Smartlipo is a new generation of energy assisted liposuction laser that is used today by the most advanced surgery centers. Compared to older liposuction techniques, liposuction with the Smartlipo is safe, requires only local anestisia, and enables patients to return to normal activities in few days rather than weeks.
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As liposuction techniques have evolved over the past decade, the recovery period has decreased. Today there are forms of liposuction that can provide effective contouring without a lengthy recovery. One of our favorite types of liposuction is Smartlipo, a minimally invasive technique that uses laser energy to destroy fat beneath the skin’s surface.
Smartlipo can be used to treat excess fat on many different parts of the body, including:
Unlike traditional liposuction, Smartlipo is performed using only local anesthesia. Our doctor first injects the anesthetic and waits a few moments to ensure the targeted area is sufficiently numb. She then makes tiny incisions in or around the targeted area and positions a tiny tube through the incision. Next, she inserts the Smartlipo laser fiber through the tube and sends laser energy into the targeted fat cells. The energy permanently destroys the fat cells. Lastly, she gently suctions out the liquefied fat, sutures the incisions, and places bandages over the treated area. The entire procedure typically takes less than 2 hours to perform.
One of the reasons our patients love Smartlipo is because the recovery period is so short. Some light bruising and swelling may occur, but most patients feel ready to resume normal activities within two days of their procedure!
The initial results of Smartlipo can be seen within a week. As swelling from the procedure diminishes and the skin tightens up, the final results are seen within 3 – 6 months. The results of Smartlipo can be very long lasting, provided that you maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Most of our patients achieve their desired look with just one treatment session, but additional sessions can be performed if necessary.
Smartlipo is a great treatment for anyone who is bothered by bulges of unwanted body fat. If changes to your diet or exercise routine are unable to eliminate excess fat, Smartlipo may be able to provide the body contouring you desire. Our dermatologic surgeon offers this treatment to patients who are close to their ideal body weight. It should not be used as a treatment for obesity or a weight loss solution.
If you’re ready to take control of your body, we encourage you to contact our Philadelphia office today to learn more about Smartlipo. Our doctor can help you decide if Smartlipo is the best treatment for you.