Traditional liposuction has been around for decades. But, as with most everything else in life, technological advances have brought forth significant changes in the field of cosmetic surgery.
Liposuction is the removal of fat cells with the goal of redefining the body’s contours. SmartLipo is one of the newest methods to perform this task, with notable advantages over traditional liposuction. Let’s take a quick look at the differences between these two highly sought-after surgical procedures.
SmartLipo Vs. Lipo
Both procedures can be used to treat almost any area of concern including the abdomen, flanks, hips, inner/outer thighs, back or bra fat, and the upper arms. The ultimate goal is to contour the body via fat reduction. SmartLipo, however, uses advanced laser technology that results in smaller scars, a quicker recovery and tighter, more even skin.
SmartLipo is Less Invasive
SmartLipo is performed under local anesthesia, which is less risky than the general anesthesia required for traditional liposuction. A clear advantage of this is the patient’s ability to stand up after surgery, so the surgeon can immediately fine-tune problem areas. Additionally, SmartLipo utilizes a smaller cannula tube than traditional liposuction. Your surgeon is able to minimize incisions and subsequent trauma to the area.
The procedure uses thin laser fibers to melt bothersome fat cells, which makes it easier for them to be suctioned out of the body. Liquefied fat greatly reduces the potential for bruising and swelling at the treated site. SmartLipo also leaves the fat cells, many of which contain stem cells, intact making it ideal for patients seeking fat transfer procedures.
SmartLipo has significantly less downtime. It only takes about 2-3 days before patients can engage in non-physical activities and one week to resume their usual exercise schedule. Compression garments are recommended at night for only 3-4 weeks, almost half the time that traditional liposuction requires. The majority of the swelling and bruising dissipates within a month when final results can be seen.
Because SmartLipo liquifies fat before it is removed, the skin is left looking smoother than with traditional liposuction. The smaller cannula also means smaller incisions, which ultimately leads to smaller scars. Moreover, the heat of the laser that melts the fat simultaneously tightens and tones surrounding skin. This means, unlike in traditional liposuction, there is no sagging skin left behind. Due to all these aspects, an overall more aesthetically pleasing outcome is achieved.
While traditional liposuction had been the method of choice for many years, advances in technology provide today’s patients with better options. SmartLipo has undeniable advantages, such as being less invasive, a speedy recovery, smaller scars, and smoother results. These benefits are what makes this procedure so appealing to many patients.