For years, people relied on liposuction as a go-to proven way to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat that refuse to budge, even with weight loss, diet and exercise. But because liposuction was not without its concerns – most often due to complications from general anesthetic, bruising and swelling – many opted to keep working at losing their fat or learning to live with it. Not so with Smartlipo. If you are apprehensive about this highly effective fat-busting treatment, now is a good time to learn more about the benefits of Smartlipo.
Both traditional liposuction and Smarlipo result in the removal of stubborn pockets of hard-to-lose fat. The difference is in the procedure itself. With traditional liposuction, the surgeon creates a large incision, through which he inserts a tube under the skin to suck out the fat. But before this happens, the fat tissue must be loosened; the surgeon does this either by manipulating the fat manually or with the tube.
Smartlipo, on the other hand, is performed in an office setting under local anesthesia. Rather than a tube that is inserted through a large incision, Smartlipo employs laser technology that heats up and liquidates the fat. The fat melts away, allowing to drain naturally from the body. As such, smaller areas of the body, such as the neck, chin, and knees, can be treated as easily as larger areas like the tummy, hips and thighs.
Undergoing a procedure under general anesthetic and employing incisions has its risks. Many people may even opt to forego the procedure due to issues with general anesthetic. With Smartlipo, the use of local anesthetic reduces this risk. The Smartlipo procedure also reduces the risk of developing infection and practically eliminates the risk of uncontrolled bleeding and scarring.
Unlike traditional liposuction, which too often results in bruising and pain, Smartlipo affords its patients much less downtown. (Perhaps that’s why many call it lunchtime lipo!) And because it’s performed as an out-patient procedure, Smartlipo lets you recover at home. With Smartlipo, compression garments are recommended for a few days, compared to up to six weeks with traditional liposuction. As a matter of fact, patients who have undergone Smartlipo usually are back on their feet in a matter of days.
Less Saggy Skin
While both traditional liposuction and Smartlipo result in eliminating fat, there is the problem of droopy skin. With Smartlipo there is the added benefit of smoother and tighter skin, with patients noting improvements in their skin’s tone and elasticity thanks to the laser probe that stimulates the production of collagen and elastin.
Laser Liposuction in Houston
Losing those stubborn pockets of fat can be frustrating. If you are live in or around Houston, Dr. Raymond Little and his team at The Vein Institute can help. Offering comprehensive care for vascular disorders and a full-service medispa with services ranging from Smartlipo and vein removal to BOTOX and waxing, we want we will work with you to reveal your best you. Call The Vein Institute today at (281) 312-0208, or request an appointment online.