Monarch Plastic Surgery is proud to offer Smartlipo, an FDA-approved, minimally invasive procedure used for removing small pockets of fat throughout the body. Monarch uses the most advanced technology available today — the Smartlipo TriPlex from Cynosure.
Benefits of Smartlipo
- Create a slimmer, tighter you
- Return to work the next day
- No general anesthesia
- Minimally invasive
- Enhanced skin tightening
- Short recovery period
What is Smartlipo?
Smartlipo is a minimally invasive procedure that reduces unwanted fat and tightens skin. Using local anesthesia with mild sedation, your doctor will pass a small laser under the skin. The laser energy causes the fat cells to break apart and the overlying skin to become tighter, which results in less swelling, less bruising, and less downtime than traditional liposuction. The fat is then removed by a small suction cannula, or allowed to be reabsorbed into the body.
Smartlipo versus liposuction
While traditional liposuction can be effective at removing larger amounts of fat, Smartlipo is designed to treat smaller areas of localized fat. Traditional liposuction usually requires a general anesthetic, followed by the use of a compression garment for 4 to 6 weeks. Smartlipo utilizes smaller instruments, as well as laser energy. This allows the procedure to be performed under local anesthesia with mild sedation. The laser energy stimulates new collagen production to enhance skin tightening, and decreases swelling and bruising. Most patients can expect to limit compression to less than 2 weeks.
Areas commonly treated with Smartlipo
- Fat around bra lines
- Love handles
- Male breasts
- Back Fat
How long does it take to recover from Smartlipo?
Smartlipo is often considered a more gentle method of contouring, and is associated with recovery that is much easier than traditional liposuction. In most cases, patients are able to return to work the day after surgery. Patients will see results of fat removal immediately, and skin will gradually tighten over a period of 2-3 months. To advance the healing process, patients will need to avoid strenuous exercise for at least 2 weeks.
Who is a good candidate for Smartlipo?
A patient’s overall health is the most important criteria in determining whether someone is a good candidate for Smartlipo. You may be a good candidate if:
- You have small areas of localized fat
- You have realistic expectations about the procedure
- You are interested in contouring, not weight loss