How Laser Liposuction (SmartLipo) Can Improve Your Health - adapted from “Kleinlipo” 9/19/17

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Liposuction Information
Laser liposuction, specifically SmartLipo, is extremely safe, minimally invasive, performed over 2-3 hours in the office, has minimal to no downtime and yields superior results. When you think about liposuction, you often think about a surgical procedure that people seek for cosmetic purposes. Liposuction is a quick and effect way to remove excess fat from areas of the body and while many patients choose it for this reason, there are several medical conditions that liposuction helps to alleviate. Here are a few ...

Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia is a condition that affects boys and men. It occurs when there is a reduction in testosterone or an increase in estrogen levels. One of the most prominent signs of gynecomastia is the development of swollen and enlarged breasts. Diet and exercise do not reduce the excess breast tissue. Laser liposuction or SmartLipo removes this excess fat and initiates skin tightening at the same time. This helps men restore their manly appearance.

Fixes Abnormalities Caused by Extreme Weight Loss
Extreme weight loss either by bariatric surgery (gastric bypass or sleeve) or medical weight loss helps many people achieve a healthier body weight. Unfortunately, after losing this amount of weight, some patients are left with skin abnormalities due to metabolically resistant fat (see previous blog). Laser liposuction and SmartLipo helps to tighten sagging and excess skin, helping it return to a more tightened state while eliminating those resistant fatty areas.

Lipomas
Lipomas are benign, soft-tissue tumors that are made up of fat cells. The painless tumors can grow to more than six centimeters in size. When the tumors become too big, or multiple growths start to create a problem, they get removed. The removal of the lipomas using liposuction is a less-invasive treatment that does not leave the skin scarred or disfigured. LAser liposuction eliminates the chance of recurrence, and patients are left with a satisfactory, cosmetic outcome.

Lipodystrophy Syndrome
Lipodystrophy Syndrome is a condition that is characterized by the accumulation of fat in areas of the body. These fat deposits are often permanent. This syndrome’s symptoms include having excess fat around the abdomen, gynecomastia, enlargement of the neck, fat deposits underneath the skin, and a hump-like formation on the back. These excess fat deposits create an unnatural appearance. Laser liposuction creates a more natural look by creating an even distribution of body fat.

While liposuction is a common cosmetic procedure, not everyone who seeks cosmetic surgery does so for aesthetic reasons. There are several medical conditions that use liposuction as an effective treatment.

Author
John Scaffidi, MD, FACOG, FABOM Dr. Scaffidi is the founder and Chief of Medical Bariatrics, Aesthetics, and Gynecology at Total Women's Healthcare and Lehigh Valley Weight Loss. He maintains board certifications in both Bariatric Medicine and Gynecology while actively training residents, medical students and the community in cutting edge technologies, medical and surgical techniques.

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