Don’t you hate how fat stays put in certain areas? This is exactly what liposuction is for. Traditional liposuction, as more popularly known, is the process of removing excess fat and contouring certain areas into an ideal shape. However, not everyone is a fan of lipo, with its surgical procedure and lengthy downtime. Now, there is a faster and less invasive method available in St. Louis, MO and it is very promising. Say hello to Smart Lipo.
What is Smart Lipo (Laser Liposuction)?
Smart Lipo is a laser device that destroys fat and makes skin firmer, similar to what a traditional liposuction does. It is the first device of its kind to be approved by the FDA. Compared to the traditional method, this is less invasive, involves a shorter downtime, and more impressive results.
Where is it Used?
Areas where Smart Lipo can be used include:
- Love handles
- Male breasts
- Upper arms
How it Works
With the use of high-powered lasers, Smart Lipo melts fat cells from outside the skin. A minuscule cannula is inserted through a very small incision in the skin of the patient. This contains a laser fiber that helps break down and liquefy fat deposits until they can be suctioned out easily. Aside from body contouring, the laser also stimulates the skin, promoting the growth of new collagen. This helps firm the skin and reduce dimpling caused by unwanted cellulite.
This minimally invasive process is done under local anesthesia. It uses smaller instruments, promotes less bleeding, and very minimal swelling and bruising. This is because blood vessels surrounding the laser closes on contact. There are fewer risks involved in Smart Lipo, making it a safer and more effective method.
This procedure is so effective that most patients only require one treatment. The process often last between 45 minutes to an hour per area. After the Smart Lipo treatment, a compression garment is necessary for the patient to use but only for a small amount of time, depending on which area is involved and how many areas were treated. The garment will help the skin adjust to the new contour and to reduce swelling in that area. Rest is all that’s needed after the surgery. Strenuous activities and tasks should be avoided in a few days. Dipping in hot tubs is also not recommended. Normal, less strenuous activities can be resumed in as little as two days after the procedure.
After the Smart Lipo procedure, a tighter and flatter tummy is immediately visible but it will improve further in the next several months to a year, which is when the final result is actually presented. Interested patients would be glad to know that the result is permanent. If you do gain weight, the fat cells will expand, not create new ones, and will be evenly distributed throughout the body, not on the treated area.
Smart Lipo Cost
The range of cost for a Smart Lipo procedure in St. Louis, MO is between $2,000 to $7,500. The actual cost may vary based on the expertise level of the surgeon, the exact geographic location, and how extensive or complex the procedure is.
If you want a more accurate quote and more detailed information about Smart Lipo, give us a call today. Let’s schedule a consultation to help you learn more about this innovative procedure.