Liposuction is a procedure that suctions fat cells out of the body through small, controlled incisions. With this procedure, a plastic surgeon can reduce fat deposits in certain areas of your body by 50%. However, a new and improved liposuction technique is less invasive and more effective. It’s called Smartlipo®, or laser-assisted liposuction. Here’s what to know about it and why it’s better than traditional liposuction.
What is Smartlipo?
Smartlipo is a less invasive and more effective liposuction technique. It features a laser that liquefies fat cells for easier removal with a cannula, which speeds up healing time and reduces post-operative pain. Traditional liposuction relies on a gentle sweeping, back-and-forth motion to break up fatty tissue, causing more trauma to the nearby tissue.
How does Smartlipo work?
Smartlipo is performed using a combination of local anesthetic and sedation. Once you’re ready, your plastic surgeon will perform a tiny incision in the treatment area and apply a specialized laser handpiece to the fatty tissue. This causes it to liquefy, where it can then be suctioned out using a cannula and surgical vacuum. Once complete, your plastic surgeon will prepare you for your recovery.
Benefits of Smartlipo
Smartlipo is a new and less invasive procedure that is more effective than traditional liposuction. Smartlipo also produces skin tightening because of the gentle heat generated during the laser process, making it a better option for patients with sagging skin from weight loss or pregnancy. It also comes with quicker downtime and less bruising and discomfort.
Who is a good candidate for Smartlipo?
Anyone who wants to remove stubborn fat, contract skin, and is looking for a shorter recovery time can find great results with Smartlipo. Your plastic surgeon will go over your medical history during your consultation to make sure it’s a good fit for you and your goals. You should be at or near your ideal weight with a stable, healthy lifestyle to keep weight fluctuations away.
Where can Smartlipo be performed?
Smartlipo is a very versatile technique that can be performed virtually anywhere on the body. Some of the most popular places where patients get Smartlipo include the stomach, thighs, hips, arms, back, chest, chin, and knees. You can enjoy permanent fat reduction with Smartlipo, making it a great way to invest in your confidence.
Schedule a Consultation
The best way to learn more about Smartlipo is by meeting with a board-certified plastic surgeon. To get started, contact the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery & Laser Center of Maryland by calling or filling out our online contact form.