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How is SmartLipo Different from Liposuction?

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.

Understanding 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

Treatment for Laser Hair RemovalFor some people, losing weight can be a challenge and diet and exercise may not get rid of all the stubborn fat. Surgery to remove excess fat can also be a difficult choice to make. Fortunately, there is now an FDA-approved way to get rid of the excess fat. Smartlipo is a great alternative to traditional liposuction, offering a less invasive option that can melt away the fat below the skin’s surface. This technique can be used on many areas of the body and can help remove fat in places where diet and exercise cannot.

How does Smartlipo Work?

Smartlipo is a relatively new cosmetic procedure that has been FDA approved. It is performed on many areas of the body including the neck, hips, stomach, and thighs. This is one of the first laser assisted liposuction procedures that has emerged and has become popular among patients for many reasons. Smartlipo utilizes a laser technique that melts fat below the surface of the skin and tightens the skin on the upper layer. The tightening effect that Smartlipo is able to produce is of great benefit to patients.

When Smartlipo is performed, a local anesthetic is typically recommended. There are patients who feel more comfortable with stronger sedation, but most are not unconscious during the procedure. Since Smartlipo is a non-surgical procedure it can be performed in a clinical setting. This is different from traditional liposuction that is often performed in a surgical setting and poses higher risks.

During the procedure, a laser is placed under the skin to liquefy the fat deposits. When the fat cells are ruptured by the laser, they liquefy and are able to be removed through a very small incision. At the same time, the laser serves to seal the blood vessels that it comes into contact with. Due to this technique, a minimal amount of swelling or bruising will occur during the recovery process. This is very different than traditional liposuction procedures when recovery time can be more painful and time consuming. The patient will also notice a difference in the amount of scarring that can occur between Smartlipo and traditional liposuction. Smartlipo will produce minimal scarring and a new look that can be observed quickly since the swelling will rapidly diminish.

What is Traditional Liposuction?

Traditional liposuction procedures can be completed on most areas of the body including the buttocks, hips, arms, neck, face, thighs, love handles, stomach, and many other areas of the body. Liposuction can be an excellent option for individuals who have areas of excess fat despite proper diet and regular exercise. It is important that the patient has good skin elasticity so that the skin can shrink to the new contours after the fat has been removed.

During traditional liposuction, small incisions are made in the targeted area. A thin, hollow tube called a cannula is then inserted into the incision and moved back and forth to manually dislodge the fat.  The fat is then removed through the tube with a suction vacuum or syringe. Some surgeons will inject a solution into the area first that will numb the area can cause the fat cells to become swollen and firm, making them easier to remove. Another technique known as ultrasound-assisted liposuction allows the surgeon to use a handheld device that breaks up fat deposits through ultrasound waves. This is a great option for dense fatty areas of the body such as the back. The techniques that are utilized are always different for each patient. A combination may be best for you and will be discussed with your surgeon. Traditional liposuction does involve a longer recover time than Smartlipo.

Now What?

Once fat removal procedures have occurred, the patient may realize that they have extra skin in certain areas. Typically, additional procedures will be discussed with your surgeon prior to performing traditional liposuction or Smartlipo. If a significant amount of fat has been removed or the patient has reduced skin elasticity, contouring and skin removal may be needed. This can be performed after the fat removal procedure and will provide a dramatic impact on the shape of the body. Since fat is often removed from the stomach area, a tummy tuck is a common procedure that can remove and tighten the skin in the torso area.  Two options are available- a mini tummy tuck or a full tummy tuck. This is dependent on where the excess skin is located and how much needs to be removed. The size and position of the incision that is made will vary based on the individual and the area. Typically, an incision is made along the pubic bone and runs across the hips. The fat and skin are removed and lifted into position. The skin is tightened and sutured in place.  A full tummy tuck may require an incision near the navel and additional drainage tubes. The procedure time can vary but typically two to five hours is required. Fat transfers or fat injections may also be needed in various areas of the body, especially the face. The fat transfer will remove fat from one location where there is excess and add it to another. This may be needed when dimpling effects occur in the skin after tightening. Other procedures that can assist in smoothing and contouring the body after fat removal procedures include arm lifts, thigh lifts, and body lifts.

Smartlipo is a great option for stubborn fat that needs to be removed in those challenging places. Having a minimal amount of fat that is bothersome should not impact your appearance. Getting Smartlipo has numerous benefits including improving your appearance and self-esteem. With a quick recovery and easy process, Smartlipo easily fits into your busy life. Call the Masri clinic today to learn more: (866) 487-3223.

Weight Stability and LiposuctionWhile many people think of liposuction as a shortcut to weight loss, the procedure is actually nothing of the time. In fact, people who are overweight are typically not good candidates for the procedure. With that said, you might be wondering who in the world would be a good candidate for a surgery that removes excess fat from the body. The answer is: people who are at or near their goal weight but have stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. This phenomenon is more common than you might think, especially for people who have reached middle age. So why is weight stability so important for liposuction patients?

