How is Smart Lipo Different From Traditional Lipo?
There were 1.8 million minimally invasive cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed in 2017. Of those, liposuction was the second most popular procedure.
Liposuction has been a heavily-administered cosmetic procedure since 1974. Its ability to help patients achieve the contour they desire makes it one of the most popular procedures year after year.
But there's a new player in liposuction. It's called Smart Lipo and it's changing liposuction as we know it.
If you're considering getting a little help with your weight loss, you should know the difference between traditional liposuction and Smart Lipo. We'll tell you all about the two procedures as well as their advantages and disadvantages.
Read this before making a decision on the procedure that's right for you.
All About Smart Lipo
Below is everything you need to know about Smart Lipo.
What Is Smart Lipo?
Smart Lipo is also known as minimally invasive body contouring and laser-assisted liposuction.
This form of liposuction utilizes a laser to target and melt fat cells before suctioning them out for good. It's helpful for people who have a hard time getting rid of stubborn fat, even with exercise and diet changes.
Many of the best surgeons prefer this method of liposuction to traditional liposuction. It's an innovation over the traditional method that's less invasive for the patient.
Who Qualifies for Smart Lipo?
Typically, anybody that qualifies for traditional liposuction will also qualify for Smart Lipo. Consult with your surgeon to find out if you're an ideal candidate.
Most candidates qualifying for Smart Lipo fall are in good overall health. This reduces any chances of complications that arise from poor health and less-so from the procedure itself.
To sustain your results, it's best if you're within 25 lbs of your ideal body weight. If you have a lore weight to lose than that, liposuction may not give you the dramatic results you're looking for.
Potential patients that have a healthy diet and regular exercise routine will be better able to sustain the results from liposuction. Although this isn't a necessary prerequisite, it will help you maintain your desired body shape in the long-term.
If you're struggling with excess weight in the tummy, hips, and thighs, despite exercise and a good diet, you're probably a good candidate for Smart Lipo.
How Does Smart Lipo Work?
Smart Lipo uses a fat suctioning device called a cannula. The cannula is inserted under the skin via incisions made in the areas where fat is being removed.
The laser used in Smart Lipo helps burn away fat. That means that both the incisions and the cannula used in Smart Lipo are far smaller than those used in traditional liposuction.
A local anesthesia numbs the area of treatment. You'll be awake during the procedure but will only feel slight tugging sensations and no pain.
The laser device passes under the skin to target fat deposits. The laser melts the fat cells and suctions them out of your body using the cannula.
As a bonus, the laser that's used stimulated collagen under your skin. This helps with both the healing process as well as to help tighten the treated area.
How Long Does the Surgery Last?
Smart Lipo procedures take place in surgical facilities and don't take much longer than 1 hour.
You'll notice results within six weeks. For the best results, you may need to use a compression garment for 3 weeks following the surgery.
What Are the Side Effects?
You may experience swelling, bruising, and minimal discomfort following Smart Lipo. These side effects are a normal part of the healing process and they'll disappear within a few weeks.
What Are the Advantages of Smart Lipo?
Smaller cannula makes it less invasive than traditional liposuction
Fast recovery and results
Local anesthesia is safer than the general anesthesia used in traditional liposuction
The laser melts fat instead of scrapes it away for a more smooth finish
Smaller incisions than traditional liposuction leave smaller, less noticeable scars
Collagen decreases as we age this and laser stimulates its production
Collagen helps to tighten your skin
Collagen helps with the healing process
The possibility of financing for those who need it
What Are the Disadvantages of Smart Lipo?
You can't rely solely on the procedure for weight loss or weight maintenance
A possibility of thermal burns but this isn't an issue when you choose an experienced, reputable surgeon
All About Traditional Liposuction
Here we'll answer all of your questions about traditional liposuction.
What Is Traditional Liposuction?
Also known as tumescent liposuction, traditional liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes stubborn fat from areas of the body.
Like Smart Lipo, liposuction is a means of contouring the body. It helps remove fat that is resistant to diet and exercise.
Who Qualifies for Traditional Liposuction?
The same people who qualify for Smart Lipo should qualify for traditional liposuction.
However, the fact that it uses general anesthesia that renders you unconscious may affect your candidacy. Consult with your surgeon regarding your candidacy.
How Does Traditional Liposuction Work?
This is where the two methods of liposuction vary greatly.
With traditional liposuction, you're rendered unconscious for the entire surgery using general anesthesia.
Then, larger cannulas are inserted through incisions made in the areas that are being treated. The incisions are larger than those made in Smart Lipo in order to make room for the larger cannulas.
Rather than using a laser to liquefy fat cells, traditional liposuction scrapes at the fat. An aspirator suctions fat scraped from the skin and muscle and moves it out of your body.
How Long Does the Surgery Last?
An anesthesiologist has to administer the anesthesia used in traditional liposuction. Therefore, the surgery typically takes place in hospitals or surgery centers.
The surgery time varies based on the amount of fat removed. Depending on the amount of fat removed and your body's reaction to the anesthesia, you may remain in the hospital for several days.
It may be recommended that you use a compression garment for 6 or more weeks following the procedure.
What Are the Side Effects?
Liposuction typically has longer recovery time than Smart Lipo. However, the side effects are relatively the same. You may experience pain, swelling, and bruising.
What Are the Advantages of Traditional Liposuction?
Get rid of unwanted and stubborn fat
Get closer to your ideal weight than you will with diet and exercise alone
Less likelihood of thermal burns from a laser
What Are the Disadvantages of Traditional Liposuction?
Larger cannula and incisions mean its more invasive
Larger incisions mean larger scars
Collagen production isn't stimulated to help with tightening and healing
Scraping fat away from skin sometimes results in ridges and ripples
More risks involved with general anesthesia than with local anesthesia
Do You Need Help Reaching Your Ideal Weight?
Smart Lipo is a new liposuction technology that improves upon traditional liposuction. If you're looking for a little help reaching your ideal weight, contact us to discuss your options.
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