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Smartlipo Kansas City

SmartLipo™ is a relatively new technological advance in laser liposuction. Using bursts of laser energy, SmartLipo can remove targeted deposits of unwanted fat, while also shrinking collagen to improve body contour.

Who can benefit from SmartLipo?

SmartLipo, also known as laser-assisted liposuction, is a safe, minimally invasive procedure that can effectively treat areas of unwanted fat. While liposuction is capable of improving your appearance and increasing self-confidence, it is important to possess realistic cosmetic goals. You may be a potential candidate if:

  • You possess good overall health
  • You are within 25lbs of your ideal body weight
  • You have one or more areas of localized body fat
  • You are motivated to improve your appearance

SmartLipo is not an alternative to losing weight. It is ideal for men and women who have been unable to get rid of excess fat in areas such as the abdomen, upper arms, thighs or neck, despite maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine. SmartLipo can also be performed in conjunction with other popular body contouring procedures.

Laser-assisted liposuction may not be for everyone. To find out if you are an ideal candidate, schedule a consultation with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon. Factors such as your medical history, current medications and cosmetic goals will be considered during the consultation process.

What to expect during your surgery

This procedure is generally performed under sedation or general anesthesia, and requires less than one hour to complete. Your cosmetic surgeon will begin by make several tiny incisions in the treatment area. A cannula (narrow tube) equipped with a small laser apparatus will be inserted through the incisions. Throughout the procedure, your surgeon will deliver precise pulses of energy to the fat cells, causing them to liquefy and be easily suctioned out.

Following fat removal, an elastic compression garment will be placed around the treatment area to minimize swelling and promote healing. Due to the minimally invasive nature of SmartLipo, no stitches will be needed to close incisions.

After your SmartLipo surgery

SmartLipo requires less downtime than traditional liposuction. Immediately following your procedure, you will experience some minor bruising, numbness or discomfort. This is likely to subside within a few days. One to two days of downtime from work is recommended, though many patients are capable of resuming work the following day. More strenuous activities may be resumed within two weeks.

The results of your procedure will gradually become apparent as swelling and bruising subsides. More than one treatment may be necessary to achieve optimal results. The final results will be more or less permanent; however, significant weight fluctuations and the normal aging process may impact your appearance.

Understanding the risks of SmartLipo surgery

While SmartLipo is far less invasive than traditional liposuction, all cosmetic procedures present a degree of risk and uncertainty. These risks will be discussed with you in depth during your consultation. Some risks may include asymmetry, nerve damage, irregular pigmentation, excessive bleeding and persistent swelling.

If you’re ready to take the next step

Contact us to schedule a consultation for SmartLipo in Kansas City. During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to review photos and discuss details such as the cost and expected recovery time.