Liposuction and SmartLipo
Lose Fat With Liposuction and SmartLipo
For many years, liposuction was the premiere treatment for fat removal. It is still one of the most popular treatments in the United States. The way the process works is by removing fat cells from trouble spots on the body through a surgical method. It is used to lose fat deposits that won’t budge even with diet, weight loss, and strenuous exercise by the patient. Liposuction has come a long way since its early inception when just suction methods were used to remove fat. There have been two major leaps in the surgery since then: tumescent liposuction, where a smaller cannula is used in the surgery, and local anesthesia is applied to the subcutaneous fat allowing for a faster recovery time and outpatient treatment. The second advancement: SmartLipo, a laser light technique for melting fat that has been FDA approved since 2006.
Liposuction and SmartLipo Procedures
Liposuction utilizes a cannula during surgery, which is a thin tube inserted into the body to administer to suction fat from beneath the skin. SmartLipo uses heat to liquefy fat, removing it with the cannula and resulting in less recovery time or bruising. SmartLipo’s laser benefits also help tighten the skin, whereas liposuction does not and could cause some sagging or dimpling in patients who have lost skin elasticity with age. Recovery times with liposuction are longer and compression clothing must be worn up to six weeks after treatment. SmartLipo recovery takes only a few days and usually requires compression garments up to only one week. Still, both processes are a relatively quick and easy way for someone to lose fat.
Deciding which procedure is right for you can be discussed and a customized treatment plan can be designed to meet your individual needs for either of these types of procedures. Ideal liposuction patients are within 30% of their goal weight and have muscle tone, elasticity in their skin, and overall body firmness. It is important that those who undergo liposuction understand that it’s not a treatment for obesity and requires the patient to be a healthy individual with no life threatening conditions. It is also important to set realistic expectations for this kind of surgery and not expect to drop several sizes in clothing from it. SmartLipo candidates are people who also are not too overweight and are having trouble removing fat areas from trouble spots like the love handles, abs, arms, face, or neck. SmartLipo is also not a treatment for obesity and works well for those who want to eliminate certain areas of fat but are within their healthy weight range and are in good health overall. Sign up for a free consultation at Behr Body Contouring in Fresno, California, to see which procedure is right for you.
The Difference Between Liposuction and SmartLipo
Liposuction uses a cannula and physical manipulation to suction fat from under the skin while SmartLipo uses a laser to soften or liquefy the fat. This makes the fat easier to remove and generally results in less bruising. The laser from SmartLipo can also produce a skin tightening effect. Request a consultation to learn which procedure would be best for you.