Laser liposuction is a minimally invasive procedurethat melts away unwanted fat.Not only does it melt away fat, it also remodels collagen. Collagen is a central protein in the skin that helps give it tone and texture. There are several laser assisted lipo systems on the market, including the industry leading SmartLipo.
At the Beaux Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery in Maryland, SmartLipo is used to remove unwanted fat from all parts of the body including the breast, abdomen, thighs, and arms.
SmartLipo is performed with the use of a cannula (small tube), that contains a fiber optic laser. Small incisions are made, and the cannula is then inserted underneath the skin. As it is moved back and forth, the laser energy liquefies the fat cells, which is then removed using a small suction.
The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia, and can be done in the surgeon’s surgical facility. The duration of the operation depends on the amount of fat that is being removed. It can be as short as 30 minutes, or as long as 2 hours.
After SmartLipo patients can expect some bruising and swelling, but these side-effects should clear within a few days. Patients can generally resume activities the next day, but exercise should be avoided.
Benefits of laser lipo
Laser assisted lipo has become very popular in the last decade, and it has several benefits over traditional lipo. Laser lipo removes fat, and simultaneously tightens the skin so that there is no sagging, as is often the case with standard liposuction.This is especially beneficial for individuals that have loose skin that does not retract. In addition, laser liposuction is able to remove more fat than is possible with traditional liposuction, and there is less post-op discomfort.