Smartlipo body sculpting offers a revolutionary, minimally invasive option for the permanent removal of unwanted fat. Rapidly becoming the gold standard in liposuction and body contouring, Smartlipo body sculpting destroys fat cells and stimulates skin tightening, making it ideal for reducing and smoothing localized fat deposits on the body.
Using a high powered laser, the Smartlipo body sculpting procedure can be safely completed with less downtime and a faster recovery than traditional liposuction. The laser generates thermal heat during the procedure, resulting in less bruising and swelling afterwards. This heating effect also stimulates collagen, leading to decreased tissue laxity and tighter skin.
How can I learn more about the Smartlipo body sculpting procedure?
We would be glad to discuss the procedure, our results, and our personalized treatment recommendations for you during your Smartlipo body sculpting consultation. We will examine your areas of interest, and provide an honest opinion about what results you can expect.
Please note that not everyone is an ideal candidate for the Smartlipo procedure. If you are, and if you elect to do this procedure, a treatment date is secured, after which arrangements for your post-procedure garment and prescription medications are made.
What happens on the day of the procedure?
On the day of your procedure, we will finalize your treatment areas and mark and photograph them. At GLOW, we perform the Smartlipo procedure with local tumescent anesthesia. You will not be required to 'go to sleep,' or be 'put under' general anesthesia. The tumescent anesthesia, along with medications taken by mouth, provides for a comfortable experience. In fact, it is not uncommon for patients to doze off or sleep during the procedure!
Once underway, we will keep you updated on our progress. Please note that it generally takes one hour per treatment area to achieve an optimal outcome. When the Smartlipo procedure is completed, you will be fitted in your compression garment and escorted to our recovery area. You will be ready to go home after resting in our recovery area. We do require that all patients have transportation home as the medications you take during the Smartlipo procedure may make you drowsy.
How does the Smartlipo body sculpting procedure work?
Smartlipo body sculpting is a minimally invasive procedure performed under local tumescent anesthesia in combination with one or two oral medications (for relaxation and discomfort). Once the treatment area has been anesthetized, a very small cannula (tube) approximately 1.0 mm to 2.0 mm in diameter is inserted into the skin. This cannula, which contains the Smartlipo laser fiber, is moved back and forth in the treatment area. Laser energy is delivered directly to the fat cells, causing them to rupture and drain away.
In addition to destroying fat cells, the laser energy also interacts with the dermis, resulting in collagen shrinkage. This shrinkage is a key departure from traditional liposuction, where only fat is removed. This may lead to loose, sagging skin in the treatment area. The laser energy also causes small blood vessels to coagulate, resulting in less bleeding, swelling and bruising. This means a quicker recovery time compared to other liposuction techniques. Because general anesthesia is unnecessary, and no body cavities or vascular structures are encountered, the Smartlipo body sculpting procedure is very safe.
Am I a candidate for the Smartlipo body sculpting procedure?
If you have areas of fat that will not respond to smart eating choices and consistent exercise, then you may be an excellent candidate for Smartlipo body sculpting. Ideal candidates are in good health, have a positive body self image, and have realistic expectations about the outcome of a Smartlipo body sculpting procedure.
We have found that the most successful patients are those with a stable weight, sustainable eating and exercising habits, and good body composition. It's important to realize that Smartlipo is not a magical procedure, and will not provide a short cut to an entirely new body. It will, however, help you with problem areas that just don't seem to respond to all of your hard work and effort.
What body areas can be treated with Smartlipo body sculpting?
Smartlipo body sculpting is the ideal choice for treating just about any area where you have unwanted fat: upper and lower abdomen (stomach), flanks (love handles), saddlebags or hips, inner thighs, arms, the chest and back, and areas of the chin/jowls and neck.
How many procedures will I need?
Only one procedure is required for most individuals.
Do I have to do anything after the procedure?
You will need to wear a compression garment for up to two weeks after the procedure, depending on the area(s) treated. We do recommend several days of rest with a gradual resumption of activity. You should refrain from hot tubs or strenuous exercise for 2 weeks. Overall, you may be pleasantly surprised at just how quickly you can resume your normal activities.
When can I expect to see results?
You may see results as early as one to two days after the procedure, with continued improvement over several months.
Does Smartlipo body sculpting provide lasting results?
Yes. Adults do not create new fat cells. When a person gains weight, fat cells expand, but they do not multiply. The Smartlipo body sculpting procedure permanently removes a percentage of the fat cells in the treated area. Should you gain weight after the procedure, most new fat will be deposited in areas where the procedure was not performed, though you will have some fat cells remaining in the original treatment areas.
Pre Procedure Post Procedure
To see more liposuction before and after photos visit our abdominal and flanks and arms,thigh and back liposuction galleries.