What is SmartLipo?
SmartLipo is an innovative laser-assisted liposuction technique that is commonly utilized to refine areas of the body such as the following:
- Abdomen and hips
- Bra line
SmartLipo procedures are performed in any one of offices located in Houston, Sugar Land or Cypress. Dr. Altamira will use local anesthetic and, possibly, a light sedative to help minimize discomfort.
The SmartLipo procedure involves small incisions and the insertion of a thin tube, or cannula. At the end of this tube are laser fibers that emit pulses of heat that get absorbed by fat cells, melting them for the easiest possible extraction through the cannula. As an addition to fat removal, the laser-tipped cannula also stimulates collagen synthesis that encourages the skin to firm and tighten.
A laser is used along with the cannula to melt fat cells before they are removed. The liquefaction of fat cells makes their removal easier and less traumatic. In traditional liposuction, the cannula breaks apart and suctions out fat cells, causing more swelling and bruising.
Benefits of SmartLipo
There are many benefits to SmartLipo. When treating a large area a combination of SmartLipo and traditional liposuction allows for fat removal and skin tightening. Other benefits include the following:
- Better surgical control
- Faster recovery
- Less bleeding, bruising and swelling
- Moderate skin-tightening effect
- Can help correct irregularities from prior liposuction
“Best doctor and amazing staff! They made my experience so easy and seamless. I was able to achieve the results I wanted with Dr. Altimira, I highly recommend this doctor for anyone in search to boost confidence.” – Sienna F.
What is the recovery process like for SmartLipo?
The minimally-invasive nature of SmartLipo incurs equally minimal downtime. Patients who have tiny areas treated, such as the double-chin, may be able to return to work the day after their procedure. In general, most patients need only 1 to 2 days of rest before returning to work and other light activities. Swelling typically decreases significantly within the first week after SmartLipo. However, it can take up to three months for any changes to the skin to be fully realized.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in a Liposuction procedure and would like to see if you are a good candidate for SmartLipo call (713) 271-9000 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Altamira has plastic surgery offices in Houston and Sugar Land, Texas.