I'm 5'2", 110 lbs, and Asian. I had Liposuction on my upper arms in 2004 and never really saw the results I was looking for. Will Smart Lipo on this area and love handles be any better, in results and downtime? I remember awful downtime before and would like to avoid it.
Smart Lipo Vs. Liposuction on Upper Arms and Love Handles
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Smartlipo- shorter down time
You should have less down time from Smartlipo. i expect my pts to return to work in 2 days and resume exercising in 7-10 days. You may get some or even excellent improvement in your love handles and upper arms or you may not. It is very hard to predict how much improvement a pt will get from either Smartlipo or ultrasonic liposuction in a pt, who already has quite a good shape, as you do. Smartlipo, I believe, is especially advantageous when you have already had liposuction to these areas before.
Both should give good results
Smart lipo uses a laser to liquefy the fat, which is then suctioned out. Skin tightening is often the biggest issue with lipo of the upper arms. Proponents of smart lipo claim that it produces better skin tightening but this has never been proven in any published study, so either technique should be satisfactory.
Smart Lipo will add more skin contraction
In terms of fat removal, I agree that laser and traditional lipo should get you to the similar place. However, the laser will stimulate cells in the skin to create increased collagen and elastin production which should show better contour not seen immediately, but with improvement over the next several months.
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The results of liposuction are more dependent on the skill of the surgeon and not the device used.
The discomfort following surgery can be controlled well with anti-inflammatories. Arnica helps decrease the bruising. Based on the pictures you have sent, you would be a good candidate for a repeat attempt at liposuction.
Smart lipo giving improved results in previous areas of traditional lipo
Smartlipo of the arms and love handles
Based on your information provided and photos you should be able to get a home run result with smartlipo or ultrasonic liposuction . Downtime and bruising, pain, discomfort should be minimal with either procedure. Mae sure your plastic surgeon has a lot of experience in liposuction to get the results you are looking for.
I think that laser lipo will get you a better result. In my opinion traditional lipo cannot get as much fat nor can it contour as well. Skin tightening will happen to some degree with the use of the laser and of course, it is performed under sedation only. Be aware that a repeat procedure is difficult because of the scar tissue. Flanks are hugely successful.
There is another technology
There is also VASER Lipo. This technology uses ultrasound to break up the fat cells. This is a safe alternative for eliminating unwanted fat, revealing a smooth new shape with fast recovery. This technology helps to gently reshape your body. There has been great results especially when VASER Lipo is used on arms.
You might want to find a plastic surgeon who performs VASER lipo.
Smart Lipo only as smart as your surgeon
The truth is that all current available techniques of liposuction are comparable and can deliver comparable results. I have used several systems and can get good results with all. The key is experience and good judgment with proper patient selection.
The data we have to review at the present time does not demonstrate the clear advantage with the Smart Lipo system or other available laser lipo systems. To some surgeons the tool may help them acheive their personal best results, but we cannot assume that laser lipo is right for all.
The contouring you seek may be possible with any liposuction technique. Keep your focus on a surgeon whom you can trust.
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