Laser Assisted Liposuction

Everyone knows that no matter how much you diet and exercise, there are always stubborn, localized pockets of fat that just won’t go away. While liposuction is not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle, it can make you look and feel better. Smartlipo Triplex LaserBodySculpting™ provides maximized results for both fat removal and skin tightening.

Dr. Del Corral may recommend it for areas such as the love handles, abdomen, thighs, back arms and chin. Smartlipo, just like traditional liposuction, is not a weight loss method, but it can selectively remove problem areas of unwanted body fat and significantly tighten the skin.

WHAT IS SMARTLIPO™?

Dr. Del Corral performs Smartlipo for patients to rapidly dissolve fat and tighten the surrounding skin almost anywhere in the body. This FDA-approved, revolutionary procedure is minimally invasive which offers less bleeding, swelling and bruising and a quicker recovery time than conventional liposuction.

Using local anesthesia, the procedure is performed with a small one-millimeter cannula that contains a laser fiber. The laser fiber delivers energy directly to the fat cells causing them to rupture and drain away as liquid. The energy fired also allows for effective skin tightening.

HOW DOES SMARTLIPO DIFFER FROM LIPOSUCTION?

While both treatments effectively remove fat, Smartlipo adds a “skin tightening” element to the liposuction procedure. It stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which helps improve the quality of your skin as well as helps tighten it.

Smartlipo uses smaller instruments and laser technology. It is a more efficient method of removing fat from small areas of the face, neck, arms, abdomen, thighs and areas where the skin is lax. Although there is reduced bruising and swelling with Smartlipo, swelling can persist after the procedure and requires an elastic garment to be worn.

HOW MANY SMARTLIPO TREATMENTS ARE REQUIRED?

Smartlipo can take 30 to 60 minutes on the neck and several hours on larger areas. Most patients have only one treatment. However, a touch up treatment may be required in some patients.

HOW WILL MY FIGURE LOOK AFTER SURGERY?

Shortly after the procedure, the treated area will appear more compact and smaller. Skin tightening is a gradual process and will continue over the course of a few months. Best results are seen after several months.

WHAT WILL MY RECOVERY BE LIKE WITH SMARTLIPO?

Patients who receive Smartlipo are back to work in only a few days. You will go home after the procedure and rest for a few hours, after which you may gradually increase your activity as tolerated. A pressure garment may be placed over the procedure area for several weeks depending on the body area treated. Patients are to refrain from strenuous exercise for three weeks.

HOW IT’S DONE

LaserBodySculpting with Smartlipo Triplex starts with the administration of local anesthesia. This is accompanied by the infusion of a tumescent (saline/numbing) solution into the area of the body where liposuction will be performed. The solution contains medication to minimize pain and bleeding.

Next, a small hollow tube attached to a vacuum is inserted through a small incision into the fat layer beneath the skin. It’s moved around to break up the fat, which is then sucked out of the body.

LaserBodySculpting with Smartlipo Triplex improves on this technique, by taking advantage of the power of medical laser beams which liquefy the fat before it is sucked out of the body. In addition to ultra-precise fat removal, the laser provides a significant skin tightening effect.

RISKS

The most common potential complications of LaserBodySculpting, though reduced with Smartlipo Triplex, include bruising, infection, minimal bleeding, numbness, skin burns and swelling.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER SMARTLIPO

You’ll probably be sore and a little swollen for one to three days following LaserBoySculpting. Dr. Del Corral will provide pain medication to keep you comfortable. He will advise you to wear a compression garment to speed healing. Everyone’s recovery is slightly different, but most people are able to return to work within a one to three days.

As you recover, you’ll notice your skin begin to tighten as the new layers of skin form. This firming may continue for up to six months after your procedure. These techniques remove fat cells that are not recreated. If you should gain weight, it’s likely that fatty deposits will not expand in the areas where the procedure was performed.

I AM INTERESTED! WHAT DO I DO NEXT?

If you are considering liposuction we encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation and/or treatment at Dr. Del Corral’s office. During this visit we will listen to your concerns and discuss your options. After careful analysis, we will tell you whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure and inform you of the alternatives and potential risks of the procedure.