When people want to look their best, they eat right, exercise regularly, and stay well hydrated. Those three things together should be enough to keep you looking toned, trim, and fit, right? Surprisingly, the answer is no. Sometimes there are problematic pockets of fat in different parts of the body that just do not respond to a healthy lifestyle. In order to remove those problematic pockets of fat, there's San Francisco plastic surgery and body sculpting. A new advance in body contouring technology has been made in recent years, however. That next step forward is known as SmartLipo.
What is SmartLipo?
SmartLipo is a technologically advanced form of liposuction that uses laser technology. The laser will enhance the procedure, making fat removal easier while improving recovery time for the patient as well. Our cosmetic surgeon in San Francisco can use Smart Liposuction on various parts of the body. It's especially effective for more delicate areas of the body that may be risky for traditional liposuction, such as the chin and neck area, the upper back, the calves, the ankles.
How does SmartLipo work?
SmartLipo uses a small laser at the end of the cannula (a small hollow tube used to suction out fat). This laser helps liquefy fat as the cannula comes into contact with it, making it easier to remove. This means less damage to surrounding skin and muscle tissues and better healing experience for the patient. The heat from the laser also triggers the formation of natural collagen in the skin, resulting in a tighter, firmer look.
How does SmartLipo differ from traditional liposuction?
In a traditional San Francisco liposuction, there is no laser at the end of the cannula. While fat reduction and fat removal can still be performed through traditional LASIK, SmartLipo offers a number of advantages over traditional liposuction as mentioned above. That said, there are actually several different types of liposuction that can provide improvements over traditional liposuction.
The SmartLipo Procedure
The Smart Liposuction procedure is carried out in much the same way as the traditional liposuction procedure. Patients are given local anesthetic to reduce pain. The cannula is then inserted into the treatment area and carefully manipulated to remove the pocket of fat. It's just that easy.
Ideal Candidates for SmartLipo
Ideal candidates for SmartLipo are people who are in generally good health who have some pockets of fat that they would like to have removed. Like traditional liposuction, SmartLipo is cosmetic and not meant for substantial weight loss. Only a small amount of body fat can be safely removed during the procedure.
People who qualify for SmartLipo may also qualify for other body contouring and sculpting procedures that tighten the skin or target different areas of the body. These matters can be discussed in greater detail during your visit to our practice.
Learn More About Cosmetic Surgery
For more information about various methods of body sculpting and how they can improve your appearance and your self-esteem, be sure to contact our San Francisco Bay Area plastic surgery center today. The entire team looks forward to helping you make the best possible decision about your aesthetic goals.