The idea of liposuction is very appealing when we notice unwanted bulges and fat in areas that look unflattering and that refuse to go away with diet and exercise. Lipo has evolved a great deal over the past decade making this surgery safer, more affordable and with better results.
Almost anyone can be a good candidate for SmartLipo. Our doctor will review the benefits and risks of SmartLipo with you during your consultation visit. He will assess whether you are a good candidate with respect to your medical health, and he will clarify what SmartLipo could do for you. It is recommended that patients are in good health when undergoing any surgery to reduce risks and potential complications. This procedure is not a means of removing weight in excess, it is a more a procedure to remove moderate amounts of fat and contour neck, love-handles, mid-section and waist areas of the body, buttocks and thighs. This procedure is recommended for people that have fatty deposits and patients with barrel-shaped waists, muffin tops, tummy rolls, spare tires and post-pregnancy flab, thunder thighs and areas that do not respond to exercise or diet.
Smartlipo™ is ideal for treating small areas of the neck, arms, abdomen, thighs, knees, back, bra strap, mons pubis, male breasts (gynecomastia), and areas of loose and flabby skin. In addition, more than one area can be treated during the same visit and several areas can be augmented with SmartLipo™ at the same time.
Liposuction has evolved over the past years. Liposuction has become a much safer procedure and the downtime has been reduced dramatically for the patient as new technologies are developed. One of the biggest advances in liposuction is the use of lasers to melt the fat. The use of lasers, like the one used on SmartLipo Laser Lipolysis, allows the surgeon to target specific areas with much greater accuracy and control by liquefying the fat making it easier for the surgeon to remove and therefore the procedure is much gentler on the body with greater results. Additionally, the action of the laser tightens the skin on the areas targeted with SmartLipo, leaving smoother, tighter and natural skin looking after the surgery.
During SmartLipo, tiny instruments are used to suck out the fat. These are hollow rods called cannulas that are used to suck out the liquefied fat. Since the incisions needed to insert the cannulas on the body are tiny, they are almost invisible and most of the time just fade away eventually. The use of small instruments also allow the surgeon to remove the fat with greater precision while being less intrusive on the body. Another benefit of SmartLipo is that it is performed under local anesthetics reducing greatly the risks associated with general anesthesia.
Since the SmartLipo procedure is gentler than other types of liposuction, there is less bruising, risks and recovery time is minimal. Most patients return to their normal routine within 48 hours of their SmartLipo, hence the name "Lunchtime Lipo". The original and traditional Liposuction surgeries represent more risks due to technique, instruments and the use of a general anesthetic as opposed to a local anesthetic used in SmartLipo.
The latest advances in Liposuction have created SmartLipo Laser Liposuction, designed for a safe, quick and more precise body liposuction procedure with less downtime and risk. The SmartLipo procedure is much less invasive than traditional Liposuction and should be treated as an outpatient surgery. The SmartLipo procedure may take 2 hours or more, depending on how many areas are involved. Since local anesthesia is used, patients are awake during the procedure which minimizes risks associated with general anesthesia.
With SmartLipo™ very few tiny incisions are made around the targeted surgical area to inject the numbing local anesthetic and for insertion of the small laser apparatus. The incisions require no stitches, they heal within days, and they leave no scars. Throughout the procedure, the surgeon gently guides the laser device in and around the area to successfully melt and remove the fat, and also seal blood vessels as it zaps fat. Research shows that little, if any fat is reabsorbed back into the body. The laser also causes small blood vessels to coagulate immediately on contact, resulting in less bleeding, swelling and bruising (unlike traditional liposuction), hastening the recovery time. The minimal invasiveness of the procedure allows patients to see remarkable results, fast. In addition, because only local anesthetic is used for this procedure, SmartLipo carries much fewer risks than traditional liposuction.
Recovery from SmartLipo is quick and relatively easy. After surgery, patients can expect some swelling, soreness and bruising that will go away as time passes. The patient will be required to wear a light compression garment to minimize swelling and provide support for about 2-4 weeks after their lipo.
Patients can return to work 48 hours after their procedure depending on what type of job requirements they have. More active jobs may require more down-time, per the doctor's discretion; and return to their normal routine in within weeks.
Results are recognizable almost immediately. The swelling will subside and the patient will recognize a vast improvement on their silhouette throughout the healing phase. Patients walk out of the office after their SmartLipo surgery and remain active during the entire recovery period. Avoid the sun and hot baths until all bruising has subsided.
SmartLipo and liposuction in general; cannot be used as a remedy for obesity, poor eating habits/lifestyle or as a method for weight loss but it can help you shape your body into a more desired figure and give you that boost of self-confidence to live a healthy lifestyle after your procedure.
For patients who have and active lifestyle and healthy eating habits, SmartLipo can help them achieve a better body and get rid of fatty tissue on problem areas. For a lot of patients the results achieved with SmartLipo cannot be achieved with dieting and exercise alone. Genetics can make it harder to lose the fat in certain areas and SmartLipo is a great way to sculpt and slim your body is one simple surgical procedure.
"You are born with a predetermined number of fat cells in each area of your body, there is no variation, there is no replication of remaining cells or re-growth of cells or migration of cells to the area. Smartlipo does not remove all of the fat cells in an area, so there is some possibility for minor weight gain in that area post-surgery. If there is dramatic weight gain after the SmartLipo procedure, it will most likely be gained elsewhere in the body where the fat cells are most densely populated, not where the lipo procedure was performed. For example, if the client has fat removed with lipo from the outer and inner thigh area, then it is very possible that he/she might gain weight around the hips, buttocks, abdomen or stomach.
Results can be seen immediately with continued improvement over several months.
Again, Smartlipo™ is safer than traditional liposuction because there is less blood loss. In fact, in doing the procedure under local anesthesia, we have eliminated a lot of risks normally associated with general anesthesia.
This price list reflects the "average" price for that area. The price could vary higher or lower based on your body habitus.
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