If you’re looking into procedures for body shaping, you’ve likely considered liposuction. It’s been a popular choice for people looking to achieve their ideal shape for decades. However, some people interested in the effects of tumescent liposuction have avoided it, worried about complications.
Fortunately, there is a less invasive option for body shaping. SmartLipo® laser liposuction, offered at Carolinas Center for Plastic Surgery, can help you eliminate fat without the risks or downtime associated with traditional liposuction.
How Does SmartLipo® Laser Liposuction Work?
SmartLipo® is a new advancement in lipolysis that uses two lasers to make the process faster and easier. These two lasers have unique wavelengths and work together to help you get rid of those fatty areas. The first laser harmlessly melts away fat stores. This fat is then suctioned away through a small tube, called a cannula.
The second laser heats and tightens your skin. The heat also coagulates blood vessels leading to significantly less bruising than one would get with traditional liposuction.
The whole procedure can be performed in your surgeon’s office using localized anesthesia. SmartLipo® is an easier way to get the body shaping results of liposuction. Check out some before and after photos.
Where Can SmartLipo® be Performed
SmartLipo® is a very targeted procedure, can be used on any part of your body where you want to deal with some stubborn fat deposits. Some common places to have SmartLipo® performed are:
- “Love Handles”
Differences From Traditional Liposuction
Traditional liposuction is a slightly more invasive option compared to SmartLipo® . Without the aid of the lasers, the tube for traditional liposuction needs to be much larger. This tube requires a larger incision, which requires stitches.
The smaller incision for SmartLipo® also results in a significantly reduced downtime. Most patients can go back to their normal activities after just two days. SmartLipo® also comes with decreased risks of infection or complication.
Another advantage of SmartLipo® is the skin tightening that results. Other weight loss procedures can leave you with excess skin, often requiring follow-up reduction surgery.
Is SmartLipo® Right for You?
One thing to keep in mind about SmartLipo® is that, like tumescent liposuction, it is not intended as a treatment for major weight loss. The ideal candidate for SmartLipo® is already very close to their ideal weight and just needs to get rid of a few stubborn fat deposits that won’t respond to exercise.
The best way to find out if SmartLipo® can help you is to sign up for a consultation at Carolinas Center for Plastic Surgery in Morehead City and Jacksonville, North Carolina.