We all want to find that “magic bullet” that will give us the healthy, sexy body that we dream about, but sometimes it can seem like there is just no easy way to get it. While healthy lifestyle habits are always important, there are options today that will help give you that extra little push toward having a sculpted and perfectly contoured body today (no sweating, no major surgery, and no starving required). One of the most popular methods is smart lipo—whether you’ve considered it and you want to find out more or this is the first you have heard about it, here is a quick overview.
What is Smart Lipo?
Smart liposuction, often shortened to “smart lipo”, is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional liposuction surgery. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved smart lipo as an effective method to remove body fat through laser technology. When compared with traditional liposuction surgery, this procedure offers the benefits of fewer cuts, less bruising, and significantly fewer side effects or potential complications.
How Does Smart Lipo Work?
It works by using lasers rather than large cuts or incisions, making it a relatively painless, safe, and precise procedure. Properly calibrated lasers can turn fat deposits from the middle layers of the skin surface into liquid, and after they rupture they are drained through small incisions on the skin. Most patients don’t even require anesthesia, and the recovery period is often only a few days rather than weeks.
Who’s a Good Candidate for the Procedure?
For the most part, any healthy person who has fewer than 25 to 30 pounds of excess body weight to lose can get smart lipo, although it’s important to consult with a qualified professional to discuss your own personal health history and whether there is any reason you should not get the procedure done. It works best on localized fat in the areas of the abdomen, love handles, hips, and thighs, as well as more targeted areas such as the chin, neck, or face. Smart lipo is not advisable for women who are pregnant, or people who suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney disorders.
Are There Risks?
While the FDA has deemed smart lipo a generally safe procedure, anyone considering it should note that, as with any surgical procedure (even minimally-invasive ones), there are some risks. For those most part these risks are limited and minor, but may include:
- Localized swelling
- Minor bruising
It’s critical that you choose a qualified cosmetic surgeon who has experience with smart lipo technology and a track record of successful procedures before you agree to get it done.
For those who do decide it’s the right course of action, smart lipo can be a very effective way to remove stubborn adipose fat tissue deposits, especially for people who already have a healthy lifestyle and are just having trouble losing those last few pounds. Call Davis Surgical Associates today to find out more about this procedure and see if you are a good candidate.