When liposuction began to be used more widely in the 1980s, it was welcomed by women and men who had struggled to remove fat deposits with diet and exercise. Improvements in techniques and equipment have continued in the last 30 years, and now we have SmartLipo, a sophisticated technique that reduces trauma and downtime while providing great results. What is SmartLipo? Is it a good choice for you?
SmartLipo is an advanced type of liposuction that uses laser energy to dissolve fat deposits under the skin. In contrast to traditional liposuction, SmartLipo is non-invasive; it requires no incisions, and you do not have to go under general anesthesia. Another big benefit that this technique offers is the ability to tone skin. The laser energy directed at the area beneath the skin encourages your body to produce collagen, which helps the skin look more toned and tight. Other advantages:
• Less discomfort compared to traditional liposuction.
• Virtually no down-time.
• Very little bruising or discomfort after the procedure.
• And best of all, it is effective in treating stubborn fat deposits in the hips, buttocks, abdomen, breasts, thighs, chin, neck, back, and other areas of the body.
The SmartLipo procedure starts in the same way that traditional liposuction does: the areas that you want treated are marked so the surgeon has clear guidelines. Next, a local anesthetic is injected into the area to numb it. The laser is a small, handheld device that directs energy towards the fat beneath your skin. The energy causes the fat cells to liquify. Your body drains this liquified fat naturally in the days following the procedure. In addition, to helping promote collagen development, SmartLipo’s laser also helps seal blood vessels, which reduces bleeding and post-procedure swelling.
SmartLipo is not for those who have a lot of weight to lose or who are considered obese. Instead, it is effective in those of average or slightly above-average weight who cannot rid themselves of stubborn fat deposits with diet and exercise. You must also be in good overall health.
The good news is that patients typically only need one to three SmartLipo treatments in order to see the results they want. After the procedure, you will have some swelling. This will go down, and your results will reveal themselves over the next six to eight weeks as your skin becomes used to the new contours of your body. The results are permanent, in a sense. The fat that is removed is permanently removed, but it doesn’t stop you from gaining weight! Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise schedule is key to keeping your new body toned and lean.
SmartLipo is comparable in price to traditional liposuction, costing about $2000 to $4000 per session, depending on the size of the area you want treated. This is a great alternative to liposuction, and you will feel less discomfort. Talk to your Austin doctor to see if SmartLipo is a good choice for you.