Many people wish to undergo liposuction to remove unwanted fat from their body and achieve a sculpted figure. However, not everyone wants to or is able to undergo an invasive procedure. Smartlipo®, also known as laser liposuction, is a less invasive alternative to liposuction surgery for those looking to contour their body’s shape. Although Smartlipo® is not for everyone, it is a viable option for individuals with good skin elasticity who do not have a lot of fat to remove.
Many individuals have unwanted fat on their body that seems impossible to remove. Smartlipo® works to remove the stubborn fat that may be resistant to diet and exercise to help you achieve your ideal figure. This procedure is beneficial for those with minimal amounts of excess fat, and it should not be treated as a weight loss surgery.
Smartlipo® not only reduces fat but can also help you achieve tighter skin. The energy emitted from the laser stimulates collagen, which aids in skin firmness. Many patients continue to see their results improve for a few months after the procedure.
Smartlipo® is less invasive than traditional liposuction surgery because it does not require the use of general anesthesia. The procedure is performed using local anesthesia, so you are awake and numb the whole time. This provides a lower risk of complications and a shorter recovery time.
During your consultation with Dr. Bridges, you will discuss your goals and needs for the procedure. He may need to perform a physical evaluation to determine if Smartlipo® is right for you. Dr. Bridges will also discuss any concerns you have regarding the procedure.
If you and Dr. Bridges determine that you are an ideal candidate for Smartlipo®, he will create a personalized surgical plan based on your specific needs. Our patient coordinator will then go over the cost of your Smartlipo® procedure and discuss any financing options.
Smartlipo® works by passing a very small cannula, one to two millimeters in diameter, under the skin. The cannula has a laser, which is used to melt the fat in front of it. This makes the fat easier to remove from the body.
Smartlipo® recovery is minimal, and the recovery time is significantly shorter than that of the traditional liposuction procedure. Additionally, there is generally less discomfort. It is important to rest for the first few days following surgery and avoid strenuous activity for at least ten days.
Compression garments are applied to minimize the bruising and help control swelling.
The incisions made during Smartlipo® are very small, so scarring is minimal. In many cases, patients are left with no visible scars.
One of the main benefits of Smartlipo® is that it can be performed without general anesthesia. Local anesthesia will be used during surgery to ensure your comfort. You will be awake the entire time, which makes for an easier recovery.
Smartlipo® results are almost immediate. However, you may experience swelling that can hide your results. Results will continue to improve for several months. It is important to practice healthy habits, such as eating right and exercising, to ensure your results will be long lasting.
You may be an ideal candidate for Smartlipo® if you:
If you would like help losing weight prior to your procedure, Dr. Bridges offers a medically designed weight loss program.
Smartlipo® cost varies between patients depending on the amount of correction needed and the treatment areas. The cost of Smartlipo® also depends on anesthesia fees, surgeon fees, and the location of the procedure. A consultation with Dr. Bridges at his Shreveport office can help you determine a more specific financial plan.
Smartlipo® can treat various areas of the body to help people achieve their body sculpting goals. Common treatment areas include:
The length of your Smartlipo® will depend on the amount of correction needed and how many areas are being treated. Generally, the procedure takes around 45 minutes to an hour.
Since Smartlipo® is a minimally invasive procedure, there is little risk involved. However, with any surgery, risks are still present. These risks include:
The results of Smartlipo® are intended to be long lasting without the need for repeat procedures. However, this will depend on how you take care of your results. To maintain your results, it will be important to avoid weight fluctuations by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Smartlipo® may smooth cellulite to some degree as it improves the body contours and tightens the skin, but it is not intended to be used as a cure for cellulite. However, Cellulaze™ treatment is specifically designed to address the structural problems beneath the skin that lead to cellulite, making it the ideal minimally invasive procedure to get rid of cellulite.
Smartlipo® can tighten minimally loose skin, but it cannot correct significant sagging. If you have excess skin after weight loss or pregnancy, a body contouring procedure such as tummy tuck surgery or body lift surgery may be better for your needs. A consultation with Dr. Bridges can help you determine the best procedure to meet your goals.