There are some areas of your body that are resistant to traditional weight loss methods such as diet and exercise. You’ve likely worked hard to reach your goal weight, but it’s difficult to enjoy your results if you still have a disproportionate figure.
Body contouring options such as liposuction or SmartLipo (laser-assisted body contouring) can help you complete your transformation by getting rid of the unwanted areas of fat you haven’t been able to eliminate.
If you’re interested in body contouring with liposuction, please contact our office in Lower Gwynedd PA to schedule your initial consultation.
What is the SmartLipo® procedure?
The SmartLipo® procedure is minimally invasive so that you can undergo the treatment comfortably with only local anesthesia. SmartLipo® is an in-office procedure so that you can enjoy the comforts and relaxing environment of our Strella Medical Aesthetics office. Our patients describe the experience of a SmartLipo® treatment as feeling a slight pressure in the treatment area, but no discomfort. Your SmartLipo® treatment may take up to two hours, depending on the size of the area being treated. What areas of the body can be treated with SmartLipo®?
- Upper arms
- Back fat
- Love handles
- Inner and outer thighs
Traditional Liposuction vs. SmartLipo
Both forms of liposuction can address unwanted fat in the abdomen, sides, arms, flanks (love handles), thighs and men’s chest (gynecomastia). Traditional liposuction involves going under general anesthesia, meaning you won’t be awake during the procedure. A few very small incisions are made in the skin on the chosen area, and a thin, hollow tube (cannula) is inserted to vacuum or suction out fat cells. Dr. Jean sculpts the problem area and removes fat cells precisely.
After the fat cells are eliminated, a compression garment will be fitted to the area to decrease swelling so the treated area will better conform to your new body contour. Traditional lipo involves a longer recovery period than SmartLipo because of the longer duration of swelling and bruising. The majority of swelling usually resolves by 6 weeks, but you will continue to see improvements in results for up to six months.
SmartLipo also uses a cannula to remove unwanted fat, but prior to removal of the fat a laser is used to melt the fat and stimulate skin tightening. SmartLipo can be performed under local anesthesia in the office for most patients, which eliminates the need for going to sleep (general anesthesia).
Recovery from SmartLipo
Recovery from SmartLipo (laser-assisted liposuction) is much quicker than traditional liposuction. You’ll have a compression garment for the area which is worn 24/7 for 4-6 weeks after the procedure. This compression garment decreases swelling in the area of liposuction and is easily hidden under typical clothing. Most patients can return to work and normal activities within 48 hours. You’ll experience less swelling, bruising, and pain with SmartLipo because of the laser aspect of the procedure.
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