If you are looking to slim your waistline or get a leaner body, diet and exercise may not get you the results you want. When traditional weight loss methods are not enough, Smart Lipo can be a safe and effective way to eliminate pockets of stubborn fat from your body. Experience the amazing benefits or this procedure at MD Beauty Labs in West Palm Beach, FL.
What Is Smart Lipo?
Smart Lipo is a unique liposuction experience developed by Cynosure. The procedure uses a thin cannula that is similar to a needle used for blood drawing which is equipped with a tiny laser fiber that is used to break down fat. Energy from the laser also helps tighten the skin so the skin is not left loose after fat removal. Smart Lipo has been used to treat patients successfully since it was FDA approved in 2006 and is sometimes known as laser lipolysis or laser-assisted liposuction.
What Amazing Benefits Can You Experience?
Laser lipolysis combines liposuction with laser therapy to liquefy fat and remove it from the body in one quick procedure. A small incision is made in order to insert the thin cannula into the body where the deposit of fat is being removed. The laser fiber heats deposits of fat until the fat is broken down and liquified. This makes it easy for the thin cannula to remove the fat from the body without the pulling motion required in traditional liposuction and without making tears in the tissue. The procedure is faster and more gentle than traditional liposuction procedures.
A secondary benefit of laser lipolysis is the skin tightening provided by the laser fiber. After a traditional liposuction procedure, you would likely need a lift procedure to remove excess skin and finish your transformation. Laser lipolysis removes fat and stimulates collagen production during the procedure. The increased collagen production helps restore the skin’s elasticity and gives the skin a tight and firm feeling. The skin tightening results are not instant but will improve in the three to six months following the procedure.
A Safe and Easy Procedure
Laser lipolysis is a safer and less invasive procedure than traditional liposuction. The liquified fat is easier to remove, allowing us to use a thin cannula that can treat smaller deposits of fat and sensitive areas of the body.
This opens up the procedure to a wider range of patients and helps us treat you with less risk and recovery time. Unlike traditional liposuction, you will not likely need a general anesthetic during the procedure and will only need a local anesthetic. The entire procedure is carried out from our West Palm Beach office without the need for any overnight stays or hospitalization.
A Quick Recovery
After a laser lipolysis procedure, recovery time is minimal. You may need one or two days before you are active and ready to work, but many patients return to work or their normal routine immediately after the procedure. The recovery time is much less than with traditional liposuction, which may take one week before you can return to your normal routine. Traditional liposuction also requires a general anesthetic and an overnight stay in a hospital or clinic for the first 24 hours of recovery.
You will not likely need pain medication after the procedure, and a light dressing may only be needed for two to eight weeks in some circumstances.
The laser fiber helps your blood coagulate after the procedure and cauterizes the incision so there is a lower chance of bleeding. The incision is small, so scarring is not noticeable, and the incision heals quickly. You can begin to move around and do light exercises immediately after the procedure in most cases. After about one week you will be fully healed and can get back to your normal workout routine.
An Affordable Procedure
The cost of the procedure can vary depending on your needs and goal. Laser lipolysis is generally more affordable than traditional liposuction and other surgical procedures. You can save time and money on the procedure due to the minimal recovery time, allowing you to return to work and miss fewer days recovering. We recommend speaking to your health insurance provider before the procedure if you plan to cover the costs with your insurance benefits, as most insurance providers do not cover laser lipolysis because it is a voluntary cosmetic procedure.
A Smart Lipo session takes around 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the amount of fat that is being removed. If your body mass index or BMI is higher than average, traditional liposuction or weight loss may be needed before laser lipolysis. After a single session, you will see your body improve over a week, and you should see your desired results after one or two weeks. The fat is permanently removed from the body and will not come back, so you do not need to come back for maintenance or touch-up procedures.
The laser will increase collagen production in the skin, allowing the skin to restore its elasticity and become tighter. Skin tightening will occur over three to six months, providing you with smooth and firm skin. This eliminates the need for tightening procedures like a surgical lift, which is commonly performed during a tummy tuck procedure. This procedure does not require diet or exercise, but the best and longest-lasting results appear when you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
Where Can Fat Be Removed?
