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Lunchtime Lipo Featured on CBS News

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 10, 2009

CSL007If you made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get in shape but haven’t jumped into a new fitness routine for bikini season, there’s still hope. Lunchtime lipo treatments are readily available at hundreds of cosmetic surgery centers around the country, offering patients a simple, painless way to lose a few inches and enjoy their new body within weeks.

The procedure is different from traditional liposuction, and was recently featured on CBS News.

Smart Lipo is a laser bodysculpting procedure designed for people who have tried diets and exercising but still can’t get rid of ‘trouble spots’ around the hips, thighs, buttocks or underarms. The procedure melts fat cells with a powerful laser fiber inside the cannula, the tube that is inserted into the skin to drain away the fat. The laser causes the fat cells to rupture and the surrounding issue coagulates so the skin appears firmer, smoother and tighter. Popular treatment areas for women are the abs, outer thighs and love handles. For men, Smartlipo can help to achieve chiseled jawline, flat stomach and a slimmer waistline.

Smartlipo LaserBodySculpting has been developed by Cynosure, a company that also offers treatments for cellulite reduction, laser hair removal and leg and facial vein removal procedures. The Smartlipo procedure has been deemed ‘quick and painless’ by many patients, and patients experience very little bruising and swelling. Most patients stay awake during the procedure, and recovery may take only a few weeks with little or no compression garments required.

The procedure may also be a budget-friendly option for cash-strapped patients during the rough economic times. The average price of SmartLipo is $3,000 per treatment area, and some doctors offer package options and patient financing to make the procedure even more affordable. Facial SmartLipo treatments can take just 30-45 minutes, while liposuction for the body may take up to two hours.

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