(Laser-assisted Lipolysis) with SmartSense and ThermaView Technologies
Would you like to be able to wear a bikini or swim shorts to the lake, but dread the thought of going outside in any kind of swimwear? Dieting and exercise should help, right? You could spend your evenings for the next couple of months in the gym doing workouts with a personal trainer, take up weightlifting and go low carb, but chances are you still might not be able to budge that last little bit of pooch, the saddle bags, thunder thighs, or that wiggly-jiggly arm underhang.
Have you tried body wraps, only to find the results lasted about as long as it took to drink a glass of water? How about rubber pants, rollers, thigh creams, vibrating machines and heat pads? If you are like most people who are embarrassed by unsightly areas of fat, you’ve finally come to the realization that those last stubborn pockets probably aren’t just going to go away on their own, no matter how hard you work out or how much thigh cream you slather on.
Lipo-suctioning has long been the medical gold-standard for dealing with the body fat issue. Until now, liposuction has been considered to be synonymous with skin removal surgery, because when an area of fat beneath the skin is removed, the skin that covered it tends to become lax–so traditionally, the excess skin could only be ‘taken up’ through skin excision.
General anesthesia is usually required with traditional liposuction, and the areas where the 4 to 6 millimeter metal vaccuum tube enters the body sometimes require stitching, which can result in scarring. The manual vacuuming of solid fat deposits in regions of high vascularity can cause bleeding, swelling, and sometimes tissue destruction. Weeks of recovery time are generally required to allow the body time to recover from the trauma of a traditional liposuction procedure.
Performed under local anesthesia, the SmartLipo laser lipolysis treatment involves the surgeon using a 1 millimeter-thick cannula containing an optical fiber to selectively target, then thermally heat and rupture fat cells, liquefying the fat. The liquid fat either drains or is suctioned from the entry incision, or is absorbed by the body’s lymphatic system and is excreted safely and naturally.
Thermal skin tightening effects are accomplished because as the laser heats and liquefies fat, the surrounding tissues are heated and contract, promoting new collagen growth and tightening the overlying skin in the process, in many cases, eliminating the need for surgery entirely in the treated areas. The collagen growth and tightening results continue for up to six months after the laser body sculpting procedure. Immediately following the procedure, you are able to return to your normal activities right away, usually within about two days (you will need to wear compression garments for a couple of weeks).
As with any medical procedure, there are associated risks, but there have been no serious side effects associated with this procedure–and the recovery times for laser lipolysis are much faster than traditional liposuction. Using a laser to liquefy the fat, there is much less blood loss and trauma to the body and tissues. Smartlipo, even before the MPX version with new enhanced safety features, had less than a 1% rate of complications, compared to an up to 10% complication rate associated with traditional liposuction procedures (according to a 1998 liposuction study).
Unless a person puts on a large amount of weight, the results in the treated areas will probably be permanent; however, maintaining one’s body weight after liposuction is still vital to retain optimal results.