If you are struggling with stubborn pockets of fat that won’t go away even after various efforts in your diet and exercise, you may have begun researching weight loss procedures. Millions of men and women turn to elective surgeries to help remove unwanted fat for a more sculpted, slimmer shape. At Lehigh Valley Weight Loss Women’s Health & Aesthetics, we offer a variety of body contouring treatments, including SmartLipo, a new form of liposuction.
What is SmartLipo?
SmartLipo is a minimally invasive form of laser liposuction designed by Cynosure. This weight loss procedure is used to improve the appearance or contour of your body by targeting and removing unwanted fat from key areas of the body. SmartLipo is developed to help contour areas such as the arms, thighs, abdomen, chest, back, and neck.
SmartLipo uses a laser fiber threaded through a cannula to target and break down fat cells before extracting them from the body. The energy from the laser also helps to seal the blood vessels quickly promoting faster healing as opposed to traditional liposuction. In some cases, the heat from the laser also tightens the skin creating a smoothly contoured surface.
It is important to note that liposculpture is not a weight loss procedure and should not be used as a substitute for a healthy diet or exercise. As such, good candidates should have realistic expectations of the procedure and results. During your consultation, your doctor will talk with you about what to expect.
SmartLipo offers several advantages over traditional liposuction treatment, including the following:
- Less pain
- Reduced bleeding, swelling, and bruising
- Accelerated recovery
- Smaller entry point, minimal scarring
SmartLipo is a gentle outpatient procedure that only requires local anesthesia, meaning the patient can be awake throughout the procedure but will not feel any significant discomfort or pain. Once numb, small concealable incisions are made to allow the cannula to be inserted and used.
The procedure itself generally takes 1-2 hours, depending on the area or areas being treated. Following the procedure, patients can return home and relax but should arrange for transportation after the procedure.
As with any procedure, there can be associated risks with SmartLipo. Though complications are rare, the most common side effects include rippled skin, lumpiness, and scaring around the incisions.
Results & Recovery
Following treatment, it is common for patients to experience minimal swelling, bruising, and discomfort. We may recommend wearing compression garments for the first few days to reduce swelling and risks of side effects. Work can usually be resumed the next day, but we advise patients to avoid strenuous activities for at least two weeks after the procedure.
SmartLipo is an extremely effective treatment option for those desiring a slimmer, sculpted, and toned body. Results will be seen almost immediately once the swelling subsides. Though results are permanent and long-lasting, they are dependent on the patient’s ability to abide by their working diet and exercise routines to maintain results.
Patients should know results are highly individual and will depend on their body shape and type. In some cases, additional procedures may be necessary as there are limitations to how much fat could be removed in a single procedure. For more information on SmartLipo and how you can benefit or to schedule a consultation, contact our office today.