Excellent results with less trauma and less downtime.

SmartLipo is a method of liposuction that uses laser technology to melt and liquefy the fat within the fat cells. In addition, it smoothes and tightens the skin to decrease the looseness that one sometimes sees with traditional liposuction. It can be utilized alone to treat smaller areas of fat, such as below the chin, or in combination with liposuction to remove larger areas of fat such as in the abdomen, flanks and thighs.

SmartLipo was the first laser to be approved by the FDA to be used for fat dissolution and removal with tumescent liposuction.

If you're considering liposuction, this outline will give you a basic understanding of the procedure when it can help, how it's performed, and what results you can expect.  It can't answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on the individual patient and the surgeon.  Dr. Walker is more than happy to answer questions or concerns you may have. Please contact her office any time.

How SmartLipo Works

SmartLipo uses a very small cannula, or tube, containing a finely calibrated laser fiber that is inserted into the skin. The cannula is moved back and forth delivering the laser's energy to the fat cells, causing them to rupture and the resulting oily, liquid substance is then removed through a tiny incision in the skin by the surgeon. Research has shown that little, if any, fat is reabsorbed back into the body. The minimal invasiveness of the procedure allows patients to see faster results and to experience fewer complications.

As it zaps fat, the small laser also seals blood vessels as it goes so there is less swelling, bleeding and bruising than with traditional liposuction. The laser energy also interacts with the dermis it resulting in collagen shrinkage. Due to the cannula's small size, Smartlipo™ is a minimally invasive procedure and can be performed under local anesthesia. Because general anesthesia is unnecessary, the procedure is very safe with only minimal side effects.

Who is a good candidate for Smart Lipo?

Almost anyone can be a good candidate for SmartLipo and in general, the ideal candidate is in good health, exercises regularly, and has one or more areas of local body fat deposits that have responded poorly to diet and exercise.

You should also have realistic expectations about the procedure's capabilities. And while SmartLipo can improve your appearance and self-confidence, it won't necessarily match your mental ideal, nor will it cause other people to act differently toward you.

Dr. Walker will review the benefits and risks of SmartLipo with you during your consultation visit and will assess whether you are a good candidate with respect to your medical health

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