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Liposuction

The removal of unwanted, localized fat by suction technique is a surgical procedure that offers an improved body contour with minimal scarring. Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the United States. However, it’s important for patients to understand that liposuction is not a weight-loss alternative, but rather a way to treat isolated areas of fat that are resistant to exercise and diet.

Liposuction is used to remove the superficial layer of fat rather than the deep one. Some areas of the body respond better to liposuction. The most common areas of the body where liposuction is performed are on the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, neck, back and flanks.

Fat cells increase in size and volume with weight gain. Liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in a specific area. The resulting contour changes are long lasting, if weight remains stable.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with routine exercise & diet is equally as important after liposuction. Although fat will not return to the treated areas, if a person gains weight after liposuction, fat can be re-distributed to other areas of the body.. For example, if the abdomen and hips were the areas suctioned, the thighs or buttocks may become problem areas, if weight is gained after surgery.

Because the skin must mold itself to new contours following surgery, candidates for liposuction are generally physically active, near their ideal weight and have good skin tone and elasticity. If the skin is thin and loose with poor elasticity, the skin in the areas treated with liposuction will often appear loose.

For people who are moderately overweight, liposuction can provide the motivation to lose weight. The best time to have liposuction is when weight has been stable for as long as six months. The reason is because a person who has liposuction during a period of weight gain would likely develop fat deposits in untreated areas.

Areas of the body that are most effectively treated with liposuction are the abdomen, hips, chest, flanks, thighs, neck, upper arms and knees. One way to tell if a person could benefit from liposuction is to stand in front of a full-length mirror and note the contours of the body’s silhouette. If hips and thighs bulge outward, liposuction may be beneficial. Points to be discussed with Dr. Shafer prior to having the procedure are goals and expectations, the number of sites to be treated, and the techniques that will yield the best result and least scarring.

Body fat removal also can be a complementary treatment to surgical procedures to improve body contour, such as an abdominoplasty tummy tuck or body lifts to the arms or thigh. Patients typically report that they do not lose much weight with liposuction, but rather lose inches, which results in their clothing fitting better.

How SmartLipo™ Works

If you’re seeking a cutting-edge, highly effective method to significantly improve the safety and efficiency of many surgical techniques, then laser technology is definitely the technique you’ll want to consider. Laser technology is routinely used in dental procedures, lasik eye surgery, reconstructive work and cosmetic procedures—including liposuction—which is what sets SmartLipo apart from its competition. Most patients are unaware that the word “laser” is actually an acronym which stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Precise and safe, today’s medical-grade lasers work by creating a powerful light beam that is adjusted to a specific frequency range. SmartLipo is also different from traditional liposuction in that it uses a carefully calibrated laser to liquefy fat deposits through the top layers of the patient’s skin. The laser actually ruptures fat cells, and the resulting oily, liquid substance is then removed through a tiny incision in the skin by the surgeon.

The small laser can also seal blood vessels as it zaps fat, so there is less swelling, bleeding and bruising than with traditional liposuction. Research has shown that little, if any, fat is reabsorbed back into the body with SmarLipo. The minimal invasiveness of the procedure allows patients to see faster results and to experience fewer complications. In addition, SmartLipo’s patients only require a local anesthetic for this procedure, whereas liposuction requires general anesthesia. Because the patient is not completely unconscious, SmartLipo carries much fewer risks than traditional liposuction, and the recovery time is much shorter. SmartLipo…cutting-edge, safe and effective.

How does the Smartlipo™ procedure work?

A very small cannula, or tube, approximately 1.0 mm to 2.0 mm in diameter containing a laser fiber is inserted into the skin. The cannula is moved back and forth delivering the laser’s energy to the fat cells, causing them to rupture and easily drain away. The laser energy also interacts with the dermis it resulting in collagen shrinkage. Due to the cannula’s small size, Smartlipo™ is a minimally invasive procedure and can be performed under local anesthesia. The laser causes small blood vessels to coagulate immediately on contact, resulting in less bleeding, swelling and bruising, and a quicker recovery time than conventional liposuction. Because general anesthesia is unnecessary, the procedure is very safe with only minimal side effects.

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