Do you have a problem spot or two that you’re dying to get rid of? Wouldn’t it be great if you could melt that clingy fat away? Believe it or not, that’s possible thanks to an amazing treatment called Smartlipo, which is offered at Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Marietta, GA. This treatment is ideal for patients looking to slim down problem areas, tighten skin, and improve their overall silhouette.
Are Results From SmartLipo Permanent?
SmartLipo removes unwanted fat directly from the body, making it a permanent solution. Many of our patients use this treatment to get rid of stubborn areas of fat that they’ve struggled with for years, and it feels great to get rid of it once and for all.
For the best long-term results, it helps if you maintain a stable weight through diet, exercise, and good habits. If you do gain weight after treatment, it’s unlikely to come back in the areas that were treated. It would instead appear elsewhere on the body.
So the Fat That’s Removed Won’t Come Back?
The fat cells that are removed during treatment will never grow back. If you have a large area addressed, the treatment might not remove all of the fat, and the remaining fat cells will grow and shrink, just like the rest of the fat on your body, based on your caloric intake.
But even if fat cells left in the treatment area enlarge as a result of future weight gain, that part of the body will remain more contoured than it was before your treatment. A single SmartLipo session is usually enough to fully address a patient’s cosmetic concerns.
Will a Future Pregnancy Affect My Results?
Pregnancies have a big impact on the body, and women often wait until after they’ve had children to undergo this treatment. However, if you lose most of your pregnancy weight, your body should reclaim the contours it took on after treatment. If you’re considering becoming pregnant in the future, we can talk with you during your initial consultation about whether or not this treatment is right for you.
What Is SmartLipo?
This is a new-and-improved version of liposuction that can be used to remove fat from the body and improve a patient’s overall physique. During treatment, we’ll make an incision in the body and insert a small tube equipped with a laser tip into the area of concern. The laser tip will liquefy unwanted fat before siphoning it out. The gentle heat of this treatment also tightens skin in the area, leaving it smoother and more youthful in appearance.
This treatment, which is sometimes referred to as Laser Lipo, is less invasive than traditional liposuction, which requires a larger incision and involves the use of a larger tube. Laser Lipo also involves a shorter recovery period and can offer more refined results, because of its ability to melt the fat and remove it easily.
How Long Does This Take?
This type of liposuction can usually take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour for each problem area addressed. We give our patients the choice of having this treatment with local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia, and we can help you review those choices. Laser Lipo is an outpatient treatment, so you’ll be able to head home to recover.
How Much Recovery Is Involved?
This treatment usually only involves a couple of days of home rest and recovery. You may be asked to wear a compression garment as your body heals. This snug-fitting garment will help the skin conform to the body’s new shape.
Where on the Body Can This Be Performed?
This type of liposuction can be used to treat just about any area of the body, including the knees, legs, love handles, arms, back, belly, and under-chin area.
How Quickly Will I See Results?
This treatment directly removes fat from the body, so you’ll see an improvement in your problem areas almost immediately. During the weeks after treatment, additional fat cells will continue to flush out of the body, meaning your results will gradually improve.
Am I a Good Candidate?
You’ve Got Problem Spots
This treatment is perfect for patients who have problem spots that haven’t responded to diet and exercise. Ideally, SmartLipo patients are within 20 or 30 pounds of their goal weight and need a little help toning down unwanted fat in very targeted areas. This treatment is also a nice option for patients with more than one problem area because the gentle nature of Laser Lipo means it can be performed in more than one spot during the same session.
Patients should be in good general health and not be currently pregnant or nursing. Patients should also be capable of adhering to a healthy lifestyle going forward. We prefer to perform this treatment on patients who have already tried to shed their problem spots with a healthy diet and regular exercise.
You’re Not Looking for a Weight-Loss Solution
Laser Lipo can get your figure into shape by eliminating that last problem spot or two, but most patients don’t lose more than a couple of pounds as a result of this treatment. This type of liposuction is more of a body sculpting treatment than a weight loss solution. If losing a significant amount of weight is your primary goal, a diet and exercise regimen may best serve you.
What Advantages Are Associated With This Treatment?
It Can Be Tailored to Your Needs
This treatment can be performed all over the body and used to address a host of cosmetic concerns. Use it to dramatically slim down the belly or only slightly tighten the puffiness that can develop along the bra line. Once we’ve had a chance to meet with you and evaluate your problem spots, we’ll be able to design an individualized treatment plan.
It Tightens the Skin
This treatment not only slims down areas of unwanted fat but also tightens skin, leaving it fresh and rejuvenated. That’s a benefit that traditional liposuction doesn’t offer. It also eliminates the problem of losing fat, only to be left with excess, sagging skin.
SmartLipo can noticeably improve your silhouette by getting rid of the problem zones that have dogged you for years. Once you’ve had this treatment, you’ll feel great about your body, and you’ll have more self-confidence. Getting dressed in the morning will be fun again because the options will be limitless. This type of liposuction can help you get back to living your best life.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Fat Is Taken From the Body?
The amount of fat that’s removed from the body depends on the specific type of improvement you’re trying to achieve, and where this treatment is being performed. As a rule of thumb, up to 10 pounds can be removed, which is enough to fully resolve a problem area.
Do Men Ever Have This Performed?
Yes. Both male and female patients regularly take advantage of this treatment and benefit from it. Men frequently seek Laser Lipo treatments on their thighs, stomach, back, and face.
Is This a Safe Treatment?
Yes. This treatment has been approved by the FDA and has been widely and safely performed.
How Much Does This Treatment Cost?
The cost of this treatment varies depending on the parts of the body being addressed and the degree of improvement you’re seeking. We can talk with you about treatment costs once we have a sense of what you wish to have done. We offer financing through CareCredit.
What Is the Best Age to Have This Treatment?
Laser Lipo works particularly well for individuals in their forties because people in this age range tend to have skin that remains fairly elastic. Having elasticity ensures that the skin will mold to the new contours of the body. But there is no age limit for this treatment. If you’re unhappy with certain parts of your body, schedule a consultation at our practice so that we can help address your concerns.
A Slimmer, Sleeker You Is Just a Phone Call Away
Wouldn’t it be great if you could wipe away the problem spots that just won’t shape up? SmartLipo treatments can help you do just that. And best of all, your results will be permanent. Take the first step toward a whole new you today. Call Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Marietta, GA, and schedule your initial consultation!