Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on June 9, 2010
Traditional liposuction can effectively remove large volumes of body fat, but does not have a positive effect on skin laxity. This is why many plastic and cosmetic surgeons prefer to perform liposuction with laser lipolysis techniques.
The SmartLipo is among the leading laser liposuction procedures available in the United States, and Cynosure, the makers of SmartLipo, have developed the innovative SmartLipo Triplex laser body sculpting system, that helps to tighten and tone the skin, and can also get rid of localized fat deposits.
SmartLipo TriPlex is the latest advancement in laser lipolysis, and is the only system in the world that combines three different wavelengths so that the doctor can destroy both large and small volumes of fat, and also tighten and tone the skin. The procedure promises to be a minimally-invasive alternative to traditional liposuction, and may be up to 20 times more efficient for getting rid of body fat than other laser devices.
According to Dr. Ishooe, a board-certified surgeon at the Boston Cosmetic Surgery Center in Marshfield, “Patient downtime after traditional liposuction surgery is significant…however, with the new laser-assisted SmartLipo TriPlex Laser Body Sculpting procedure, my patients can return to normal activities such as work, in virtually no time at all – healing is significantly accelerated. SmartLipo is ideal for treating fat deposits on the face and body and the ancillary benefit of the laser stimulating collagen production leaves the skin firm, which is an amazing and welcomed benefit.”
The SmartLipo and SmartLipo TripLex procedures are especially effective for people who are not able to lose stubborn body fat even with diet and exercise. For many people struggling with losing body fat around the abdomen, upper arms, legs and back, SmartLipo and the SmartLipo TriPlex body contouring procedures offer a number of benefits.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 18, 2010
SmartLipo is among the most sought-after liposuction procedures available in the United States, a laser liposuction technique that works by heating up and emulsifying the fat cells before extraction, causing a skin tightening effect and better results.
The SmartLipo device is currently used at the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, and the clinic is now the first and only venue in the United States that has incorporated SmartSense technology into the treatment. This innovative body sculpting treatment is available at medical facilities in Rochester and Dearborn, Michigan.
The SmartLipo laser is administered under local anesthetic, and most people can return to work within a few days after the procedure. Dr. Masri, a board-certified physician at the Masri Clinic states that, “SmartLipo has become extremely popular due to the significant decrease in risk and shorter recovery time compared to traditional liposuction.”
SmartLipo is the first and only laser-assisted lipolysis system that offers permanent fat removal using a high-powered laser and less downtime than other liposuction treatments. Since it is minimally-invasive, the patient will see faster results, a shorter recovery time, and can expect fewer complications than traditional procedures.
The patient is completely conscious during the procedure. The SmartSense technology works to calibrate the laser, resulting in a more accurate and flaweless treatment. The calibrated laser liquefies the fat deposits through the layers of skin, and then ruptures the fat cells so that the surgeon can remove them through a tiny incision. Since the heat from the laser damages the surrounding tissue, the body begins to produce collagen to heal itself, and this causes the skin to contract and tighten on its own.
More information about the SmartLipo procedure can be found here.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 23, 2010
Many men and women that undergo the SmartLipo procedure for fat removal not only get the benefits of permanent fat reduction, but also enjoy skin tightening benefits. Unlike traditional liposuction, Study Says SmartLipo Offers Skin Tightening Benefits
SmartLipo uses heated laser energy to break down the fat cells before extraction. The fat-melting process causes tissue coagulation, which in turn helps to tighten and tone the area around the treatment area, and ultimately creates a more contoured, streamlined appearance.
Dr. Barry DiBernardo, Medical Director of New Jersey Plastic Surgery, recently led a study that evaluated the fat-disruption and tissue tightening around abdominal tissue that was treated with SmartLipo technologies. The test involved administering three separate wavelengths, including a 1440 nm laser. Results of the study were recently presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery in Phoenix, Arizona.
