Do you have stubborn fatty areas on your body that just won’t go away no matter how hard you diet and exercise? Smartlipo at Finesse Cosmetic Surgery in Waltham, MA can resolve those problem areas and leave you with an attractive, sleek figure. Smartlipo won’t significantly lower your weight, but it’ll accomplish something even better. This treatment can reshape and contour your body, enhancing the curves you like while sloughing away the fatty deposits you’d rather get rid of. It will give you a silhouette you can be proud of.
What Is Smartlipo?
Smartlipo, which is also referred to as laser lipo, is a minimally invasive treatment that gets rid of excess, unwanted fat while also smoothing and tightening skin in the targeted area. It’s a gentler version of traditional liposuction with a faster recovery time. During treatment, a tube known as a cannula is inserted through a 3-mm incision and into pockets of fat.
The cannula, which has a laser fiber tip, is gently moved back and forth beneath the skin, rupturing the fat cells it comes into contact with. The subtle heat generated by the laser also spurs collagen production in the skin, which smooths and tightens the treatment area.
How Does It Differ From Traditional Liposuction?
Traditional liposuction and laser lipo work in similar ways to get rid of unwanted fat, but there are some key differences between the two treatments. While traditional lipo relies more heavily on suction and physical manipulation to remove the fat, the laser in Smartlipo essentially melts the fat, making it easier to remove.
The end result is a minimally invasive treatment that has a faster recovery period. The skin tightening associated with laser lipo is also greater than the tightening associated with traditional liposuction. Because of its advantages, laser lipo has gradually replaced traditional liposuction as the preferred treatment.
What Parts of the Body Can Be Treated?
This type of lipo is especially effective when it’s used to contour the abdomen, back, flanks, knees, thighs, saddlebags, arms, bra bulge, and areas of the body where the skin is loose or flabby.
How Soon Will I See Results?
You’ll see some results almost immediately. In fact, many of the fat cells that are targeted are ruptured and removed during treatment. The remaining fat will gradually drain from the body over the coming months. Some patients see continued improvement for up to six months after treatment.
Will I Lose Weight as a Result of the Treatment?
You may lose a few pounds as a result of this treatment. After all, this type of liposuction is one of the few body contouring treatments that actually remove a specific amount of fat from the body. The real advantage of laser lipo, though, is not the pounds it removes but its ability to help reshape and redefine your body.
Traditional weight loss often results in pounds being shed uniformly throughout the body. But laser lipo allows for true sculpting of the body that may involve enhancing certain curves and refining musculature in one region while whittling away excess fat and flab in another.
Most patients say they are highly satisfied with the results, which are often more dramatic than straightforward weight loss. However, if your ultimate goal is to shed a notable amount of weight, you may be better served by pursuing traditional weight loss techniques like diet and exercise, or in some cases, bariatric surgery.
Support for a Healthy Lifestyle
Some patients find that this type of liposuction allows them to become more active, which can impact their weight long-term. Once your body has been contoured and you’ve gotten rid of some of your trouble spots with the help of laser lipo, you’ll feel better and it will be easier to move and exercise. As a result, you may feel more energized and better able to maintain an active lifestyle and a healthy weight.
Weight Gain After Treatment
If you do gain a significant amount of weight after your treatment, the fat will likely show up on parts of the body that were addressed with laser lipo. The best way to maintain your results is to try to manage your weight through regular exercise and a healthful diet.
Improved Appearance of Cellulite
Cellulite can be tricky to treat, but in some patients, this type of liposuction can reduce the appearance of bumpy, dimpled skin. Cellulite is caused by the fibrous bands that run between the skin and the underlying muscles. As fat builds up beneath the skin, it can put pressure on the bands, resulting in a puckered look. Cellulite is not a sign of any underlying health condition and it does not pose a medical threat, but from a cosmetic standpoint, it embarrasses many patients. Laser lipo can sometimes minimize the look of cellulite by getting rid of excess fat and breaking down the fibrous bands.
Laser lipo can dramatically improve the look of your body. For maximum results, some patients also opt to combine this type of liposuction with other aesthetic services from our practice, including tummy tucks and facelifts. During your consultation, we can work with you to come up with the perfect mix of treatments to achieve your cosmetic goals.
