Smartlipo is currently one of the most popular liposuction techniques available for body contouring. It has a number of advantages over traditional liposuction, including reduced tissue trauma, which results in shorter downtime and more predictable results.
During traditional liposuction, incisions are made in the area to be treated, and the fat cells are broken up manually with a metal hollow tube and suctioned out. Smartlipo uses laser technology to accomplish the same goal, but in a much gentler manner.
So what happens to the fat cells during Smartlipo?
Effects of the Laser
The laser presents many advantages for Smartlipo treatment. First, tiny incisions are made, which will be used to remove the fat. The laser fiber is contained in a small cannula, or tube, which is then used to gently heat the tissue to be treated.
The fat cells melt from the heat of the laser fiber, which allows the surgeon to suction them out using the tiny tube. This method avoids the need for general anesthesia, and causes collagen to constrict under the skin, thus producing tightening of the skin after surgery. In addition, there is less bleeding, bruising, and swelling.
What Happens to the Fat Cells?
Once the fat cells are suctioned out, they will not grow back. However, this does not mean it is impossible for the patient to gain weight in the future. Remaining fat cells can continue to expand, should the patient gain weight, which is why it is so important to be diligent about leading a healthy lifestyle following liposuction.
A major advantage to Smartlipo is that the fat cells are removed completely and more evenly using the laser heat method, resulting in a more even outcome with smooth results.
Smartlipo is intended for patients who are within 25 pounds of their goal weight, since the treatment works best for problem areas. Since it is possible to gain weight again following the procedure, it is extremely important for patients to be dedicated to maintaining results.
Since the recovery period for Smartlipo is just a few days, patients can begin light exercise soon after surgery, but should always consult the surgeon before resuming exercise and other strenuous activity.
Come to Us for Expert Treatment
Many cosmetic surgeons offer Smartlipo treatments, but our expert New York-based team is among only a few Smartlipo specialists. Our doctors are renowned for their work, helping many patients resolve stubborn problem areas to look and feel great.
To schedule a free consultation with our laser lipo experts, call our centers in Commack, Long Island or NYC today.
*Smartlipo is a trademark of Cynosure, Inc.