Smartlipo is a moderately invasive technique for removing localized subcutaneous fats. Smartlipo is a power-assisted liposuction technique that we reserve for smaller areas or for touch ups. For larger areas, we use Vaser, a more powerful and efficient form of Liposuction.
The Smartlipo’s laser causes expansion of the tissues it comes into contact with, and repeating at a particular frequency such that it disrupts the membranes of the fat cells. A fiber-optic laser delivers this laser under the skin. The fats cells are transformed into an oily sludge-like substance or “debris”, which is then “eaten-up” by macrophages (large white blood cells). The “debris” is then processed in the liver where they are eventually eliminated in the stools imperceptibly.
SUCTION OF MELTED FATS
Smartlipo in its purest form does not involve suction. Sucking out the lasered material called “lysate”, converts a Smartlipo procedure into a hybrid-type conventional liposuction. In areas like the chin and cheeks, where we use the Smartlipo extensively, we do not suck out the lysate. In these areas, the body is able to clear the lysate quite fast.
We nowadays reserve Smartlipo for smaller or areas associated with loose skin or stretch marks that needs tightening. The neck, chin and jowls are areas that Smartlipo treats very well. We also use Smartlipo in the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis.
“Healing-tissue” occupies the areas where subcutaneous fat was destroyed, and as such the area feel swollen. Bruises are rare. If any they are barely noticeable. These take 2-3 days to subside.
By touching the area, one can feel immediately that it is different from other areas with subcutaneous fat.
AFTER 3 MONTHS
It is only after 3 months that the “healing-tissues” fully reorganize. The overlying skin is also contracted when the “healing-tissues” contracted. Hence there loose skin will also reduce.
If further reduction is desired, another session can be done after the 3rd month.