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.
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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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.
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.
Smart lipo giving improved results in previous areas of traditional lipo
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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