One cosmetic issue that virtually every person struggles with is extra fat in one area or another. While surgical liposuction can certainly remove that excess fat, many people want to avoid major surgery if at all possible. The most advanced minimally invasive liposuction technique available today, SmartLipo, makes that possible.
What is SmartLipo?
SmartLipo is a high-tech liposuction technique that does not require major surgery. This minimally invasive technique is also known as laser liposculpture. Used in the United States for almost a decade, it has steadily grown in popularity as an option for those who want liposuction, but who don’t want the long recovery and major surgery involved with surgical lipo.
Where Can You Get SmartLipo?
SmartLipo can be done in all the same areas that surgical lipo can be done. This includes the stomach, thighs, back, and hips. SmartLipo is particularly well suited for the small areas like the chin, neck, and arms since these areas require the type of precision that a laser can provide.
How Does the SmartLipo Procedure Work?
SmartLipo is done while the patient is under local anesthesia. This allows you to be awake during the procedure but helps keep you out of pain. Patients who have anxiety about the procedure can receive a mild sedative that can assist with relaxation.
The doctor will make a very small incision in the anesthetized area. A very slender tube is then inserted into that incision. Through the tube, the doctor will position the laser directly at the fat cells. The laser will essentially liquefy the fat cells. This liquefied fat can then be removed by suction immediately if desired. Otherwise, it will be naturally and harmlessly absorbed into the blood. Perhaps the biggest benefit is the skin tightening the SmartLipo can achieve. The laser promotes collagen formation which can gradually tighten skin.
Recovery After SmartLipo
The recovery from SmartLipo is also one of its biggest benefits. The vast majority of patients have a very fast recovery and have very little pain. There are no stitches at the incision site since the incision is so tiny. Most people can go home within one hour of completion of their SmartLipo procedure. It is typically only a few days before patients can resume their regular routine after a SmartLipo procedure.
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