Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States today. Millions of Americans have benefited from this procedure, and millions more are curious but haven’t yet booked their consultation appointments to learn more.
Something new on the scene, however, is a procedure called Smart Lipo. In contrast to traditional liposuction, Smart Lipo is less invasive and more appropriate for patients who want only a slight change in the contours of their body.
The following guide will outline what Smart Lipo is, what it is in contrast to traditional liposuction, and what the overall pros and cons are of this procedure.
What Is Smart Lipo?
You may see Smart Lipo referred to as Smartlipo or even laser lipolysis or laser liposuction. Essentially, it is a form of laser-assisted lipolysis.
Your surgeon will make a discrete incision in the target area where you would like to reduce volume, and a thin tube will be inserted into the incision. In turn, thermal energy will be passed through the laser fiber of the tube, and the fat cells will be targeted. Smart Lipo basically “melts away” fat. Some will be removed via gentle suction while other fat will simply tighten and coagulate. The result is a smoother, tighter, firmer appearance of the body overall.
Areas Where Smart Lipo Can Be Used?
Smart Lipo is best for those stubborn areas where fat seems to accumulate. These can be different for every individual. But generally speaking, we’re talking about the upper arms, lower abdomen, buttocks, thighs, chin, and love handle area. All of these areas can be improved with Smart Lipo.
Who Is a Candidate for Smart Lipo?
Essentially, if you are interested in reducing stubborn areas of fat on your body, Smart Lipo may be for you.
Both Smart Lipo and traditional liposuction target stubborn pockets of fat. For example, if you tend to gather fat in your lower abdomen, on your thighs, or on your buttocks or upper arms, liposuction in any form can help.
What’s important to keep in mind is that liposuction is not for individuals who are looking to lose a considerable amount of fat. Basically, you should be within close range of your target weight. The best candidates are those who have tried exercise and dieting but who have been unsuccessful at removing those last few pounds with these efforts.
Furthermore, in order to decide between Smart Lipo and traditional liposuction, consider where you are on the spectrum. Basically, traditional liposuction is best for those who have more volume to reduce while Smart Lipo helps with just a small amount of volume that you want to lose.
The best way to know whether Smart Lipo or traditional liposuction are best for you? Book a consultation appointment with Dr. Raja Mohan. He’ll be able to give you a physical examination and speak with you about your goals, then come up with the optimal solution for your needs.
Pros and Cons of Smart Lipo
Deciding whether or not Smart Lipo is for you can be a challenge. Check out the pros and cons below to help you choose, then book your consultation appointment with Dr. Mohan to be sure.
Pros of Smart Lipo
- Less invasive: Generally speaking, although incisions still need to be made with Smart Lipo, the procedure is overall less invasive than traditional liposuction.
- Shorter recovery time: Of course, traditional liposuction doesn’t have too long of a recovery period, but Smart Lipo’s recovery period is even shorter.
- Awake during your procedure: Because Smart Lipo is not as invasive, the patient does not need to be put under for the procedure.
Cons of Smart Lipo
- Not for significant pockets of fat: It’s better to get traditional liposuction if you have significant pockets of fat that you would like to reduce.
Similarities Between Smart Lipo and Traditional Liposuction
It’s important to reiterate how close Smart Lipo and traditional liposuction are. Basically, the core differences that Smart Lipo uses more of a laser-based approach. That’s why it’s often called laser-assisted liposuction. Generally speaking, again, if you only have a small amount of fat that you would like to reduce, Smart Lipo may be better.
Another similarity between the two procedures is the body areas that can be improved. Both Smart Lipo and traditional liposuction can target pockets of fat on the chin, love handles, upper arms, lower abdomen, buttocks, and thighs — as well as many other areas.
Finally, don’t forget that both procedures are technically surgeries. While you can remain awake during the Smart Lipo procedure, it still requires the use of anesthesia and involves incisions and specific care and downtime during recovery. Just remember that Smart Lipo uses local anesthesia while traditional liposuction uses general anesthesia.
Dallas Smart Lipo Consultation
Is smart lipo right for you? Sometimes, you need to speak directly with a qualified plastic surgeon to know whether or not a procedure will benefit you specifically or whether something else will be even better. Dr. Raja Mohan’s pedigree and credentials are proof of his outstanding qualities as a leading Dallas board-certified plastic surgeon in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area. His patients admire and appreciate his genial bedside manner, warm demeanor, and, most notably, his skilled hands and extensive expertise.
To find out more about the smart lipo procedure or traditional liposuction, please call us at (469) 301-1725 to book your consultation appointment with Dr. Raja Mohan. He operates in the Plano, Irving, Grapevine, Arlington, Southlake, Plano, Coppell, Frisco, and Dallas areas.