What is the difference between Smart Lipo and regular lipo? Also which one is more effective?
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It's the surgeon, not the tool, that gives a good result
Difference Between Smart Lipo and Regular Lipo?
One benefit of Smart Lipo or laser liposuction is that the laser probe is only 1mm in diameter so it is more precise, and when used properly, the laser probe can be passed just under the skin surface to heat the deep dermal layer of the skin. This will result in heating of the deep dermis which will stimulate the fibroblast cells in the skin to build collagen. This results in additional skin tightening which is not seen with regular liposuction. Unfortunately this skin tightening benefit is oversold by some surgeons and patients imagine that it's like shrink wrapping. It is not a miracle machine and it will produce remarkable tightening in severely lax or excess skin.
Unfortunately early on Smart Lipo was adopted by a large number of unqualified non board certified plastic surgeons with the idea that the device would suddenly make them expert at doing liposuction. Nothing could be more wrong. Owning a particular device does not make any surgeon an expert at a particular procedure and it is not a quarantee of good results. In fact there were many terrible outcomes in the hands of untrained and inexperienced practitioners. There is simply no substitute for good education, training, and experience. There also have been several generations of Smart Lipo devices and only the lattest generation Smart Lipo device called the Triplex has all of the control and safety features which make it a very effective and useful device. You should look for a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and who has plenty of demonstrated experience with the Smart Lipo device.
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Smartlipo is a more effective and minimally invasive alternative to traditional liposuction. SmartLipo loosens then removes fat and tightens the overlying skin, reducing bulges of fat while simultaneously toning the body. It also offers tissue retraction through soft tissue coagulation, reliable, controlled energy delivery, reduced liposuction procedure time and patient downtime, less bleeding and bruising than traditional liposuction and high-definition body sculpting capabilities. Smartlipo also delivers precision and versatility with wavelengths that are ideal for smaller and larger fat deposits, tissue retraction, fibrous areas, or secondary liposuction cases.
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James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
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Smartlipo vs Smart Liposuction.
Smartlipo is a laser used to melt fat and tighten skin. It has kind of evolved into Smart Liposuction that uses tumescent anesthesia, aggressive body contouring, microcannulas, open drainage and compression. An experienced liposuction surgeon can determine which type of liposuction is best for you.
Smart Lipo vs. Regular Lipo
SmartLipo is a form of liposuction which uses laser energy to target and melt away fat, which is then gently suctioned away by use of a small cannula. Patients who chose SmartLipo over regular liposuction will typically have less bruising, swelling, and a smoother recovery. Additionally, SmartLipo provides the added benefit of tightening skin in the treatment area.
What is the Difference Between Smartlipo and Regular Lipo? And Which is More Effective?
Difference between smart lipo and traditional
Smart lipo versus regular lipo Suction
Smart lipo utilizes a laser fiber beneath the skin to do 3 things:
1. Emulsify fat, so the fat is being removed as a liquid versus a solid. This allows smaller cannulas (suction tubes) to be used which should provide a smoother result.
2. The laser cauterizes (seals) blood vessels so there is less blood loss which should therefore result in less fatigue after the procedure and less likely to form a blood collection (hematoma) at the surgical site.
3. The laser stimulates collagen formation which results in skin tightening over the few months post procedure.
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