Smartlipo

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Description

SmartLipo™ was the first laser-assisted lipolysis system to offer a revolutionary and minimally invasive procedure for the removal of fat. Using a high-powered laser, SmartLipo™ is a popular Laser Body Sculpting procedure with less down time and side effects than traditional liposuction. Dr. Nowak strives to provide the best care possible for his patients. You will be the main priority of the day, as Dr. Nowak limits his SmartLipo procedures to one a day in order to provide you with his full attention and care, ensuring optimal results.

SmartLipo™ is a precise and safe medical grade laser that works by creating a powerful light beam that is adjusted to a specific frequency range. It uses a carefully calibrated laser to liquefy fat deposits. The laser actually disrupts the fat cells, and the resulting liquid substance is then removed through tiny incisions. The small laser can also seal blood vessels as it zaps fat, so there is less swelling, bleeding and bruising than with traditional liposuction. Research has shown that little, if any, fat is reabsorbed back into the body. The minimal invasiveness of the procedure allows patients to see faster results and to experience fewer complications.

WHO’S GETTING SMARTLIPO™

Healthy women and men who exercise regularly and are in the process of getting their shape back but are bothered by fat deposits that have not gone away with diet and exercise are good candidates for FDA-approved SmartLipo™.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Patients may have some bruising or swelling after treatment, but these will fade as healing progresses. Some of the numbing liquid comes out during the procedure, some is absorbed naturally by our body and some may drain from incision site for 24-48 hours. The fluid may be pink or reddish color but contains little or no blood and more blood is lost during the laboratory blood analysis prior to the procedure than during this procedure.

The average healing time for SmartLipo™ patients is up to six weeks, but improvement is visible almost immediately and patients are requested to walk and get moving the next day.

It’s often known as a weekend procedure where patients can have the procedure done on a Thursday or Friday and can be back to work Monday or Tuesday.

You may be asked to wear a compression garment for days or weeks after your treatment to help the skin contract and speed the healing process.

If you desire more shape and contour to your body, then SmartLipo is the choice for you.  Contact our office today at (619)651-9651 in Eastlake Chula Vista to learn more about SmartLipo™.

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Benefits
  • Body contouring, treatment of cellulite or contouring the lower face and neck.
FAQs

What is Smartlipo by Cynosure?

Smartlipo is designed exclusively to perform laser-assisted lipolysis, commonly referred to as laser liposuction. A very thin tube containing the Smartlipo laser fiber is inserted in targeted fatty areas through a tiny incision. The laser fiber delivers thermal energy directly to fat cells and disrupts the fat for easy removal. The laser literally melts the fat, which is removed with gentle suction. At the same time, tissue coagulates through the laser energy that is delivered, contributing to an overall smoother shape.

How do I know if laser lipolysis is right for me?

The best candidates for laser lipolysis are women and men who are not significantly overweight but have accumulated fat deposits, such as “love handles,” flabby upper arms, excess neck or lower facial fat, or fat on the lower torso. A consultation with a Smartlipo physician can provide you with the best information.

What areas of the body can be treated?

Laser lipolysis is ideal for the neck, jawline, arms, back, “love handles,” post-pregnancy skin laxity, saddlebags, knees, and enlarged male breasts.

What does the procedure feel like?

Because the area is anesthetized, there is minimal discomfort during the procedure. You may feel pressure but it is a mild sensation. Following laser lipolysis, you may experience some aches, much like after a physical workout. A compression garment may be worn for a short period after treatment, depending on the body area treated and the recommendation of your physician.

How long does the procedure take?

On average, the procedure will take 1.5–2 hours. This is dependent on the number of areas to be treated and the size of those areas.

Do I have to stay in the hospital?

Laser lipolysis is typically an in-office procedure performed under local anesthesia.

How many treatments are necessary?

For most patients, results are achieved in just one treatment. Results can be seen within a week, with continued improvement over 3–6 months.

How long do the results last?

Laser lipolysis disrupts fat cells in the treated area. However, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen to enjoy long-lasting results.

Will there be scarring?

The incision site will be very small. With proper care, any scars will be barely noticeable. Your physician is best to evaluate your skin type and provide you information on what to expect.

What’s the recovery time?

The laser lipolysis procedure is minimally invasive procedure and usually requires only local anesthesia. Some light bruising can occur, but you’ll be able to return to normal activities within a day or two.

How much does laser lipolysis cost?

The cost depends on the size and number of areas to be treated. Ask a physician in your area for more information on what to expect.

Treatment Type Body Contouring
Treatment Problem or Condition Unwanted or Stubborn Fat
Size N/A
Usage

The fiber-optic cannula is inserted through a small puncture in the skin usually along creases that conceal the scar. This very small cannula, or tube, approximately 1.0 mm to 2.0 mm in diameter containing a laser fiber is inserted into the fat and under the skin. The laser liquefies the fat cells and this liquid substance is then removed by the surgeon or allowed to drain naturally. The laser energy also interacts with the dermis resulting in the collagen tightening.

Due to the cannula’s small size, SmartLipo™ is a minimally-invasive procedure and can be performed under local anesthesia for the patient’s comfort. The laser causes small blood vessels to coagulate immediately on contact, resulting in less bleeding, swelling and bruising and a quicker recovery time than conventional liposuction. Because general anesthesia is unnecessary, the procedure is very safe with only minimal side effects.

The incisions are so small; they close up naturally so there’s no need for stitches.

The length of the procedure is customized for the individual and the time it takes is dependent on the body area(s) being treated. Adding laser and skin tightening procedures adds additional time to the procedure.

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