When laser-assisted liposuction was introduced in the year 2007, it marked a new phase in the history of cosmetic surgery. Even though we saw the evolution of various types of liposuction methods over the years, the first FDA-approved laser for fat dissolution was SmartLipo. This advanced laser is a reliable choice for surgical incision, ablation, excision, vaporization, and coagulation of soft tissue. The SmartLipo laser lipolysis device features three laser wavelengths for effective fat removal and skin tightening and allows hi-definition body sculpting.
Men and women with localized fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise, are healthy and have good skin elasticity are ideal candidate for this treatment. It’s important to know that this minimally invasive laser-assisted procedure is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for exercise and good eating habits. This advanced plastic surgery procedure can treat both large and delicate areas such as
- Thighs, hips and buttocks
- Arms, neck and back
- Abdomen and waist
- Calves and ankles
- Cheeks and chin
The reason why SmartLipo is so effective is that the laser energy it delivers can quickly and easily liquefy the fatty tissues for easy removal. As the cannula with the thin laser fiber is very small, the cosmetic surgeon just has to make a tiny incision in the skin to insert it. Just like other methods, this laser assisted procedure too requires the use of tumescent method before lipolysis to extract the liquefied fat. Tumescent liposuction permits liposuction totally by local anesthesia.
FDA rates SmartLipo as a safe and effective device as it gives the desired outcome with only minimal side effects of swelling, bruising and bleeding. The final outcome is the same as that achieved by standard lipolysis. A well trained and qualified plastic surgeon will provide patients with individualized treatment plans based on their specific considerations.