There are many people who are curious about liposuction to remove excess body fat who are unwilling to consider the plastic surgery procedure because of old news video footage or second-hand stories from friends and colleagues. Liposuction is a highly effective method that delivers immediate results. For those persons who have the image of a surgeon violently jabbing a cannula the size of a large knitting needle repeatedly into the patient’s body, it’s time to reconsider the procedure using 21st century technology. Medical technology has advanced tremendously allowing surgeons to improve the efficacy, safety and comfort of liposuction. Today, plastic surgeons have many new tools in their arsenal including laser-assisted liposuction, which is a minimally invasive technique. The laser directs its energy to the fat tissue to induce lipolysis (i.e., a breakdown of lipids/fats). Unlike older technology, lasers provide a faster and more comfortable recovery period. In addition, laser assisted liposuction generates much improved skin draping because the lasers induce skin tightening. Michael Eisemann, M.D. is a Houston triple board certified plastic surgeon who routinely performs liposuction procedures.