New York, NY- Looking fit and trim is a goal many men and women try to achieve. Many people will follow strict diets and rigorous exercise routines to reduce and eliminate excess fat. For some getting rid of all the fat on their bodies is an elusive goal. It’s just a fact of life; some fat just won’t go away, regardless of a person’s dedication to improving their bodies. There is a solution this problem; liposuction.
But many of those considering this body contouring procedure may have themselves in a bit of a conundrum; which liposuction procedure is right for me, traditional tumescent liposuction or Smart Lipo™?
Both traditional liposuction and Smart Lipo are effective and can permanently eliminate troubling pockets of fat. However these two techniques are somewhat different, so comparing the two might help a patient decide which procedure will give them their desired results.
Tumescent liposuction is a tried and true technique that has been around for decades and is considered to be one of the more invasive liposuction techniques. Patients who undergo this particular procedure require general anesthesia.
In order to perform this procedure, a plastic surgeon must make incisions at the surgery site and inject a fluid solution containing a local anesthesia, saline, water, and adrenaline that helps prevent excess bleeding. The liquid solution causes the skin to become swollen and firm.
Once the solution has been applied, the fat is then gently suctioned out of the body through a sterile tube called a cannula that is attached to a vacuum-like device. Some surgeons use power-assisted devices that help prevent physician fatigue and offer better precision.
Smart Lipo™, also uses cannulas to remove unwanted fat, but is differs from traditional liposuction in that the lasers are utilized to melt the fatty tissue. The cannulas used in Smart Lipo are often smaller than the ones used for traditional liposuction, therefore allowing plastic surgeons to contour smaller regions of the body such as the arms, neck and face.
The lasers employed in Smart Lipo™ helps collagen at the surgery site to coagulate allowing the skin to tighten.
The recovery period following Smart Lipo™ is significantly shorter than traditional liposuction, because the use of lasers allows the blood to coagulate quickly patients experience less bleeding and swelling, according to Cynosure. Many Smart patients find that they can return to their normal daily activities within days of their procedure.
There are a variety of different liposuction techniques that a patient can choose from so patients should do some research. This will allow them to talk with their plastic surgeon to determine which technique meets their personal requirements and budget.
Plastic surgeons who perform Smart Lipo receive special training so it’s important to make certain the plastic surgeon of your choice has received certification in this technique.
Since not all patients are ideal candidates for Smart Lipo so it is important to discuss the pros and cons of the procedure with your plastic surgeon before making your final decision.