SmartLipo™ is a cutting-edge, highly effective, safe method of surgically removing fat with laser assisted technology. Often used in dental procedures, lasik eye surgery and reconstructive cosmetic procedures (including liposuction), laser technology differentiates SmartLipo from its competition in the marketplace. The word “laser” denotes Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Today’s medical-grade lasers are safe and accurate. Lasers operate by creating a powerful light beam that can be adjusted to specific frequency ranges to impose different surgical results, based on the setting. SmartLipo™ incorporates a calibrating application that, once inserted in the targeted region, it directs the laser to help liquefy fatty deposits. During the SmartLipo™ surgery, the laser ruptures and breaks apart the fibrous fat cells underneath, resulting in the removal of a more liquefied, fatty substance. This “fat thinning” process is easier on the body. The SmartLipo™ procedure also encourages skin tightening as the area heals. The outcome after the surgery is a smoother appearance in the top layers of the skin.
Here is How the SmartLipo Procedure Works
With SmartLipo ™ very few tiny incisions are made around the targeted surgical area to inject the numbing local anesthetic and for insertion of the small laser apparatus. The incisions require no stitches, they heal within days, and they leave no scars. Throughout the procedure, the surgeon gently guides the laser device in and around the area to successfully melt and remove the fat, and also seal blood vessels as it zaps fat. Research shows that little, if any fat is reabsorbed back into the body. The laser also causes small blood vessels to coagulate immediately on contact, resulting in less bleeding, swelling and bruising (unlike traditional liposuction), hastening the recovery time. The minimal invasiveness of the procedure allows patients to see remarkable results, fast. In addition, because only local anesthetic is used for this procedure, SmartLipo carries much fewer risks than traditional liposuction.
Here are some other advantages of SmartLipo™:
- SmartLipo™ procedures are performed on-site in our safe, state-of-the-art clinic, so there are no additional fees.
- Patients are lightly sedated with a local anesthesia, so they remain awake and coherent throughout the surgery, minimizing risks.
- The results of this procedure are permanent and noticeable, immediately.
- Most patients are back to work within one to two days.
Perhaps you are the right candidate for SmartLipo™?
Almost anyone can be a good candidate for SmartLipo. Your doctor will review the benefits and risks of SmartLipo with you during your consultation visit. He will assess whether you are a good candidate with respect to your medical health, and he will clarify what SmartLipo could do for you. It is recommended that patients are in good health when undergoing any surgery to reduce risks and potential complications. This procedure is not a means of removing weight in excess, it is a more a procedure to remove moderate amounts of fat and contour arms, love-handles, mid-section and waist areas of the body, buttocks and thighs. This procedure is recommended for people that have fatty deposits and patients with barrel-shaped waists, muffin tops, tummy rolls, spare tires and post-pregnancy flab, arm flab, thunder thighs and areas that do not respond to exercise or diet.
Who is a good candidate for the SmartLipo™ procedure?
If you have areas of fat that will not respond to diet and exercise, then you’re a candidate for SmartLipo™. Ideal candidates are in good health, of normal body weight and have realistic expectations for the results.
What body regions can be treated with SmartLipo™?
Smartlipo™ can be a great adjunct to Tumescent Liposuction procedures and it is ideal for treating small areas of the face, neck, arms, knees, back, bra strap, mons pubis, breasts (gynecomastia), and areas of loose and flabby skin (floppy skin). In addition, more than one area can be treated during the same visit and several areas can be augmented with SmartLipo™ at the same time.
How many treatments will I need?
For most patients, typically only one treatment is required per region or designated area. Once fat is removed from a region, the cells do not grow back, so it is permanent. Each session (per body region) lasts only an hour or two, depending on designated region and desired outcome.
Do I have to do anything post-treatment?
After the treatment there will only be minimal pain or bruising. We recommend 24 to 48 hours of rest, but most patients are able to return to work immediately, especially after a “Lunch Hour Lipo” session.
Are there any post-surgery side effects?
Because SmartLipo™ is a safe, targeted procedure that utilizes a fine laser instruments to perform the surgery and a local anesthetic, so the side effects are minimal. Any discomfort or mild soreness goes away within a day or two. There are no stitches and the tiny puncture wounds heal within two days. Patients may have mild discomfort and perhaps some light bruising, but they can walk, resume normal activities and return to work within 24 to 48 hours.
There may be some slight swelling in the area after the procedure, which will subside after the anesthetic solution is absorbed and eliminated through the body, but there is no pain associated with this healing process.
Does Smartlipo™ treat cellulite?
The procedure will improve the body’s shape and may improve cellulite to a certain degree and will tighten sagging skin.
Will the surgery leave scars or excess, sagging skin?
Very few tiny incisions are made to complete the SmartLipo™ surgery. These incision marks heal very quickly after the surgery and scarring is usually not an issue, because they are so small and they fade to the blend into the natural color of the skin.
This procedure is designed to promote skin tightening as the fat is removed. Unless your skin is already very thin, wrinkled, or lax due to aging or dramatic weight loss, you will usually see an improvement in skin tone and firmness. Older patients and people who experience considerable weight loss actually pursue SmartLipo™ as a solution to sagging, flabby skin.
When can I expect to see results?
Results can be seen immediately with continued improvement over several months.
Safety and Complications
Again, Smartlipo™ is safer than traditional liposuction because there is less blood loss. In fact, in doing the procedure under tumescent technique, we have eliminated a lot of risks normally associated with general anesthesia.
Dr. William Hall’s Expert Perspective on Advanced Lipo Procedures
Dr. Hall utilizes different technologies to achieve the best results available in liposuction. “We never know what particular technology may be right for a patient until we are actually in the act of performing the surgery” states Dr. Hall; “It all has to do with the consistency of the fat and each person is very different.”
In addition, Dr. Hall stated that the outcome of the Lipo procedure is a direct result of the surgeon’s experience and technique and the best results are dependent upon the surgeon’s expertise and ability to apply precision and accuracy to get the most refined and contoured outcome.
Dr. Hall believes that at Infini Cosmetic Associates, one particular technology should not be advertised: “We are not selling machines; the machine is only a tool, however we are here to deliver excellent liposuction results and to care for our patients, and that comes from the physician and his trained staff,” he proclaimed. “Many technologies are advertised as the ‘latest’ or ‘most revolutionary’ systems,” Hall continued. “These trends in technology come and go and we often learn that the results do not deliver what the suppliers advertised.”
This is why Dr. Hall only uses technology that is medically proven by independent physicians (i.e. physicians that were not paid by a company who is selling a particular technology) to give enhanced results.
To learn more about the benefits of SmartLipo™ and Tumescent liposuction please contact our friendly staff to set up a consultation with Dr. William Hall, Founder and Chief Surgeon.