Liposuction is one of the most sought-after body contouring treatments on the market. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 260,000 liposuction procedures were performed in 2019.
Many potential plastic surgery patients choose to turn to surgical fat removal to address areas of fat that persist despite proper diet and exercise. You may find laser treatment to be much more preferable than other weight-loss cosmetic surgeries such as tummy tucks. Liposuction is not an invasive procedure, and liposuction techniques only involve small incisions.
People used to associate liposuction with deep incisions, pain, and long recoveries. But today, surgeons effectively remove fat without much risk and they use smaller incisions and local anesthesia.
Smart Lipo is a widely-used form of laser lipolysis. An experienced and skilled provider can eliminate unwanted fat and change the shape of virtually any body part. Doctors embrace Smart Lipo because of its low level of invasiveness and quicker recovery than traditional liposuction.
Undergoing laser lipolysis ensures that you can reap the benefits of your hard work in the gym and disciplined diet by removing stubborn fat that will not respond to your efforts.
Smart Lipo is an alternative to traditional liposuction that is less invasive and incurs lower risk.
Almost any body area where excessive fat is considered a problem can be treated with Smart Lipo. Some of the most common treatments include:
Patients must be near their ideal weight with a body mass index around 35 to undergo Smart Lipo. In addition, the specific area you want to treat must have enough excess fat for extraction.
Smart Lipo is considered a minor surgical procedure. Patients with active infections, certain bleeding disorders, or other conditions that make surgery risky are not viable for it. Be upfront with your doctor about your medical history during your consultation.
All of the photos below are true SmartLipo before and after pictures of or clients... and the results are amazing! *
Smart Lipo is less taxing on the body than traditional liposuction because the incisions are smaller. This shortens recovery time and reduces the risk of infection.
While Smart Lipo carries the same risks and potential side-effects as any medical procedure, they are generally mild. Patients usually experience post-procedure swelling, pain, and bruising, but it typically subsides within a week.
You receive a local anesthetic during the outpatient procedure--patients do not need sedation. The procedure takes two to three hours depending on the treatment area and amount of fat being removed. Downtime is usually about 10 days.
The effects of Smart Lipo are permanent as long as you comply with an appropriate diet and exercise plan after your treatment. The chance of scarring is quite low because the incisions are so small.
Smart Lipo also helps your skin recover after the procedure. Collagen is fundamental to healthy skin--it keeps the tissue firm and tight. The laser used during Smart Lipo stimulates the natural production of collagen. As a result, your skin regains its tautness as you recover from your SmartLipo procedure.
You'll undergo Smart Lipo at an outpatient clinic because it does not require general anesthesia. Once the treatment site is sterilized and prepped, the board-certified plastic surgeon will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area.
They will then make incisions to insert a small laser under your skin. The laser energy breaks down subcutaneous fat cells, liquifying them to make removal easier. They will then insert a small tube called a cannula to extract the broken-down fat tissue using gentle suction.
Laser liposuction incisions are smaller than traditional liposuction because the liquid fat can be extracted with a smaller tube. The doctor will then close the incisions and discharge you with instructions to wear a compression garment and avoid strenuous activity for a few days.
Smart Lipo really works. It was first approved by the FDA in 2006. Surgeons embrace the therapy because of its effectiveness and safety. Providers have been able to perfect their body contouring procedure techniques to ensure that they deliver optimal results.
Generally speaking, Smart Lipo is permanent. Your newly-sculpted shape will last over the years despite your aging. That being said, you'll need to maintain a healthy weight weight because you can't dictate where new fat tissue will be stored.
Results can be apparent immediately depending on the amount of fat removed and the treatment area. As swelling and inflammation go down in the weeks after the cosmetic procedure, your new shape will begin to emerge. The final results will be apparent within six months as your skin tightens and settles.
* Results are not guaranteed. They may vary by person