Smartlipo & TriActive
Article by Deborah Sarnoff, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
Dieting, sit-ups, crunches. Fighting the “battle of the bulge” isn’t easy, especially when stubborn areas of fat just don’t seem to respond to diet or exercise. Fear not! Problem areas, which once required lengthy medical or surgical procedures, can now be improved quickly and safely. The development of new medical treatments and technology makes it easy to lose those love handles or reduce the appearance of unsightly cellulite – with minimal discomfort and recovery time.
Today, women and men can avail themselves of several safe and effective alternatives:
Remember when liposuction meant having to endure a long procedure, with scarring, stitches and an extended recovery time?
Those days are history!
The FDA-approved Smartlipo laser is a world apart from traditional liposuction. No powerful suction that withdraws fat traumatically and can be damaging to tissues. No large tubes, known as cannulas.
Imagine a fiber optic wire thinner than a strand of uncooked capellini that emits a laser beam at the tip. Now imagine introducing this magic beam of light through a tiny opening in the skin, made with a needle prick instead of a scalpel. Those dreaded areas of unwanted fat – saddle bags, inner thighs, tummy, love handles, arms or that aging neck – gently melt away when the laser is activated! That’s precisely what the revolutionary Smartlipo can do.
All of this miniaturization yields less trauma to the tissues, less bleeding, less bruising, less discomfort, less downtime and fewer side effects than traditional liposuction.
The amazing bonus is that the gentle effect of the laser beam on the overlying skin can break the bands that cause dimpling, increase collagen production during the healing period and improve skin tightening after the fat removal. The result can even smooth the appearance of cellulite.
Smartlipo is a minimally invasive procedure that can even be performed under local anesthesia. No stitches are required and there is virtually no scarring and a much quicker recovery time than traditional liposuction. Smartlipo is ideal for treating smaller areas of the body, such as full necks or double-chins, upper arm batwings, and male breast enlargement (gynecomastia).
It can also treat more challenging areas – such as the lower legs and ankles – and it can be used to give a flatter, tighter abdomen, with that “six-pack” muscle definition – abdominal etching at its very best!
- The best candidates are women and men from their late teens into their fifties who are at or near their ideal weight. Think of it as a sculpting technique as opposed to a treatment for large volume fat removal.
What do 45 million American women between the ages of 20 and 50 have in common? Cellulite! Cellulite refers to dimpling of skin that can appear on the hips, thighs and buttocks. Although cellulite is harmless, it is a cause of concern for many. The cosmetic industry claims to provide many remedies, however, to date, there are no supplements or topical creams that have been FDA approved as being effective for cellulite reduction.
The TriActive is an advanced, FDA-approved laser that is designed to reduce cellulite and facilitate the development of a more contoured, healthier-looking physique. The TriActive delivers a painless treatment that smooths and tightens the skin, and is suitable for all body and skin types.
It works through a triple combination of a low energy laser to increase circulation; localized cooling to reduce inflammation; and suction massage to promote lymphatic drainage and stimulate collagen growth.
Several treatments are usually required to achieve firmer, smoother skin; results may vary among individuals, depending on factors such as diet, exercise and the severity of the problem. The TriActive can also be used as a follow-up to a Smartlipo procedure to further enhance smoothness and toning.