With this new technology, traditional liposuction (an already good procedure) has been unleashed with new potential. Smartlipo MPX is performed using a tiny cannula inserted under the skin. Using two different laser wavelengths, a laser fiber inside this cannula delivers energy directly to the fat cells, permanently destroying them.
Advantages of Smartlipo MPX vs. Traditional Liposuction
Direct laser energy is delivered to the under-surface of the skin causing an increase in temperature that induces collagen formation and skin contraction (tightening); a significant advantage compared to traditional liposuction.
Other advantages of this laser assisted liposuction are less bruising and bleeding, due to coagulation of the blood vessels in the area of liposuction. As a consequence of this, patients have significantly less edema (swelling) of the surgical area.
Smartlipo MPX only requires local anesthetic, enhancing client safety.
Dr. Perez’s Smartlipo MPX Experience
Dr. Perez has significant experience in the “lipo- sculpturing technique.” As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Perez has used all types of liposuction. They include traditional, ultrasound, and power assisted. Since using Smartlipo MPX, Dr Perez believes he is getting his best results ever.
Dr. Perez was the first to bring the Smartlipo MPX machine to the Kansas City area.
MPX delivers twice as much energy compared to the older Smartlipo machines, and also has some new accessories that make this device safer to use. When you put the best device on the market in the hands of a good, experienced, plastic surgeon, you get the best results.
Candidates for the Smartlipo will have the procedure performed in our office in Overland Park, Kansas. This procedure is done under sterile technique using local tumescent anesthesia and an oral sleeping pill. Most patients are awake for the procedure and are in a relaxed state as they listen to music. The tumescent anesthesia numbs the treatment areas and most patients report that the procedure is a quite tolerable experience.
Common areas of treatment are the unwanted pockets of exercise and diet resistant fat from the buttock, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, breasts, back of the arms, and neck. Larger volume liposuction (traditional) will be performed in an accredited outpatient surgery center, or in a hospital under general anesthesia.
Who Is a good candidate for SmartLipo?
A typical candidate is one who is of ideal body weight but has stubborn resistant fat pockets that just don’t go away with traditional diet and exercise. Dr. Perez selects candidates who have firm, elastic skin, and those who are physically and psychologically healthy with realistic goals and expectations. Liposuction may improve the appearance of cellulite (dimpling under the skin) however it is not an effective treatment for this condition.
The SmartLipo Recovery Process
The length of surgery will vary with each patient and the area being treated, however most procedures usually take between 2 to 4 hours. After surgery, you may experience some fluid drainage from the incisions, which will gradually taper within 24 hours. Pain is controlled with a narcotic pain medication, and a snug compression garment is worn over the treatment area for two weeks for support. Most patients return to work in a matter of days, however every patient is unique.
What Are the Benefits and Risks of Smart Lipo?
Smartlipo offers many benefits to individuals who are looking to eliminate stubborn fat. It’s not as aggressive as traditional liposuction procedures and usually requires a lot less downtime. Smartlipo also boosts collagen for a skin tightening effect you won’t get from classic liposuction.
The FDA has evaluated this device for safety and efficacy. It received approval back in 2006. Smartlipo is typically performed using local anesthesia, and this cuts down on patient risks.
It’s possible to experience various issues such as an infection, burns, or poor cosmetic results. Fortunately, you can greatly reduce these risks by visiting a trained and experienced provider.
How Many Treatments of Smartlipo Will I Require?
Most patients achieve their ideal results after a single Smartlipo procedure! This is a huge advantage over non-surgical fat removal treatments that can require many appointments.
Keep in mind that the fat cells removed during Smarlipo are gone for good. You can enjoy your slimmer and better-contoured figure for years to come if you maintain a relatively stable weight.
How Do I Prepare for the Procedure?
Our practice will take the guesswork out of preparing for Smartlipo. We provide detailed instructions for you to consult during the time leading up to your body contouring procedure.
You may be asked to improve your candidacy by getting closer to your ideal body weight. It can also be necessary to stop taking certain medications and supplements that increase bleeding.
Can I Combine Smartlipo With Other Procedures?
Smartlipo can create great results without the need for other procedures. However, it can also be combined with face, breast, and body surgeries for the most comprehensive transformation.
For example, some women choose to pair laser liposuction with breast augmentation and a tummy tuck in order to correct unwanted changes caused by pregnancy and delivery. This completely customized surgical plan is commonly referred to as a mommy makeover.
Our board-certified plastic surgeon can help you understand your options. He will gladly recommend the exact procedures needed to make your unique cosmetic goals a reality.
What Will I Feel During My Smartlipo Session?
It’s normal to feel some slight pressure during a Smartlipo procedure. However, it shouldn’t be a painful experience. A local anesthetic will be administered in advance to help make you comfortable. We may also provide an oral sedative pill to promote relaxation during surgery.
Results begin to appear almost immediately, becoming most noticeable when the swelling has stopped at around 6 weeks. The final result will be seen around 6-9 months after surgery.
Patients who have had Smartlipo are pleased with the results. Many report greater comfort in different types and styles of clothing. As with any liposuction procedure, long-term results are maintained through diet and exercise.