How Liposuction Works

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that permanently removes fat cells. There have been many changes to the process over the years, but the goals and basic principles are still the same. The surgery is much more about body contouring than weight loss. “Problem areas,” of stubborn fat, often the hips, thighs, and stomach are treated by making small incisions through which fat is suctioned out and the area is contoured. Nearly any area of the body can be treated with some type of liposuction.

How Much Fat?

Because liposuction is much more about sculpting the body than about weight loss, many people are surprised by how much fat is actually removed. Patients should remember, however, that it’s much more about the overall results than the amount of fat that is taken out during the procedure.

Types of Liposuction

Liposuction technology has come a long way in the last few decades, and modern liposuction is much safer and more effective than ever before. Today, there are two major types of liposuction that are regularly performed:

Tumescent Liposuction

The more traditional liposuction technique, this surgery uses injections of tumescent fluid to help protect the tissue throughout the procedure, reducing pain and bleeding. Sometimes, ultrasonic energy is used to break up the fat cells so they can be removed safely.

SmartLipo Laser Liposuction

One of the newest types of liposuction, SmartLipo is quickly gaining popularity for its gentle, effective, and versatile qualities. Tiny incisions are made in the area to be treated, and a small tube containing a laser fiber is used to gently melt unwanted fat so it can be suctioned out through the incisions. The heat from the laser also helps to tighten the skin. SmartLipo requires only a few days of downtime, and can be used on many areas of the body, including sensitive areas, such as the face.

Remember—Weight Gain is Still Possible

Fat cells never grow back, which does make liposuction a permanent procedure. However, maintenance is necessary to retain the great results from surgery. Patients must pledge to maintain a healthy diet and a regular exercise plan to avoid weight gain that could ruin the results of the surgery. Weight gain occurs when fat cells expand, so while the removal of some fat cells may prevent gain in the treated areas, any remaining fat cells can still expand.

Using the Surgery as Motivation—Before AND After

For many people, liposuction can be used as motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle before and after the procedure. Before the procedure, it can be used as motivation to establish good habits and improve candidacy for the procedure, while after surgery, liposuction can serve as motivation very differently—to help preserve the results of the procedure.

Ready to Take the Next Step? Choose an Expert Surgeon

When it comes to plastic surgery, you want to choose the best of the best in talented surgeons. A reputable provider will give you an honest assessment of your candidacy and provide you with recommendations for procedures or recommendations for preparing for liposuction.

At Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, our team focuses on individual patient needs and works to create custom, natural-looking results. Our team of expert, board certified plastic surgeons have decades of experience in helping patients reach their goals, and are standing by in Dearborn and Birmingham, MI to help you plan your procedure. Call (866-487-3223) today to schedule your free consultation.

Skin Elasticity in LiposuctionMany different factors come into play when determining candidacy for plastic surgery. Liposuction is very popular, but fewer people qualify for the procedure than you might expect. One trait can greatly improve the outcome of this particular procedure: skin elasticity.

Why Skin Elasticity Is Important

The skin is an amazing organ that has the ability to expand when necessary to allow for growth and weight gain. In theory, it should also be able to retract in a similar way, but there are some obstacles to this. If weight gain or growth happens too fast, the skin can stretch and tear, creating stretch marks and making it more difficult for the skin to shrink back to normal. The more elastic skin is, the better it is able to retract, which is why it is important to keep skin healthy and not gain or lose weight too quickly. Liposuction, though not used for weight loss, involves losing a decent amount of fat all at once, which is why elastic, healthy skin can be a boon to results following surgery.


Skin elasticity is often better in younger people, as it is linked to the collagen levels in the skin—a connective protein that lends skin its youthful, elastic qualities. Collagen production starts to drop off with age, and lack of collagen leads to wrinkling, sagging skin, and less ability to retract after procedures like liposuction.

Treatment Site

Some areas are more forgiving than others, and the degree of skin elasticity necessary for a good result varies depending on the desired treatment site. For example, facial liposuction requires a high degree of skin elasticity, as lack of retraction in this area is very noticeable. The hips and stomach, however, are more often hidden and a more popular treatment area. Patients need to be aware of all these variables before moving forward.

Take Care of Your Skin

You can't control how supple your skin will be, but there are things you can do to help it stay healthy and elastic. Mostly the best way to achieve beautiful skin is to lead a healthy lifestyle, following a nutrient rich diet, exercising, and staying hydrated. Smoking should be avoided at all costs, as it robs skin of collagen and accelerates the aging process. Take care to treat your skin well, and it will help you look and feel great in the long run, whether you move forward with liposuction or not.

Are You a Candidate?

Good candidates for liposuction generally are at a stable weight with one or more isolated areas of unwanted fat. Patients must be in general good health, not pregnant, and be a non-smoker or willing to quit well before the procedure. Because of the role of skin elasticity in overall results, it is preferred that patients have skin that is in good condition. Only a plastic surgeon can assess these criteria, which is one of the many reasons consultations are so important.

