The hottest and newest addition to liposculpture and body contouring is Smartlipo LaserBody Contouring. This advance is made possible by using a thin laser fiber to directly liquefy fat allowing it to be easily removed or even left to absorb in small cases. It is less invasive than traditional liposuction and can provide fat reduction, skin tightening, and body contouring on any area of the body where fat is present. Because it is less invasive, holes are smaller. The procedures can be performed either while awake or under twilight anesthesia, and patients begin exercise the next day.
The ideal patient for Smartlipo is motivated to pursue a healthy lifestyle to promote ideal body shape. This includes regularly scheduled exercise and sensible eating habits. Dr. Rachel is a strong believer that walking 4 miles daily produces ideal body weight and shape in most patients. By combining the sculpting skills necessary for superior results with the skin tightening abilities of internal lasers, Dr. Rachel promotes a healthy self concept with excellent body contour.
How Smartlipo Works: The Smartlipo laser-assisted lipolysis system is a highly efficacious solution for destroying and permanently eliminating fat cells. A 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser fiber is introduced through a small cannula, delivering energy directly to subcutaneous fat cells-causing them to rupture. The emitted fat melting energy also coagulates tissue, thus inducing collagen retraction and tissue tightening. The laser causes small blood vessels to coagulate immediately, resulting in less bleeding, swelling and bruising than conventional liposuction, for faster healing and recovery.
While the risks of liposculpture are known and generally controllable, they include bleeding, infection, organ perforation with its sequlae, and irregular skin surface. There are few additional risks to Smartlipo liposculpture which include bruising and damage from a laser to skin muscles and nerves.
With more than 20 years of experience in laser surgery Dr. Rachel has not experienced local risks from Smartlipo lasers with the exception of increased bruising in selected patients. These patients have felt the improved skin shrinkage was worth the bruising they experienced. In a recent article, it was noted that patient satisfaction more than doubled compared with patients who had received traditional liposculpture prior to Smartlipo.