What is SmartLipo?
SmartLipo offers an alternative to traditional liposuction with many added benefits. The procedure utilizes laser technology instead of a mechanical manipulation to break up stubborn fat, reducing trauma on the tissue. This leads to more effective results, a shorter recovery, and fewer side effects.
Who is a Candidate?
Those who are candidates for traditional liposuction with areas of stubborn fat can benefit from SmartLipo. The procedure can be done to improve contour in the abdomen, thighs, flanks, upper arms, back, or bra area. Candidates should be in their ideal weight range and should not expect the procedure to be a solution for weight loss.
The SmartLipo Procedure
Local anesthesia will be used before treatment, ensuring that the patient experiences minimal discomfort. For the SmartLipo procedure, small incisions are made in the target area allowing access for the SmartLipo laser. The laser energy is then directed to heat and melt stubborn fat cells. Those cells are then removed with a gentle suction mechanism. While the laser is melting fat, it is also stimulating collagen production beneath the skin, resulting in stronger, tighter skin that will develop later. The procedure can take about one to two hours to complete.
Results and Recovery
SmartLipo is an in-office procedure, meaning patients can return home after treatment. The minimally invasive procedure also leads to minimal downtime, so patients can return to their normal activities and even work as soon as one to two days later. During recovery, patients can expect to have some degree of discomfort with mild swelling and bruising, however, the recovery is much easier than a traditional liposuction recovery.
The SmartLipo procedure delivers the benefits of both traditional liposuction and laser technology. Patients will notice an immediate improvement with reduced stubborn fat. Over the next few months, collagen and elastin fibers will continue to develop, resulting in tighter skin with fewer wrinkles. The treated area will have an overall smoother contour that can be long-lasting as long as the patient maintains a healthy weight through diet and exercise.
If you are interested in learning more about SmartLipo and how you can benefit, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chao.