Liposuction is the most popular cosmetic procedure performed in the US today. As technology improves and minimally invasive techniques become more abundant, more and more people are making the decision to undergo body contouring procedures.
What is SmartLipo?
SmartLipo™ is one of the most advanced liposuction procedures available today, using laser energy to melt away fat in a technique known as laser liposculpture. This procedure has been used across the world for over 10 years with much success and was FDA approved for use in the US in 2006. SmartLipo is a safe, minimally invasive procedure that produces effective results as a new alternative to both traditional and tumescent liposuction.
SmartLipo is designed to remove localized areas of fat and can be used on the following areas:
- Back of neck
- Pubic mound
This procedure is especially effective in reaching small, tricky areas that traditional liposuction often cannot treat.
Am I a Candidate for SmartLipo?
SmartLipo is best designed for individuals who are in good overall health and close to their ideal weight. It may be used to remove stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to traditional diet and exercise.
It is important to have realistic results before undergoing the SmartLipo procedure and to remember that it cannot be used as a means of drastic weight loss, but rather sculpts and smoothes the body
Before the SmartLipo procedure, your doctor will mark the targeted fatty areas and confirm each of them with you. Local anesthetic will be applied to each area in order to minimize discomfort.
SmartLipo uses a 1064-nm Nd: YAG laser that is inserted in the skin through a tiny cannula (tube) and delivered directly to the targeted area. The laser energy simultaneously melts fat cells and coagulates skin tissue, removing stubborn fat and tightening the surrounding skin for slimmed, smoothed results. The melted fat can either be suctioned out or absorbed into the bloodstream
Your doctor will be able to treat your targeted area(s) by viewing the laser through the skin to ensure accurate delivery. The laser energy also causes small blood vessels to coagulate as fat is melted, resulting in less bleeding and faster healing and recovery times. There is no need for stitches after the SmartLipo procedure because only a tiny incision is needed.
Recovery from SmartLipo
Most patients enjoy a quick and painless recovery from the SmartLipo procedure. Since this procedure does not use general anesthesia, patients can return home an hour after treatment and many even go back to work the very same day, although one to two days of rest is recommended.
There are no stitches that need to be removed and even compression garments are often optional with this procedure. Some patients experience mild bruising and numbness that usually subsides within a few days. Your doctor will provide specific instructions on how to care for yourself after the SmartLipo procedure.
Results of SmartLipo
The results of SmartLipo are visible immediately after the procedure and will continue to improve for up to three months after. Along with removing localized fat, SmartLipo also tightens and smoothes the skin, leaving a slimmer and younger looking result. Traditional liposuction often leaves skin loose and sagging, leaving many patients seeking additional treatment.
These results can be permanent as long as patients maintain their healthy weight through diet and exercise. Most patients are able to reach their desired results with just one SmartLipo treatment. However, if you decide to undergo further treatment, you can do so after four months.
Risks and Side Effects of SmartLipo
As with any procedure, there are certain risks and side effects associated with the SmartLipo procedure. Side effects are usually mild and temporary and may include bruising, swelling and discomfort. Since being brought to North America and FDA-approved, there have been no serious complications as a result of the SmartLipo procedure.
The experience of our doctors and overall safety of the procedure help minimize any potential risks. In fact, all SmartLipo doctors have previous liposuction experience and have been specially trained to perform the SmartLipo procedure by a CynoSure-approved training instructor.
You can talk to you doctor about the risks and any other concerns you may have about this procedure before deciding if SmartLipo is right for you.