Smartlipo Laser Liposuction
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Today's body contouring procedures can treat large areas and small problem areas too. Laser-assisted lipolysis melts away fat in trouble spots, like your abdomen, thighs, arms, and neck. The results last longer than other treatments and are less invasive than traditional liposuction or a more invasive procedure such as a facelift.
Laser Lipolysis for the Body and Large Areas
Liposuction introduced the world to body contouring. Now laser-assisted lipolysis takes an amazing concept and makes it even better, from complementing traditional liposuction in large areas to treating targeted trouble spots.
The Benefits of Laser Lipolysis
Laser lipolysis technology offers the versatility to match treatment offerings with patient demand for body contouring, treating cellulite or contouring the lower face and neck.
Laser liposuction may involve less pain, less bruising and swelling. In many cases, local anesthetic is used instead of general anesthesia, so you’re awake during the procedure—which means a faster, easier recovery period than with traditional liposuction.
Laser Lipolysis for Small Areas
Sometimes the small things bother you the most. Whether it’s the first signs of aging like a sagging neck and jowls, or you just want to have a fresher and more revitalized look.
Now a minimally invasive laser procedure for the treatment of small areas such as the lower face and neck and axillary glands in the (armpit) area is available. This one-time, one-hour procedure is ideal if you want great results with the least amount of downtime.
Lower Face and Neck Revitalization
When treating the lower face and neck, laser energy is used to melt fat below the skin’s surface and also causes new collegen production by treating the subdermis.
In laser-assisted liposuction, better science leads to better results.
Smartlipo is the most widely used and extensively studied, used and validated laser-assisted liposuction or lipolysis system available today. It was the first laser introduced for this purpose. With eight years of studies, Smartlipo has been shown to involve less pain, less bruising and swelling, and provide a faster recovery time than traditional liposuction.
A 2009 study published in Clinics in Plastic Surgery noted “Smartlipo is proven to be a safer and more effective method of body contouring. The histological findings from clinical studies demonstrate the advantages from traditional liposuction that include improvement in recovery time and the final clinical result.”
A 2006 study published by the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery stated Smartlipo provides “excellent patient tolerance, quick recovery time, as well as the benefit of dermal tightening through coagulation.”
A study published in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine in 2006 showed that Smartlipo is a useful tool for the treatment of local “lipodystrophy,” or build-up of fat. It also was effective for the formation of new collagen resulting in skin tightening through coagulation.
A Clinics in Plastic Surgery study published by Dr. Alberto Goldman and Dr. Robert Gotkin in 2009 summarized, “By reducing blood loss, minimizing both aesthetic side effects and complications, and by promoting improvements in skin contraction, laser-assisted lipolysis has proven itself to be safer and more effective.”
What is Smartlipo by Cynosure?
Smartlipo is designed exclusively to perform laser-assisted lipolysis, commonly referred to as laser liposuction. A very thin tube containing the Smartlipo laser fiber is inserted in targeted fatty areas through a tiny incision. The laser fiber delivers thermal energy directly to fat cells and disrupts the fat for easy removal. The laser literally melts the fat, which is removed with gentle suction. At the same time, tissue coagulates through the laser energy that is delivered, contributing to an overall smoother shape.
How do I know if laser lipolysis is right for me?
The best candidates for laser lipolysis are women and men who are not significantly overweight but have accumulated fat deposits, such as “love handles,” flabby upper arms, excess neck or lower facial fat, or fat on the lower torso. A consultation with a Smartlipo physician can provide you with the best information.
What areas of the body can be treated?
Laser lipolysis is ideal for the neck, jawline, arms, back, “love handles,” post-pregnancy skin laxity, saddlebags, knees, and enlarged male breasts.
What does the procedure feel like?
Because the area is anesthetized, there is minimal discomfort during the procedure. You may feel pressure but it is a mild sensation. Following laser lipolysis, you may experience some aches, much like after a physical workout. A compression garment may be worn for a short period after treatment, depending on the body area treated and the recommendation of your physician.
How long does the procedure take?
On average, the procedure will take 1.5–2 hours. This is dependent on the number of areas to be treated and the size of those areas.
Do I have to stay in the hospital?
Laser lipolysis is typically an in-office procedure performed under local anesthesia.
How many treatments are necessary?
For most patients, results are achieved in just one treatment. Results can be seen within a week, with continued improvement over 3–6 months.
How long do the results last?
Laser lipolysis disrupts fat cells in the treated area. However, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen to enjoy long-lasting results.
Will there be scarring?
The incision site will be very small. With proper care, any scars will be barely noticeable. Your physician is best to evaluate your skin type and provide you information on what to expect.
What’s the recovery time?
The laser lipolysis procedure is minimally invasive procedure and usually requires only local anesthesia. Some light bruising can occur, but you’ll be able to return to normal activities within a day or two.
How much does laser lipolysis cost?
The cost depends on the size and number of areas to be treated. Ask a physician in your area for more information on what to expect.
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Here’s how it works:
- Local anesthesia is used (you’re awake during the procedure)
- A tiny incision is made, about the size of the tip of a pen
- The Smartlipo laser fiber is inserted through a very small tube into your body
- The laser ruptures the fat cell membranes
- The fat cells are permanently destroyed
- The liquefied fat is gently suctioned out
- New collagen is produced resulting in coagulation of skin, resulting in tightening
- Typically, only one treatment is required dependent on the number of areas to be treated. Results may vary, but usually can be seen within a week, with continued improvement over three to six months.