In 2013, the American Society of Plastic Surgery listed liposuction as the most performed cosmetic procedure of the year with 365,000 procedures performed. With recent advances, such as SmartLipo, liposuction is becoming a procedure that delivers amazing results with minimal pain and recovery time. So how has Smartlipo changed liposuction?
What is SmartLipo?
In 2006, Cynosure developed the revolutionary SmartLipo procedure and became FDA approved. Rather than using traditional methods of liposuction which can be invasive to the body, SmartLipo uses a laser-assisted lipolysis system that helps in melting fat cells and coagulating tissue. Due to its superior results and minimally invasive nature, SmartLipo has been adopted across the country and become viewed as the ultimate body contouring procedure that is backed by nearly 10 years of clinical tests.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Unlike traditional liposuction, SmartLipo is a less complicated procedure that can often be performed in the comfort of your doctor’s office rather than in an intimidating operating room. To start the procedure, tumescent anesthesia is administered to the patient in the local area that is to be treated. By using tumescent anesthesia rather than general anesthesia, the patient is able to feel virtually no pain while remaining conscious during the whole procedure. By avoiding general anesthesia, the procedure becomes significantly safer and allows for a more graceful recovery.
Once the area is numbed, several small incisions (approximately 3 mm wide) will be made around the area of unwanted fat. Next, the SmartLipo laser cannula is gently inserted through the incision and navigated over the fat deposits. The laser’s heat then melts surrounding fat and tightens the overlying skin. A suctioned cannula is then used to delicately remove the liquefied fat. In traditional liposuction, fat is often cut or ripped out in the removal process. This is a much more invasive approach that leads to a longer road of recovery. After the fat is removed in the SmartLipo procedure, the incisions are left open to heal naturally. Depending on the amount of SmartLipo treatment, patients are often free to walk out the door and return to normal activities within a couple days.
When it comes to finding the best solution for quick fat removal and body sculpting, SmartLipo is the answer. Not only is this procedure safe and minimally invasive but it also delivers amazing body contouring results, while leaving tighter and heathier looking skin.