October 25th, 2017 by Soderstrom Skin Institute
Answering Your Questions About Smartlipo® Laser Liposuction
J. Eric Lomax, MD and James M. Jeffries III, MD
Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Member Surgeons of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
What is Smartlipo®?
Smartlipo® is a medical device designed exclusively to perform laser liposuction. A very thin tube containing a laser fiber is inserted in targeted areas through a small incision. The laser fiber delivers thermal energy directly to fat cells for easy removal. The laser literally melts the fat, which is removed with gentle suction. At the same time, tissue around the area tightens through coagulation, contributing to a smoother shape overall.
Is Smartlipo® Right for Me?
The best candidates are non-smokers in good health who are not significantly overweight, but have fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise.
Which Areas Can be Treated with Smartlipo®?
The most popular areas are the face, neck, jawline, arms, abdomen, flanks (love handles) hips (saddlebags) buttocks, inner/outer thighs, knees, ankles and back.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?
On average, the procedure will take 1.5-2 hours.* This is dependent on the number of areas to be treated and the size of the areas.
WILL I NEED TO BE IN THE HOSPITAL?
Smartlipo® is an in-office procedure normally done with local or general anesthetic, depending what is best for the patient.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL BE NEEDED?
For most patients, results are achieved in just one Smartlipo® treatment.* According to Dr. Jeffries, “Most patients see immediate change, with continued improvement over the next 3-6 months* as swelling goes down and scar tissue heals. It’s important to be patient and know that some slight asymmetry and minor dimpling is normal.”
HOW LONG DO THE RESULTS LAST?
Smartlipo® destroys fat cells in the treated area. However, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen to enjoy long-lasting results.
WILL THERE BE ANY SCARRING?
The incision site will be very small. With proper care, any scars will be barely noticeable.*
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY TIME?
Smartlipo® is a minimally invasive procedure which usually only requires local anesthesia. Some light bruising can occur, but you’ll be able to return to normal activities in a few days.* According to Dr. Lomax, this is one of the most frequent concerns that patients have. “Patients are anxious to get back to their lives and we want them to be able to, as well. Most find that they are back at work within 7-10 days* and back in the gym within a month.*”
WILL I NEED ANY POST-TREATMENT AFTER SURGERY?
You will need to wear a compression garment for around 3-4 weeks*, depending on the areas being treated. Most patients will rest for a few days post-surgery and resume activities as they feel more comfortable.*
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SMARTLIPO AND OTHER NON-INVASIVE METHODS OF FAT REDUCTION?
Smartlipo® provides an immediate measurable amount of fat removed during the procedure. In comparison, no measurable fat is actually removed during non-invasive methods such as radio frequency, ultrasound, heat or cooling fat reduction treatments.
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*results may vary