In case you wish to undertake liposuction and have done some research, then you might have heard about laser-assisted liposuction, known more as smart lipo. For some time now, many patients have opted for SmartLipo instead of regular liposuction due to the fact that this procedure uses a laser and is minimally invasive.
SmartLipo refers to a laser-assisted liposuction which was initiated by Cynosure, a company based in Massachusetts, that makes and sells SmartLipo laser machines. In this process, tiny incisions are made into the skin, then local anesthesia is injected to areas of treatment. Laser energy is then applied to the skin, and then fat is extracted through regular liposuction cannulas.
From the time that it was initiated, this procedure has been marketed as a new form of liposuction which tightens the skin, offers quick recovery, and is safer compared to the traditional liposuction as it uses local anesthesia. Some patients have been able to avoid undergoing a tummy tuck because SmartLipo helped tighten their loose tummy skin. This, however, has not yet been proven as a fact.
Additionally, there are many reasons why SmartLipo procedure may not be the best choice for you.
Liposuction can be performed using different techniques, including: ultrasound technique, tumescent laser, and assisted-laser liposuction or SmartLipo. Tumescent laser has thus far been considered the most common way of reducing unwanted fat. However, there’s no single form of liposuction that is sure to tighten loose skin -- not even SmartLipo. Both the surgeons and patients would love to get a treatment which can tighten the skin without creating scars or removing the skin but unfortunately, that kind of procedure does not exist (yet).
You must be aware of the conmen/women who may try to promise you that they can tighten your skin through SmartLipo, since at the end you will be left with a sagging tummy.
The way many people claim that SmartLipo is safe compared to tumescent liposuction is not true. These two methods can be performed with very minimal cases of complication. Safety in any kind of plastic surgery depends on proper selection of ideal candidates, skills of the surgeon and aftercare.
A large number of people claim that SmartLipo takes a short time for the patient to recover. In reality, both tumescent liposuction and smartlipo do take almost the same amount of time for one to recover. However, the period of recovery will depend on the extent of the procedure, genetics, and age of the patient at the time of the procedure. All types of liposuction do produce some swelling and bruising, which can last about 6 weeks.
Apart from being a complicated process which does not have many benefits, the use of laser in SmartLipo can increase the risk of injury in thermal-sensitive areas.
Since the smartlipo laser liposuction has been marketed to both surgeons and patients, and many of the doctors who are engaged with this technology are non-surgeons or non-plastic surgeons who have very little experience when it comes to liposuction. This therefore means that it can be quite difficult for one to achieve good results.
According to some marketing claims, SmartLipo is seen as an effective type of liposuction, but there is no scientific evidence that proves that it’s superior compared to tumescent liposuction. There have been controlled, double-blind, and randomized clinical studies that have proven that these two procedures do not differ much.
One thing that matters if you wish to get good liposuction results is the skill of the plastic surgeon who will be undertaking the procedure. A plastic surgeon with good skills can produce the best liposuction results through various types of techniques such as ultrasound, laser-assisted, and tumescent liposuction. You must be aware of the untrained individuals who may wish to brand themselves as plastic surgeons. Make sure that your surgeon has the proper certification/s needed to perform the procedure on you; it's best to research on the surgeon and ask as many questions as you can during your consultation with them.
Although many patients would wish to ask their surgeons if there’s a procedure which can merge both the tummy tuck and liposuction without producing any scars, they should know that it does not exist. Despite everything highlighted above, SmartLipo is still an effective non-invasive treatment for any individual who is looking for the best option for reducing excess body fat. You should therefore not be afraid to undertake this procedure as many people have emerged successful.
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