Smartlipo is a new liposuction procedure developed by Cynosure in the United States. It is a breakthrough way of melting fat and tightening skin, and has been approved by the FDA as a method of getting rid of unwanted fat.
Smartlipo Versus Traditional Lipo
The Smartlipo method of liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure, and produces a significant improvement in the results of liposuction as compared to traditional tumescent liposuction methods.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2006 the top cosmetic procedure for both men and women was liposuction. Now, with Smartlipo becoming more common, more patients than ever before are considering undergoing a liposuction procedure. This is mainly because with Smartlipo there is less downtime, fewer side effects and less pain than traditional liposuction. The results achieved by patients are also extremely satisfactory.
Smartlipo has several more advantages over traditional liposuction. Not only does it remove excess fat deposits, but it also assists skin tightening, and only requires local anesthesia, meaning patients can remain awake for the procedure, and they may even be able to stand up, so the physician gets a better idea of any areas that need extra work or sculpting (which is much more difficult to determine while a patient is lying down).
For older patients who may be at risk of sagging or loose skin after traditional liposuction, Smartlipo could offer an excellent alternative, as the procedure actually assists the skin in tightening, both immediately and in the weeks following the procedure.
How Does Smartlipo Work?
Smartlipo is far more delicate and precise than traditional liposuction, as it is more precisely targeted to the fat deposits, and there is less trauma as the size of the equipment is much finer than that used in traditional liposuction. The device that carries the laser is only as thick as a strand of uncooked angel hair pasta. In Smartlipo there is also less bleeding, as the laser targets fatty tissue precisely, causing less damage to surrounding tissues.
Smartlipo is also extremely versatile in that it can target areas of the body that traditional liposuction can’t be used for, including areas of high vascularity and flaccidity. In fact, Smartlipo can be used on just about any area of the body where there is fat.
The other huge benefit of Smartlipo is the way it actually destroys and liquefies fat cells. Rather than simply sucking the fat cells out, it transforms them to an oily residue which is easy to remove through a very fine cannula (much smaller than those used in traditional liposuction procedures).
The laser used in Smartlipo produces a beam of a single wavelength which is directed to the subcutaneous fat cells, causing them to rupture. This process also causes tissue to coagulate, creating collagen retraction and thus tissue tightening (which is why it is excellent for loose and inelastic skin). If the laser hits small blood vessels, they immediately coagulate, meaning there is much less bleeding, swelling and bruising.
For these reasons Smartlipo presents an excellent choice for patients considering liposuction, and also appeals to those who were put off by the dangers of traditional liposuction procedures. With much quicker healing times, it’s also an excellent choice for those with busy lives, jobs and families.