Laser body sculpting and contouring. Remove unwanted fat. Smooth and tone your skin.
The FDA approves a new fat-zapping technique that doctors say will help patients lose a size or two-fast!----without leaving behind stitches or saggy skin.
With "Laser Lipo", a laser fiber is aimed directly at the fat cells, where the light energy helps dissolve them. Smartlipo is less invasive than conventional suctioning with a cannula, and the procedure only requires local anesthesia. Smartlipo is reported to have less potential for burning and scarring, which are common risks associated with ultrasound-assisted liposuction.
Smartlipo is the first and only laser lipolysis system to offer a revolutionary and minimally invasive procedure for the removal of fat. Using a high powered laser, Smartlipo is a new LaserBodySculpting procedure with less downtime and side effects than traditional liposuction. It also enhances tightening of the treatment area as well as fat removal.
How does the Smartlipo procedure work?
We use the newest 18W SmartLipo machine, which is highly safe and effective. The higher wattage allows for faster treatment and greater patient results. The energy released from the laser allows for tissue coagulation, thus inducing collagen retraction and tissue tightening.
A very small cannula (tube) approximately 1.0 mm to 2.0 mm in diameter containing a laser fiber is inserted into the skin. The cannula is moved back and forth delivering the laser's energy directly to the fat cells, causing them to rupture and easily drain away. The laser energy also interacts with the dermis, resulting in collagen stimulation. Due to the cannula's small size, Smartlipo is a minimally invasive procedure and can be performed under local anesthesia. The laser causes small blood vessels to coagulate immediately upon contact, resulting in less bleeding, swelling and bruising-and a quicker recovery time than conventional liposuction. Conventional liposuction removes fat but does not show much improvement in the tightening of the skin. With Smartlipo general anesthesia is unnecessary, therefore, the procedure is very safe, with minimal side effects.
Who is a good candidate for the Smartlipo Laserlipolysis procedure?
If you have areas of fat that will not respond to diet and exercise, then you're a good candidate for Laserlipolysis. Ideal candidates are in good health, of normal body weight and have realistic expectations of the results.
What body regions can be treated with Smartlipo?
Smartlipo can be a great adjunct to traditional liposuction procedures, although it does not replace conventional liposuction. It is ideal for treating small areas of the face, neck, arms, breasts (gynecomastia), and areas of loose and flabby skin (floppy skin).
How many treatments will I need?
For most patients, typically only one treatment is required. The session may last from 45 minutes to one hour for each area treated.
Do I have to do anything post-treatment?
Rest is recommended after the procedure and activity may be resumed gradually. Refrain from hot tubs and strenuous exercise for 2 weeks. The incisions will close up by themselves within a few days. The patient is placed in a compression garment the day after the procedure. Compression garments are an important part of the recovery process. The garment keeps the tissue together, provides comfort and support. Compression garments minimize swelling by helping to prevent fluid buildup. The garment should be worn for 24 hours a day for the first two days, and for 12 hours a day after that for 2-6 weeks. There may be significant bruising and some swelling that may last a few weeks. Final results may take up to three months.
When can I expect to see results?
Results can be seen as soon as a week with continued improvement over several months.
Does laserlipolysis provide lasting results?
Yes! Adults do not create new fat cells. When a person gains weight, the fat cells expand. The Smartlipo procedure permanently removes the fat cells. Should you gain weight, most fat will be deposited in areas where the procedure was not performed.