We tend to place a lot of importance on the perception of fitness and health. Women especially hold themselves to a high standard, with over 23% of women who have a healthy BMI believing they are significantly overweight. And for the sake of feeling confident, we often put ourselves through rigorous exercise and every new fad diet that pops up on our news feeds. At Dr. Park Avenue in Franklin Lakes, NJ we believe that looking and feeling healthy can be safely achieved with the right treatment, such as Smart Lipo.
Introducing Smart Lipo!
“Reshape your body and reshape your life” is the motto for this treatment, and it could not be more accurate. Smart Lipo is a revolutionary new treatment for body contouring and the elimination of unwanted body fat. Utilizing the latest advancements in science and technology, this treatment smartly
targets key treatment areas to produce a seamless, natural-looking result. With this treatment, it’s all about working smarter, not harder.
What Is Liposuction?
You may already be familiar with the term liposuction. The history of liposuction is a snapshot of how quickly medical advancements can be made. In the 1960s, surgeons would literally cut fat off the body and stitch the patient up, but by the 1970s, the most rudimentary version of liposuction using a cannula became the foundation of the procedure that is known today. Over time, advances in technology and technique have elevated liposuction to a common cosmetic surgery.
But what is liposuction? Liposuction is a medical procedure that removes fat (lipo) with a suction-assisted device. Traditional liposuction surgery involves a small incision in which a cannula tube is inserted into a fat pocket and sub-dermal fat is sucked out of the body by a vacuum device. Liposuction surgery is typically limited to areas with high levels of fat, such as the breasts, stomach, and thighs, and also has a significant downtime.
How Is Smart Lipo Different?
You may be wondering how this smart version of liposuction different. After all, both procedures remove fat through suction. But there is a huge difference in this smarter lipo treatment, including the technology involved, the areas it can treat, and the benefits it offers. More than anything, this smart treatment is nuanced and gentle, creating a natural-looking improvement to your appearance that can treat multiple areas that traditional liposuction surgery cannot.
How It Works
This lipo treatment uses a combination of laser energy and gentle suction to remove unwanted body fat. During treatment a tiny incision is made at the treatment site, a thin tube with a laser fiber is inserted into the body, heat from the laser fiber dissolves and disrupts fat cells, and then the tube gently sucks away the liquified fat.
Overall, this method that first dissolves fat before removing it is less traumatic on the body and easier to recover from. This method also means that smaller pockets of fat can be eliminated, so the treatment itself is not limited to certain areas of the body.
What It Treats
This smarter lipo treatment is incredibly diverse. While traditional liposuction surgery can be used on many areas of the body, it is generally limited to the treatment of severe pockets of body fat. This treatment is different in that it can treat mild, moderate, and severe areas of body fat on virtually every area of the body, including:
- Cheeks and jowls
- Double chin and neck
- Hips and love handles
Benefits of Smart Lipo
There are several benefits to this lipo treatment that make it attractive to patients. Regardless of your reason for wanting to slim down and contour your body to your ideal appearance, everyone can benefit from the immediate self-esteem boost when you are confident in the way you look. Body confidence isn’t the only benefit of this treatment.
This treatment quickly and easily eliminates unwanted body fat. The most common type of body fat is adipose fat, which is the fat that insulates the organs and bones in the body. Unfortunately, adipose fat is difficult to get rid of because it is used primarily for storing energy for the body to use, which means that this is fat that wants to stay on your body. This treatment easily dissolves and removes adipose fat that would otherwise be impossible to get rid of.
For many patients, a significant appearance concern is the cellulite that appears on the stomach, buttocks, and thighs. While cellulite can form almost anywhere on the body, the most common places of concern are on the lower body where the dimpling of cellulite is most obvious. This lipo treatment can help reduce and smooth out the appearance of cellulite at one time.
Correct Sagging Skin
Like many other laser-based treatments, this treatment is helpful in correcting sagging skin. The heat of laser energy treatments helps stimulate the body’s natural regenerative abilities, which boosts the production of collagen to tighten and lift lax skin. Mild and moderate skin laxity can be corrected with laser-based treatments. The laser energy used in this treatment can correct skin laxity at the same time as it dissolves and removes fat.
