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Liposuction vs. Smartlipo™

Posted December 12, 2018 in Liposuction, Smartlipo™

The way you feel about your body can have a significant impact on your self-esteem. Patients who feel unsatisfied with their physical appearance, especially those with localized fat deposits that are unresponsive to a healthy lifestyle, usually consider undergoing surgery. Most patients want the latest technology when choosing the technique that will best help them meet their body goals. Fortunately, there are several surgical procedures available to improve your body contours, such as Smartlipo™ and liposuction.

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Both Smartlipo™ and liposuction can address stubborn fat to provide you with a slimmer and more attractive physique. However, the choice between the two may depend on the level of correction you need and the results you desire.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. It can target almost any area of the body, depending on the amount of correction needed as well as your personal preference. This procedure vacuums out unwanted fat through a gentle suctioning process using a cannula from several trouble spots, including the abdomen, arms, flanks, back, thighs, and hips.

For the Best Liposuction Results, Patients Should:

  • Diet and exercise before their procedure
  • Follow a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Not smoke before or after surgery
  • Follow care instructions before and after surgery

What Is Smartlipo™?

Smartlipo™ is a laser-assisted liposuction technique that uses heat to liquefy fat, making it easier for your surgeon to remove.

A tumescent solution containing a local anesthetic is injected before lipolysis to allow the targeted area to become swollen and firm. The surgeon will then remove the fat without putting too much strain on the body, which results in less bruising.

Benefits of Smartlipo ™

Permanently Removes Fat Cells

Smartlipo™ can permanently destroy and remove fat cells in various areas of the body. Because of this, there is no need to undergo repeated treatments. Therefore, patients who maintain their weight with diet and exercise can enjoy long-lasting results for many years.

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Tightens Loose Skin

The heat used to liquefy the fat cells can also help promote collagen production and tighten loose, flabby skin. In this way, Smartlipo™ can provide patients with smooth, beautifully shaped curves.  

Ideal Candidates

Patients who are interested in liposuction or Smartlipo™ should:

  • Have realistic expectations
  • Be in good health
  • Have already tried traditional weight loss methods
  • Have firm or elastic skin  
  • Have stubborn pockets of fat they wish to remove  

Maintaining your Results

As with most plastic surgery procedures, your results can be affected by weight fluctuations, aging, and pregnancy. Liposuction and Smartlipo™ are not considered weight loss procedures and should not replace a healthy diet or exercise program. Patients who at are or near their ideal body weight and who already practice healthy habits are likely to benefit the most from these body contouring surgeries.

To learn more about Smartlipo™ or liposuction, please call our Broward office at (954) 589-0722 or our Miami/Dade office at (305) 756-8743.  


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