Laser vs Suction

Liposuction is a cosmetic medical procedure where a hollow stainless steel tube called a cannula is utilized to remove fat from deposits under the skin with the help of a powerful vacuum. The procedure can be performed on many body areas including the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, back, arms and legs. A liposuction procedure can be performed with local anesthesia, general anesthesia or with heavy IV sedation.

Is Lipo Suction Safe?

To ensure best results, the patient should be as physically fit as possible prior to surgery and should have quit smoking for a few months. Over the years, liposuction has become a much safer and common procedure than in the past. However, General Anesthesia or Heavy IV sedation can be dangerous. Local Anesthesia is a safer option with less risk of potential pharmacological complications. Removing too much volume of fat or too many areas treated at once can cause surgical trauma. Excessive surgical trauma can make recovery troublesome and increases the risk of long term complications. Performing unrelated surgical procedures on the same day can be unsafe.

There are some potential side effects of liposuction, which are typically minor, but there can also be some more serious complications which can be long term or permanent.

Side effects:

Liposuction can cause bruising and associated pain. This pain should subside in a few weeks. The swelling associated with the surgery typically goes away after one or two months. Scars vary in size depending on the procedure and should fade in a few weeks to one year after surgery. Numbness can persist for a few weeks and a patient may have limited mobility as a result of needing a compression garment, having to keep the head elevated or due to the swelling and pain.

Every surgery carries certain risks above and beyond regular and minor side effects. In the 90's there were some deaths due to liposuction as well as very high rates of complication but these adverse results have been declining.


Some of these complications can be considered minor, however others can be quite serious. Another potential risk is post-liposuction syncope (fainting). The morning following the surgery, especially after urinating it is not uncommon for the patient to faint. This can be serious if the patient falls and experiences a head or neck injury. Complications can arise if patients use drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), and warfarin (Coumadin) which increase bleeding. Vitamin E, Red wine and some herbal remedies can have the same affect.

With obesity reaching epidemic levels, there is increasing demand for liposuction as a perceived solution to ones battle with the bulge. At Vancouver Lipo Laser, we believe that the heart of an effective and long term weight loss program is a permanent lifestyle change including exercise, a healthy diet and nutritional supplements where needed. In fact, we do not consider liposuction to be a weight loss method at all. It is a type of body contouring which involves some potential risks and complications. These risks range from unnatural looking skin, lumpiness or dents to possible disability or even death. Vancouver Lipo Laser offers a non-invasive alternative to liposuction. However, if you are still considering liposuction a good resource is which provides a wealth of information on liposuction and an assessment of the risks and possible complications associated with the procedure.

Intimidating Procedure

Liposuction appears to be a relatively safe procedure compared to other surgeries or personal choices one can make. But regardless of the perceived safety or risk the procedure, for many people, it is extremely intimidating. The list of side effects and potential complications is scary to say the least. . And some more nasty complications are always a possibility. Nevertheless, many people choose liposuction as a way to achieve the body contour that they desire.

What if there was a way to accomplish your body contour goals without the side effects?

And without the risk of potential devastating complications?

If you had a choice between liposuction and a non-invasive, safe method to accomplish the same objective would you take it?

You now have that choice thanks to the LipoLaser!

The LipoLaser is a non-invasive alternative to liposuction. It safely melts away fat and contours your body by eliminating trouble spots without surgery, scaring, bleeding, bruising, pain or fear of complications.

Not only is it safe and effective. LipoLaser treatments are comparatively less costly than liposuction.

The cost of Liposuction is between $1500 to $7500 depending on the body area treated and the experience and reputation of the surgeon. An introductory session is only $125! LipoLaser therapy packages range from $780 to $3000 without the risk of side effects and complications.

The LipoLaser is not for everyone. Find out if you are a good candidate for Lipo Laser therapy by requesting information from us. You may also try an introductory session at special reduced price to experience the technology for yourself.