Liposuction can help people shape and contour their bodies by removing stubborn excess fat. However, many people would like a better alternative to traditional liposuction, and now SmartLipo™ offers an alternative.
What is Liposuction?
Using a cannula inserted under the skin through an incision, liposuction breaks up and suctions out the fat. It works in almost any part of the body where fat can accumulate and be hard to remove, from the abdomen and thighs to the submental area under the chin. While liposuction works well to remove fat, it also requires a general anesthetic, and it leaves significant bruising. Fortunately, patients have other options.
What Types of Liposuction are Available?
Most liposuction performed still uses this technique. While it works, it does present some concerns. The need for anesthesia introduces some level of risk, and traditional liposuction is quite invasive, breaking fat cells up. Recovery can also present a challenge, with several weeks of heavy bruising and significant discomfort.
Dr. Liu performs SmartLipo™ instead of standard liposuction. This method of liposuction uses a laser fiber enclosed in a micro-cannula. This passes through very small incisions, and instead of physically breaking apart the fat cells, it melts them with heat energy from the laser. This process not only melts fat but even tightens and firms the skin.
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How Does SmartLipo™ Work?
SmartLipo™ uses a microcannula with a laser fiber inside. Under the skin, this laser energy transfers into the fat and heats it up enough to melt it. Because this cannula is much smaller than those used in standard liposuction, incisions can also be smaller. SmartLipo™ also uses a local anesthetic, minimizing the risk of side effects from anesthesia.
Dr. Liu has studied this procedure extensively under the tutelage of several prestigious teachers and was one of the first surgeons in the country to adopt this technique.
Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
SmartLipo™ works for most people and causes less swelling and soreness. Anyone who would make a good candidate for traditional liposuction can also receive SmartLipo™.
What is the Recovery Like from Liposuction?
Because SmartLipo™ removes fat so gently, patients see far less bruising, recover faster, and have fewer side effects. People can return to work within one to two days. Most of the swelling will go away within five to seven days, but it can take several months for the swelling to disappear entirely.
What Results Will I See From Liposuction?
With SmartLipo™ you will see an immediate fat reduction, although results take time to appear as the swelling goes down. The treated area will look slimmer and, thanks to the action of the laser, will also look firmer.
“Dr. Ahn was pretty awesome. He was really nice and super patient with all my silly questions and comments during the procedure. Highly recommend!!! ” *