Fat deposits can be stubborn little items. In some places, no matter how diligent the exercise program or the changes in diet, fat pockets are almost impossible to remove. That’s where liposuction with Dr. Nowak comes in — it removes these pockets of fat and gives you a slimmer contour.
And thanks to advances in technology, new techniques make liposuction less invasive and produce better results than ever before. One of those new techniques is SmartLipo™.
What is SmartLipo™?
SmartLipo™ uses a laser to assist in the liposuction process. The laser liquefies the fat deposits, making them easier to remove with less damage to surrounding tissue. This makes for less downtime and easier recovery than was possible with traditional liposuction.
How SmartLipo™ works
In SmartLipo™, Dr. Nowak first injects the target area with saline that includes local anesthesia. This replaces the general anesthesia that was required in original liposuction.
Next, Dr. Nowak makes very small incisions in the area to insert the tiny cannula. Unlike typical liposuction, this cannula is smaller and also has a laser fiber attached. Once inserted under the skin, the laser liquefies the fat cells. Beyond liquefying the fat, the laser also has another benefit — it causes small blood vessels to coagulate immediately on contact, resulting in less bleeding, swelling, and bruising. This makes for faster, easier recovery.
The cannula then suctions out much of the liquefied fat, along with much of the saline/anesthesia solution. The remainder either drains from the incision sites for 24 to 48 hours, or is absorbed naturally by the body.
One other side benefit of utilizing lasers in SmartLipo™ is the skin tightening effect. Many other procedures utilize laser energy under the skin to stimulate the body to create new collagen (the body’s support proteins for the skin). This also happens with SmartLipo™.
SmartLipo™ has a much easier recovery than traditional liposuction. It is casually known as a “weekend procedure” because the patient can have the procedure performed on a Thursday or Friday and be back at work Monday or Tuesday.
Most patients are asked to wear compression garments on the treatment sites to minimize swelling and help the skin adhere to its new contour. Results are immediate and continue to improve over the next six weeks.
Interested in SmartLipo™? Call us at Nowak, 619-420-1840, and let’s discuss your options.