Find a Skilled Surgeon

If you are interested in liposuction, then you will want to speak with an expert about your goals. It is important to discuss your procedure with a board certified plastic surgeon and explore your options for body contouring. Choosing the right surgeon is one of the most vital decisions you will make regarding your procedure, so don't skimp on the research or consultation phase.

If you are looking for a knowledgeable provider in Birmingham or Dearborn, come to Masri Clinic for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery and meet with our skilled plastic surgeons. Our staff has decades of experience and the expertise to help you get the results you want. Call 866-487-3223 today to schedule your free consultation.

The History of LiposuctionLiposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures available worldwide, and it has become a safe and effective method for resolving stubborn pockets of fat that do not respond to traditional methods of weight loss, such as diet and exercise. However, it wasn’t always that easy to undergo fat loss surgery. While the history of rhinoplasty stretches back to ancient times, liposuction as a technique is less than one hundred years old, and has only been a relatively safe procedure for the last four decades. Let’s take a look at how one of America’s favorite procedures has evolved over the years.

Early Liposuction

The first well-known case of liposuction took place in France in 1921. Dr. Charles Dujarier, an OB/GYN operated on a French dancer to shape her ankles and knees into a better contour. The procedure was done subcutaneously, and tragically there were some complications involving her femoral artery. In the end, the dancer lost one of her legs to gangrene. After this failed experiment, the development of liposuction as we know it came to a standstill for several decades.

First Successes: 1970s, Italy, France, and the United States

An Italian father and son duo, Giorgio and Arpad Fischer developed the “dry” technique of liposuction in the mid 1970s, marking the first successful fat removal procedure using suction. This technique used cannula tubes to suction out the fat, and were able to produce revolutionary results for the time. Unfortunately, complications were still common. Hematomas and seromaswere commonplace, prompting further exploration into liposuction techniques.

Dr. Yves Illouz of Paris started using the Fischer technique shortly after its advent, and improved upon the technology by pioneering tumescent “wet” liposuction techniques to help control blood loss during the surgery.

The first American surgeon to perform liposuction was Dr. Lawrence Field, a dermatologist who journeyed to Europe to learn techniques from the inventors themselves. They began teaching other doctors as well, and the group of innovators began to expand.

The Beginnings of Popularity: 1980s, the United States

In the early 1980s, courses for surgeons on the new technique began to pop up, and many in the industry were excited about the new procedure. It was sometime during this period that the term “liposuction” was coined by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Julius Newman. It was also during this period that the practice of liposuction began to shift toward plastic surgeons.

Advances in Anesthesia: 1980s, the United States

Dr. Jeffery Klein, a dermatologic surgeon, developed new techniques in 1987 to make the procedure less invasive by using local anesthetic rather than general anesthetic. He used lidocaine and epinephrine in the tumescent fluid to keep the operation painless, and he worked with patients to get the dosage right, minimizing side effects while still maintaining numbness in the area to be operated on. When his tumescent liposuction was finally the right formula, it became revolutionary in the practice of liposuction, reducing complications, infections, and blood loss, as well as making the procedure less invasive. Established liposuction practitioners, however, were not quick to adopt this new method. What would finally convince surgeons in the ’80s and ’90s to start using the method was a technique that would quickly fall out of favor: ultrasonic liposuction, which required the use of tumescent anesthesia as well as ultrasonic energy. When ultrasonic liposuction was shown to be more risky and not much more effective than plain tumescent liposuction, it disappeared, and tumescent liposuction took center stage.

Compression: 1990s, the United States

Compression garments are now the norm in postoperative liposuction patients, but prior to 1995, tape compression was used to help reduce swelling in patients. In 1995, Klein again proved the innovator, showing the benefits of compression garments for patients.

Laser-Assisted Lipolysis: 2000s, Europe, South America, and the United States

The latest technology, laser-assisted liposuction with tumescent techniques, was used in Europe and South America prior to being described in the United States in 2006. Laser-assisted liposuction was lauded for tightening skin and reducing blood loss. It is today still one of the most popular techniques for liposuction, as it is minimally invasive and effective. Lasers have been continually improving, offering patients better, safer outcomes. It can also be used for small, difficult areas that were not treated in the past with older techniques. The most popular laser-assisted liposuction is known as SmartLipo.

Modern Options

Today, liposuction is a safe and effective procedure that can be performed using several techniques, depending on the patient’s needs. Good candidates are likely to get positive outcomes when the procedure is performed by an expert surgeon, such as board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Raj Gupta. Dr. Gupta is on the staff of Masri Clinic for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery in Dearborn and Birmingham, MI, and offers patients beautiful results with the advanced technology of SmartLipo laser liposuction, as well as traditional liposuction, for patients who need a more intensive treatment.

Dr. Gupta focuses on each individual patient’s needs, and works to come up with the appropriate treatment plans. If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Gupta to discuss your goals and needs for treatment, call 866-487-3223 to schedule your complimentary consultation today.

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