Pros and Cons of ProLipo for Weight Loss and Cellulite Reduction

If you’ve been looking for an alternative to conventional liposuction to lose weight, you may be a good candidate for ProLipo. ProLipo is an FDA-approved laser-assisted procedure that works by melting away unwanted fat and may also tighten the skin around the treatment area. The ProLipo procedure can be performed under local anesthesia and can get rid of unwanted body fat in the abdomen, hips, waist, thighs and buttocks. Here’s a close look at the benefits and drawbacks of the ProLipo procedure:

How ProLipo Works

ProLipo is performed by a board-certified surgeon or physician on an outpatient basis. The technique involves injecting a local anesthetic solution into the fatty tissue, then inserting a laser fiber into the area through small openings in the skin. The laser is fired and the fat cells are destroyed within seconds. The entire procedure can take between one and four hours to perform, and fat is removed with a light suctioning process. While most patients experience some swelling and bruising, they can resume regular activities about two days after the treatment.

Key Benefits of ProLipo for Weight Loss

ProLipo is an innovative fat-melting, laser ablation technique that works by delivering laser energy into the fatty tissue. The heat breaks down the fat cells and the process can also help to tighten and strengthen the tissues around the treatment area. ProLipo procedures are commonly administered with a combination of other lipotreatment procedures, but may be performed as a standalone procedure. It does not require general anesthesia because it is a minimally-invasive technique that can remove body fat in very small areas efficiently.
Some of the key benefits of ProLipo for weight loss include:
  • Increasing collagen production around the treatment area
  • Minimal downtime with recovery lasting only a few days
  • Destroys fat permanently
  • Results are maintained with a healthy diet and exercise program
In addition to helping patients lose weight from areas that are resistant to diet and exercise, ProLipo can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Since cellulite forms because of excess fatty deposits that get stuck under the skin’s surface, only surgery or a body contouring treatment that manipulates the skin tissues can be effective for reducing or eliminating cellulite.

Drawbacks of the ProLipo Procedure

While the ProLipo procedure offers many benefits, there are some drawbacks to consider before undergoing treatment. Some people will require a series of treatments to target all of the body fat they want to have removed and achieve desired results. Treatment sessions may be spaced out over the course of three to six months so that the body can heal. Since ProLipo is a cosmetic procedure, it is not covered by insurance.
Some patients may experience burning and scarring if the laser procedure is not performed correctly. You can discuss all the potential dangers of this procedure during your consultation.
Learn more about liposuction treatments in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic surgeon in your area to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the ProLipo procedure.