Are you unhappy with certain parts of your body? Perhaps you’d like to get rid of lumpy cellulite on your thighs or buttocks. Liposuction is one treatment for these types of fat deposits. It has been around for a long time and is generally successful at reducing the dimpled fat that often collects on the thighs and buttocks. Traditional liposuction is pretty invasive and has a long recovery time. Fortunately, there is a less invasive and just as successful procedure that can address cellulite. Smart Lipo removes fat from various areas on the body and does not require as much recovery time as traditional liposuction.
During this treatment, doctors make very small incisions and then liquefy the fat cells with a laser. The fat deposits are then sucked out with a small vacuum tube.
The doctor uses a thin hollow tube called a cannula and inserts it through small incisions made in the skin. In traditional liposuction, the doctor uses the cannula to manually break up the cellulite and fat deposits. With this newer type of liposuction, the doctor uses a laser to liquefy the fat and then sucks the fat out through the cannula. Another benefit of this type of liposuction is the laser also stimulates the surrounding skin to produce more collagen and elastin which can help it tighten.
There is no general anesthesia used during this procedure. The doctor will simply use a local anesthetic before making the incisions and inserting the laser. Once the fat is liquefied and drained, the doctor removes the cannula and stitches the incisions. It can take up to six months for the skin to tighten and result in visible changes to the area.
The procedure typically takes between 1 1/2 and 2 hours and is done as an outpatient procedure. Most patients can return to normal activities the next day. The procedure is minimally invasive making it easier to recover following surgery. It usually takes just one treatment to produce successful results, however, this is something to discuss with your surgeon.
The best areas for treatment with this type of liposuction are the jawline, neck, arms, love handles, knees, saddlebags, and bra fat. It can also be used to reduce enlarged male breasts. The results will vary from patient to patient and it is important to stick with a healthy diet and regular exercise routine after Smart Lipo. This helps ensure optimum results.