Surgical liposuction is a highly popular procedure that minimizes undesired and unattractive fat from your problem areas. It provides fast results for individuals who want a more chiseled silhouette but are not receiving results with diet and exercise alone. Smartlipo is a laser lipolysis treatment that usually yields successful results for those who want to rid fat cells from their problem areas but are not quite sure about undergoing surgery with standard liposuction. This minimally invasive procedure by Cynosure, a top manufacturer of cosmetic laser and treatment systems, is designed to help you slim and reduce fat in the chin, neck, arms, abdomen, waist, and thighs. If you are looking for an effective way to slim and trim your body, Dr. Ravi Shahane is honored to provide Smartlipo, a groundbreaking technique for less invasive lipo at Sheer Beauty Medical Spa in Redlands, CA.
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Laser lipolysis isn't a weight loss solution. It is a treatment that complements your efforts by assisting in certain areas that trouble you, such as the love handles and the unwanted "belly pooch." You will see a noticeable decrease in your problem areas, but it is important that you don't rely on the treatment alone for weight loss. If you're eligible for traditional liposuction, you are most likely a good candidate for Smartlipo as well. Those who will most benefit from Smartlipo fit the following criteria:
- Are in great health overall
- Remain within 25 pounds of their goal weight
- Have realistic ideas about the outcome of the surgery
- Maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen
Although less invasive, Smartlipo still requires the use of a cannula, a fat suctioning device, and incisions. However, due to the innovative laser technology, both the cannula and incisions are smaller than those of regular liposuction. At the time of the surgery, Dr. Shahane will move the laser handpiece in a controlled motion beneath the skin. As fat cells come into contact with the laser, they will swell and liquefy. At this time, the fat cells will be suctioned away with the specialized cannula. The laser lipolysis system also encourages the production of collagen, which will help tighten and tone the skin following the procedure.
What to Expect
Even though the Smartlipo treatment is minimally invasive, it should still be performed in a fully accredited surgery center. The anesthesia that will be used for your surgery will depend upon the treatment areas. The procedure usually lasts around an hour per area. After treatment, you should prepare for some discomfort, as well as swelling and bruising. These side effects are standard and usually fade in a few short days. Optimal results will be noticeable within about six weeks following surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Smartlipo cost?
Compared to surgical liposuction, Smartlipo is more affordable. However, the total cost is dependent on each patient's unique needs and the size and number of areas being treated. Sheer Beauty Medical Spa accepts many forms of payment and offers monthly specials to help make your treatment affordable.
What areas does Smartlipo treat?
Most body parts can be slimmed with Smartlipo. Because this technology uses a smaller cannula, it can target even the most delicate areas, such as the jowls, neck, or the underside of the chin. There may be unique cases where traditional liposuction may be a better approach. This will be discussed when you meet with Dr. Shahane during your assessment and consultation.
Will Smartlipo cause scars?
The incisions created with Smartlipo are tiny — just big enough for the cannula to be inserted. Once the treatment is over, a small bandage is placed over the incision area and in most cases, scarring is minimal and hardly noticed. Regardless of the area on the body being treated, Dr. Shahane does his best to place the incisions in areas that will not be as conspicuous.
Does Smartlipo mean I can't gain weight again?
With liposuction of any kind, once the fat cells have been removed, they cannot return. However, patients that do not adhere to a healthy diet do run the risk of new fat cells forming. Therefore, to maintain your results, it's important to adhere to a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and exercise.
Plan Your Procedure
A Smart Way to Lipo
If you are struggling to slim and tone areas in hard-to-change spots, such as the hips, thighs, and lower tummy without success, Smartlipo may be a good fit. With Smartlipo, you can create the body you desire without the downtime required after standard liposuction. For more information about Smartlipo, we invite you to contact Sheer Beauty Medical Spa in Redlands, CA.