The American Society of Plastic Surgeons report shows that almost 212,000 people had a liposuction procedure in 2020. Most likely, this number would’ve been much higher had COVID-19 not hit.
Liposuction involves removing unwanted fat deposits from your body, using many different methods, such as scraping, freezing, and heating. Once the fat dissolves, it gets suctioned out of the body. However, different methods have different advantages.
If you’re a candidate for liposuction, it can be hard to know which liposuction procedure to choose. Board-certified surgeon, Jamshid Nazarian, MD, FACS, FAMBS, specializes in bariatrics and provides SmartLipo™ for his patients. This procedure removes unwanted fat with a noninvasive approach and offers many benefits when compared with traditional liposuction.
How SmartLipo works
SmartLipo melts your fat away with a process called laser-assisted lipolysis. It also gives your skin a tight, smooth look.
The procedure involves using heated laser energy that causes your blood vessels to thicken, which offers several advantages that include less bleeding, swelling, and bruising.
Advantages of SmartLipo
Choosing SmartLipo can offer you many benefits, including:
1. Local anesthesia
During your procedure, you don’t need general anesthesia. Instead, he gives you a local anesthetic, allowing you to be awake while Dr. Nazarian removes your unwanted fat painlessly.
2. Small incisions
The incisions made into your skin are much smaller than those made with traditional liposuction.
3. Laser tightening and skin firming
Traditional liposuction uses the scraping method, which can leave ripples in the skin. SmartLipo uses a laser, fed through a small micro-cannula to melt your fat and turn it into liquid. You end up with a smooth appearance, rather than sagging skin.
4. Minimal downtime
With SmartLipo, you usually only need 1-2 days to recover, rather than days and weeks.
5. Minimal bruising
Traditional liposuction can leave major bruising after your procedure. With SmartLipo, you experience very little bruising, which allows you to show off your skin sooner than later.
After your procedure, you need to wear a compression garment. Again, with SmartLipo you only need to wear it for four weeks as opposed to six weeks or more required with traditional liposuction.
After your procedure, you can maintain your mobility and resume normal activities within 1-2 days. Although you need to wear your compression garment for four weeks, you can participate in low-impact exercises within 3-5 days.
You might feel some soreness, but the pain shouldn’t be extreme and should only last a few days.
As you can clearly see, SmartLipo offers many benefits when compared with traditional liposuction. When you come in for your consultation, Dr. Nazarian can go into greater detail about how SmartLipo might be the right choice for you.
To learn more about Smartlipo, contact us at 310-854-1174 or book your appointment online today. You can also send us a message if you have any questions before your visit.