Understanding Smart Lipo
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.