What is the Difference Between Liposuction and SmartLipo?

When it comes to liposuction procedures today, there are many options available. For example, SmartLipo brings a newer type of technology to the procedure table, using laser energy to make the liposuction process more efficient and less uncomfortable. But is SmartLipo the best option for you, or would you get more benefit from a traditional liposuction procedure? What is the difference between the two procedures?

About Liposuction

Traditional liposuction uses a narrow tube called a cannula, which is inserted directly into the fatty deposits targeted for treatment. The cannula loosens the fat, while a gentle suction device attached removes the fat cells from the body. Very small incisions are required for insertion of the cannula, which may require sutures after the procedure. Patients will experience some bruising and swelling after the procedure.

Introducing SmartLipo

Also referred to as laser-assisted liposuction, SmartLipo integrates laser energy into the procedure to liquefy fat for easier removal from the body. The procedure also helps tighten the skin in treated areas. SmartLipo has also been shown to cause less bruising and swelling after the procedure, which can lead to a faster recovery time.

Making the Choice

So which treatment is best for you? For most patients, the two are combined for best results. In our experience, combining traditional liposuction with laser-assisted liposuction has provided our patients with the best possible results. The most important factor in the success of the procedure is the skill and experience of the physician. If you select a doctor who is highly trained in liposuction procedures, your chances for positive results are greatly increased.

At Umansky Plastic Surgery, we have extensive experience in liposuction procedures to help patients get the precise results they desire. Our professional staff with spend time speaking with you about your concerns and treatment goals before recommending the best technique for your specific needs. To learn more about your choices in liposuction at Umansky Plastic Surgery, contact our staff at 858-281-4560.