Smartlipo vs. Traditional Liposuction

Jan 30, 2014 @ 10:50 AM — by Melisa Highley
Tagged with: Liposuction Smartlipo

St. Louis Smartlipo vs. Traditional LiposuctionIn today’s society, most of us are looking for easy and effective ways to enhance our appearance in order to achieve our personal aesthetic goals. At The Lifestyle Center, Dr. Richard Moore and staff offer medical spa services and cosmetic treatments that address patients’ unique aesthetic needs and desires. By using the latest and most advanced techniques, we help patients achieve these desires through effective treatments that are minimally invasive. For instance, when it comes to body sculpting, Dr. Moore prefers to offer his St. Louis patients the Smartlipo™ procedure, a minimally invasive technique that offers a number of additional benefits over traditional liposuction.

Traditional Liposuction

Traditional liposuction has been used for many years and has proven to be an effective body sculpting procedure. However, as new advances have emerged in liposuction techniques, there are a number of characteristics of traditional liposuction that can now be avoided. During a traditional liposuction procedure, a small surgical vacuum (or a cannula) is inserted into small incisions throughout the treatment area. Using manual force, the cannula breaks up fat cells so that they can be suctioned from the body. This is an invasive procedure that requires the use of general anesthesia, leaves behind scars where the incisions have been stitched closed, requires roughly a week of downtime after treatment, and fails to address the concern of loose or sagging skin.  These disadvantages of traditional liposuction can be avoided with the Smartlipo™ technique.

What Is Smartlipo™?

Smartlipo™ is one of the latest advances in liposuction. This technique is minimally invasive, can be performed under local anesthetic, and results in a quick recovery. Smartlipo™ is able to improve the liposuction experience because it is a laser-assisted procedure. The procedure uses a cannula that is similar to that used in traditional liposuction. However, rather than forcibly suction fat from the body, this cannula emits laser energy that finds and destroys fat cells. These fat cells are liquefied so that they can be drained from the body or absorbed by the lymphatic system where it will be naturally eliminated from the body.

The laser also stimulates the production of collagen which helps ensure that the skin tightens to the body’s new contour and eliminates the need for additional skin tightening procedures (which is often the case with patients who undergo traditional liposuction). This less invasive laserlipolysis technique offers patients the following benefits over traditional liposuction:

  • An average treatment time of just one hour
  • Less bleeding and bruising
  • Less swelling
  • Smaller incisions
  • No need for stitches to close incisions
  • Minimal or no scarring
  • Faster recovery, with an average downtime of just two days
  • Improved safety, with a complication rate of less than 1 percent

Learn More

Dr. Richard Moore and his team offer patients the aesthetic benefits of cosmetic treatment along with advanced techniques that make treatment and recovery faster and easier. If you are interested in the body contouring benefits of liposuction and would like to learn more about the Smartlipo™ technique, contact us at your earliest convenience and one of our friendly staff members will be in touch shortly. We look forward to hearing from you!

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