SmartLipo is a newer way to solve the same old problem of getting rid of stubborn fat. SmartLipo differs from traditional liposuction in that it uses laser technology, which has many benefits and is what makes it such a popular procedure. This cosmetic treatment received FDA approval in 2006, and patients have been lining up for SmartLipo ever since. Dr. Melanie Carreon with LCS Medical Spa in Seguin, Texas, has performed numerous SmartLipo procedures. In addition to tumescent liposuction, she uses SmartLipo for both men and women who desire a noninvasive way to remove fat.
While most people are familiar with how traditional liposuction works, or at least, they have heard about it and know what it is used for, many may not know the added benefits a treatment like SmartLipo can offer. Because of the rise in popularity of these newer cosmetic procedures, Dr. Carreon has provided a list of SmartLipo tips to help you make a more informed decision when it comes to deciding whether or not this procedure is right for you.
The top 8 facts that you should know about a SmartLipo procedure:
SmartLipo is a minimally invasive procedure and has a much quicker recovery time when compared to traditional liposuction. Patients from the Seguin and New Braunfels areas will be able to leave the same day and the recovery takes just approximately a couple of days. Some patients see results in as little as a week and will continue to see improvements over the next several months.
Some patients may not even need pain medication immediately after SmartLipo because the local anesthesia lasts for several hours following the procedure. Patients generally report that they feel sore, but overall do not have major discomfort with this treatment, which is one of the primary differences between SmartLipo and traditional liposuction.
One of the major benefits of SmartLipo, when compared to traditional liposuction, is that laser technology is used. The heat from the laser not only breakdowns fat, but the heat also helps stimulate collagen. Collagen production helps to tighten the tissue and skin and give it an overall better appearance by making it possibly look more firm. Traditional liposuction can offer dramatic results in terms of fat removal and slimming certain body parts, but it does not have this added benefit of laser and collagen promoting skin tightening benefits.
Excellent for small areas
SmartLipo can be performed on nearly any area of the body. Some of the most popular areas include the abdomen, back, upper arms, and more. Most patients consider a SmartLipo
procedure to treat stubborn areas of fat when diet, exercise, and weight loss have had little to no effect on improving their problem areas. It works especially well on delicate areas where pesky fat can settle, such as under the chin or near the jowls. Due to the small size of the cannula it can work exceptionally well to target these problem areas that are smaller in size.
Another benefit of a SmartLipo procedure is that it uses local anesthesia, which means patients won’t run into the same risks and complications that are associated with general anesthesia. Local anesthesia is injected near the surgical site and/or nearby nerves to help prevent patients and minimizing from feeling pain, and feel pressures during the procedure. This means you can be awake and alert for the entire procedure so you won’t have to worry about waking up and feeling groggy, confused, or nauseated from the anesthesia.
An ideal candidate for a SmartLipo procedure is someone who is already at their ideal weight. This procedure will not work well on someone who is obese and still has a lot of extra weight to lose. A healthy diet and fitness routine are also necessary in order to make the most out of your results. A patient also needs to have realistic expectations going into this procedure. SmartLipo is an excellent alternative to help reduce and remove stubborn fat, but ultimately, it’s up to you to keep the fat off.
Cost less than major surgery
Compared to traditional liposuction, a SmartLipo procedure can cost significantly less. The total cost of the procedure takes into account multiple factors and the price will ultimately depend on the amount of fat to be removed, along with the number of areas to be treated.
SmartLipo uses a small cannula which means there’s no need for a large incision. The smaller size of the incision allows for a quicker recovery time, along with minimal scarring. Both bruising and bleeding are less likely to occur with SmartLipo because the laser melts away and softens the fat before it is removed from the body through the small incision.
I’m interested in SmartLipo, how can I learn more?
If you’d like to learn more about a SmartLipo procedure, or are ready to take the first step to a new and improved you, then give our office a call to setup a complimentary consultation. Our office proudly serves patients in Seguin, as well as New Braunfels, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Louisiana and beyond. Dr. Melanie Carreon will meet with you to go over your medical history and will perform a physical examination to see if you’re a good candidate for a SmartLipo procedure.
As discussed in great detail on this list, there are many benefits to undergoing a SmartLipo procedure. In addition to the quick recovery time and minimal scarring, and hopefully you’ll be incredibly pleased with the results. The only possible regret you’ll have following this procedure is wondering why you waited so long to have it done.