smartlipo procedureSmartLipo® is a minimally invasive liposuction method that sculpts the body using laser technology to remove excess fat. At the Center for Facial and Body Rejuvenation, we use SmartLipo TriPlex® LaserBodySculpting, which is a state-of-the-art SmartLipo system for precise, high-definition body sculpting. It is called “TriPlex” because it uses a triple wavelength form of laser technology, which provides greater body contouring results.

Also called laser lipolysis, SmartLipo uses medical-grade lasers with a light beam powerful enough to rupture fat cells and then melt the fat without traumatizing nearby blood vessels, nerves, and other soft tissues. Unlike traditional liposuction, SmartLipo can also tighten the skin by strengthening the connection between the underlying muscle and the skin. It also further tightens the skin gradually by promoting the body’s natural production of collagen.

Our board-certified plastic surgeons at the Center for Facial and Body Rejuvenation have a great deal of experience with SmartLipo, providing our patients with excellent results.

SmartLipo is not a substitute for weight loss, but it is good option for people with localized pockets of fat that have not resolved from diet and exercise. It can used on most any area of the body, including the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, love handles, knees, flanks, upper arms, and back. Precision® treatments (part of the SmartLipo Triplex system) can treat the chin, jowls, and neck as well.

Your SmartLipo Procedure

A local anesthetic is administered before your treatment. The SmartLipo procedure itself takes one to three hours depending upon the number of areas you wish to treat. Tiny incisions are made in the treatment areas, and a small cannula or tube that is no longer than a pen tip is inserted into the incisions one by one.

The laser energy reaches the fat cells through the cannula, and after the laser liquefies the fat, it is suctioned out of the body. Many of the septae bands that cause cellulite are also released and improved during the procedure.

We will have you stand before the procedure is done to make sure that no areas of fat were missed. Since the incisions are so small, no sutures are required. They will heal within 2-4 weeks, and the marks will disappear during the months following the procedure.

Recovering from SmartLipo

Most of our patients return to work in less than a week and resume all normal activities in two weeks. You should refrain from strenuous exercise for about a month, however.

Some bruising, swelling, bleeding, and pain are to be expected, but these symptoms are less severe than those experienced after traditional liposuction. You will wear a compression garment over the treated areas for a period of time, and if necessary, you can take pain medication as you heal. Sutures are not necessary because the incisions are so small.

The results are visible immediately for some patients, while others may experience swelling for a longer period of time that delays the visibility of the outcome. The firming and tightening of the treated areas will continue for as long as six months.

The fat cells that have been removed do not come back, and your results will be permanent.

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Our board-certified facial plastic surgeons at the Center for Facial and Body Rejuvenation have a great deal of experience with SmartLipo, providing our patients with excellent results.

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