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Laser liposuction, also known as SmartLipo (Smart Lipo), is a new technology in fat reduction that has been approved by the FDA as a method for removing fat in specific areas of the body. It seems that people no longer need to stick to the option of traditional liposuction.

Laser liposuction is a minimal invasive procedure used to remove fat in specific areas of the body. With this procedure a very small incision is made into which a 1mm cannula is then inserted. The laser tip of the instrument then comes into contact with the fat, heats the fat and liqufies it. The melted fat can then be removed from the body immediately.

Prior to the removal of the fat, a cold laser is passed over each treatment site for 12 minutes. As this is a cold laser, there is no risk to the skin or surrounding tissue.

The laser liquefies the fat, allowing for easier removal and decreased procedure time. Other benefits of the laser liposuction, technique include decreased swelling and discomfort with a quicker recovery time. The patient should also notice more precise and aesthetically pleasing results.

The fats that are not removed from the body are simply flushed out through our lymphatic system. Laser intensity is low and can be adjusted as needed. A local anesthetic is all that is needed for laser liposuction.

Because this procedure is less invasive compared to other body sculpting procedures, there is only minimal bruising, scarring, tissue damage and pain. The incision is said to be so small that a patient no longer needs to be stitched up. This means that the rate of recovery is faster. Patients can get back on their feet in a day or two.

Aside from melting fat, laser liposuction also promotes collagen production and tightens the skin. This is a great improvement compared to traditional liposuction. In traditional liposuction, some patients end up looking worse because of a lack of ideal skin elasticity. Some doctors may use laser liposuction after sessions of traditional liposuction to help tighten the skin.

Laser Liposuction vs Traditional Liposuction

Laser Liposuction (SmartLipo) Traditional Liposuction
Local anesthesia General Anesthesia
Laser probe 1-2 mm Large suctioning cannula
Liquefies fat Suction Fat
Promotes skin tightening May lead to Sagging skin
No sutures Suture closure
Little or no scarring Large scar
Downtime-about 2 days Downtime-about 7-10 days

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