Smart Lipo is similar to conventional liposuction, in that fat is sucked out through a hollow tube, but instead of using only suction, a laser tipped probe is used to destroy fat cells with energy.
Good candidates for the procedure are similar to those that are good candidates for the traditional procedures. The person should exercise regularly and be in good health.
Smokers are not good candidates for numerous reasons. First, they have circulatory problems. Second, they heal more slowly and are more likely to experience adverse effects.
People more than 25 pounds overweight are not good candidates. They are typically in poor health, may not exercise regularly and the results would be less than ideal.
Older people might not be happy with the results, because their skin is less elastic. Once the fat is removed, the skin needs to tighten back up. Excess skin on the tummy can be removed following the lipo, but it is not recommended to have both procedures done at the same time.
People on blood thinners are not good candidates for any kind of surgery. In general, a person who is taking any kind of medication should consult with their general practitioner before visiting a day spa or a cosmetic surgeon.
Smart liposuction was first approved for use in the US in November of 2006. It was originally developed in Europe and had been used successfully for several years before. It is often described as “cutting edge” technology.
Older technologies that were used to liquefy or destroy the fat cells in other ways were accompanied by risks that included excessive bleeding and swelling. Without the suction-only methods, fluids drain from the incision for several days.
There is less bleeding and less swelling with smart liposuction, because the laser closes off the small blood vessels at the same time it is liquefying the fat cells. In addition, the laser serves as a visual guide for the surgeon, which helps him or her to be more accurate.
Overall, liposuction is the most popular form of cosmetic surgery performed today. It can be used on the abdomen, hips, outer thighs, flanks and upper arms. Fat deposits beneath the chin can be removed. Excess fat on the thighs, inner knees and lower back can be greatly reduced.
In fact, any area that has been resistant to diet and exercise is a target for smart lipo. It is the first of its kind.