Make a Fully Informed Decision Before Having Liposuction – SmartLipo™
If you’ve decided to have your body surgically contoured, we advise you to make a fully informed decision as to which procedure may best for you. SmartLipo™ is a process used in conjunction with standard liposuction to remove stubborn fat cells and to improve the tone of your skin. The Bellevue Cosmetic Surgeons at Bel Red Aesthetic Surgery Center offer this technique – and a primer to understanding the benefits of having SmartLipo™.
What is a Laser?
Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Medical lasers are precise and safe; each laser is calculated to a specific frequency range for a given procedure. They are used in a multitude of medical procedures and surgeries, including but not limited to:
- Cosmetic Procedures
- Reconstructive Surgery
- Lasik Eye Surgery
- Skin rejuvenation Procedures
SmartLipo™ Laser Design
The SmartLipo™ lasers are designed specifically to liquify fat deposits under the skin. Actually rupturing the fat cells, the liquified fat is removed from the patient’s body by the surgeon through an incision in the patient’s skin. Because the laser seals blood vessels, bleeding, swelling and bruising tend to be diminished
Benefits of SmartLipo™
A minimally invasive procedure, SmartLipo™ does not require general anesthesia. Reduced bleeding, bruising and swelling results in decreased recovery time. Generally, the patient is advised to rest for one to two days, although some return to work next day. Scarring is minimal, and most patients show some desired results immediately though final result may take three to four months.
Who is a Candidate for SmartLipo™?
The following criteria will determine if you are a good candidate for SmartLipo™:
- If you are within 25 pounds of your ideal weight, as determined by your physician.
- You are healthy, and lead a healthy lifestyle, including eating properly and exercising regularly.
- You have area(s) of body fat that have not responded to exercise or diet.
- You have realistic expectations of the results.
What to Expect with the SmartLipo™ Procedure
A 1.0 mm to 2.0 mm diameter cannula (tube) that contains the laser, is inserted into the skin. The surgeon delivers the laser’s energy to the fat cells using a back and forth motion. The fat cells rupture, releasing the liquified fat. The laser also shrinks the skin’s collagen through the process, causing shrinkage and skin tightening. Performed under a local anesthetic or twilight sleep, SmartLipo™ usually avoid general anesthesia sometimes used with conventional liposuction.
What Areas of the Body Respond Best to SmartLipo™?
Used in conjunction with traditional liposuction, SmartLipo™ is ideal for treating small areas of stubborn fat in the:
- Bra Strap Area
- Mons Pubis
- Breasts resulting from gynecomastia
- Moderately Loose Skin anywhere
For most patients, only one session is required to achieve desired results. The procedure can take up to 45 minutes for each area treated. Please allow time for preparation and post-treatment procedures. Most Bellevue SmartLipo™ patients see results immediately, with improvement over a period of several months.