About Laser Liposuction
Plastic surgeon Dr. Lawrence Bass uses the SlimLipo system for laser lipolysis (fat reduction) in conjunction with the tumescent technique for liposuction. At Bass Plastic Surgery, this procedure involves laser energy that targets the stubborn fat along with local anesthesia that is applied to the fat cells being treated, as opposed to IV sedation or general anesthesia required during traditional liposuction. These combined techniques facilitate improved fat removal as well as reduced blood loss, fluid requirements, bruising, and postoperative discomfort. Dr. Bass also believes they help maximize the amount and evenness of fat removal and skin tightening, which is particularly useful in the neck, arms, chest, and knees, as well as calves and ankles. SmartLipo is effective for our New York, NY patients because it uses laser light to disrupt the fat cells, which allows the energy to access areas that are fibrous like the chest or through scars from previous liposuction, greatly easing the removal of fat.
SmartLipo can be an effective fat loss procedure for both men and women. The best candidates are:
- Patients who have moderate fat pockets in stubborn areas such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms, neck, etc.
- Patients who are not ready for a traditional, surgical liposuction procedure
- Patients who are not seeking a weight loss alternative but are looking for natural body contouring
- Patients who are realistic about their possible results
"I had a breast reduction with Dr. Bass in July. Everything from the consultation to the follow up appointments to the office staff was wonderful. I'm so pleased with the results and should've done this years ago. Dr. Bass is attentive and very thorough. The office staff is extremely friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend Dr. Bass!!!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Oct 02, 2017
"Great facialplasty/peel - Dr. Bass and his whole team were terrific. They were professional, thoughtful, and made sure that every step in the process was easy and successful...."- Anonymous / Vitals / Apr 24, 2019
"I had surgery performed by Dr. Bass. I found him to be caring with more aftercare than to had anticipated. I am a patient at the Great Neck office and found everyone there to be helpful, thorough, and caring. I would highly recommend this practice."- M. / Healthgrades / Nov 18, 2020
"Great Surgeon for Male Rhinoplasty - Dr. Bass performed my rhinoplasty along with a medically indicated septoplasty. I'm happy with the results, in terms of both look and function (i.e. snoring is cured, breathing noticeably improved).Male rhinoplasty is a difficult procedure to get right; my understanding is that it has a lower patient satisfaction rate than most cosmetic procedures. Thus, it is especially important to find the right surgeon with the knowledge, skill and experience, who can discuss expectations in a clear and honest manner. I fully recommend Dr. Bass.Dr. Bass is very patient and caring, especially for a surgeon of his renown. Pre-operative consultation was very thorough and he was generous with his time. Recovery from any nasal surgery is unpleasant and good post-operative care is important; again, I'm pleased with his & his staff's empathy and responsiveness.Finally, I'm grateful that Dr. Bass was able to accommodate my schedule and coordinate with her colleague Dr. Franziska Huettner (another outstanding surgeon), so I could have multiple procedures with the downtime of one."- A. / RealSelf / Aug 23, 2020
"Tummy Tuck 1/8/18 - Had gastric bypass 6/6/17Lost 130 pounds Tummy Tuck 1/8/18Today is 3 days post opp ,I’m feeling better today ... day 2 I felt like a Mack truck hit meI wasn’t in major pain just very sore .Feeling better today trying to move more"- B. / RealSelf / Jan 10, 2019
What to Expect
The incisions made with laser liposuction are minimal and normally performed with local anesthesia. The incisions allow a small laser device to be inserted, which then breaks up and destroys the fat cells. A small vacuum will then be placed inside to successfully remove the liquefied fat. Laser lipo procedures using the SlimLipo system can be completed in an average of 2 hours. This depends on the size of the area being treated. Sometimes, a treatment is divided into multiple sessions if there is a thick layering of fat involved. Recovery is almost instant and most patients can resume their normal routine within a day. It is recommended that patients maintain a healthy lifestyle for long-term results.
Typically, patients only need to undergo one treatment to remove unwanted fat. There are cases where patients will need to consider multiple sessions in order to attain the results they desire. In such cases, the most common reason is that the area for treatment is large and removing too many fat cells in one session could result in complications. Fat tissue that is treated with laser liposuction will be removed for years or a lifetime. However, patients should understand that this does not mean the body cannot develop more fat tissues. Similar to any other weight loss regimen, once the body is reshaped to meet the patient’s aesthetic goals, a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and regular exercise will be beneficial in maintaining the contour.
A Trimmer Figure
Liposuction doesn't have to mean extensive surgery and long recovery times. With the SlimLipo system, you can receive the fat reduction benefits of liposuction with a short laser procedure that doesn't require downtime. Call Bass Plastic Surgery today to learn more about starting your laser liposuction treatments.