Ever since its FDA approval in 2006, SmartLipo laser lipolysis has been revolutionizing the liposuction industry. By using safer and more effective approaches towards liposuction, SmartLipo has become one of the most sought after cosmetic procedures and has proven to be a great alternative to traditional liposuction.
Liposuction first gained popularity in the 1980s. The procedure offered a new way to remove unwanted fat and sculpt the body. Today, traditional liposuction is viewed as a more invasive and riskier approach to liposuction. It often requires the use of general anesthesia, which automatically adds complications to the procedure, ultimately increasing the risk. Traditional liposuction also relies on larger incisions, which means more scarring, and more aggressive tools. Under this procedure fat is typically removed by ripping it with a sharp cannula and sucking it out. This is an aggressive approach that can damage surrounding tissue and lead to a more longer and painful recovery.
While SmartLipo has the same objective of traditional liposuction, it is a less invasive approach that yields better results. The primary difference between this procedure is that it utilizes laser technology to improve the fat removal process. Once small incisions are cut in the targeted area, the SmartLipo TRIPLEX cannula is gently navigated in the surrounding fat. As the laser’s heat transfers through the fat, it becomes liquefied. The overlying skin is also tightened due to this heating process. Once the area has been contoured and exposed to the laser, the liquefied fat is easily removed. This is a much less vigorous approach when compared to traditional liposuction. Another benefit of SmartLipo is that it uses tumescent anesthesia, which numbs a localized area and prevents bleeding all while the patient is awake. This is a much safer approach than using general anesthesia.
In 2013, nearly 365,000 liposuction procedures were performed based on the annual statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. This procedure has now become the most common cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States. This rise in popularity is primarily from innovations, like SmartLipo. Due to the less invasive nature of Smartlipo more and more people are beginning to check it out. Patients who undergo this procedure receive minimal downtime and often return to work in a matter of days. This is unheard of in traditional liposuction, which typically requires at least a week, if not several weeks to return to daily activities. SmartLipo also offers the benefits of laser technology to assist in contouring and improving the above skin conditions. For superior results and fast recovery, SmartLipo is clearly the better alternative.