In 2007, the procedure called “SmartLipo” became the first FDA-approved laser-assisted liposuction method. Since then, surgeons have been able to remove fat and tighten skin with much more safety and efficiency, as well as decrease the recovery time for patients. SmartLipo stands out from other procedures through its use of a local rather than general anesthetic, as well as the . This results in less trauma to the body during and after the process, which greatly improves the benefits for patients. Learning about the procedure and the perks of SmartLipo can be helpful before you talk to your surgeon about whether liposuction is right for you.
SmartLipo involves the use of tumescent fluid, in which a solution of epinephrine, saline, and lidocaine is injected into the areas that the surgeon will be working on. This serves as a numbing agent, as well as a way to decrease any bleeding. Once the areas are numb, the surgeon will insert the laser fiber into a very small tube, which will then be placed into the body with a minor incision. As the laser moves back and forth, fat cells are melted and easily suctioned out as a liquid through the small tube (which is called a cannula). In addition to this, the lasers causes the skin around the area to tighten. Any further bruising or bleeding is prevented by sealing the incision shut with the same laser. After the procedure, the skin will shrink and become tighter, which is one of the aspects of liposuction that many patients place as a priority. This will occur, but it could take up to several weeks until after the surgery for the skin to begin to tighten.
One benefit of using SmartLipo is that the cannula is small enough to use on many areas that traditional liposuction could not operate on. It’s best to consult with a surgeon about which parts of your body you should consider, but in general, SmartLipo works for knees, thighs, love handles, the stomach, the chest area, arms, and several other areas. However many areas you want treated, as well as the size of them, will determine how long your sessions will be. Most patients only require one session of SmartLipo, but it all depends on the individual.
SmartLipo is an important innovation in beauty and health, and a recent study presented by Cynosure demonstrated several of its benefits. This procedure is better able to define muscles and contour one’s body, all by using the small 1440m laser. This laser and the procedure in general has proven to be very efficient, as well as having fewer side effects. The study also revealed that patient’s had more of a pleasant postoperative experience, and had less body trauma during the SmartLipo process. This results in a healthier, more comfortable recovery. In regards to the skin-tightening effects of liposuction, SmartLipo also proved more effective at it than many other traditional methods. This tight skin helps to define and shape parts of the body, including muscles and curves.
These innovations mean it’s becoming easier for patients to get what they need for their bodies. Laser-assisted liposuction has been in practice for a decade now, and is now more safe and accessible than ever. If you are considering liposuction, talk to your surgeon about your options, and be sure to choose whatever is best for your body.
Leslie Perez enjoys writing about beauty and health. She is dedicated to living a life that is full of happiness that comes from living healthfully. Aside from writing about makeup routines, healthful eating and exercise- she enjoys writing about beauty procedures for public education on the matter.