Stubborn fatty areas and loose skin, like the upper arms and abdomen, are difficult to treat with diet and exercise alone. While traditional liposuction can help eliminate stubborn fat, it can't always improve the appearance of loose skin. Fortunately, SmartLipo® provides a solution to those who wish to get rid of trouble fatty spots while also tightening and firming the skin. SmartLipo® is a safe and effective procedure, but it's important to understand the potential side effects when deciding if this treatment is right for you. During patient consultations, Dr. William Baugh explains what to expect regarding SmartLipo® side effects. Schedule your personal consultation at Dr. Baugh's Fullerton, CA practice for answers to your questions about SmartLipo®.
What Is SmartLipo®?
SmartLipo® is an alternative to traditional liposuction with the benefit of restoring firmness to loose skin. SmartLipo® removes stubborn body fat using a laser fiber inserted into the tissues with a small cannula. Once the laser fiber is inserted, it can be used to melt fat and tighten the skin for a sleek, rejuvenated appearance. The SmartLipo® procedure can be completed in as little as an hour using local anesthesia.
The Possible Side Effects of SmartLipo®
Like any surgical procedure, there are some possible side effects to expect after SmartLipo® treatment. Most patients will experience minor swelling and some discomfort. Bruising and tissue tenderness may also occur. In most cases, swelling, bruising, tenderness, and discomfort resolve within a few days after treatment. Some rare risks of SmartLipo® include infection and hematoma.
Recovery after SmartLipo®
The SmartLipo® procedure typically has a faster recovery time than traditional liposuction, making it a great option for those with a busy lifestyle. Although recovery is short, about one to two days, most patients benefit from taking a couple of days off from work while the initial discomfort and swelling subsides. During the first few days after SmartLipo®, patients should avoid strenuous activity, get plenty of rest, and limit sodium intake to help with swelling. The results of SmartLipo® are generally immediately noticeable with full results being apparent within a few months.
The Benefits of SmartLipo®
SmartLipo® treatment offers many benefits to those who wish to improve the appearance of stubborn areas of fat and loose, aging skin. SmartLipo® is not intended as a means for achieving significant weight loss but it can help remove up to eight pounds of localized fat throughout the body. SmartLipo® may also be used in combination with other procedures, including traditional liposuction, to improve skin texture and firmness. Some other benefits of SmartLipo® include:
- Minimal risk
- Minimal side effects
- Short recovery
- Can be used over many parts of the body
- May be combined with other cosmetic procedures
- Provides fast results
Find out If SmartLipo® Is Right for You
SmartLipo® can create a more slender, contoured appearance while also enhancing skin firmness for a rejuvenated, more youthful appearance. To learn more about SmartLipo®, or to find out if treatment is right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Baugh today.