What Is Smartlipo®?
Smartlipo® is a non-invasive form of liposuction that is used on areas where surgical liposuction may not be an alternative. It can be used on the arms, neck, jawline, knees, abdomen, and thighs, or any area that is extremely hard to reach and may not be affected by exercise. The laser used in the procedure liquefies fat cells allowing the lipids drained away through a tiny incision near the area. The use of a laser adds an additional benefit. In addition to flushing away fat cells, the lasers stimulate the production of collagen that firms and tones the skin. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, there is less risk of infection and a much faster recovery time.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Smartlipo®?
The Smartlipo® procedure is ideal for individuals who are close to reaching their weight loss goals. The procedure removes fat deposits that are located in areas where conventional forms of liposuction won’t work. These are also the areas that normally do not receive much benefit from exercise. Fat often accumulates under the chin, near the jawline, certain places on the arms, thighs, back, and neck. Doctors use the minimally invasive procedure to finely sculpt areas that would otherwise look puffy or bulky. Because the procedure also stimulates the production of collagen, it will firm and tone the skin and soft tissues near the treatment area.
What Are Contraindications for the Procedure?
As with any procedure that requires an incision of any size, the risk of infection is real. Keeping the area clean and following the doctor’s orders after the procedure has been completed will reduce the risk of infection and prevent scarring. It is important to properly care for the area during the healing process. This includes not lifting heavy objects or hyperextending the area, stretching the tissues, and causing the tissues to become damaged. Allow ample healing time before returning to regular, daily activities.