SmartLipo™ is the first and only laser liposuction system to offer a revolutionary and minimally invasive procedure for the removal of fat. Using a high-powered laser, SmartLipo™ simultaneously destroys fat cells and tightens skin. SmartLipo™ is a new Laser Body Sculpting procedure with less downtime and side-effects than traditional liposuction.
1. What is laser lipolysis?
2. How does the SmartLipo™ procedure work?
3. What areas can be treated with the SmartLipo™?
4. Is there any recovery time associated with the SmartLipo™ procedure?
5. How many treatments will I need?
6. Who is a good candidate for SmartLipo™?
7. Is the lipo procedure with the SmartLipo™ permanent?
8. How much does the SmartLipo™ procedure cost?
Contrary to traditional liposuction, laser lipolysis does not use suction. Instead, a cannula housing the laser fiber is inserted into the treated area and used to liquefy the fat. Then liquefied fat is then drained from the body through very tiny incisions.
The physician inserts a very small cannula (tube) approximately 1.0 mm to 2.0 mm in diameter containing the laser fiber into the skin. He then moves the cannula back and forth delivering the laser’s energy directly to the fat cells and causing them to rupture and easily drain away. The laser, through its energy, also interacts with the dermis, causing the collagen to shrink.
The SmartLipo™ promotes skin tightening in areas of fat removal and can be used to treat most areas of the body. It is ideal for treating localized deposits of unwanted fat and fat tissue irregularities. Most common areas that are treated with the SmartLipo™ are the abdomen, “love handles”, inner and outer thighs, “saddlebags” “bra bulges”, neck, arms and knees in addition to lower buttocks.
The SmartLipo™ procedure simultaneously destroys fat cells and tightens the skin. Due to the cannula’s small size, SmartLipo™ is a minimally invasive procedure and can be performed under local anesthesia. The laser causes small blood vessels to coagulate immediately on contact, resulting in less bleeding, swelling and bruising, and hence less recovery time (1 to 3 days).
For most patients, typically only one treatment is needed. The procedure can last from 45 minutes to 2 hours for each area treated.
Ideal candidates are patients who are healthy, close to their ideal body weight, and maintain a healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise but have a pocket of unwanted fat or a “trouble spot” that is resistant to a healthy diet and exercise. It is worth noting that SmartLipo™ is not intended to significantly reduce your body weight but instead to remove fat from targeted small cosmetic areas on the body. It is a body sculpting procedure and not a weight loss procedure.
Liposuction with the SmartLipo™ do provide lasting results. Adults do not create new fat cells. When a person gains weight, the fat cells expand. The SmartLipo™ procedure melts and permanently removes the fat cells. Should you gain weight, most fat will be deposited in areas where the procedure was not performed.
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