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How long do I have to wait to do laser lipo after having an exploratory laparotomy 3 weeks ago?

Q:

I had an exploratory Laparotomy done three weeks ago.  How long do I have to wait to do laser liposuction, such as Zerona?

A:

Normally, you should consider waiting at least 8 to 12 weeks before any additional surgery. First, consider discussing the matter with the surgeon who performed your exploratory laparotomy.

Zerona is indicated for use as a non-invasive dermatological aesthetic treatment for the reduction of circumference of hips, waist, and thighs. It is an externally applied device. Therefore, it could be started as quickly as 4 to 6 weeks following your initial surgery. Best,

Gary R. Culbertson, MD, FACS

A:

You should wait a minimum of 12 weeks for any type of body contouring treatment after surgery. You may not ever want to have laser liposuction or Zerona performed. Patient satisfaction with Zerona has been extremely low. Cool Sculpting is a procedure that freezes fat without surgery or downtime. It has been available for a significant period of time and seems to be both safe and effective for the right candidate.

Coolsculpting is not a cure all and there is no substitute for liposuction. There are several liposuction procedures that sometimes use the word laser, or a word like laser. Check with a plastic surgeon you trust to see what he or she recommends for you.

M.M. Law, MD

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