What’s the Difference Between SmartLipo and Traditional Liposuction?
Achieving a fit, toned body takes hard work and dedication. However, many women and men find that despite their best efforts, some pockets of stubborn fat just won’t go away. In these cases, liposuction may be an ideal way to put the finishing touches on your exercise routine.
Liposuction is among the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the nation. Every year, new liposuction technologies and techniques continue to improve. Because of the numerous options available, it can be confusing to understand the differences between traditional liposuction techniques and modern alternatives. At Juva Skin & Laser Center, we proudly offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical body contouring procedures to help you get the trim, sculpted physique you desire.
Our surgical body contouring options provide dramatic long-lasting results. These procedures include:
- Traditional tumescent liposuction
Determining which option is right for you will depend on your unique needs and goals. During your initial consultation, your questions will be answered and your ideal fat reduction method will be recommended.
How Do SmartLipo and Traditional Liposuction Differ?
One of the main differences between SmartLipo and conventional liposuction involves the way the procedures are performed. Traditional liposuction is done under general anesthesia. A special formulation, called tumescent fluid, is injected into the treatment area to break up fat cells. These fat cells are then removed with suction through a very narrow tube called a cannula.
SmartLipo, on the other hand, is performed under local anesthesia. This means you will be awake throughout your procedure. During the SmartLipo process, laser energy is used to melt and liquefy targeted areas of unwanted fat, making it easier to remove through the cannula. This is a gentler process than the conventional technique and results in less bruising and a faster recovery. SmartLipo also requires smaller incisions, which helps to minimize scarring.
Skin Tightening Benefits of SmartLipo
Another major difference between traditional liposuction and SmartLipo involves the ability of SmartLipo to smooth and tighten the skin. During the SmartLipo procedure, laser energy heats the deep layers of the skin to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. This creates a smoother appearance in the treatment area. Traditional liposuction does not tighten skin, which can cause some sagging in the treatment area, especially for patients with poor skin elasticity