What is SmartLipo?
SmartLipo (laser liposuction) is a laser-based liposuction therapy to melt and remove fat in a less invasive way than traditional liposuction done with large cannulas under general anesthesia. At Atlanta Liposuction Specialty Clinic, we have the most advanced and safest laser made for liposuction called the SmartLipo Triplex with Thermoguard. This laser has three specific wavelengths that enable our expert surgeons to both melt fat and tighten skin during the operative procedure. For added safety, our surgeons use the laser’s Thermoguard technology that reduces the possibility of injury if the laser temperature goes too high. By utilizing the SmartLipo laser technology we offer our patients a method for a smoother and more aesthetically pleasing result.
What body areas can be treated with SmartLipo?
All areas of the body can be treated with the SmartLipo laser. It is particularly effective in areas such as the neck, knees, arms and inner thighs where skin tightening is very important. It is also effective in highly fibrous areas like the back-bra roll and posterior waist where it helps to facilitate effective fat emulsification and fat removal. The abdomen and flanks can be successfully treated with this laser as well, as it facilitates post-operative skin tightening after the fat is removed.
What does SmartLipo feel like?
The laser is used after the targeted operative area is numbed using Tumescent Anesthesia. Tumescent Anesthesia is a combination of lidocaine, epinephrine and sodium bicarbonate mixed in normal saline in a precise and safe manner to facilitate liposuction under local anesthesia. When the laser is introduced under the skin, you will hear a popping sound as the fat is destroyed and you may feel some warmth from the laser. The sensation is not painful. Prior to the procedure you will receive some medication that will make the procedure more pleasant and relax you. We also offer Pro-Nox, which is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen that you can use for any additional pain control during the procedure.
How long does the SmartLipo procedure take?
The SmartLipo procedure is usually completed in a time span of 2-4 hours from start to finish. This time varies depending on the size of the patient and the areas that are being treated. If you are doing 4 areas it will take longer than if you are doing one small area like the chin or neck. In all cases you will be able to get up and walk out of the clinic after your procedure and can be driven home to recover.
What is the recovery time for SmartLipo?
Most of our patients can return to work in 2-3 days after the surgery. We provide post-operative pain medicine that is taken by most patients for one or two days. Some of our patients do not take any pain medications and return to work in one day. You also will be required to wear a post-operative garment for a period of time after surgery. The exact time required to wear the garment will be discussed at the time of surgery.
When will I be able to see results after the surgery?
You can begin to see the results from SmartLipo at approximately one week after the procedure, but the final results won’t be apparent for a period of 3-6 months after surgery. It is very important to follow the instructions that are given to you by our staff for the post-operative time period to achieve the best results. We suggest that our patients have the Venus Legacy and the Cellutone skin tightening treatments performed to help smooth the skin and help reduce the post-operative swelling. Both technologies are available in our clinic. Wearing the garment for the precise time and under the direction of our staff is also important to achieve the best results.
Who are good candidates for the SmartLipo procedure?
Anyone wanting to have fat removed in a safe and effective manner can consider the SmartLipo procedure. It is not designed as a weight loss treatment, but rather a method to reshape and recontour your body. You usually do not loose weight after the procedure, but your post-operative appearance will give the impression that you may have lost 15-25lbs. Some patients that are larger may have to have 2 procedures performed on the same area to get the desired results.
Why choose SmartLipo over traditional liposuction under general anesthesia?
Liposuction done under general anesthesia requires an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist and usually is done in a hospital setting. These procedures tend to be done using larger cannulas that cause more trauma and post-operative pain. SmartLipo (laser liposuction) is easy to perform under local tumescent anesthesia. The surgeon and you can work together to position your body in precise positions for optimal body contouring. This is hard to do under general anesthesia as it takes a team of people to move you to the next operative position since you are unconscious and dead weight. In addition, there are far less complications under local tumescent anesthesia than under general anesthesia and the post-operative side effects such as nausea and vomiting are rare under local tumescent anesthesia.
What if I gain weight after the surgery?
If a patient gains weight after the surgery, it will most likely occur first in an area of the body that was not treated with SmartLipo laser liposuction. The fat that was removed during the procedure will not grow back and your body’s existing fat cells will get larger when you gain weight. If a client gains a significant amount of weight, even the areas that were treated will become bigger as it is not possible to remove all the fat cells from any area in the body. We encourage our patients to adopt a healthy life style post operatively as we encourage exercise and a healthy eating regimen to help maintain their results.