Before Smart Lipo, Common Questions and Considerations

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Laser technologies like Smartlipo have revolutionized body contouring. Smart Lipo was the first laser device of its kind to be approved by the FDA in 2006. Smart lipo is a safe and smart choice for patients who are considering  laser-assisted lipolysis, which helps skilled surgeons achieve more refined results. If you are one of them, here are some considerations and questions that may help you determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure that can change the way you look and feel.

Smartlipo Body Contouring Can Change The Way Patients Look and Feel

Smartlipo a Smart Choice

How does SmartLipo differ from other forms of liposuction?

SmartLipo is different from other liposuction surgeries because it uses a sophisticated laser technology to liquefy fat before removing it through a cannula. The small metal cannula is placed underneath the patient’s skin to insert the laser tool. The laser is focused through the cannula by a fiber, then it is rotated gently, back and forth to liquefy fat cells and simultaneously coagulate blood vessels, which eases the process. The fat is then sucked out of the body. This system and technique reduces bleeding, swelling and downtime.

SmartLipo does not leave scarring. The results are smooth and contoured. The minimally invasive treatment is also known for fast recovery times, less bruising and pain due to the product’s advanced technology.

On what body parts is SmartLipo best used?

Most patients have areas of fat that cannot be removed through diet and exercise. Parts of the body that can accumulate, flab, lumps, bulges or loose skin are best helped by SmartLipo. Its most widely treated areas are: abdomen, waist, thighs, hips, chin, neck, jowls, arms, knees, back, and gynecomastia (excess male breast tissue). Patients who ask for Smartlipo typically hear about how this safe and effective body contouring method can shape, sculpt, tone and tighten areas such as:  the midsection, buttocks, arms, waist and thighs. Surgeons and patients choose Smartlipo, because it is a smarter, safer way to permanently eliminate fat.

Would I qualify for SmartLipo?

Good candidates for SmartLipo include those who are in good health (to minimize risks and complications); are over the age of 18; exercise regularly and maintain a good diet; have realistic expectations for the treatment’s results; and possess areas of fat that cannot be removed through diet and exercise.

Those who would not be suited for SmartLipo include: women who are pregnant or breastfeeding; those who have skin infections in the potential treatment area; patients who are critically ill or undergoing treatment for major illness; and patients who take blood-thinning medication.

The best way to determine if you are a candidate is to schedule a consultation with a qualified and skilled Smartlipo surgeon. He or she will assess your physical health and help you determine if it is an appropriate time to have the procedure. Your health is the biggest factor in determining whether you are qualified for Smartlipo.

What is the recovery period like after a SmartLipo procedure?

Recovery from Smartlipo is fairly short for most patients. Of course the downtime you experience is directly related to the areas treated on the body, the number of areas treated, and the amount of fat removed from each area. SmartLipo only uses tiny perforations to insert the cannulas and remove the fat, therefore, stitches are not required, and the tiny incision sites will close after they allow the excess fluids to drain.  Patients are required to wear compression garments around the treated areas. Surgeons recommend you wear the garments for a full week, post –surgery, but this will vary. The garments help to accelerate the drainage of anesthetic solution at a faster rate and apply pressure or compression to the treated areas to reduce the swelling as the anesthetic fluid is absorbed and eliminated from the body.

Some patients may need a mild painkiller to manage discomfort. The soreness from the procedure should subside and go away within a few days. Most patients resume normal activities within days and physical activities within three weeks. You should have at least 24-48 hours of rest after the surgery.

The small incisions (about 3 millimeters thick) should fade within 2-4 weeks with no scabbing, and the pimple-like marks will vanish within 12 months.

When will I see results from SmartLipo?

The results from the procedure should be noticeable immediately. The outcome will improve as swelling subsides. Further improvement should come in the next 6-8 weeks as your skin shrinks to fit your tightened contours.

A benefit of SmartLipo is that collagen bands of the skin are shrunk by the laser due to the heating process to remove unwanted fat. This induces new, tighter collagen production through tissue coagulation. The laser breaks septa bands responsible for fat deposit dimpling. This cellular damage tightens the tissue

Will I gain the weight back after a SmartLipo procedure?

The human body produces all of its fat cells by the time you are a teenager. SmartLipo destroys the fat cells in treated areas, and the fat is suctioned out. Therefore, the cells will not return after SmartLipo removes the unwanted fat. It is not likely to gain back your former weight as long as you maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly.

However, you may gain weight in other untreated areas if you take in more calories than you lose. You might also a slight increase in weight in treated areas because the fat cells left behind may expand, storing more fat. A healthy lifestyle should keep weight gain to a minimum.