It’s not unusual to have stubborn areas of fat that won’t go away with regular diet and exercise efforts.
These “trouble spots,” may be either a minor distraction or a constant source of frustration. An increasingly popular treatment for problems like this is laser body contouring, or laser sculpting. It’s a non-invasive option that may produce the desired results without the need for surgery or a long recovery period. Here’s what you need to know about laser body contouring in San Jose.
What Is Laser Body Contouring?
Laser body contouring in San Jose is an FDA-approved procedure that involves the use of a low level laser that emits cold laser energy to the targeted tissues. The energy from the laser is absorbed by fat cells. The treated cells are disrupted enough so they can no longer survive. They are then absorbed by the body. When multiple fat calls in the same area are treated, the result is a reduction in fat tissue and an increase in healthy tissue.
What Areas of the Body May Be Treated?
The upper thighs and lower legs, abdominal area or stomach, and hips are among the problem areas with stubborn fat often treated with laser body contouring procedures. The treatment can also be used on areas where there is excess fat in the form of cellulite or fat cells that have produced a “cottage cheese” texture caused by constricted fibrous bands below the skin,
What Happens Before Treatment?
Prior to treatment, a patient’s medical history is usually reviewed. This is done to determine if there are any underlying health issues that may affect laser applications, including ones that increase skin sensitivity. The initial consultation session is also a time when patients can discuss expectations and treatment goals.
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) recommends that patients avoid sunbathing, using perfumes or other possible skin irritants in the treatment area, and anti-inflammatory drugs or other medications that may increase bleeding risks.
What Happens During Laser Body Contouring in San Jose?
Due to the body areas often targeted, patients are usually asked to wear a two-piece swimsuit or undress to their undergarments. While lying on a table, the laser is directed at the specific treatment location. If front and back areas are being treated, as may be the case with excess fat on the thighs or legs, patients are asked to flip over once one side is treated so the laser can be applied to the other side. Laser body contouring in San Jose may benefit patients in the following ways:
- There’s no risk of infection, no scarring, and no need for any anesthesia since the treatment is non-invasive
- Sessions can often be completed during a lunch hour
- It’s more accurate than other treatments like liposuction, since specific fat cells are targeted
Because laser body contouring in San Jose involves minimally invasive techniques, patients can usually get back to their normal routines the following day. Potential side effects associated with laser body contouring are generally mild and may include localized bruising or temporary redness in the treated area. However, the treatment is well-tolerated by most patients.