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Smartlipo (Cynosure) and SlimLipo (Palomar) are minimally-invasive laser-assisted surgical treatments designed to permanently destroy small amounts of unwanted fat. Ideally, they are used to treat areas such as the upper and lower abdomen, bra lines, “love handles,” hips, inner and outer thighs, knees, arms, chest, face, jowls, and neck. This is an in-office procedure performed under local anesthesia and requires minimal recovery time.
In the right hands, this is a precise body contouring technique that can permanently rid you of small unwanted bulges of fat. During a Smartlipo or SlimLipo treatment, a doctor makes a small incision and inserts a cannula (very thin tube) containing tiny laser fibers that quickly deliver decisive pulses of heat energy into fat cells, thereby destroying, or melting, the fatty tissue contained inside them; then another cannula is used to suction out the liquefied fat. Often, once the fat is removed, the laser energy is applied to the underside of the skin to stimulate collagen synthesis and cause the skin to contract and firm.
The best candidates for Smartlipo or SlimLipo are those in good health, who are within 25 pounds of their ideal weight and wish to reduce minor fat deposits in localized areas such as waistline, arms, thighs, or face and neck area.
Smartlipo is a laser-assisted surgical procedure, and therefore it is best to consult with a trusted and certified cosmetic doctor who specializes in Smartlipo or SlimLipo to determine whether you are a good candidate for treatment.
During Smartlipo or SlimLipo, a local anesthetic is applied to the treatment area, so there is minimal discomfort during the procedure. You may feel some light pressure, but it is a mild sensation that is rather tolerable. Following Smartlipo or SlimLipo, the treatment area may feel achy, much like after a strenuous physical workout. Depending on the body area being treated and your doctor’s recommendation, a compression garment is worn for a short period after treatment.
Smartlipo or SlimLipo takes 1 to 2 hours depending on the number of areas being treated and the size of the treatment area(s).
$4,000-$10,000, dependent on areas treated.
Smartlipo or SlimLipo is a minimally invasive procedure that requires only local anesthesia. Light bruising and mild soreness around the treatment area is to be expected immediately following the treatment; this may last for several days to over a week. The incision site should be very small, and with proper care, any scarring should be barely noticeable if at all.
The results from Smartlipo or SlimLipo treatment can be seen within a week, with continued improvement over three to six months. Most patients notice a slightly smoother, slimmer appearance than before.
Because Smartlipo or SlimLipo destroys the fat it targets, results from treatment are permanent and can be maintained with regular exercise plus a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Only aboard-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who specializes in Slimlipo or SlimLipo should administer this treatment. Board certification from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), American Society Of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), or the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) ensures that the doctor meets nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge, experience and skills to safely and effectively administer this treatment.
These treatments are only as safe and effective as the experience of the doctor chosen…without an experienced carpenter, the best hammer is nothing!
By comparison, Liposuction is an invasive surgical procedure and therefore a more challenging operation, but body contouring procedures like Smartlipo or SmartLipo should be planned and prepared for just as seriously…be sure to have a thorough talk with a trusted doctor before treatment.
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