Smartlipo®: Your Questions, Answered
Liposuction procedures are the second most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S. In 2017, nearly 250,000 Americans underwent liposuction, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. If you’re considering liposuction, Smartlipo® might be the solution for you. These are all the answers to common questions about this state-of-the-art procedure.
What you can expect from the liposuction procedure and how to maintain its slimming results.
What Is Smartlipo?
Smartlipo is commonly referred to as laser liposuction. It is the most widely used and extensively studied laser-assisted liposuction available today. Smartlipo procedures involve less pain, bruising and swelling, and a faster recovery time than traditional liposuction.
How Does Smartlipo Work?
A thin tube containing Smartlipo laser fiber is inserted through a small incision into the patient’s targeted fatty areas. The laser fiber melts fat and removes it with gentle suction. Targeted treatment is administered through three wavelengths, which:
- Disrupt fat
- Coagulate blood vessels
- Stimulate collagen production
- Improve skin elasticity
What Results Can I Expect?
Within one week, patients will begin seeing dramatic improvements in their targeted trouble area, such as:
The treated area will appear more contoured, slim and firm and continue improving three to six months after the procedure.
How Long Is Recovery?
Because Smartlipo is a minimally invasive procedure only requiring local anesthesia, recovery time is very short. While some light bruising may occur, you’ll be able to return to normal activities within a few days. You should, however, avoid strenuous exercise for at least one week post-procedure.
Should I Follow a Special Diet?
Though liposuction may seem magical, the results won’t last if you practice unhealthy eating habits. Generally, patients should strive to incorporate healthier foods into their diets, including:
- Whole grains
- Lean proteins
At the same time, patients should limit their intake of sugars, simple carbohydrates and saturated fats.
Do I Need to Make Any Lifestyle Changes?
A common misconception about liposuction is that patients can return to the same habits that led to their decision to have the procedure. You’ll have to commit to living a healthy lifestyle to maintain liposuction’s slimming results by doing things like:
- Reducing stress
- Avoiding a sedentary lifestyle
- Following an exercise regimen
- Drinking plenty of water
How Can I Minimize Bruising?
1 week prior to the procedure, avoid:
- Aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, vitamin E and St. John’s wort
3 to 5 days prior to the procedure, take oral:
- Arnica tablets
- Bromelain tablets
After the procedure:
- Ice the area for 20 minutes on and off for 3 days
- Continue taking oral arnica and bromelain tablets for 7 days
How Can I Ensure the Best Results?
Although the incision site is small, it can become infected when not cared for properly. Keep the area clean by applying antibiotic ointment until you’re healed and swapping drainage pads and bandages frequently the day after the procedure. Reduce inflammation by consistently wearing your compression garment for one week post-procedure.
Reshape Your Body and Your Life With Smartlipo
If you’re considering liposuction treatment in the Virginia Beach area, contact Virginia Surgical Arts. Dr. Vendetti proudly uses Smartlipo, the most advanced liposuction technology, to achieve excellent results for all his patients. Request your consultation appointment online or by calling (757) 430-7690 today!