You can experience skin tightening and fat reduction from laser lipolysis on more areas of the body than with traditional liposuction. The procedure is safe for removing fat from delicate areas of the body and can be used to treat smaller deposits of fat. The procedure is safe enough to remove fat from the face, neck, and chin.
Laser lipolysis can also treat areas of the body that would normally be treated by traditional liposuction. If you are looking to reduce your waistline to fit into smaller pants and dress sizes and reveal your abs, we can treat the abdominal area, back, and flanks or love handles. We can help you get thinner upper arms and slim inner and outer thighs with laser lipolysis as well.
How Does It Compare to TruSculpt ID?
Laser lipolysis and truSculpt ID share a minimal downtime, with most patients able to return to work immediately after the procedure. Both treatments also provide similar fat reduction results. TruSculpt ID heats fat cells with precise bursts of radiofrequency energy, resulting in fat reduction with minimal recovery time needed and no pain or discomfort. The results of your truSculpt ID session can take some time to become noticeable, often requiring several months to reach your desired goal while laser lipolysis takes about one week.
Laser lipolysis also has the advantage of providing skin tightening benefits. You will not need to worry about loose skin after the procedure as collagen production is stimulated by the laser. TruSculpt ID is an effective and non-invasive fat reduction treatment, but laser lipolysis will provide more benefits and faster results.
What Makes It More Effective Than Traditional Liposuction?
Traditional liposuction is more effective if you have a greater than average BMI. If you have a higher BMI, you may require traditional liposuction before laser lipolysis can be completed, but if you are at an average BMI with some deposits of unwanted fat, laser lipolysis can be much more effective. The procedure can be completed without general anesthetic and with much less pain, fewer risks, and less scarring and bruising.
Laser lipolysis uses a small and minimally invasive cannula and also provides you with tighter skin and reduced recovery time thanks to the laser fiber. Downtime after the procedure minimal, and you may even return to work the same day. Traditional liposuction can result in several days of recovery after an overnight stay in a hospital. If you are like most patients, laser lipolysis will be a better choice.
Are You Eligible?
If you are a healthy adult, you are likely eligible for laser lipolysis. We can treat men and women of all ages and skin types, helping them remove stubborn fat without considerable downtime. If you have a busy schedule, laser lipolysis can be an excellent alternative to other procedures because it is sometimes known as a lunchtime procedure or a procedure with minimal recovery time.
To ensure your safety during the procedure, we will provide you with a consultation to identify any health risks. During the consultation, we will determine if laser lipolysis is the best treatment for you based on your allergies, pre-existing conditions, recent surgeries, and any medications you are taking. We will also ask you if you smoke, have gained weight, or lost weight as this can affect the procedure.
Laser lipolysis can be an effective way to remove baby fat and tighten the skin after childbirth but should only be used when the body has stabilized about six months after you’ve given birth. The procedure is not recommended for women who are nursing or pregnant.
Do You Need to Prepare?
Preparing for your laser lipolysis procedure is simple, and we will cover the details during your consultation. You should avoid blood-thinning medications before your procedure. Acetaminophen is a good pain reliever that does not thin the blood, but aspirin and ibuprofen should be avoided. Maintaining your health with proper diet and light exercise before and after the procedure will also help you recover and provide better results.
During your consultation, we can help you set your expectations. We can give you an idea of how much the procedure will cost, how long it will take, and what results you should expect. If you have a realistic goal and expectations, you will likely be satisfied with the procedure.
Can You Still Gain Weight After the Procedure?
After the procedure, you can still gain weight as you did before the procedure. Fat cells do not make up a large amount of your overall body weight, so the procedure will not result in a large amount of weight loss. Fat growth is reduced in the treated areas because the fat cells are eliminated from the body. If you gain weight after the procedure, the fat will be deposited in untreated areas of the body. You can maintain your results by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Experience Smart Lipo Today
If you are not ready to undergo traditional liposuction and are looking for a safe alternative with minimal recovery time, laser-assisted liposuction may be the right solution for you. Smart Lipo can help you remove unwanted fat from your body without long surgical procedures and recovery time. If you think the procedure is right for you, visit MD Beauty Labs in West Palm Beach, FL for your initial consultation today.