SmartLipo laser technologies were developed in Europe and approved by the FDA in the United States in November of 2006. At this time, laser lipolysis became the cutting edge liposuction method for patients desiring precise, high-definition sculpting. By using the most technologically sophisticated tools in the cosmetic surgery industry today, SmartLipo has been able to provide patients with a safe and effective means of achieving a contoured.
SmartLipo is manufactured by Cynosure and utilizes medical-grade lasers to create a light beam powerful enough to rupture fat cells and then melt the fat without traumatizing nearby blood vessels, nerves, and other soft tissues. The laser functions at a specific frequency to produce the desired effects on the body. The sophisticated laser technologies are able to keep bleeding, swelling, and bruising to a minimum.
Laser lipolysis is a high-tech liposuction method that produces results superior to what’s possible using traditional liposuction techniques. Lasers are precise and safe, doing their work by emitting a powerful beam of light at fat cells, liquefying them before they are removed from the targeted area.
Liquefied fat cells can be suctioned out of the body using a cannula (hollow tube) with a tiny diameter. The small size of the cannula, using during SmartLipo, means that no scars are left behind by the procedure, making it popular with both patients and surgeons.
One of the major benefits of SmartLipo is that use of lasers help tighten up the skin tissues in the areas being treated. Loose, sagging skin can create bad results after liposuction surgery, but lasers can be used to help increase the elasticity of dermal tissues. At the end of the a SmartLipo procedure, the doctor points the laser beams at the skin tissues to encourage the development of renewed and healthy collagen. The skin tightens up in the weeks following the procedure, translating into a smooth, sculpted body contour.
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Are you a candidate?
Good candidates should be non-smokers, in good general health and should be close to their ideal weight before the procedure.
Because liposuction is not for weight loss, patients should be seeking out the procedure to sculpt and contour the body, not to lose pounds. However, some areas of the body are particularly prone to storing fat and even dedicated diet and exercise programs may fail to get rid of these fatty deposits. Patients who would like to get rid of these deposits might be good candidates for SmartLipo.
More than one area of the body can be targeted during a single SmartLipo procedure. Laser lipolysis is appropriate for a variety of different areas of the body. If you’re interested in having more than one area treated, talk with your plastic surgeon.
SmartLipo in 10 Steps
You’ll begin your SmartLipo journey by doing research to find a liposuction specialist in your area. Each specialist will vary in terms of their experience performing liposuction surgery using SmartLipo. It’s important to look carefully at each plastic surgeons’ credentials. Find a surgeon you can trust by consulting with friends or family members and by doing research online. Once you’ve narrowed the search down to two or three board certified surgeons, it’s time to move on to Step 2.
Once you have your short list of board certified plastic surgeons who have a positive reputation for excellent results it’s time to schedule a consultation with each one of them to discuss your goals, options, surgical risks and benefits, and the costs involved with the procedure. During the consultation, you’ll learn more about how SmartLipo can help you achieve your goals, but you’ll also develop an opinion about which surgeon seems like the best choice for you. Choose a qualified surgeon who can best understand your goals. Then, you’re ready to move on to Step 3.
After your initial consultations with plastic surgeons in your area, it’s time to decide which one will perform your surgery. Schedule the surgery with the doctor of your choosing at a time when you can take an appropriate amount of time off from work for recovery.
When you book your appointment for surgery, the surgeon’s office will set up a time for you to get bloodwork done prior to the procedure. Follow the doctor’s instructions regarding lifestyle changes before the procedure such as getting enough exercise, eating healthy, limiting alcohol intake, or quitting smoking.
Before surgery, your doctor will prescribe different medications for use after the procedure. It’s likely that your plastic surgeon will prescribe both an antibiotic to prevent infection as well as a pain-killer for use during the first 24 to 48 hours following surgery. Get these prescriptions filled before your surgery date to make the recovery process easier. Ask your doctor if you’ll need other supplies following surgery and obtain those beforehand as well.
You’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you home after surgery. Bring someone you trust with you to help you get home and to take care of you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
One of the most important things you can do after SmartLipo surgery to guarantee excellent results is rest. Over the first 48 hours, get plenty of sleep to encourage rapid healing.
8. Light Exercise
After the first 48 hours of rest and subsequent healing, it’s important that you get some exercise every day to get the blood moving in your body. Do 1-2 miles/day of very light walking daily to ensure that the surgically altered tissues get plenty of blood-flow oxygen. Exercise will help your tissues spring back into position, it will lift your mood, and it will diminish discomfort throughout the body.
9. Normal Exercise
Three weeks after surgery, you can go back to your normal exercise routine with your doctor’s permission.
Three months after surgery, you’ll need to go back to the doctor for a follow-up appointment. At this appointment, your doctor will evaluate your progress toward healing and take post-operative photos so that you can see the dramatic results!