We all know that liposuction — a surgical process that removes fat from the body — is a procedure that has been around for a long time. Many people turn to liposuction as a way to rid themselves of unwanted fat that dieting and exercise alone just don’t seem to fix. But cosmetic surgery has come a long way from traditional liposuction procedures. Now, there are better methods that show greater results in a shorter amount of time, without any of the skin sagging problems that used to be an issue. “Smart Lipo” is one of those options.
The Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas started using Smart Lipo© by Cynosure back in 2007. Smart Lipo was the first laser-assisted liposuction technique to be approved by the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the United States, and my practice was the first in the area to utilize this technology. But is it the right choice for you? In order to figure that out, let’s talk more about what it can and can’t do.
Smart Lipo is a type of laser-assisted “liposculpture” that is done in-office with the use of a simple, local anesthesia. It is virtually painless for most patients and doesn’t require any stitches. This minimally-invasive procedure can target problem areas of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, and back, and has been shown to permanently eliminate fat. What that means for you is terrific results with less downtime and pain than traditional methods of liposuction.
But how does it work? The procedure is actually very simple. Two lasers are used in the process, both working together to remove fat and tighten skin. A local anesthesia is administered and a small incision is made in the skin of the area being treated. And by “small,” I mean small — the actual area of incision is about the size of a pen tip. A very small tube containing an even smaller fiber is inserted into the body to carry the lasers’ wavelengths during treatment. The lasers rupture the problematic fat cells. As the fat cells are destroyed, the contents inside are liquified and suctioned out gently and safely or, in some cases, allowed to be reabsorbed back into the body. That causes the body to reproduce collagen, the protein in our bodies that helps maintain the appearance of tight, elastic, flexible skin, with no sagging. And very often, those results are seen after only one session, offering you a younger, tighter, smoother appearance almost immediately.
Smart Lipo is just one of the options offered at The Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center of South Texas. Whether or not it is the right option for you is something that can only be determined by calling and scheduling an appointment to talk about your specific needs. By working together, we can find the right solution for you, so that you get the results you want. Don’t wait any longer to learn how you can look your best and finally get rid of that unwanted, unsightly fat. We are here to help — call today!
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