Body Contouring Surgery / Laser Liposuction
Mansfield | Arlington | Fort Worth
Lipotherme Laser Liposuction
Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center proudly offers Lipotherme™ laser liposuction, an FDA-approved, minimally-invasive liposuction procedure that uses patented and state-of-the-art laser technology to remove unwanted fat from targeted body zones. In addition to removing fat, laser liposuction may promote skin tightening due to its local thermal
effects on the underlying dermis, resulting in firmer and smoother skin.
Lipotherme™ laser liposuction is considered an alternative to traditional liposuction. Requiring only a local anesthesia, Lipotherme™ laser liposuction is performed in our operative procedure room at Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center and because it is considered minimally-invasive, there is less bruising, less trauma, and less swelling as compared with traditional liposuction.
Question: How does Lipotherme™ work?
A small cannula approximately 2.0 mm in diameter containing a laser fiber is inserted through your skin in the targeted fat zone. The cannula delivers the laser’s heat energy to the fat cells causing them to rupture. Local anesthesia is used at the entry point and tumescent anesthesia is infiltrated under your skin to anesthetize the nerves in the soft tissue and fat layer.
Question: What areas can be treated with Lipotherme™ laser lipolysis?
Submental region (chin and upper neck), chest, abdomen and obliques (love-handles), flank (sides), back, bra-areas, upper arms, inner thighs, outer thighs and hips, and knees. Dr. Michael Thornton is also using the laser technology to perform minimally invasive face lift and neck lift procedures.
Question: How soon will I see results and how long will my results last?
Because healing is different for each individual, results following a Lipotherme™ laser lipo treatment typically requires 12 to 16 weeks to become fully apparent, although you may experience your optimal result in approximately 6 months. However, most patients see dramatic improvements within 1 to 2 weeks after the Lipotherme™ laser lipolysis treatment. Results are long-lasting and repeat treatments are not necessary.
Question: Is this a “one-time” treatment?
Yes, Lipotherme™ laser liposuction is performed during a “one-time” visit.
Question: Are there any reasons I may not be considered an acceptable candidate for Lipotherme™ laser lipolysis?
Upon arrival at Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center, your calculated Body Mass Index (BMI), medical and surgical history, smoking history, allergies, and medications will be carefully reviewed by Dr. Michael Thornton to ensure that you do not have any underlying medical problems that need to be corrected by your primary care physician. Your safety is paramount so delaying your treatment until your medical condition is corrected or adjusted will be necessary. Furthermore, Lipotherme™ laser lipolysis is not intended for patients seeking dramatic body reshaping as Lipotherme™ is not effective for treating morbid obesity.
What can I expect during my consultation?
During your consultation, you will meet privately and exclusively with Dr. Michael Thornton where you will collectively share in the decision making process about your personal needs, desires, and expectations. Although well qualified, we choose not use patient coordinators, nurse practitioners, or physicians assistants to perform your consultation. Dr. Thornton will evaluate your fat zones and skin quality to make sure you are a proper candidate for laser liposuction. However, if the targeted fat zones are too large or complex, then more traditional liposuction procedures will be necessary, as laser liposuction is not recommended for all clients. This determination will be made on an individual basis.
Where will my surgery take place?
Lipotherme laser assisted liposuction will be performed in our private operating room using oral and local sedation. After arriving for your Lipotherme session, you will be administered oral sedative and oral pain medication. Next, a local numbing agent (tumescent anesthesia) containing lidocaine and epinephrine is gently infiltrated into your targeted body zones. Then a small cannula is inserted under your skin where the laser is activated. As the laser heats the fat, it creates a thermal effect and since fat cells are destroyed by thermal energy, they are permanently liquefied. Finally, the liquefied fat is aspirated (suctioned) away.
Expertise of Dr. Michael Thornton
Dr. Michael L. Thornton is a fellowship-trained, dual board certified Cosmetic Surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. He was specifically trained in both traditional and modern techniques in liposuction surgery and has successfully performed a full array of liposuction procedures including traditional tumescent suction assisted liposuction, laser assisted liposuction, and power assisted liposuction. Dr. Thornton performs lectures on liposuction and attends yearly national cosmetic surgery meetings and participates in advanced courses to offer you the latest liposuction techniques available.