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SmartLipo is indeed a smarter approach to liposuction, also known as Laser Body Sculpting. Another minimally invasive approach to removing unwanted fat deposits, the SmartLipo procedure uses a fine laser carried through a fibre optic cable to melt the target fat cells.
Because of the fine diameter of the laser your surgeon will be able to pinpoint very specific areas which makes SmartLipo particularly good for liposuction of finer areas whilst avoiding damage to the surrounding tissue and blood vessels. At Posh Plastic Surgery we find SmartLipo to be particularly effective under the chin. The SmartLipo procedure also creates coagulation of the surrounding tissue and blood vessels leading to significantly reduced bleeding, bruising and over time needed for healing.
Am I a Good Candidate for SmartLipo?
SmartLipo laser liposuction is meant for people who have persistent excess fat that they find difficult to get rid of despite regular exercise and a proper diet. The procedure is not suitable for obese individuals, and it does not guarantee prevention of future weight gain.
Men and women who have a stable weight are good SmartLipo candidates. People who do not smoke and are generally healthy can be considered for minimally invasive fat removal and skin tightening using SmartLipo. It is also important that you have a clear understanding of what to expect from the procedure, along with a positive outlook.
Your SmartLipo Consultation
A SmartLipo consultation will help Dr. Kirk decide if SmartLipo is the best procedure for you. It is important to discuss your cosmetic concerns and goals with Dr. Kirk. A detailed review of your medical and surgical history will be conducted. Dr. Kirk will walk you through the step-by-step process of the procedure and discuss the recovery process.
During the initial consultation, you will be provided with a detailed list of all pre-op steps. You will be advised to avoid taking blood thinners, NSAIDs, and vitamin E supplements prior to the SmartLipo procedure, since they can worsen bruising after the surgery.
The SmartLipo procedure utilizes a small tube called a cannula. An incision will be made to allow the insertion of this tube. The cannula will be used to administer laser energy, which will melt the fat cells. Once they are liquefied, they will be gently suctioned out through the cannula.
The laser technology of SmartLipo has the capacity to cause blood-vessel coagulation as it attacks fat, which results in reduced bleeding, bruising, and swelling. The treatment typically requires the use of local anesthesia.
As with Vaser the recovery time for SmartLipo is much less than for traditional liposuction techniques, you will typically experience about a week of discomfort, your normal routine can be resumed, with caution, when you feel ready to. Dr. Sofia Kirk or our nurse practitioner, Colleen Berry will make sure that you are aware of all these details before you have your procedure and your preoperative appointment packet will contain further information for you to refer to at home.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost of SmartLipo will vary depending upon how many areas you have done. Whether or not it is the right procedure for you only your surgeon can decide, it may be that for larger areas Vaser Liposelection is a better choice for you. Please take time to look through our SmartLipo before and after pictures to see the results that others have experienced.
Contact Us to Learn More
Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sofia Kirk and learn more about the benefits of SmartLipo in Jacksonville. The staff at Posh Plastic Surgery are highly trained professionals who are ready to discuss the SmartLipo fat-reduction treatment in greater detail.
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