SmartLipo® is a liposuction technique that uses laser energy to slim areas of the body with precision for long-lasting results. SmartLipo® removes unwanted fat from the body by targeting pockets of cells that are resistant to traditional fat loss techniques, such as dieting and frequent exercise. These troublesome fat deposits can cover up smooth contours and deprive you of hard-earned definition, despite your best efforts to burn off those final layers of stubborn fat. SmartLipo® can target a variety of problem areas, including the buttocks, back, abdomen, arms, and neck. The benefit of undergoing SmartLipo® treatment is twofold; this laser assisted lipo procedure can eliminate excess fat cells, while also promoting skin tightening to produce a firming effect that compliments your fat reduction results.
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SmartLipo® uses laser energy to achieve both fat reduction and skin tightening results. A small incision is made at the target area, as the SmartLipo® laser is inserted beneath the surface of the skin. Once in place, SmartLipo® begins delivering laser energy to underlying layers of skin in the deep dermis. Heat from the laser destroys excess fat cells, which are gently suctioned from the body to reduce size and add definition around the treatment site. Laser energy also heats the body’s collagen fibers, causing a contraction of these fibers for a gradual firming effect throughout the skin’s lower layers.
Yes. SmartLipo® can be used alongside other liposuction procedures to provide optimal results, including VASER® LipoSelection, SculpSure™, power assisted liposuction, tumescent lipo, and super wet liposuction. Additionally, SmartLipo® can complement facial rejuvenation and body contouring techniques. Dr. Levine will discuss with you which procedures may best enhance your SmartLipo® results.
Those looking to add precise shape and tone to their body are ideal candidates for SmartLipo® treatment. SmartLipo® can be used for large volume fat reduction, as well as concentrated areas of fat. SmartLipo® laser lipo treatment can treat fat pockets that have not responded to dieting or frequent exercise. Patients should be relatively close to their optimal body weight to ensure the best results possible.
SmartLipo® can be used to remove deposits of fat and promote skin tightening in one procedure. Patients looking to firm skin without removing fat can also undergo SmartLipo® treatment to achieve youthful, natural-looking results. Likewise, SmartLipo® can be combined with an assortment of other liposuction treatments, body contouring procedures, or facial rejuvenation solutions to enhance results. Dr. Levine can advise whether SmartLipo® is the right procedure to satisfy your particular needs and treatment goals.
Yes. Patients can undergo SmartLipo® for its skin tightening benefits without removing pockets of fat. Opting for laser assisted liposuction to firm problem areas can create a smooth, slimmer-looking appearance, as heat from the SmartLipo® laser spurs on new collagen growth to reinforce structure. Many patients choose to tighten skin around the upper arms, neck, and abdomen, though most areas of the body can be targeted without having to undergo fat removal.
Most patients see substantial results after just one SmartLipo® procedure. Dr. Levine can discuss how many SmartLipo® treatments will be necessary for you to see the best results possible.
Patients who only undergo SmartLipo® usually require local anesthesia. If you are combining SmartLipo® with another body sculpting or liposuction procedure, a different form of anesthesia may be recommended, depending on the extent of your treatment. Dr. Levine will discuss which form of anesthesia may best suit your needs during your SmartLipo® consultation at our NYC office.
Patients can expect mild swelling and bruising around the treatment area(s) following surgery. SmartLipo® recovery time depends on the patient, as well as the area(s) being treated. However, bruising and swelling usually begin to subside within a week of undergoing SmartLipo®. Most patients return to work and daily activities within two days of their laser body sculpting procedure.
SmartLipo® can yield long-lasting fat reduction and skin tightening benefits for patients, as fat cells that are removed during your SmartLipo® procedure cannot re-enter your system. However, additional fat deposits may form, due to weight gain, aging, or genetics. For the best SmartLipo® results, patients are encouraged to maintain a healthy quality of life, along with a proper diet and exercise plan.
In order to maximize your SmartLipo® laser body sculpting results, it is important to follow all pre and post-operative instructions provided by Dr. Levine.
Certain products and supplements should be avoided in the weeks prior to your SmartLipo® procedure, unless medically necessary. By doing so, patients minimize their risk of bruising and swelling. Blood-thinners and medications that contain ibuprofen or aspirin should be avoided. Patients should also refrain from taking multivitamins and herbal supplements.
Patients may be recommended to wear a compression garment after undergoing SmartLipo®. This garment assists your recovery in the weeks following your procedure by reducing swelling and improving skin tightening. Patients can wear their compression garment while going about their day-to-day routine. Additionally, lymphatic massage may be recommended to promote healing and enhance the appearance of skin around the treatment area. Lymphatic massage can improve your body’s immunity after liposuction, enhance your circulation, and result in smooth, glowing skin.
Certain medications, including Tylenol, Bromelain, and Arnica Montana, may be recommended to alleviate pain or discomfort post-procedure. For more details regarding our post-treatment care suggestions, click here.
Dr. Elie Levine, Dr. Jody Levine, and the NYC Lipo staff will be happy to meet with you to discuss any SmartLipo® questions you may have. Please call us at 800.683.5476, or request an appointment online for a personal consultation at our New York City office.