If you struggle with stubborn areas of fat that won’t seem to shrink, despite your best efforts in the gym and the kitchen, you are certainly not alone. Millions of men and women in America turn to cosmetic surgery each year to help them reduce and remove these unwanted pockets of fat for a slimmer, more contoured physique. Double board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Marisa Lawrence is proud to offer both traditional liposuction and the groundbreaking SmartLipo™ fat removal procedure at her greater Atlanta, GA practice, Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery.
While most people are somewhat familiar with liposuction, SmartLipo is a new concept for many patients. To learn more about this minimally invasive skin tightening and fat removal treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lawrence today! In the meantime, read on to find out how the procedure works, what kinds of results you can expect, and how SmartLipo can give you the beautifully sculpted figure you’ve always wanted!
What is SmartLipo?
Much like traditional liposuction, SmartLipo is primarily a cosmetic fat removal procedure that is designed to address stubborn pockets of fat across various parts of the body. However, SmartLipo has its own set of unique and exciting benefits that may make it more appealing to certain patients.
During a SmartLipo treatment at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery, Dr. Lawrence will make a tiny incision near the area(s) being treated, through which a handheld thin tube will be inserted. Using this tube, called a cannula, laser energy will be administered to the area, which will help to liquefy and loosen the fat cells for quick, easy, and efficient removal.
Pros and cons of SmartLipo
To get a better idea of the unique benefits of SmartLipo, here are some of the most commonly asked questions by patients considering the procedure:
Is SmartLipo safe?
SmartLipo is an FDA-approved fat removal procedure and is widely considered to be safe and effective. In fact, SmartLipo is typically performed using local anesthesia for the patient, which cuts down on anesthesia-related risks and complications when compared to traditional liposuction using general anesthesia.
Can SmartLipo get rid of cellulite?
SmartLipo is primarily a fat removal treatment. In addition, the advanced technology used during the procedure actually encourages the body to boost collagen production. This helps generate healthy cells and can give the skin a tighter, smoother, more youthful appearance, and tone. However, SmartLipo is not meant to directly treat cellulite. If cellulite is your main concern, ask Dr. Lawrence about other options that may be more appropriate for you.
How many SmartLipo sessions do you need?
The majority of patients require a single SmartLipo treatment to achieve their goals. During your initial consultation, Dr. Lawrence will evaluate your areas of concern and help you determine how many SmartLipo treatments may be needed in your particular case.
How long do the results of SmartLipo last?
When fat cells are removed using SmartLipo, they won't return. Patients can potentially enjoy their sculpted new physique indefinitely, though it is important to avoid future weight fluctuations, including those associated with pregnancy. By maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine, the results of SmartLipo can last for many, many years to come.
What should I expect during SmartLipo recovery?
The recovery after SmartLipo is typically quicker and less uncomfortable than the recovery after traditional liposuction. This is due, in part, to the less intense nature of the procedure, as well as the use of local anesthesia rather than general anesthesia.
Where can SmartLipo be used?
With the precision-based nature of SmartLipo technology, Dr. Lawrence is able to target a variety of difficult areas, some of which are not typically treatable using traditional liposuction, such as the face, neck, and chin. Because the treatment allows for such exactness, Dr. Lawrence is able to meticulously sculpt these areas for a stunning, smooth, and appealing new contour.
Am I a good candidate for SmartLipo in Atlanta, GA?
Most men and women who are in good health, do not smoke, and are at a healthy, stable weight can be considered for fat removal and minimally invasive skin tightening using SmartLipo. The procedure is typically ideal for patients who are looking to address smaller, more precise pockets of fat. For patients who have a slightly larger volume of stubborn fat, traditional liposuction may be more appropriate.
The best way to determine with certainty whether or not you may qualify for body contouring with SmartLipo is to be evaluated by a highly experienced, knowledgeable, skilled provider. Call Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA to schedule your one-on-one consultation with double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Marisa Lawrence today, or take advantage of one of our online consultations from the comfort and privacy of your own home. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals and realize the body of your dreams through SmartLipo and our other exciting treatment options!