In some cases, no amount of time at the gym or strict adherence to a balanced diet can reduce body fat. As we age, certain areas of our bodies are more prone to retaining excess weight. When it comes to those areas, exercise and miracle foods just don't cut it.
On top of that, genetics and age become insurmountable for some of us. Fortunately, liposuction is a viable solution for many patients dealing with areas of stubborn excess fat. It is also the only way to target specific sections of the body.
Modern liposuction was first performed in 1982. Further understanding of human anatomy and technological advancements have carried it forward, allowing physicians to effectively and safely remove fat from virtually any part of the body.
Traditional liposuction removes fat from a single part of the body. Smart Lipo 360° is a newer approach that addresses every plane of the body. Rather than targeting a localized area like the stomach, physicians can remove fat from the entire trunk. The abdomen, sides, and back can all be treated.
Smart Lipo 360° uses a laser to melt fat subcutaneously before extraction. The surgeon works around the midsection to reshape your body in all three planes, which creates more noticeable results.
Smart Lipo 360° is a treatment philosophy, not a specific type of procedure. Physicians use lasers rather than traditional techniques to remove fat from each side of the targeted area(s).
Patients that seek liposuction do so because they want to reshape their body, not simply change the number on their scale. For example, a patient upset with the appearance of their waist will see better results by addressing the stomach, love handles, and back rather than simply targeting their love handles.
Doctors can achieve a natural and toned appearance for you by strategically extracting fat all around your midsection. A 360° approach changes the way your clothes fit, eliminates persistent problem areas, and creates a more balanced look.
Liposuction is a medical procedure and requires consultation and thorough evaluation. Patients must be in generally good health and free of any infections or contraindications. Keep in mind that it will involve some form of anesthetic, whether that's general anesthesia or local anesthesia.
Smart Lipo is only appropriate for patients who are not significantly overweight. It is intended for specific body areas that carry stubborn weight that is resistant to diet and exercise. Generally speaking, you should be within 30 pounds of your ideal weight to undergo Smart Lipo.
Smart Lipo uses laser energy to melt the fat in the treatment area(s), whether that's the stomach, the upper arms, the lower back, or elsewhere. Once liquified, the fat can be extracted using less force with narrow tubes called cannulas. This requires smaller incisions than traditional liposuction.
The liposuction procedure's laser increases your body's production of collagen, a naturally occurring compound necessary for the skin's health. Increased collagen promotes tightness, keeping skin taut after the fat cells are removed. Smart Lipo is less invasive and stressful for your body than other body contouring or plastic surgery procedures such as tummy tucks or mommy makeovers.
Smart Lipo and traditional liposuction are surgical procedures that involve incisions. The doctor has to insert instruments into your body to remove your unwanted fat.
Both forms of liposuction are safe and effective when performed by a trained professional. They carry the same risk of infection, bleeding, and nerve injury as every invasive procedure.
Smart Lipo relies on varying waves of fiber optic light to break down fat before it is extracted from the body. Traditional liposuction extracts solid fat and requires greater force. Smart Lipo has a lower occurrence of skin sagging and drooping because it promotes collagen production.
That being said, you will need to book a consult with a trusted provider such as Bella Medspa to get an accurate estimate.
Yes--men are eligible for liposuction. Smart Lipo is a particularly good option for those seeking gynecomastia surgery to eliminate swollen male breast tissue. This relatively common condition results from hormonal imbalances, post-cancer recovery, and genetic predisposition.
Your underlying health and the extent of the procedure will ultimately dictate your post-op downtime. The greater the number of incision sites and the larger the fat removal, the longer recovery time you'll face.
Generally, you'll have some post-procedure swelling and bruising in the areas of the body where the fat deposits used to be. Your doctor will direct you to wear a compression garment to facilitate recovery. Most cosmetic procedure patients resume normal activities within two or three days.
Scarring is possible despite the small size of the Smart Lipo procedure's incisions.
Cosmetic surgery results typically materialize within three weeks. Improvements may occur for up to six months after the procedure as your skin tightens and tissue settles.
From there, results are permanent as long as you adhere to a proper diet and exercise plan.
The best results are obtained when you receive treatment from a board-certified plastic surgeon who is well-versed in the art of laser liposuction using a 360° approach. Check out Bella Medspa's website to view before and after photos of some of our clients who have undergone Smart Lipo 360° Liposuction!