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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Studies show no difference for method of liposuction
A study in Plastic in Reconstructive Surgery compared results of Smart Lipo with tumescent liposuction. Patients had one side done by Smart Lipo and the other done by conventional liposuction. There was no difference.
A Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blind, Controlled Clinical Trial Comparing Laser-Assisted Lipoplasty with Suction-Assisted Lipoplasty.
Of course, the machine is expensive, and purchasers of the machine are hoping to acquire more patients.
Thermage can be done after liposuction for more tightening , but one fourth see no improvement with the rest seeing a mild to moderate tightening.
There is a mini arm lift that excises a small amount of skin in the axilla for further tightening.
Your skin tone looks reasonable, and although there are risks, your picture shows skin that should tighten on its own fairly well most of the time.
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.
Less Downtime & Better Results
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SmartLipo of love handle and upper arms
Questions to ask (Answering NO is a big red flag)
1) Are you a plastic surgeon? (Do you know difference between cosmetic surgeon & plastic surgeon)
2) Are you board certified in Plastic Surgery?
3) Will the procedure be performed at a fully accredited procedure room or ambulatory surgery center
4) Do you have hospital privilege to perform liposuction or SmartLipo?
5) Do you offer complication insurance (it does happen, it better to be safe)
The most important decision is to do your homework well. Any doctor can offer SmartLipo. Its your duty to know who is doing your procedure. Its better to choose a Smart Doctor. Good luck.
Smart lipo giving improved results in previous areas of traditional lipo
Smart Lipo Arms and Flanks-Redo. Bodytite and Vaser as solutions
It appears that you have arm laxity after liposuction. This is very common with traditional liposuction since at best it contracts skin at 8%. Smart lipo might be better but at this point you're better off with Bodytite since its proven to tighten skin 40% and works very well in the arms. Published plastic literature supports this fact. (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery January 2017). Regarding the flanks the use of Vaser would probably work the best in the proper experienced plastic surgeons hands as it will break up the scar tissue.
Downtime is less
Your skin looks reasonably tight, so while either procedure will give an acceptable result, Smartlipo is definitely less traumatic with correspondingly less downtime and an easier post-op course. I say this having done thousands of procedures of each method.
Consider Radiofrequency (RF) Devices instead of Invasive Treatments
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.
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.
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