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Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 246–253 | Cite as

Laser Lipolysis Using a 924- and 975-nm Laser Diode in the Lower Extremities

  • Elena Bravo BrañasEmail author
  • Javier Moreno Moraga
Review Aesthetic

Abstract

Background

Laser technology provides the desired destruction of adipose tissue, hemostasis, and good skin retraction with a minimum of discomfort and a quick return to normal life for the patient. Here we present our experience with the use of laser-assisted liposuction (LAL) with a 924- and 975-nm laser diode and compare it with traditional liposuction alone.

Methods

A total of 430 patients were reviewed for this study. Three hundred thirty patients were treated with the 924- and 975-nm laser diode for laser lipolysis and 100 patients were treated with traditional liposuction of the anterior and inner thigh, the knee, the calf, and the trochanter. Patients were assessed by means of ultrasound. Pictures were taken and the degree of satisfaction was assessed. All complications were recorded.

Results

A total of 521 laser lipolysis procedures were performed at different areas: anterior thigh (86), inner thigh (122), trochanter (204), knee (67), and calf (42). The mean energy was area-dependent and evaluated in kJ: anterior thigh (15), inner thigh (14), trochanter (22), knee (5), and calf (4.5). The mean reduction of subcutaneous tissue with LAL in the anterior part of the thigh, the inner thigh, the calf, the knees, and the trochanter was 1.45, 1.9, 1.15, 1.2, and 3.6 cm, respectively. One hundred traditional liposuction procedures were performed for different areas: anterior thigh (27), inner thigh (38), trochanter (72), knee (21), and calf (12). The mean reduction of subcutaneous tissue in the anterior part of the thigh, the inner thigh, the calf, the knees, and the trochanter was 1.2, 1.6, 0.9, 0.6, and 3.2 cm, respectively. All patients who underwent LAL had superior satisfaction compared to those who had liposuction alone.

Conclusion

Laser lipolysis with 924- and 975-nm diodes is adequate treatment for removal of adipose deposits and to obtain aesthetically good skin results, with a minimum of recovery time and high patient satisfaction.

Level of Evidence IV

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Keywords

Laser lipolysis Laser diode 924 and 975 nm Adipose tissue Skin tightening 

Notes

Disclosure

None of the authors has any financial interest in any of the products, devices, or drugs mentioned in this article.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.La Paz University HospitalMadridSpain
  2. 2.Laser Medical InstituteMadridSpain

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