If you have stubborn areas of fat that you can’t get rid of through diet and exercise, you may be considering liposuction. The cosmetic procedure can remove localized fat deposits from the abdomen, legs and many other areas of the body, giving you a leaner and tighter physique. In modern clinics, you have the choice between getting traditional liposuction and smartlipo®. Below is a bit more about each option to help you decide which is best for you.
Traditional liposuction remains one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States. This method will remove large areas of fat from the body. Patients who have large fat deposits on their stomach, hips, or another area may achieve desired results with this procedure.
During the procedure, a plastic surgeon administers a local anesthetic to the area being treated, and then they will gently move a cannula under the skin to suction out excess fat. Because you will still be awake for the procedure, you can communicate any discomfort you feel, so your doctor can adjust their technique.
It’s common for patients to experience swelling and bruising afterward, but it typically subsides within a few weeks. Your doctor may have you wear compression garments for up to six weeks to help control the swelling.
Smartlipo is a less invasive procedure that uses a laser to melt fat off the body. Laser lipo also tightens the skin, which reduces the risk of dimpling and sagging. A local anesthetic is applied to the area beforehand, so patients should only feel light pressure. The cannula used to remove the fat is smaller than the traditional one. This allows the plastic surgeon to make smaller incisions, producing smaller and less visible scars.
One of the major benefits of smartlipo is the minimal recovery time. While patients may experience some bruising and swelling, they typically can return to work in just a couple of days. Because it offers a shorter recovery time and less bruising than traditional procedures, it may be beneficial for those who don’t have as much time for recovery.