Liposuction Fat Removal VS SmartLipo – What’s the Difference?

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Liposuction VS SmartLipo – What’s the Difference?


For individuals who struggle to eliminate stubborn fat, despite maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle, Liposuction can be a great solution. Liposuction, also known as Lipoplasty, is one of the most commonly requested surgical procedures due to its ability to help patients shed excess fat and achieve the body shape they’ve been unable to achieve through exercise alone. Due to its popularity, a number of advancements have been made in the field of liposuction, including the development of SmartLipo.

What Is SmartLipo?

Unlike traditional liposuction, which uses a vacuum technique to remove unwanted fat cells through a small cannula or suction tube beneath the skin, SmartLipo is liposuction in conjunction with a laser, developed by Cynosure, an industry leader. The laser’s heat works to soften or liquefy the targeted fat, which enables it to be easily removed with the cannula. In addition, a smaller cannula is used, which means this procedure is less painful for the patient and often results in less bruising.

What Are The Benefits Of SmartLipo?

As an added benefit, the SmartLipo laser pulses at two wavelengths which means that while one wavelength works to melt unwanted fat, the second wavelength simultaneously tightens skin in the treatment area by closing blood vessels and encouraging collagen production. Thus, unlike traditional liposuction, which may lead to sagging skin or the appearance of dimples, SmartLipo helps to strengthen skin while also eliminating excess fat. As a result, SmartLipo is particularly well suited to older individuals who have greater skin laxity due to a loss of skin elasticity.

Since the smaller cannula used during SmartLipo reduces the risk of bleeding and bruising, the recovery time associated with this procedure is often shorter than that required for traditional liposuction. In fact, many patients recover within a few days and are only required to wear compression garments for one week following the procedure. In contrast, liposuction patients may require more time off of work and often need to use compression garments for as long as six weeks.

Are You A Candidate For Liposuction?

If a part of your body insists on retaining its fat no matter how much weight you lose overall, you could benefit from liposuction.

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When Is Traditional Liposuction Preferable?

Although SmartLipo has numerous benefits, there are instances in which traditional liposuction is more advantageous. SmartLipo is a more expensive option, so individuals who have sufficient skin elasticity and therefore do not require skin tightening may opt for traditional liposuction. Ultimately, the effectiveness of both procedures depends on the skill of the surgeon, not the technique used. Thus, it is crucial to do your research in order to select a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon who regularly performs liposuction procedures.

To learn more about traditional liposuction and SmartLipo and determine which procedure is best for you, please contact our clinic to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Gartner, a leading expert in the field. Our practice is recognized as one of the top ten plastic surgery clinics in New York and New Jersey due to our dedication to ensuring that we utilize state-of-the-art technology and deliver exceptional results in a safe, private, and caring manner.

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