Avoid Invasive Procedures
Although this laser treatment is still a surgery, it is different from traditional liposuction in that the incisions are smaller and the procedure is overall less invasive. This treatment has fewer incisions, and the incisions themselves are small enough that they rarely create scars. In fact, this treatment is minimally invasive, which means it is commonly completed in our office rather than in a hospital.
Get a Fast Recovery
Smaller incisions generally means less pain and less recovery time, and that holds true for this treatment. This lipo treatment has a fast recovery time with the majority of patients being able to return to normal daily activities within 1 to 2 days after treatment. The fast recovery is especially appealing because it means you can return to your regular routine without any significant limitations.
What to Expect Before, During, and After Smart Lipo Treatment
Treatments that use advanced technologies often make patients curious about the exact steps they should expect. For this lipo treatment, there are a few common steps that are involved, including:
Your first step will be a consultation appointment. We will gather information that will help us determine your eligibility for the treatment, including your general medical history, your current medications, and medical issues, any drug allergies you may have, and any surgeries you have had in the past. We will also discuss your expectations for treatment and your ideal appearance goals. We may examine the condition of your body fat, particularly any areas of concern that you bring to our attention.
During your consultation, we may request to take photographs to use as a reference for your follow-up appointment to see how well you are responding to the treatment. We may also instruct you to complete certain exams or discuss the treatment with your primary care physician.
Before your treatment appointment, you will need to do some preparation. We will provide you with a list of pre-treatment instructions that will help ensure your treatment is safe and effective. Some pre-treatment instructions will include:
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco for 7 to 10 days before treatment
- Avoid certain over-the-counter medications and supplements
- Take antibiotics or other prescriptions we give you
We will also advise you to dress in loose clothing, wear no jewelry, and come to your appointment freshly showered with no lotions or perfumes. You will also need to arrange for transportation on the day of the treatment.
The first step in your treatment will be the application of a local anesthetic. Local anesthesia numbs a specific area of the body but leaves you awake during the treatment. For your comfort, we can discuss sedation options if you are feeling nervous about the treatment. Once the treatment area is numbed, the treatment to dissolve and remove fat will begin. Most treatment appointments take fewer than two hours to complete.
After your treatment, you will need to follow aftercare instructions to assist you in healing. The post-treatment instructions will include:
- How to wear pressure or compression garment
- Continue antibiotics and other prescriptions
- Avoid certain over-the-counter medications and supplements
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco
- Avoid saunas, bathtubs, and hot tubs
We will also give you advice on how to lightly exercise and how to eat in the days following your treatment appointment. Following all post-treatment instructions is important to achieve the desired results.
Most patients are recovered enough to resume most normal daily activities within one to two days following treatment, which is when we recommend you begin light exercise, such as walking. By day three, you should be mostly recovered. Patients are considered fully recovered within seven to 10 days following treatment.
You will notice results within one to two days after treatment. Results from this lipo treatment will continue to improve as the body stabilized after treatment. Results are long-lasting and will improve over time with the correct weight management. The majority of patients only require one treatment session. Depending on your follow-up appointment, we will determine if you need additional appointments for treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is This Treatment Safe?
This lipo treatment is the only laser-based lipo treatment approved for the elimination of unwanted fat. It is safe, effective, and has a low risk of negative or painful side effects, especially as compared to other types of lipo.
Are Results Permanent?
If you maintain a healthy body weight then the results of this treatment are permanent. Extending the results of this treatment involves maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise, and a healthy weight. If you are a woman, pregnancy will undo the results of treatment, so it is best to have the treatment when you no longer expect to be pregnant.
Are You a Good Candidate for Smart Lipo?
There are many good candidates for this smarter liposuction treatment. This is a versatile treatment that is appropriate for women and men of any age. While there are very few health restrictions for this treatment, it is ideal if your ratio of unwanted body fat is not severe. You may be a good candidate for this treatment if you want to:
- Remove unwanted body fat
- Shape and contour the body
- Reduce the appearance of cellulite
- Correct skin laxity
- Boost self-esteem and self-confidence
Slim Down With Smart Lipo!
Looking and feeling healthy doesn’t have to be hard. With the right treatment, anyone can have the body of their dreams! If you think that slimming down with Smart Lipo might be right for you, contact Dr. Park Avenue in Franklin Lakes, NJ to schedule your consultation appointment!