Smart Lipo, aka laser lipolysis, is what some consider to be the most powerful new weapon in the war on fat and cellulite. The procedure is a much gentler and gentler cousin to traditional liposuction, and the best part is that it not only helps patients lose inches, but also helps reduce the appearance of cellulite and sagging skin.
Skinny on Smart Lipo
Laser lipolysis is a surgical procedure to reduce localized fat deposits with a special laser installed inside a small tube called a cannula. Unlike traditional liposuction, laser liposuction does not use suction. This procedure offers comparable benefits to traditional liposuction, but is generally recommended for smaller areas. In fact, this procedure is becoming more and more popular for use on the face, especially as a way to redefine the jawline and get rid of the dreaded “second chin” that some of us slowly develop as we age this circumstance occurs.
Smart Lipo has many advantages over traditional liposuction. First, it’s gentler and safer, in part because the cannula is smaller. Second, a smaller cannula means a smaller incision and therefore less scarring. Finally, due to the heat generated by this method, there is another very important benefit: the body’s own healing response causes the tissue to contract, resulting in firmer, smoother skin in the treated area. That’s really good news, as traditional liposuction methods simply “suck out the fat”, sometimes resulting in uneven contours, sagging, sagging skin.
Who is a good candidate?
Guidelines for who are good candidates are often comparable to those for traditional liposuction. The ideal candidate also maintains a stable weight over the years and has specific fat problem areas.
Risks and Complications
Although Smart Lipo is less invasive than traditional liposuction, it is still surgery, even though it is performed under local anesthesia.Therefore, it carries the same risks as most surgeries, and some are specific to the surgery itself. The most common risks and complications are bruising, infection, hematoma (blood accumulation under the skin), and scarring. Less common risks are excessive bleeding, shock, and burns to the skin or subcutaneous tissue. (These are extremely rare in Smart Lipo.)
After the surgery, you will be taken to the recovery area, where you may be put on a compression garment to control swelling in the treated area and help your skin adapt to your new body shape. Patients may experience low to moderate pain and discomfort for the first 24-48 hours after surgery, and most patients are able to return to work within a few days.After that, you will want to continue wearing the compression garment for at least a week, but your surgeon will give you more specific instructions.
The total cost of a Smart Lipo varies widely, depending on the size and number of areas treated, as well as the specific technique used. Each treatment area typically ranges from $1,500 to $7,500.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are smart liposomes?
Smart Lipo or Laser Lipolysis is a procedure that uses a laser to remove specific fatty deposits from the body. This is different from liposuction, a procedure that uses suction to achieve similar goals. However, Smart Lipo is considered safer and reduces the likelihood of scarring.
Are Smart Lipo Risky?
Yes, there are some risks involved in receiving Smart Lipo. Common risks include bruising, infection, scarring, and hematoma. Very rare risks may include excessive bleeding, skin burns, underlying tissue burns, and shock.
Why use laser lipolysis?
Laser lipolysis is commonly used as a method of cosmetic surgery. Its gentler application compared to traditional liposuction makes it a popular choice for facial cosmetic surgery.