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The LaserTight 980 Diode Laser System is FDA approved. Now, compact, more powerful, more efficient and much more affordable laser systems are available. This system is designed to augment liposuction and is used inter-operatively to enhance results.
The prospect of doing effective and affordable in-office liposculpting and tissue tightening procedures is becoming more important to current cosmetic surgeons in this difficult economic environment. Laser Lipolysis is a relatively new procedure where a flexible fiber guides laser energy via small cannulae to lyse subdermal adipose tissue and tighten skin while coagulating vessels. Percutaneous Laser Rhytidectomy is a new term that describes the use of this laser energy to tighten and sculpt skin. These procedures nicely augment traditional liposuction and will become more popular because better wavelengths, higher power and smaller, more affordable laser systems are now available.
History of Laser Lipolysis in the United States:
2006 – The 1064 Nd:YAG laser received FDA approval for Laser Lipolysis. This system, from Europe, was frankly underpowered and over-marketed creating some negativity to the procedure.
2007 – Early adapters struggle with inadequate lasers, tiny fibers, difficult cannulae and insufficient energy, but enjoy the marketing hype and begin to realize the potential benefits of this procedure.
2008 – Newer lasers were developed offering more power and new wavelengths like 1320, but were still expensive, huge and bulky, not really fitting into the compact in-office treatment environment. Efficacy and outcomes improve, but the size and expense of owning these lasers made their common use prohibitive in a difficult economic environment.
2009 – The LaserTight 980 Diode Laser System is FDA approved. Now, compact, more powerful, more efficient and much more affordable laser systems are available. This system is designed to augment liposuction and is used inter-operatively to enhance results by tightening tissue in the abdomen and large areas as well as in smaller areas like chins and arms. New cannulae and more efficient laser fibers with continuous (non-pulsing) energy produce consistent heat safely lyse adipocytes, even peri-orbitally during delicate blepharoplasty procedures. Small localized fat deposits around eyes, mid-face, chins and necks are effectively sculpted and skin (even naso-labial folds) are permanently tightened in-office without aspiration and with minimal trauma and patient down time or discomfort.
Laser Lipolysis provides lysis of adiopcytes and true tissue tightening with much less trauma, moving these highly requested treatments from the operating room and general anesthesia to the in-office arena, where costs are contained. For in-office treatments of larger areas like abdomens, less traumatic liposuction with the super-wet tumescence and aspiration are used either before or after Laser Lipolysis, reducing pain and swelling and adding coagulation and tissue tightening which remarkably improves results. In smaller areas like necks and arms, the advantage of laser energy melting adipose tissue replaces mechanically forced cannulae, greatly reducing trauma and post-op discomfort.
Laser Lipolysis and Percutaneous Laser Rhytidectomy will continue to gain momentum in popularity as results improve and new surgical techniques are developed. In facial sculpting, patients will request permanent results over costly temporary injectables and appreciate the benefit of true skin tightening with the 980 Laser. As these new affordable rejuvenation treatments of the eyes, face, neck, chin and body develop; cosmetic surgeons will use the new LaserTight 980 Diode Laser more commonly and for more precise facial and body contouring.