Liposuction can reshape and smooth the contours of your body. These procedures can sculpt your body to remove unwanted fat from specific areas, including the neck, abdomen, hips, buttock, thighs, knee, upper-arms, back(to remove the “back bra roll”) and calves.
Laser liposuction takes the liposuction technique one step further, using a laser to emulsify the fat and tighten the skin before the fat is removed. It delivers laser-powered energy to the fat cells through a very small fiber inserted through tiny incisions. The laser ruptures the fat cell membranes and liquefies the fat. The laser also cauterizes blood vessels, which reduces bleeding and bruising that may occur during the process. Collagen tissue is also stimulated at the same time to tighten loose skin. After the fat is liquefied, a canula is inserted to gently remove the liquid fat. This type of procedure generally causes less bruising and swelling, faster recovery times, and improved skin tightening than traditional liposuction.
Liposuction performed under both general anesthesia as well as local anesthesia and light sedation. Many of our patients resume normal activities the next day and return to full activity in two weeks. We do recommend that our patients wear a compression garment for six weeks after surgery. Most patients will begin to see results within one week after surgery, with final results at about six months.
If you’ve hit your weight loss goals to find you still have pockets of fat or loose skin that won’t go away, you’re not alone. Some fat doesn’t respond to even the most stable diet and exercise. In this case, liposuction and other specialized alternatives are some of the best options available to achieve your ideal contours with minimal downtime.
What is SmartLipo?
SmartLipo is a specialized form of liposuction that uses a laser to emulsify fat for easier removal while also tightening skin. It delivers laser energy to the fat cells with a very small fiber inserted through tiny incisions. This laser energy ruptures the fat cell membranes and liquefies its contents. The laser also cauterizes blood vessels, which reduces bleeding and bruising that are a common part of traditional liposuction. This whole process also generates gentle heat and stimulates collagen in the deep layers of the skin, causing it to contract and tighten. After the fat is liquefied, a cannula is inserted to gently remove the liquid fat. This type of procedure generally causes less bruising and swelling, comes with faster recovery times, and improves skin laxity over traditional liposuction.
Candidates for SmartLipo
Patients who benefit most from SmartLipo are those who are looking for effective fat reduction but also have areas of loose skin. These are usually patients who underwent significant weight loss but don’t require a surgical lift procedure. SmartLipo can be used on many different areas of the body like the neck, abdomen, hips, buttock, thighs, knee, upper arms, back (to remove the “back bra roll”), and calves. As with any plastic surgery procedure, you should be in good overall health and have maintained a stable weight with healthy lifestyle habits.
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SmartLipo can be performed under either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with light sedation. Once your treatment areas have been appropriately marked, a tiny incision is made through which the laser fiber can be inserted. With gentle motions, this fiber liquefies fat and begins tightening the surrounding skin. Once the fat is ready to be removed, a surgical cannula is inserted to suction away the liquefied fat. Then, the incisions are closed and made ready for recovery.
You can usually resume normal activities the next day and return to full activity in two weeks. We recommend that our patients wear a compression garment for six weeks after surgery. This helps with blood flow to the area and helps the skin adhere to the new contours. You may experience some discomfort, but we can prescribe medications to help manage it and any swelling. Most patients will begin to see results around one week after surgery with results emerging at about six months. In order to maintain your results, it’s important to live a healthy lifestyle and avoid gaining weight since this can mean you’ll require another procedure in the future.
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SmartLipo can be an excellent option for putting the finishing touches on your new body after weight loss. It can also be a great way to refine your favorite areas and achieve the definition you’ve been working for. To get started, contact our Atlanta office by calling or filling out our online form. Dr. DiFrancesco can recommend your best options during a private consultation.
SmartLipo uses traditional liposuction but adds an additional step—a laser that breaks up fat cells so excess fat can be permanently removed using smaller cannulas (hollow tubes) and small incisions.
With SmartLipo, there is less tissue trauma, swelling and bruising. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, too. These advantages add up to a significantly faster recovery with about half the down-time of traditional liposuction. In fact, patients can usually return to work in one to three days after their SmartLipo and return to exercising in about two weeks.
Any man or woman who is healthy but who has one or more areas of persistent fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise.
In addition to areas like the waist and thighs, it also can be used on arms and even the jaw line. The laser stimulates collagen production which helps with skin retraction, creating smoother results.
Complications such as dimples and lumps from prior procedures can be difficult to correct. They may require a combination of laser-assisted liposuction and fat injection. Patients should have a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to tailor a specific plan for their problem.