Fat deposits are found all over your body. They are used as a source of heat as well as an energy reserve when your body runs low on fuel. Though helpful, fat can also become a nuisance when it builds up in unwanted places. This may include your hips, buttocks, back, arms, thighs, and abdomen.
When fat deposits build up in these areas, it can be especially difficult to remove without external help. There are a number of different techniques used by cosmetic surgeons to get rid of unwanted fat, including SmartLipo.
Fat removal has become significantly more advanced over the years. In traditional liposuction, the surgeon makes a small incision through which he inserts a hollow tube called a cannula. The cannula is carefully moved back and forth under the skin to manually break up the fat deposits into smaller pieces. The fat is then removed from the body through the cannula using gentle suction.
SmartLipo is part of a growing trend in liposuction which uses lasers and ultrasonic technology to treat the fat before removing it. In this procedure, a laser device is inserted through a small incision in the skin, similar to traditional liposuction. Instead of having to manually break up the fat, the laser directs heat energy into the fat cells. The heat causes the cells to rupture and liquefy. Once the fat cells have been destroyed, they can be removed through a cannula.
The Benefits of SmartLipo
While effective, the traditional method of liposuction often left patients with more discomfort, swelling, and even bruising as a result of the cannula moving under the skin. Today, traditional liposuction is often performed using the tumescent technique, in which a saline solution is used to first flood the fat deposits. The saline causes the fat to break apart so it can be removed with suction. The solution also contains a numbing agent which works as a local anesthetic.
With SmartLipo, the fat is destroyed rather than broken into smaller pieces. This makes the fat easier to remove, allowing the surgeon to use a smaller incision and keep the procedure minimally invasive. The lasers used in SmartLipo also seal off blood vessels, which minimizes pain and swelling. They even tighten up your skin tissue to give your body a more sculpted and defined look.
SmartLipo patients experience less discomfort compared to traditional liposuction patients. They also have a much shorter recovery time. Usually patients are able to go back to work after a few days versus a few weeks. All patients are required to wear compression garments to protect the body while it heals. However, SmartLipo patients generally wear these for a shorter period of time.
Are You a Candidate for SmartLipo?
SmartLipo may be able to help if you have trouble achieving a trim and contoured figure despite living a healthy lifestyle. This procedure is not designed to be a weight loss solution. It is also not ideal for people who smoke. SmartLipo is FDA-approved to remove pockets of stubborn fat deposits around your body. It can also be used in tandem with other cosmetic procedures to maximize your results. For example, the Masri Clinic offers other laser procedures such as Thermage and Velashape to help smooth and tighten your skin.
Schedule a SmartLipo Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about SmartLipo or other laser treatments offered at the Masri Clinic, you can contact us to schedule a FREE initial patient consultation. Dr. Haitham Masri and his wife Dr. Fatima Masri operate the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in Birmingham, MI and Dearborn, MI. Both doctors are board certified specialists who have been practicing for over twenty years. They have a reputation for their skill, expertise, and patient relationships.
To schedule your free consultation, you can contact the Masri Clinic by calling (866) 487-3223 or by sending your personal information through the Contact page. You can also reach out to the individual practices in Birmingham by calling (248) 723-7188 or in Dearborn by calling (313) 945