SmartLipo - Laser Liposuction
We constantly strive to stay on top of the very best technology for fat removal and buttock augmentation. Naturally when laser assisted liposuction was introduced Dr. Breitbart was one of the earliest to bring the very best laser liposuction device into his practice.
How It Works and Why We Use SmartLipo
Smartlipo® works by directing a beam of laser energy directly into the fat compartment to assist in disrupting or liquefying the fat which can then make it easier to remove. As well as softening the fat this device also helps to seal off blood vessels with the direct heat which helps to directly decrease bleeding, bruising and post-operative swelling. There are now many other laser devices on the market but quite simply none of them can replicate the original SmartLipo® technology.
The Technology behind SmartLipo®
We also have many other advanced technologies and instruments that we use to achieve our extraordinary body sculpting results. The advantage of choosing a liposuction specialty clinic like ours is that we have something that is right for everybody.
SmartLipo® uses high-powered lasers to melt fat cells through the skin to achieve dramatic results. During this procedure, a minuscule cannula, which contains a laser fiber, is inserted through a small incision in the patient’s skin. The laser’s high energy breaks down and liquefies the fat cells making them easy to suction out. While contouring the body, the power of the laser also stimulates the skin and promotes new collagen growth for firmer skin (neocollagenesis) thereby reducing skin dimpling; hence, also alleviating unwanted cellulite.
SmartLipo® is considered a minimally invasive procedure because it is done under local anesthesia and uses smaller instruments. Laser usage causes surrounding blood vessels to close (coagulate) on contact, thereby promotes less bleeding, swelling and bruising. Risks are lessened and the procedure is therefore considered to be extremely safe and effective.
Advantages of Dr. Breitbart’s Technique
- Local anesthesia only so there is minimal downtime and minimal risk
- Minimal incisions (2mm) , no scars
- Most patients back to work in 48 hours
- Procedures performed in our own state-of-the-art facility so no additional fees
- Results are noticeable almost immediately
Is Smartlipo® The right procedure for me?
Smartlipo® is designed to address bulges that do not respond well to exercise. Everyone is programmed to a have a certain number of fat cells in different areas of their body. This is often related to genetics. That's why some people might be athletic, or otherwise relatively fit but may have love handles, saddlebags, or the dreaded 'muffin top' spilling over their belt. Some individuals have trouble areas that are not in proportion to the rest of their frame, like especially large arms, or, in men, excessive tissue in the breast area (troublesome 'man boobs'). Other factors such as body changes after giving birth may also contribute to these bulges. Virtually any area from the neck down to the knees may be addressed with Smartlipo®. Where there is an out of place bulge on the body, Smartlipo® is likely able to permanently solve the problem in the safest, most gentle way possible.
How Many Treatments will I need?
Typically only one treatment is required per region or designated area. Once fat is removed from a region, the cells do not grow back, so it is permanent. Each session (per body region) lasts only an hour or two, depending on designated region and desired outcome.
How does Smartlipo® Differ From Laser Liposuction?
There are a number of different brands of lasers that can do laser liposuction including smartlipo and prolipo. We believe that these are good technologies. In fact, we use laser liposuction in our office. However, we also have found laser liposuction alone to be somewhat limiting in the amount of fat that can be removed. Laser liposuction is good at removing small amounts of fat (such as in the neck) but is better at tightening skin. So, that is what we use it for. We use laser liposuction in conjunction with Smartlipo® in most cases as a double-pronged approach to permanent fat removal. Smartlipo® washes away fat efficiently and gently, and then the laser liposuction fiber tightens skin. We could do laser liposuction alone, as many offices do. However, we have found that the best result possible is achieved using both technologies together.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From Smartlipo®?
For most patients, there is virtually no downtime with Smartlipo®. Even so, we do recommend you plan on taking 1-2 days off of work to be sure. After all, everyone is different and responds uniquely to procedures. We have experienced patients (our own office manager for example) who actually go back to work the same afternoon after a morning Smartlipo®. Others may spend a weekend at home resting before returning to work (looking sharp!) on Monday morning. However, we have found that universally, the recovery time from Smartlipo® is significantly quicker and painless compared with those who undergo traditional liposuction.
Will I Have Loose Skin After Smartlipo®?
This is a question that is often asked—especially by women who are thinking about having a tummy tuck. Because we do laser liposuction (ProLipo) on most areas where Smartlipo® is used, the answer is absolutely not. With traditional liposuction this certainly was an issue: sagging skin resulted when the fat removal left skin without any structure to hold it up. Harnessing the power of our laserlipo fiber, however, we can simultaneously tighten skin up to 20% after removing the fat. The good news is that for many women who are contemplating a tummy tuck but do not want the large scars and significant recovery time, Smartlipo® with laser is an effective, less expensive, and safer alternative.
Does Smartlipo® treat cellulite?
Smartlipo® uses the Body Jet system to wash away fat and a laser to tighten loose skin. Although there has been no studies showing improvements in cellulite, we have noted improvements in cellulite after the procedure. In addition, another technology known as Skin Tyte™ is also used in patients which also seems to improve cellulite.
Can I Use My Own Fat To Put Somewhere Else?
Yes. Because Smartlipo® is so gentle, the fat removed is not crushed and damaged. This pristine fat is ready to put right back in somewhere else. For people who get fillers like restylane or juvederm, it’s a great alternative. It is all natural because its coming from your own body and it is permanent unlike juvederm which lasts only for about 6-8 months.
What If I Have Fat Deposits Distributed All Over My Body?
Commonly, patients come in with an overall weight issue, yet one prominent area of bulging. For these patients we suggest a plan that includes Medical Weight Loss (a physician-directed weight loss program that lasts just 40 days.) At that point, patients return for a consultation to see where the incongruous bulges remain. Often, to their surprise, the weight loss has solved their bulge problem and a skin tightening procedure (Skin Tyte™ or laser lipolysis) is all that's required to smooth the skin around the now slim physique.
What happens after a Smartlipo® treatment?
After the treatment there will only be minimal pain and swelling. We recommend 24 to 48 hours of rest, but most patients are able to return to work the next day. You will be required to wear a compression garment under your clothes that is not visible through your clothes for about one week after your procedure. Because Smartlipo® is a safe, targeted procedure that utilizes laser light to remove the fat and only local anesthetic, the side effects are minimal. Any discomfort or mild soreness goes away within a few days in the vast majority of patient. There are no stitches and the tiny puncture wounds heal within two days. Patients may have mild discomfort and bruising, but they can walk, resume normal activities and return to work almost immediately.
How Much Does It Cost?
Everyone's body is different so it is difficult to make a generalized cost statement. One person's hips may be very wide, and another's hold just a discrete pouch. However, because we perform SmartLipo® and laser liposuction in the office instead of a hospital or surgical center, patients save a significant amount of money compared to traditional liposuction (and get better results!) The good news is that consultations are free. We provide an estimate in our liposuction cost page.
**Individual results may vary