We all know about problem areas—those little bothersome spots of fat that just won’t slim down no matter how hard we try.
Unfortunately, some spots are very difficult to get rid of with diet and exercise alone. It’s not possible to target specific areas when trying to lose weight, only to tone the muscles in those areas. Middle-aged and older people have additional obstacles, since fat becomes more stubborn with slowing metabolism. In the past, even plastic surgery was not a solution to the smaller, more unusual problem areas like the knees, ankles, and face. Liposuction technology has improved immensely in the last decade, however, and now there is a solution available for these small isolated pockets of fat: SmartLipo.
Small Problem Areas
Small areas can have a big impact on the body’s appearance. Many people are worried about issues like the “bra roll” which involves fat in the back bulging out from the bra band. The knees, calves, and ankles are often a concern, particularly when it comes to contour or fitting into trendy boots. Facial liposuction is occasionally a standalone procedure, but is often combined with other procedures. These small areas would have been too delicate to treat with liposuction in the past, as old techniques required large incisions and a traumatic process of fat removal, which often resulted in poor contour or other complications. The best technique to use on small areas today is Smartlipo laser liposuction.
How SmartLipo Works
Smartlipo uses laser energy to gently melt and break down fat in areas where it is unwanted. Only tiny incisions are required so the small tube containing the laser fiber can target the area. Once the fat has been melted, it can be suctioned out gently. This method is much less traumatic to the surrounding tissue than old techniques, allowing patients to start returning to normal activities within just a few days with less bleeding and bruising. An added benefit to the treatment is the skin-tightening that occurs in response to the laser. Tighter skin improves the appearance of the final results, and Smartlipo aids in the body’s natural efforts to help the skin retract and re-drape over the new contours.
Though the initial recovery time of laser liposuction is just a few days, patients won’t be ready for swimsuit season so soon. It takes time for the final results to become apparent, so patience is required on behalf of the patient. Generally, it can take several weeks for all the tissues to settle and for everything to start looking normal again. Patients need to be diligent about following aftercare instructions during this time to help prevent complications.
Even though the destroyed fat cells will not grow back after Smartlipo, it is possible for existing cells to expand and cause weight gain. Because of this, it is vital that patients maintain their results by preventing weight gain as much as possible. This can be great motivation to continue leading a healthy lifestyle, even after the desired goals are reached.
Choosing a Surgeon
As with any plastic surgery, choosing your surgeon carefully is key to a successful result. If you’re looking for a Smartlipo expert, you’ll want to choose a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in the procedure and with the dedication to giving each patient great results. If you’re looking for an expert SmartLipo surgeon in Dearborn or Birmingham, Michigan, come meet with our highly experienced, double board certified body surgery specialist, Dr. Haitham Masri. Dr. Masri has over 25 years of experience, and is standing by to help you reach your Smartlipo goals. Call 866-487-3223 to schedule your free consultation at either location today.