by Cellulite Institute editorial staff
Laser treatment for cellulite
Laser treatment for cellulite. There are various types of laser application for cellulite, but only a few can contribute to the real improvement of cellulite. What is meant by “laser”? A “laser beam” is a light-emitting radiation that imparts energy to the structures it comes into contact with.
Laser treatment for cellulite: types of laser used
There are two types of laser:
- Ablative laser (“hot” laser or high-energy laser)
- Non-ablative laser (“cold” laser or low-energy laser).
Laser treatment for cellulite: ablative lasers
These are used to remove:
- Body hair
- Skin restructuring
Ablative lasers act on the superficial tissues creating controlled damage; cellulite lies in the deepest layer of skin and therefore simply cannot be removed using hot lasers.
Laser treatment for cellulite: non-ablative lasers
Unlike ablative lasers, laser therapy using low-energy or cold laser therapy is very gentle and is used in physiotherapy for the therapeutic treatment of superficial tissues such as superficial tendons and ligaments. The problem with cold lasers is that they do not penetrate sufficiently in depth; they do not reach the subcutaneous layer, that is, the innermost layer of the skin, where cellulite is found.
In addition, the energy emitted by low-energy laser therapy is minimal and therefore may not be sufficient for melting fat.
Laser treatment for cellulite: classic liposuction or laser liposuction?
The basic principle of laser liposuction is the same as that of classic liposuction: eliminating a certain amount of adipose tissue using special cannulas.
Laser liposuction involves differences that consist in removing fat after a laser treatment in which the fat present is first dissolved so that it can be removed later in a much easier, safer and more effective way.
Laser liposuction is painless and leaves no scars on the skin or any other obvious signs.
Characteristics of laser liposuction:
- Less traumatic than traditional liposuction
- Reduces post-operative haematomas
- Uses local anesthesia and/or deep sedation based on the size of the area to be treated
- Leaves minimal scarring
- Allows good accuracy
- Reduces irregularities in reshaping
What laser liposuction is NOT:
- It is not a shortcut for avoiding a healthy and balanced diet
- It is no substitute for physical activity
- It requires normal weight and height parameters
- It is suitable for small areas
Laser treatment for cellulite: its evolution
The innovative evolution in laser liposuction is liposculpture. Liposculpture allows you to:
- Eliminate excess body fat
- Give the body a well-proportioned profile
Liposculture involves the following phases:
- Before surgery: anaesthesia of the region
- During surgery: destruction and suction of adipose tissue
After surgery: compression sheath
Laser liposculpture uses light beams directly on the area to be treated in order to break down adipose tissue cells.
Laser lipolysis is an advanced liposculpture technique
Laser liposculpture cannot be considered an alternative to traditional liposuction because you can only eliminate a limited amount of fat and there is a risk of damage due to tissue overheating.
Laser treatment for cellulite: Liposculpture and lifestyle
Liposculpture is complementary to:
- Balanced diet
- Proper nutrition
- Healthy lifestyle
Laser liposuction: for eliminating localised cellulite, what there is to know about a treatment that not everyone always agrees on.
Lasers are very useful in the treatment of many diseases, but they cannot solve the problem alone.
- The general and local effects are best obtained if the instrument is used by an expert doctor for improving the functions of the affected tissues
- Reacting better to the disease
- For optimising the therapeutic action in combination with other methods.
In other words, even though laser treatment alone cannot perform a complete anti-cellulite action given the complexity of the problem, it will undoubtedly prepare the ground for other more specific therapeutic methods or fill any gaps in other treatments.
It is up to the doctor to decide on the type of anti-cellulite laser treatment, the method and the timing of therapy.