What Kind of Weight Loss Can You Expect After SmartLipo?
SmartLipo is an innovative technology that combines laser lipolysis and a skin rejuvenation procedure, all in one. It offers the benefits of traditional liposuction but is less invasive.
Read on to learn all about SmartLipo including how much weight you can realistically expect as a result.
How SmartLipo Liposuction Works
Smart Lipo liposuction targets problem fatty areas on the body.
A surgeon will administer local anesthesia to the area that will have the procedure. He or she will make a tiny incision, often the size of a ballpoint pen tip. Then the surgeon will insert a laser into the problem area through a tiny cannula.
A surgeon will move the laser back and forth under the skin to melt excess fat. The fat will turn from a solid into a liquid. These blasted fat cells are drained out of the body through the cannula once and for all.
The laser also stimulates the dermis to produce new collagen for tighter, toned skin.
As soon as the surgeon finishes removing the fat and closes the incisions, the patient is moved into the recovery room. A nurse may check on the patient and assist in changing into clothing to wear home.
It's best to wear loose clothes for the ride home to avoid irritating the area that received treatment. Plus there may be some swelling.
The entire procedure takes less than an hour for each area.
Common areas that undergo SmartLipo are the stomach, love handles, thighs, hips, and underarms.
Benefits of SmartLipo
Using local anesthesia means less downtime for recovery. Because the procedure uses a laser, the process is nearly painless and hygienic.
The incision size is so small that you can expect very little scarring if any at all.
Smart Lipo liposuction is safe and effective. Most patients are back to work in a couple of days.
Ideal Candidates for SmartLipo
SmartLipo is geared towards people who eat a balanced diet and incorporate exercise into their weekly routine.
SmartLipo treats stubborn fat pockets on the body that don't seem to go away despite proper eating and exercise. If a person is lean with one or two problem areas, the results will be even better.
This procedure is not for people who are very overweight or obese because the results would not be noticeable. SmartLipo is for people who are within 25 pounds of their ideal weight.
During Smart Lipo, a mixture of fat, tissue, and bodily fluids are removed from the area.
How much of this mixture is removed varies from patient to patient. It depends on the size of the treatment area, the size of the patient and his or her body composition.
Your surgeon may remove as much as 4 liters of fat fluid in one treatment. Of course, the more that is removed, the more visible the results.
You may experience some swelling and bruising after the procedure. That is why your final results may not be visible until 6 weeks after the procedure.
Weight Loss after SmartLipo
Smart Lipo, like all liposuction techniques, is not a weight loss procedure. SmartLipo is intended as a body contouring procedure that removes stubborn fat.
Patients can expect minor weight loss after SmartLipo. Usually, around 4-6 pounds. Sometimes, patients don't see any change in their weight.
However, fat takes up a lot more room in your body than the same amount of muscle. Your before and after photos will show visible results that have nothing to do with the scale.
You might drop down a dress or pant size. Or your clothes may fit your body shape better. Your physique will be leaner and trim, even if you haven't lost a pound.
Best results will happen if you maintain a consistent exercise routine and eat a healthy, balanced diet.
Prepare for SmartLipo Procedure
Your doctor will give you instructions about what you need to do before your procedure. These may include instructions to stop taking certain medications a few days before the procedure.
Make sure to follow the instructions carefully as these could impact the success of your procedure and your body's ability to heal afterward.
Choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Once you have decided on SmartLipo, it's important to choose the right plastic surgeon to perform the procedure.
Even though SmartLipo is minimally invasive, it is still a surgical procedure.
Choose a plastic surgeon that is certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This will give you peace of mind that your doctor has the skills and experience necessary to perform the surgery.
Do your research online about any surgeon you are considering.
Check their online ratings and read testimonials. You can learn a lot from what past patients say about a particular surgeon. You want to choose someone who is personable and has excellent customer service.
Next, look into a surgeon's specialties. You want the person operating on you to be an experienced practitioner in that procedure. It's also a good idea to check out his or her professional memberships.
Doctors must meet specific requirements to be members of a professional medical organization. If your surgeon is a member of one or more, you're in good hands.
We hope you found this article about Smart Lipo instructive. Talk to your doctor to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure and what results you can expect.
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