Our Raleigh Plastic Surgeon Answers All Your Smartlipo Questions
What is Smartlipo?
Smartlipo is a body contouring method that uses laser technology to break up and liquefy small pockets of unwanted fat. This dissolved fat is harmlessly absorbed by the body or can be removed at the time of the procedure.
Smartlipo is less invasive than traditional liposuction methods and is able to target very small fat deposits. It is an excellent procedure to combine with traditional methods when both larger volume fat removal and carefully-tailored results are required.
How Does Smartlipo Work?
After you receive a local anesthetic (or general anesthesia if you prefer), a very small laser-tipped cannula (surgical wand) is inserted directly into the targeted area of fat. As the laser dissolves fat cells, our surgeons gently guide the cannula back and forth through the fat layer. In addition to treatment of fat deposits, the laser’s energy heats the dermis, causing collagen to contract and the skin to tighten. The laser also coagulates small blood vessels on contact, causing less trauma and helping to speed recovery. The result for our Raleigh cosmetic surgery liposuction patients: improved body contour and skin tone in an easy, fast-recovery procedure.
What Areas of the Body Can Be Treated with Smartlipo?
This procedure can be used to eliminate unwanted fat from almost any area of the body. Our Raleigh Smart Lipo patients commonly target their abdomens, thighs, love handles, and upper arms.
Does Smartlipo Treat Cellulite?
This procedure is used to eliminate fat cells in a targeted region in order to improve body shape. While it does not specifically treat cellulite, in some cases patients report slightly decreased skin puckering and improved skin smoothness.
Will I Have Scars from the Procedure?
The Smartlipo device is much thinner than traditional liposuction devices, so only a very small incision needs to be made during this procedure. With such small incisions, scars should not be noticeable. If you are thinking of combining this procedure with traditional liposuction, Smartlipo will not add to or enlarge the incisions required.
Does it require admission to a hospital?
No, the Laser lipolysis treatment, or Smartlipo treatment, does not require hospitalization or even a general anesthesia as it is carried out in our Raleigh Medical Spa. The post-treatment marks like hematomas and inflammation – common to other methods of surgical body modeling – are considerably reduced.
How many treatments will I need?
This very much depends on the amount of fat to be removed from each area. More often than not one treatment will achieve the desired effect. The recommended amount of fat removed from one area is approximately 250/300cc.
How long does a treatment take?
Treatment takes 1-2 hours depending on the number of areas. Most patients can return to work the following day after treatment.
Could I have an even result with Smartlipo treatment after fat reduction?
NO, it is actually the Smartlipo treatment that can be used to treat asymmetrical shaping, as the surgeon can apply differing amounts of varying laser energy to different areas so he can sculpture the body shape with the laser.
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