While conventional liposuction surgery continues to be one of the most sought-after procedures for men and women in the United States, there are now several fat removal techniques and procedures to choose from. The latest innovations in liposuction include laser-assisted liposuction, ultrasonic liposuction, and a technique known as water-assisted liposuction. Each one of these techniques offers its own set of benefits and drawbacks, but a recent report by Millennium Research Group, the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, suggests that demand for laser-assisted liposuction will grow faster than other techniques through 2013.
Laser-assisted liposuction has been available in the United States since the winter of 2006 and works by emitting thermal energy to melt the fat before extraction. This allows the surgeon to remove the fat with minimal trauma to the surrounding tissues, and there are currently several laser-assisted liposuction devices on the market. SmoothLipo, CoolLipo, LipoLite and SlimLipo are some of the FDA-approved devices for getting rid of body fat permanently, and these machines are used at plastic and cosmetic surgery centers around the country.
According to the Millennium Research Group, “the laser-assisted liposuction market will continue togrow robustly and remain the most lucrative fat reduction capital equipment market in North America…market growth will be accompanied by an expansion in the number of competitors and continuous product innovation, with firms attempting to differentiate their products to gain share.”
Laser-assisted liposuction has been heavily marketed as an alternative to conventional liposuction in recent years, and doctors have been putting the spotlight on this procedure’s ability to tighten the skin as it works, and also for its faster healing times. The procedure can be administered on both large and small areas of the body, and is most suitable for people who want to lose only a few ‘vanity pounds’ around trouble areas. More information about laser-assisted liposuction can be found here .