What Are the Advantages of This Treatment?
Laser lipo offers a number of advantages over traditional liposuction and other body sculpting treatments.
This treatment offers excellent long-term results for our patients. Patients look trimmer and more youthful after treatment, and Smartlipo results in 60 percent more skin tightening than traditional liposuction. This type of lipo is part of a class of minimally invasive body contouring treatments that work in different ways to rid the body of unwanted fat. Other body contouring treatments freeze, melt, or otherwise manipulate fat in ways that encourage it to start to fade away. Laser lipo is unusual in that it removes a specific amount of fat directly from the body.
This type of liposuction has been successfully used all over the body, including in seemingly hard-to-treat areas like the face and neck. Laser lipo is a versatile treatment option that can be used to address many of your concerns.
One of the great things about this type of lipo is that there is little downtime associated with treatment, which means you’ll be back on your feet and enjoying your new look in no time. One laser lipo treatment is all most patients need, and each area that is treated will take anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes. Because this is a minimally invasive treatment, most patients are back at work in three days. Laser lipo is a good option for time-crunched parents and busy working professionals who can’t afford to take a couple of weeks off for a more involved cosmetic procedure or traditional liposuction.
You’ll Feel Great About Yourself
Many of our patients have struggled for years with stubborn fatty areas on their bodies. Love handles, abdominal fat, and flabby upper arms are just a few of the areas that commonly frustrate patients. With just a single treatment, you can say goodbye to those problem areas and redefine your silhouette. Clothes you haven’t worn in years will suddenly fit again, and you’ll look forward to wearing your bathing suit. You’ll be amazed at how good you feel and how much more confidence you have.
A Safe Option
Laser lipo was approved by the FDA in 2006. It has been widely studied and is considered a safe and effective option. This treatment is performed using local anesthesia as opposed to general anesthesia. It also tends to be less stressful on the body than traditional liposuction.
Laser lipo, because of its skin tightening benefit, is less likely to leave patients with sagging skin. This is an especially important benefit to older patients whose skin may have less elasticity.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
This type of liposuction is successfully performed on both men and women and on patients with all skin tones and types. It is a widely accessible treatment, although there are a few signs that you may be an especially good candidate.
You’re Looking for a Tuneup
Most of the patients who seek out this type of liposuction are ready to improve their bodies. Some are starting to see the first signs of aging and want to take action. Others have been dieting and exercising and may have even lost some weight, but they have stubborn problem areas that simply won’t shape up. The ideal candidate is not far over his or her ideal weight and simply wants to shape up.
You’re in Good Overall Health
The best candidates are in good overall health. Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or who have diabetes, liver disease, unstable hypertension, coronary artery disease, or bleeding disorders generally are not candidates for this treatment. Patients who are taking Coumadin or Heparin are also not candidates for this treatment.
You’re Emotionally Stable
Change isn’t easy, even when it’s a change you’re excited about. Changing your body can be particularly emotional. The ideal patient is realistic about treatment outcomes and is emotionally stable enough to handle the improvements the body will experience.
What Is Treatment Like?
The first step will be your Smartlipo consultation, where we’ll review your medical history and current medications. We’ll also talk with you about your concerns and problem areas as well as your goals for treatment. We offer a number of treatment options, and as part of your consultation, we’ll work with you to determine if this type of liposuction or another service will best accomplish what you’re aiming for. After your consultation, it’s just a matter of scheduling your treatment.
What Should I Do After Treatment?
After the anesthesia from your treatment has worn off, you’ll feel much like you do following a vigorous workout. We usually recommend that patients take it easy and get plenty of rest for a day or two following treatment. We also ask that patients wear a compression garment around the treatment area for two or three weeks following their appointment. The compression garment encourages healing and helps the skin to conform to the new body shape. Patients can begin exercising two weeks after their treatment.
Why Choose Our Practice?
If you’re ready to get rid of stubborn fatty areas, reshape your body, and rejuvenate your appearance, it may be time to consider laser lipo. Our team is experienced, and our practice has historically been one of the busiest Smartlipo centers in the region. All treatments take place in our comfortable, spa-like practice, and we offer health care financing. For more information, call Finesse Cosmetic Surgery in Waltham, MA and ask about Smartlipo.