Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic medical procedures available today for the removal of excess body fat. Also known as suction lipectuction, liposuction has been around for a long time, but the latest advances in liposuction techniques have made this cosmetic procedure more popular over the past two decades.

A variety of different liposuction techniques include tumescent liposuction, superwet liposuction, suction assisted liposuction (SAL), power assisted liposuction (PAL), ultrasound assisted liposuction (UAL), vaser assisted liposuction (VAL), and SmartLipo and SlimLipo, both of which are laser assisted liposuction techniques.

Of these liposuction modalities, SmartLipo is an excellent choice because of its safety and effectiveness. In 2006, the first laser-assisted liposuction procedure, SmartLipo by Cynosure, Inc., was approved by the US FDA to be used for fat dissolution in the United States.

Understanding SmartLipo

Smartlipo is an ideal adjunct to traditional liposuction for melting away localized fat deposits on the face and body. This revolutionary version of liposuction disrupts fat (adipose) cells and tightens tissue with a laser. The less invasive nature, faster recovery timeframe, excellent output and total relativity make this lipo technique a leader in laser-assisted lipolysis.

In the traditional liposuction, a plastic surgeon uses a small hollow tube (cannula) to remove stubborn fat deposits from specific areas of the body. In SmartLipo procedure, a laser fiber is introduced through cannula to disrupt subcutaneous fat cells. The energy emitted from the laser immediately coagulates tissue and small blood vessels.

A single treatment session of one hour duration can liquefy incredible amount of fat. The fat cells liquefy under the laser, making it easier for the surgeon to remove them. The melted fat is sucked out through a small incision made by the cosmetic surgeon in the skin.

Best Body Parts for Laser-assisted Lipo
SmartLipo technique can be used on virtually any part of the body where you have incurred excess fat. This laser body contouring technique can melt away fat concentrated in the face, jowls, chin, neck, upper arms, lower back, thighs, buttocks, abdomen, male breasts (gynecomastia) and loose skin.

Who's the Candidate?
People who are in good general health and stable weight for at least six months are good candidates for laser liposuction. One must have clear understanding about the surgery- including its risks, complications, side effects and benefits- and realistic expectations for results.

Advantages
One of the major advantages is the fact that this sophisticated Lipo techniques tightens the skin in addition to fat removal. The technique treats highly fibrotic areas and removals sagginess of the skin, giving you better body contour and youthful appearance. This laser technique promotes tissues coagulation that results in tissue tightening.

Because SmartLipo procedure is less invasive, it has fewer side effects than conventional liposuction. The minimally invasive surgery results in less bleeding, swelling and bruising, making healing and recovery from the surgery faster and easier than traditional type.

Other advantages include less bleeding compared to traditional liposuction, faster healing times, less traumatic, much less discomfort, minimum scarring, and consistent reproducible results and matchless precision.

After Surgery
Most SmartLipo patients resume their normal activities soon after the surgery. But for strenuous exercise or hot tubs they are advised to wait at least for about two weeks. The results usually start to appear within a week after the surgery, but it can take between three-six months to achieve the final body contour.

Wear special compression garments or close-fitting elastic garments for a week or two after the surgery can reduce swelling and speed healing.

Cost
SmartLipo laser body contouring method costs significantly less compared to the liposuction alone. However the cost of SmartLipo varies greatly, depending primarily on the area of ​​body to be treated.