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Risks of Using a Fat Burning Laser

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Denise Stern is an experienced freelance writer and editor. She has written professionally for more than seven years. Stern regularly provides content for health-related and elder-care websites and has an associate and specialized business degree in health information management and technology.
Risks of Using a Fat Burning Laser
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Cosmetic and plastic surgery continues to be a popular practice for those seeking anti-aging or age management techniques. Laser liposuction technology enables surgeons to practice less invasive surgery in a number of medical fields, including liposuction-type surgeries. Fat burning laser treatments are offered under many different brand names--including VelaSmooth, SlimRay, LaserLipo, SmartLipo and more--but they all have one thing in common: utilizing wavelengths to heat fat, break it down and enable it to be excreted more easily by the body. As with any surgical procedure, risks and complications should be carefully weighed by individuals considering fat burning lasers, no matter how non-invasive they claim to be.


Most laser liposuction techniques utilize a sedative and local anesthesia, which means the area to be worked on will be numbed. Anesthesia may cause unexpected complications for some individuals. Patients considering any type of surgical procedure should discuss such risks with their physician. Allergies, sensitivity, and unexpected complications like bleeding that require deeper anesthesia should be addressed.

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Laser liposuction disturbs the construction of fat cells and fibers and connective tissues such as collagen. In some cases, laser fat reduction may increase the appearance of cellulite or dimpling on the body as fat is removed, but connective fibers remain in place, leaving the skin with a pitted appearance and texture.


Bruising and swelling are common in any procedure where the skin and muscle tissues are disturbed. In some cases, swelling may cause discomfort and pain. The body reacts to disturbances in the body which may increase immune defense systems that go into action to fight infection, increasing redness, tenderness and bruising to treated areas.


Any surgical procedure, no matter how minimal, brings with it the risk of infection. Clean, sterile facilities and equipment and precautions taken by medical personnel may reduce such risks. However, discuss such safety issues with physician to eliminate or reduce any chance of infection or contamination during and after the procedure.

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