Plastic Surgery Blog by Dr. David Broadway
Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
There can be quite a bit of confusion about the different lipo technologies plastic surgeons offer, and which technology or technique is best for you. In recent blogs we have discussed VASER technology, combined with advanced techniques to achieve VASER Hi Def. Great for some, but not everyone is a candidate for VASER Hi Def, and some patients are looking for a less invasive procedure, with a shorter recovery, to target and eliminate a small area of unwanted fat.
1. What is SmartLipo?
SmartLipo is a newer technology that uses a laser fiber to break up and loosen unwanted fat in areas such as the abdomen, flanks, and face. The procedure is considered to be less invasive than standard lipo, because the fatty tissue is melted and broken up which makes aspiration less invasive to the body. Standard lipo is more like aspirating a solid substance through a small cannula, and SmartLipo is more like removing a milk shake consistency. Less trauma to the body.
2. Who is a good candidate for SmartLipo?
SmartLipo is not a weight loss solution. The best candidate is a male or female who is within a few pounds of their ideal weight, and one who is having trouble losing the last few nagging pounds. Ideal candidates are in overall good physical shape with a healthy medical history.
3. What type of anesthesia is used during SmartLipo procedures?
One of the selling points of the laser lipo technique is that because it is less traumatic to connective tissue and blood vessels, the procedure can often be performed under LOCAL sedation. These means yo don’t have to recover from IV, or general sedation.
4. How much does SmartLipo cost?
Because SmartLipo can be performed in the minor procedure room vs. the main OR, and there is no need for an anesthesiologist, the cost of the porcedure can be much less than that of VASER Hi Def. Typically the procedure will begin around $5000.
5. Do you encourage post op massage therapy with SmartLipo?
Dr. Broadway’s Denver cosmetic surgery facility highly encourages post op massage therapy for all forms of lipo. Our bod:evolve in house massage therapists, will use special techniques and ultrasound therapy to help alleviate enduration, swelling and allow for a quicker recovery.
6. What is the recommended recovery time with SmartLipo?
Patients always recover at a different pace, but with any surgery we encourage you to take at least 1 week off of work, and be prepared for two weeks of light activity. The smaller the surface area, typically, the quicker the recovery. Most patients will be asked to wear a foam garment after surgery for a minimum of 3 weeks.
7. How does SmartLipo compare to regular Lipo?
When utilizing SmartLipo technology, the surgeon will use a smaller cannula than what is used with traditional lipo. The SmartLipo laser:
-Breaks up and melts the fatty tissue allowing for easier aspiration
-Cauterizes blood vessels so less bleeding occurs
-Stimulates collagen production to help tighten the skin during the first few weeks of recovery.
The procedure is less invasive, and the results are more dramatic.
8. What areas of the body can SmartLipo be performed?
SmartLipo is ideal for localized areas of the body such as the abdomen, flanks, lateral thighs or chin. Patients will see good skin contraction in these areas.
9. Who offers SmartLipo?
Patients need to be careful when searching for their SmartLipo surgeon. Many physicians, who are not board certified in plastic surgery, will often state they offer the procedure. These surgeons have only taken a weekend course and have received minimal hours of training and experience. Dr. Broadway is national instructor for Cynosure, the manufacture of SmartLipo, and has extensive training with the technology and how to achieve optimal results.
Dr. Broadway and his partner offer courses through the ABS Institute to surgeons who are looking to perfect their technique.
10. How long do the SmartLipo results last?
The results last as long as the patient does their part to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. We try to help patients establish an overall health and wellness change by introducing them to all of the amenities offered at Renewal Medical Center.
We look forward to meeting you during your SmartLipo consultation with triple board certified surgeon, Dr. David Broadway.