Liposuction has continued to grow in popularity as the procedure has become less invasive. At Creative Image Laser, we take it one step further with SmartLipo™. This procedure removes unwanted pockets of fat and tightens the skin above.
Less invasive liposuction
When liposuction first debuted in the United States in the 80s, it was a pretty traumatic procedure. The cannulas used were quite large, and doctors had to move them violently under the skin to break up the targeted pockets of fat. Patients had to be under general anesthesia. Following the procedure, patients had dramatic tissue trauma and bruising that could endure for a couple months.
Since that time, technology has improved and liposuction has become much less invasive. Patients only need to be under local anesthesia, and bruising is far less.
SmartLipo™ takes it one step further
By adding laser energy to our liposuction, our SmartLipo™ procedure at Creative Image Laser is even better. The laser energy not only causes the fat cells to rupture, but the energy delivered causes the skin to react by tightening over the weeks following your procedure.
During SmartLipo™ we first inject the target area with a saline solution that also includes lidocaine (anesthetic) and epinephrine (adrenaline). This replaces the general anesthesia that was necessary with regular liposuction formerly. Next Dr. Bubka makes very small incisions in the area to insert the tiny cannula. Unlike typical liposuction, this cannula is smaller and also has a laser fiber attached. Once inserted under the skin, the laser liquefies the fat cells. Beyond liquefying the fat, the laser also has another benefit — it causes small blood vessels to coagulate immediately on contact, resulting in less bleeding, swelling, and bruising. This makes for faster, easier recovery.
The cannula then suctions out much of the liquefied fat, along with much of the saline/anesthesia solution. The remainder either drains from the incision sites for 24 to 48 hours, or is absorbed naturally by the body.
One other side benefit of utilizing lasers in SmartLipo™ is the skin tightening effect. Many other procedures utilize laser energy under the skin to stimulate the body to create new collagen (the body’s support proteins for the skin). This also happens with SmartLipo™.
In contrast to the difficult recovery from early liposuction, SmartLipo™ offers a much easier recovery. It is casually known as a “weekend procedure” because the patient can have the procedure performed on a Thursday or Friday and be back at work Monday or Tuesday. You will have some soreness, not unlike that of a workout, for a couple weeks.
Most patients are asked to wear compression garments on the treatment sites to minimize swelling and help the skin adhere to its new contour. Results are immediate and continue to improve over the next six weeks as your skin tightens.
Interested in SmartLipo™? Call the team at Creative Image Laser, 325-641-1927, and let’s talk about losing those unwanted pockets of fat.