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Some of the most frequent things people want to know about laser liposuction is how painful will recovery be and will I be left with noticeable scars?

Laser liposuction is performed under a local anaesthetic, so while you will be awake, you won’t feel the procedure. Your surgeon will make a small incision near where the fat is to be removed. The incision is approximately 2-3mm long, that’s enough to insert the specially designed canula used in laser liposuction. The canula houses an even smaller laser fibre, which, when activated, begins to melt the subcutaneous fat just under the skin. With the fat now malleable, the fat is suctioned out of the body via the same canula.

The number of incisions made will depend entirely on the area of the body being treated and your specific needs. Your surgeon will discuss this with you at your initial consultation. Here are some approximations of how many incisions might be necessary by treatment area:

  • Chin and neck – 4 to 6
  • Stomach – 6 to 8
  • Back and hips – 6 to 8
  • Thighs – 6 to 8
  • Upper arms – 2 per arm
  • Male breast/chest – 2 to 3

The incisions are so small that they usually do not require stitches. They heal up quickly, and in most cases, are barely visible after a few months.

To give an example, this patient had laser liposuction to her abdomen region. In the first image you can see the incisions right after the procedure was completed. And the second image shows the same incisions after one week of healing.

A little more time and the marks should disappear entirely.

Key Takeaways

  • Scarring after liposuction is minimal: the incisions are only 2-3mm. Usually, no stitches are necessary.
  • Make an appointment with Dr Paraskevas find out how laser liposuction can sculpt and reshape your body.