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What makes SmartLipo different from other liposuction procedures?
The difference in technology is that SmartLipo™ uses a laser to liquefy fat before removing it. Use of a laser leads to other differences, all of which are advantageous for you:
- Only a local anesthetic can be used
- Less bruising, swelling, and bleeding
- Tiny incisions
- No stitches necessary
- Usually no drains needed
These advantages all mean that recovery time is shorter and easier than after other forms of liposuction, such as tumescent or ultrasound-assisted liposuction.
Who is a good candidate for SmartLipo?
If you are an adult, have good general health, and have already lost most of your unwanted weight through improved diet and more exercise, you are probably a good SmartLipo candidate. No liposuction procedures are used for weight loss – they are for fine-tuning after most of the weight is gone.
More specifically, you would need to not be pregnant or breastfeeding, not have any skin infection in the planned treatment area(s), and not be taking any anti-coagulants (blood-thinning medications). SmartLipo causes very little bleeding, but Dr. Broadway would want to avoid any type of unnecessary risk.
Does SmartLipo hurt?
A local anesthetic is used so the treatment itself causes no pain. As the anesthetic wears off you will probably have an achy feeling as if you had done a vigorous workout. If it feels too strong, an over-the-counter painkiller will effectively reduce it. This minor discomfort lasts for just one or two days.
How many treatments would I need?
Most people need only one treatment per area. Sometimes two or three treatments are done but that is rare. If you would like to have several body areas treated, Dr. Broadway would probably do separate treatments, but that is something you can discuss with him.
When Will I See My SmartLipo Results?
You will see an immediate difference. As the minor swelling subsides you will see more results, and over about six to eight weeks, there will be gradual improvement as the skin shrinks to fit your new contours. The SmartLipo laser shrinks the skin’s collagen at the same time as it removes unwanted fat. That stimulates the skin to create tighter new cells to replace the old discarded cells.
Might I gain the weight back again?
The human body develops all its fat cells during childhood and adolescence. Once we are adults, no more are produced. That means that when SmartLipo removes the fat cells from your treated area(s), they should not return and you will less likely gain weight in that area.
However, if you change your lifestyle to a weight-gaining one, with poor nutrition, too much food, and too little exercise, you will gain weight in other areas which still have many fat cells. You may also gain a bit of weight in the treated areas if the remaining fat cells expand to hold more fat. If you keep to a healthy lifestyle, you can keep your new, slim contours for years to come.
If you do not live in the Denver, Colorado or Cherry Creek North area where our office is located, you could be one of our Traveling Patients. We have SmartLipo patients that travel from Wyoming, Nebraska, California, New Mexico and Las Vegas. We are set up to handle your consultation, paperwork, and before photos by phone and internet. You would be speaking with both Dr. Broadway and one of our Patient Coordinators. The length of your stay in the Denver area would depend on your medical history and treatment goals.
If you do live in the Denver, Colorado or Cherry Creek North area, please contact our cosmetic surgery office today for a personal consultation. We look forward to working with you.
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