Conventional liposuction is very successful at removing pockets of unwanted body fat, but it is a fairly invasive surgical procedure. Recovery can be painful and may take up to eight weeks. Fortunately, medical science has been inventing a variety of less-invasive methods of removing body fat.
Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas offers two minimally-invasive body sculpting procedures: Smart Lipo and Tickle Lipo. Both of these procedures offer fat removal without undergoing surgery. Now is a great time to consider body sculpting procedures, allowing your body ample time to recover before you hit the beach this spring and summer. To schedule your Smart Lipo or Tickle Lipo procedure, contact Dr. Jeneby’s office today.
Smart Lipo uses a laser to melt fat away. It can be used to treat small, localized deposits of fat. The area to be treated is given a local anesthetic. The surgeon then makes a tiny incision in the skin and inserts a thin cannula with the laser on the end of it. The laser is moved back and forth under the skin, heating up the fat cells. The heat from the laser actually melts the fat and causes the fat cells to explode. If a large volume of fat is being removed, the surgeon will aspirate out the melted fat and cellular debris. If only a small volume is being treated, the body will just break it down and get rid of it. A bonus side effect of Smart Lipo is that the laser treatment also firms the skin over the treated area. Recovery from Smart Lipo is quick — most patients will feel a bit sore but can resume their normal activities within a day or two. Strenuous exercise needs to be avoided for two weeks.
Tickle Lipo is similar to Smart Lipo, except instead of a laser it uses infrasonic energy to destroy fat cells. Like Smart Lipo, it is performed under a local anesthetic through a tiny incision. The vibrating cannula used to destroy fat cells creates a tickling sensation, thus the name. The vibrations may also act to block the transmission of pain signals from the area. Recovery time from Tickle Lipo is about the same as that from Smart Lipo. Tickle Lipo has a higher survival rate of the fat being removed, making it a better choice is fat grafting is something you’re considering.
Both Smart Lipo and Tickle Lipo offer minimally-invasive benefits such as quick recovery times and no anesthesia. Our medical staff can help you determine the right plan for you and your body, so you can get the results you want.
Seeking out a highly experienced, skilled plastic surgeon -– like Dr. Jeneby — to perform the procedure may make more of a difference in the results and recovery time than the exact type of minimally invasive liposuction performed. Contact us today to schedule your body contouring appointment.