Minimally Invasive Liposuction
Smartlipo is a type of liposuction that utilizes laser technology. It can be performed on almost any area of the body to reduce localized fat deposits that cannot be reached with diet and exercise. It is a procedure meant to “sculpt” the body, and it should not be used as a weight loss surgery. Smartlipo is a minimally invasive procedure that is more gentle than traditional liposuction and can actually tighten the skin as well.
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How Is Smartlipo Performed?
Because Smartlipo is a minimally invasive procedure, local anesthesia is administered to keep you comfortable during surgery. A cannula (hollow tube) with a laser fiber through it is inserted into the treatment area through a small incision. As the doctor moves the cannula back and forth under the skin, fat is vacuumed out. When the laser fiber comes in contact with the fat cells, it plumps them and they melt into a fatty oil. This triggers the production of collagen, which actually tightens the skin in the treated area. For this reason, laser-assisted liposuction is a better option than traditional liposuction for those with loose skin and areas of localized fat. Smartlipo is sometimes referred to as “lunch hour liposuction” because the entire procedure takes an hour or less.
How Long Is My Smartlipo Recovery?
Although the procedure is much quicker than regular liposuction, patients should still allow at least two days of downtime to recuperate. Because the incisions are so small, no stitches are needed. The laser closes off tiny blood vessels, so there is less chance of bleeding, swelling, and bruising compared to regular liposuction. Your doctor may suggest that you wear a compression garment to reduce any swelling and to help your body take on its new shape following the procedure.
When Will I See My Smartlipo Results?
Many begin to see the results of Smartlipo about a week after the procedure, but the final look may not be apparent for up to six months. Typically, patients need only one treatment to get satisfying results, but some may desire additional treatments for minor touch-ups. Patients should wait at least four months before undergoing subsequent procedures. Smartlipo permanently removes fat cells, but a significant amount of weight gain may reverse the effects of the procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions About Smartlipo
How should I prepare for Smartlipo?
Even though Smartlipo is minimally invasive, you will still want to temporarily stop all nicotine use (including smoking and vaping) as this can increase your risk of complications and prolong your recovery period. You may also be asked to stop using all blood-thinning medication (including aspirin, ibuprofen, and NSAIDs). Blood-thinning herbal supplements should also be temporarily avoided.
How does Smartlipo differ from power-assisted liposuction?
Power-assisted liposuction injects a fluid into the treatment zone to shrink the blood vessels and numb this area. An electric handpiece is then used to break up the fat to allow for easier removal through the cannula. Even though this is still more comfortable than traditional liposuction, it is still more invasive than the laser-assisted liposuction used with Smartlipo.
How much does Smartlipo cost?
The cost of your Smartlipo will vary depending on how many areas are treated and the size of those treatment areas. Additional cost factors include anesthesia, facility, and surgeon fees. This fee will not include the cost of medication following your treatment; however, if you should require pain medication, your insurance may help.
Can I combine my Smartlipo with other surgical procedures?
Smartlipo can be performed alone or in combination with other body contouring procedures. While Smartlipo allows for minimal skin tightening, it cannot eliminate sagging skin the way that other procedures like tummy tuck surgery, thigh lift surgery, or arm lift surgery can.
Schedule a Smartlipo Consultation
Dr. Thompson can help you decide if Smartlipo is an ideal procedure for you during a consultation at his Colts Neck, New Jersey office. You and Dr. Thompson will discuss your health history, your expectations of the procedure, possible risks, and the entire treatment process before you decide whether to go ahead with the procedure. Feel free to call 732-410-4789 or fill out our contact form today to schedule a consultation.
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