expectation of Results

Patients opting for laser liposuction with Dr. Nikesh Patel often rave about the natural-looking results. The dual action of fat removal and skin tightening produces subtle and significant outcomes. While the immediate post-procedure period may show some swelling and bruising, the treated areas reveal a more sculpted, firmer appearance as these subside. Your results can be long-lasting. Maintaining a stable weight and healthy lifestyle can enhance the longevity of the outcomes.

Post-Treatment Expectations

Dr. Patel might recommend wearing a compression garment to support the treated area after your laser liposuction procedure. While some swelling and bruising are anticipated, these symptoms are generally transient, especially in smaller treatment areas. Most patients liken post-procedure discomfort to the aftermath of an intense workout, and happily, you’ll likely be back to your routine in just a short weekend!

The New Reflections Experience

Dr. Patel often performs laser liposuction under local anesthesia, meaning patients can bypass general anesthesia. Small incisions are made, similar to traditional or tumescent liposuction, granting access for cannulas to introduce lasers and extract fat.

One of the many attractions of laser liposuction is the expedited recovery process. Many patients return to work and resume daily activities within one to three days, experiencing minimal swelling and bruising. While the duration of each treatment depends on the size and number of areas targeted, most individuals with small to medium-sized treatment regions and no significant medical concerns are ideal candidates.

Safety First: Choosing the Right Expertise

Like all procedures, laser liposuction has limitations, primarily surrounding the amount of heat the body can safely absorb. Selecting the right professional is critical, and you should be wary of practitioners without comprehensive plastic surgery training. Dr. Patel brings extensive expertise and training at New Reflections Plastic Surgery, ensuring you receive the highest quality care. Your safety and satisfaction are our utmost priorities.

Reflections Plastic Surgery is ready to guide you on your body transformation journey. Dr. Patel and our dedicated team look forward to showcasing how laser liposuction can redefine your contours and boost your confidence. Schedule a personalized consultation today to take the next step.

We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel to learn more about laser liposuction and determine if it’s the right choice for your aesthetic goals. Join us on this exciting journey towards a more contoured, confident you.

Dr. Nikesh Patel combines his surgical expertise with the most advanced options at New Reflections Plastic Surgery to offer a transformative experience for your best body-shaping results.