Liposuction is consistently one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the United States each year, and with good reason. For patients who want a less invasive procedure that removes fat deposits and tightens the skin, our board certified plastic surgeons offer laser liposuction body sculpting using Smartlipo™ at our fully accredited facility in Northern Virginia.
It is ideal for the following areas:
- “Bra fat”
- “Love handles”
- “Saddle bags”
- Inner and outer thighs
Smart Lipo is an innovation in liposuction technology, in which laser energy is used to liquefy fat cells and firm the overlying skin. The tiny Smartlipo cannula (tube) contains a laser fiber which destroys or “melts” the fat cells, which are then gently suctioned away. The heat energy also causes collagen fibers to retract, which results in tissue tightening and firmer skin in the treated area.
This heat energy can also disable sweat glands in patients suffering from excessive sweating. These properties make Smartlipo an excellent choice for fat removal in patients who would have a less than optimal result from standard liposuction because of diminished skin elasticity.
What You Should Know about SmartLipo
Your plastic surgeon will use tumescent fluid as a local anesthesia for your procedure. Tumescent fluid reduces bleeding and bruising and also shortens recovery time. A tiny incision is made for the insertion of the small SmartLipo cannula.
Most patients require only one 45 to 90-minute treatment to achieve the contour they desire for a particular area. SmartLipo can be performed as a standalone procedure or as a complement to traditional liposuction.
Whether performed on its own or used to enhance standard liposuction, SmartLipo is an excellent option for achieving the slimmer, firmer appearance that can make a big difference in how you feel about your body.
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The laser energy causes immediate coagulation of the blood vessels in the treatment area, which results in decreased bruising and bleeding. Since SmartLipo is gentler than traditional liposuction, the recovery is generally shorter and more comfortable.
Most patients can return to light activities and non-strenuous work within 2 to 3 days. Typically, results will be evident within a week, but will continue to improve for 3 to 6 months.
SmartLipo Before and After Photos
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For information about SmartLipo cost (laser liposuction cost), including discounts and financing options, visit our fees and financing page. We treat patients from Fredericksburg, Richmond, Fairfax, and beyond.