Losing unwanted fat in some areas of the body can be challenging, particularly because some types of fat are more resistant to your weight-loss efforts than others. Because it’s much easier to burn fat used for fuel than it is to burn fat that is saved for energy storage, it can be challenging to reach your goals without using an aesthetic treatment. Learn more about how Smart Lipo at Finesse Cosmetic Laser and Lipo in Waltham, MA can help you achieve your body goals.
How Long Is Recovery After Smart Lipo?
The overall recovery time after Smart Lipo is about four weeks. Your immediate recovery will be one to two days, after which you will usually be able to go back to work and resume light activities.
Throughout your entire recovery period, you will not be able to engage in any strenuous activity, such as intense exercise, straining movements, lifting, or some household chores. You will need to prepare meals and a comfortable area of your house for your recovery.
How Long Should You Wear Compression Garments?
You will be directed to wear compression garments for at least four weeks. Wearing compression garments after a liposuction treatment is essential, as this will ensure your body heals in the desired shape.
Compression garments also help the lymphatic system process fat more quickly. This is particularly important for an advanced procedure such as this one, which does not include any drainage dressings after the treatment is complete.
Will You Have Any Prescriptions?
You may have some prescriptions to take after your procedure. For example, it’s very common to be prescribed antibiotics when you’re recovering from an invasive aesthetic procedure. This is because antibiotics will ensure you can have a strong immune system throughout your recovery time. Usually, you take antibiotics for seven to 10 days.
You may have other prescriptions to manage discomfort after your treatment. However, over-the-counter pain medication should be adequate for most people.
Do You Need To Massage the Treated Area?
One of the unique things about your recovery from the Smart Lipo procedure is that you will need to massage the treated area lightly a few times a day to encourage better results. You will be able to start massaging the treatment area 10 to 12 days after your procedure. The light massage should not cause any discomfort. Your surgeon will give you further instructions on how to correctly perform the massage.
What Else Do You Need To Know About This Procedure?
Smart Lipo is an advanced alternative treatment to traditional liposuction that will effectively remove small areas of fat from the body. This is a laser-assisted treatment that works by inserting a cannula into the body, which will emit laser energy to melt unwanted fat. This is followed by suction to remove fat from the desired areas of the body.
This procedure is ideal for targeting small pockets of fat and sculpting the body. Unlike traditional liposuction, this procedure does not remove a large amount of fat from the body, and it cannot be used to achieve weight loss goals.
Before your procedure, you’ll need to stop smoking for at least four to six weeks, as this will give your body a better advantage to heal from the procedure. Tobacco can inhibit many healing processes and make it more difficult to burn unwanted fat, so by discontinuing tobacco products, your results will develop as desired.
Other preparation guidelines can include temporarily stopping the use of blood-thinning medications or supplements that have blood-thinning side effects. Be sure to list all of the medications and supplements you are taking when you are having a consultation with your surgeon. You may have additional preparation guidelines to follow.
Why Is Smart Lipo Better Than Traditional Liposuction?
One of the biggest benefits of using Smart Lipo for your body sculpting goals is the fact that your recovery period is much shorter compared to the recovery period for traditional liposuction. This means it’s easier and more convenient for busy people to work the body sculpting procedure into their schedules. Other benefits of this advanced fat-removal technique include:
This advanced procedure is far less traumatic for the body than traditional liposuction. The use of a laser to melt targeted pockets of unwanted fat ultimately means that fat can be removed more effectively from your body. Because the incisions for this treatment are much smaller, the body does not suffer as much tissue damage when compared to traditional liposuction. This is also why the recovery period is so much shorter.
One major benefit of this smart fat removal procedure is the fact that it will tighten skin. This is a byproduct of the laser technology used during the procedure. Because laser energy can stimulate blood flow, it can also increase collagen production in the skin. The result is that collagen production will be stimulated even as fat is removed from the body, which can produce a tight, natural-looking result.
One of the risks of traditional liposuction is results that do not appear perfectly smooth. This is because traditional liposuction removes chunks of unwanted fat. With this advanced treatment, on the other hand, fat is liquefied before it is removed and the overall result is much more smooth. Ultimately, this is another reason why this liposuction treatment will produce natural-looking results.
Many people also prefer this treatment over traditional liposuction because it uses local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia. Broadly speaking, general anesthesia is more high-risk since it can increase the risk of respiratory concerns. However, local anesthesia allows the patient to remain awake during the laser-assisted liposuction procedure and carries fewer risks. Local anesthesia is also much easier to recover from.
Who are Good Candidates for This Procedure?
Candidates for this procedure include women and men who have moderate body sculpting goals. This treatment is not intended to help with significant weight loss, but it can trim away unwanted layers of fat so you can reach your final aesthetic goals.
For any invasive procedure, it’s imperative that patients are in good general health, as this will significantly reduce the risk of infection post-surgery. You will need to submit bloodwork and other exams to verify that you are healthy enough for the procedure. You will also need to reschedule your procedure if you have any type of infection, such as a cold, flu, fever blister, or other illness. Other indications you may be a good candidate include:
You Have Lost Significant Weight
If you have lost significant weight as the result of a weight loss journey, then you may be a candidate for a treatment to remove small pockets of unwanted fat. When you have lost your goal amount of weight, a treatment such as this one can remove the final layers of fat and tighten your skin to sculpt your body shape.
You Have Stubborn Pockets of Fat
If you have stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to dieting and exercise, then this treatment could be right for you. Stubborn pockets of fat are more likely to develop on the middle section, underarms, and inner thighs. Not only are these areas difficult to tone, but the fat in these areas is used for fuel storage and is more difficult to burn off.
You Aren’t Seeing Results From Exercise
If you want to achieve a certain body shape but you aren’t seeing the results you want from exercise, a treatment such as this one could be helpful. This liposuction technique can be used around major muscle groups to shape and tone the body.
You Are Already Within a Healthy Weight Range
Finally, candidates who are ideal for this treatment are those who are already within a healthy weight range. Your BMI is a good barometer to determine a healthy weight for your gender and height. If you are within this range and you are relatively happy with your body shape, this liposuction technique can be the final step for achieving your ideal body.
Finesse Your Body Shape With Smart Liposuction
Losing those last few layers of stubborn body fat can be hard with traditional diet and exercise. Luckily, a procedure such as laser-assisted liposuction can help you achieve all of your body goals. If you think this treatment is an ideal option to sculpt your body, contact Finesse Cosmetic Laser and Lipo in Waltham, MA to schedule a consultation.