What’s the Difference between Regular Liposuction and Smartlipo™?

If you’re thinking about getting liposuction, you may have come across Smartlipo™ as a possible treatment option to help you achieve a leaner, more contoured figure. So how do you decide which procedure might be right for you? A good place to start is to understand the differences between the two and know when you might want to combine both options to get the best possible results.

Traditional Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is probably what you have in mind when you think of the common body contouring procedure. During traditional lipo, your cosmetic surgeon will inject local anesthesia into the fat cells in the designated area, which causes them to become swollen and firm, or tumescent. Once these fat cells are solid, your cosmetic surgeon can then remove them via suction through small, carefully placed incisions.

The Technology behind Smartlipo™

During Smartlipo™ treatment, laser technology actually melts the fat cells rather than hardening them. Through thermal heating and tissue coagulation, Smartlipo™ may also help to tighten and firm the surrounding skin. This offers the added effect of helping to improve the appearance of loose or excess skin that isn’t possible with traditional liposuction.

When to Combine Both Procedures

While traditional liposuction and Smartlipo™ both come with their own set of benefits, these body contouring techniques can complement one another well and are often used together.

Although Smartlipo™ can melt fat cells, combining it with the suction method of traditional lipo is a more comprehensive approach to removing fat. It’s best to talk with your cosmetic surgeon about your liposuction options to help you decide which could offer you the smooth, contoured results you’re after.

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