Serving Chattanooga, Tennessee
SmartLipo liposuction removes fat from your face and body while tightening your skin. Using laser technology, this method offers advantages in both result and recovery. If you have areas of localized fat, the SmartLipo procedure is a minimally invasive way to sculpt the contours of your face and body.
Many people are candidates for this technique. To find out if SmartLipo is right for you, please contact the experienced Chattanooga, Tennessee plastic surgeons at the Plastic Surgery Group.
Laser Body Sculpting with SmartLipo
You may be wondering what makes SmartLipo different. The primary difference between this technique and other liposuction methods is that SmartLipo uses laser technology.
Because of laser technology, SmartLipo has several benefits, including:
- Faster recovery
- No general anesthesia
- Tightens skin
- Less bruising
- Less swelling
- Less bleeding
During the SmartLipo procedure, a very thin “cannula” (tube) is inserted through a small incision in the treatment area. On the end of the cannula is the laser. The cannula is passed back and forth underneath your skin while the laser ruptures and liquefies fat cells. The laser turns the fat into an oily liquid that is suctioned away.
Bruising, swelling and bleeding are dramatically reduced with SmartLipo. The laser shrinks the surrounding blood vessels, preventing bleeding and reducing trauma to the surgical area.
The laser tightens your skin as it liquefies fat. Traditional methods of liposuction can leave the patient with saggy, hanging skin. SmartLipo encourages your skin to retract, resulting in a tauter, smoother appearance.
Candidacy for SmartLipo
SmartLipo removes fat from most areas of the face and body, including:
- Bra strap area
You can learn more about candidacy by visiting our liposuction questions page.
Candidates for SmartLipo generally have fat deposits in select body areas. Even if you live a very active and healthy life, you may have certain areas of fat that simply do not respond to diet and exercise. These pockets of fat are easily removed with SmartLipo.
You should be close to your ideal body weight before your SmartLipo procedure. If you are within 25 pounds of the weight you desire, you will be more satisfied with the results; conversely, if you continue to lose a lot of weight after liposuction you may experience skin sagging and laxity. Being close to your ideal weight also means your procedure will be minimally invasive.
What to Expect from SmartLipo
SmartLipo requires only a local anesthetic, so you remain awake throughout the procedure. General anesthesia often means a longer recovery. Many patients return to work within two days to a week after SmartLipo.
After the first week, you will notice a significant reduction in swelling and your surgeon may clear you to resume all of your normal activities. The total results of the procedure are noticeable about 3 to 4 months later.
For SmartLipo liposuction in Chattanooga, Tennessee, please contact the board-certified plastic surgeons at the Plastic Surgery Group to schedule a body contouring consultation.