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Liposuction – Important Facts that You Need to Know

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The rising demand of body contouring procedures shows how concerned people are about their physical appearances. Diet and exercises can help you shape up to some extent, but those you are looking to achieve a svelte body are usually disappointed. Even long, tiring exercise sessions and rigorous diets cannot get rid of those stubborn pockets of fat. This has made liposuction a popular option for men and women. In New York City, plastic surgery practices offer both conventional liposuction treatment and laser lipolysis.

If you are considering this body contouring procedure you need to know what these procedures can do, how they are different, and which method is suitable for you.

What is liposuction and what can it do?

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess fat from various areas of the body. Traditional lipo requires general anesthesia. After identifying and marking the treatment site, the surgeon makes an incision to insert a cannula or hollow tube, one end of which is connected to a suction machine. The cannula is moved up and down to dislodge the unwanted fat. Common areas treated include the hips, abdomen, and thighs for women, and the chest and abdomen for men.

Removing fat from the targeted area helps you achieve the shape you want. The outcome lasts so long as you maintain your ideal weight with a healthy lifestyle. Traditional liposuction will leave behind excess skin and another procedure would be needed to address loose skin. It is not a weight loss treatment and it also cannot change stretch marks or cellulite.

What is laser liposuction and what are its advantages over the traditional procedure

The laser-assisted procedure offers several benefits over the traditional method. Smartlipo laser liposuction is a minimally invasive technique that uses laser energy to liquefy and remove excess fat from the targeted area. The Smartlipo device features three laser wavelengths (1064nm, 1320nm and 1440nm) that can be used in single or blended mode. In NYC, Smartlipo treatment is offers as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia.

As this technique uses laser energy to beams to melt the fat cells, there is no need for vigorous up and down movements of the cannula or harsh suction.

Which is better – traditional lipo or Smartlipo?

Choosing between the conventional and laser-assisted procedure depends upon the surgeon, your physiological considerations, and your goals. If you don’t want to go under the knife, you could ask your surgeon if you are a candidate for the minimally invasive technique. After a proper evaluation, the surgeon will recommend the technique that is suitable for you. Smartlipo is a better option if you have limited areas to treat. Large areas may require the traditional procedure.

Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

Individuals who are close to their ideal weight and are physically fit and healthy can undergo a body contouring procedure. It is also important that you have realistic expectations.

How long will recovery take?

A Smartlipo procedure allows the patient to go home the same day and involves minimal downtime. Bruising will be minimal and initial results are usually seen in about 1-3 months. Following your surgeon’s pre- and post-operative instructions is important for smooth and safe recovery.

How long will the results last?

Keeping your follow-up appointments is important as it allows the surgeon to track progress. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise is crucial to maintain the outcome.

Smartlipo Triplex in NYC is performed by experienced plastic surgeons who can evaluate your considerations, discuss your goals as well as risks and guide you in taking an informed decision.


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