SmartLipo™ is a laser-assisted procedure that sends energy into the fat cells to rupture and liquefy them. The skin’s undersurface is also treated with the laser causing shrinkage and contraction of the skin. This procedure is ideal for the following areas: abdomen, arms, back, chest, chin, flanks, and inner and outer thighs. It can be used in any area that standard liposuction is used, with the added benefit of skin tightening. The laser uses “heat” which has been shown to help “tighten” the skin, promoting retraction. It is useful in “etching,” which is defining areas of the body, for example the abdominal muscles (creating a “six pack”). As with liposuction, this is not a weight loss procedure. It addresses volume, shape, proportion and definition.
SmartLipo™ with liposuction is an outpatient procedure and can be done under general or twilight anesthesia. Small areas can be done under local anesthesia. All procedures are performed with tumescent fluid infusion to minimize pain and blood loss.
SmartLipo™ with liposuction is a procedure that should be done by highly trained, skilled, and experienced plastic surgeons. North Valley Plastic Surgery is amongst the most experienced SmartLipo™ plastic surgery practice in the entire USA. Many non-Plastic Surgeons have added these cash paying procedures to their practices without having had formal or proper training. Be sure that one carefully chooses his/her plastic surgeon and be sure that one does choose a REAL plastic surgeon. Here at North Valley Plastic Surgery, we place one’s safety and surgical outcome as our primary goal in every case!
What to Expect During the Procedure
Once the incisions have been made, tumescent fluid (saline, lidocaine, and epinephrine) is injected into the tissues. The laser probe is inserted into the area and is used to melt and liquefy the fat cells, as well as tighten the skin from the inside. In a second step (liposuction), a small suction cannula is used to remove the emulsified fat and to further contour the area. The skin tightening process has begun and will evolve over the next 4-6 weeks.
What to Expect During the Recovery Period
Post-operatively, a compression garment will be worn around the liposuction area to help reduce the swelling and promote skin retraction, which can take six weeks or more to subside. It is normal for the incisions to ooze and drain fluid. Maxi pads or gauze should be used to cover these ports to absorb the fluid.
If Nylon sutures were used, they will be removed within one to two weeks. Restrictions over the next six weeks may include but are not limited to: heavy lifting, pulling, or pushing. It will take several weeks for the swelling and bruising to dissipate.
The use of bath tubs, Jacuzzis, or anything that allows the body to submerge is not allowed, until clearance from the physician has been provided (usually two to three weeks after the surgery). Showering is allowed 48 hours after surgery. It is important to pat the operative areas dry and replace the dressings and compression garment.
If you have questions regarding Scottsdale SmartLiposuction or Phoenix SmartLipo, please call one of our licensed providers at North Valley Plastic Surgery Scottsdale Phoenix at (480) 991-6877.