Body contouring is a polite term for getting rid of unwanted fat. There are a plethora of modalities on the market to address this. Traditional liposuction was the gold standard for fat removal. Unwanted fat cells are mechanically suctioned into a canister for disposal. Now the spectrum of modalities includes everything from cryolipolysis to acoustic wave therapy.
Other than liposuction, all of these therapies are contingent on apoptosis. Apoptosis is a form of programmed cell dealth, or “cellular suicide.” The cell death, or “cellular suicide.” The cells are programmed to die and then are reabsorbed by the body. The amount of apoptosis can not be controlled and there will be varying amounts of reabsorbed fat cells. This is why several sessions are needed to accomplish desired results.
What has replaced traditional liposuction is laser lipolysis. This is traditional liposuction aided by laser to accomplish the same results but is less invasive. This marriage of the two is known as SmartLipo.
What Is Smartlipo?
The Illouz Method was the standard of care for liposuction until 2007 when Cynosure was FDA approved for SmartLipo, the first laser-assisted liposuction device. SmartLipo combines liposuction and laser technology, which yields superior outcomes over traditional liposuction.
SmartLipo Offers Distinct Advantages Over Traditional Liposuction
- The laser has the capacity to coagulate the small blood vessels surrounding the fat, which essentially yields a result with minimal bruising.
- The laser liquifies the fat before suctioning which allows the fat to be removed with less trauma to the surrounding tissue
- Because of less trauma, SmartLipo can be done safely in the office without general anesthesia
- The laser tightens the skin. Traditional liposuction can remove fat but does not have the capability to stimulate collagen production in the surrounding skin. Collagen improves the integrity of the skin and tightens it.
In removing fat around the abdomen, buttocks and thighs, the goal is to remove stubborn fat. You know-that fat that just won’t go away no matter how much you diet and exercise you do. SmartLipo excels in removing tenacious fat that is not dissolved with other modalities of body contouring.
Am I A Good Candidate?
The best candidates for the procedure are women and men who are not severely overweight, but have some trouble spots around the abdomen, chest, thighs, buttocks, and knees
Are The Results Immediate?
Although there is an immediate reduction in fat tissue, the skin tightening is more gradual. Most patients will notice the maximum results developing between 3 to 6 months. Patients notice improvements in the tightness of their skin, as well as smoother, leaner look