SOURCE: Christopher Chung, M.D.

Christopher Chung, M.D.

December 04, 2014 10:01 ET

Corona Plastic Surgeon Compares Laser-Assisted and Traditional Liposuction

Dr. Christopher Chung of Renaissance Aesthetic Surgery Examines the Benefits and Limitations of Two Popular Fat Reduction Techniques

CORONA, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 4, 2014) - Citing increasing patient interest in alternative fat reduction methods, Riverside plastic surgeon Christopher Chung, MD recently decided to compare and contrast two of the most common surgical procedures for fat removal: traditional liposuction and the more recent laser-assisted liposuction. He explains that both approaches have their advantages when employed by a highly skilled plastic surgeon with the appropriate training; however, they generally are not interchangeable for every situation. Individuals researching these cosmetic options should become well-informed about the particular benefits and limitations of each procedure before making a decision, he urges.

Dr. Chung explains that laser-assisted liposuction, sometimes referred to as laser liposuction, is designed to provide more effective contouring with less bruising, swelling, and recovery time than traditional liposuction. Laser liposuction is always used in conjunction with another liposuction technique, he notes, as the method is only intended to break up fat cells, not remove them. Though there can be some potential side effects of laser liposuction, this approach can be particularly useful for contouring delicate areas, such as the face, neck, and calves. Furthermore, he says this technique may offer a skin tightening effect that traditional liposuction cannot.

Traditional liposuction, Dr. Chung continues, can be very effective for soft fat removal in areas such as the arms, inner thighs, and lower abdomen. Regions that require fine contouring or have more fibrous fatty tissue, including the upper abdomen and upper back, may benefit from other techniques. This method may also require a longer recovery period, he says, and patients who have a significant amount of tissue removed may experience some skin laxity.

Ultimately, Dr. Chung believes patients' needs and goals are unique, and finding the appropriate liposuction method for each individual requires a thorough examination and a customized treatment plan. He also emphasizes the importance of seeking a highly qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in a variety of liposuction techniques. To achieve the best possible results, he says, a surgeon needs to have the latest technology at his disposal so he can address patient concerns with the most effective approach.

About Christopher Chung, MD

A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Chung received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He then completed an additional eight years of post-doctoral training, including Fellowship Training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. He has also received several awards, including the United States Congressional Recognition, and is an active member of numerous medical associations. Dr. Chung is available for interview upon request.

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