The 1440 nm wavelength is one of the newest options available with SmartLipo treatments, and is the highest-powered laser device that has been approved as a fat removal procedure by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
According to Michael Davin, President and chief executive officer of Cynosure, “The research presented at ASLMs further validates the investment we have made to increase the efficiency and performance of our Smartlipo technology with the addition of a 1440 nm wavelength.” The high-powered laser helps to provide more muscular definition after fat removal, including areas such as the arms, abdomen and legs. In some cases, the patient also experiences less post-operative trauma because the tissues contract quickly and heal faster than traditional liposuction procedures.
Laser liposuction is among the leading fat removal procedures available in the United States, and is currently available at hundreds of medical spas, plastic and cosmetic surgery centers around the country. More information about SmartLipo can be found here.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 26, 2010
Men and women interested in undergoing the SmartLipo laser liposuction procedure can now learn more about the latest technologies and advances in laser liposuction by visiting Cynosure’s own informational website, www.smartlipocynosure.com.
The SmartLipo procedure is designed to melt the fat cells before removal, making it easier for the surgeon to remove large amounts of fat while sculpting the body into the desired silhouette.
SmartLipo also helps with skin tightening, and works at a deeper level to increase collagen production and tighten up the dermis to improve results. Another benefit of laser liposuction is that the healing process is much faster than traditional liposuction, and most patients can wear a foam vest or compression garment for a few weeks and then resume exercise and other activities in order to support the healing process.
The Smart Lipo website explains the entire procedure, and provides information on target areas that can be effectively treated with the surgery, and what patients can expect from the entire process. Smart Lipo is particularly effective for getting rid of “love handles”, and other problem areas that are not responding to diet and exercise. Since the procedure does tighten the skin when the fat is removed, the patient does not need to worry about dimpling or sagging of the skin.
Most people can get the SmartLipo procedure under local anesthesia, and the incision is about the size of a pen tip. A laser fiber is inserted through a small tube into the body, and when fired, ruptures the fat cell membranes. The fat cells are destroyed permanently, and the liquefied fat is suctioned out. The body then produces collagen as it coagulates the skin tissues, which in turn has a tightening effect. Only one treatment session is needed, and results vary depending on the treatment site. Most people see results within a week, and continued improvement over the course of three to six months.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 6, 2010
For the thousands of women who want to drop a few dress sizes by losing body fat around their hips, thighs and stomach, a tummy tuck or liposuction is the best option for permanent fat removal.
Now, one doctor claims that he can help women lose up to two dress sizes in just one hour using a combination liposuction and skin tightening procedure.
Dr. Thomas Barnes uses the FDA-approved laser SmartLipo to melt certain areas of fat that have become resistant to diet and exercise, and then performs the ReFirme skin tightening treatment to help strengthen and tighten the loose skin around the treated area. Dr. Barnes reports that “some patients try one area, then return later to do another one or two areas. They love the AWAKE approach and get back to regular activities asap! Getting something done lie this without downtime issues and avoiding IV sedation and general anesthesia attracts many of our patients.”
The procedure is currently available at Final inches, a state-of-the-art medical body shaping center in California. The center has been offers advanced laser liposculpture solutions for patients that want to get rid of back rolls, belly fat, love handles and excess weight around their thighs after diet and exercise stop working. The body contouring procedures help to permanently remove the body fat without any post-procedure pain, and most patients can return to work and regular activities the following day. The Final Inches laser liposculpture regimen promises mild to no bruising, and most patients cannot see scars 6 to 9 months after their procedure.
As of 2010, the average cost for laser liposculpture at this clinic is $2,500 to $3,500 per body area. Traditional liposuction typically costs between $5,000 to $7,000 per area. More information about the Final Inches fat removal solutions can be found here.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 28, 2009
Many men and women interested in losing a few pounds around the waistline have been turning to laser liposuction and Smartlipo procedures that promise to melt the fat and deliver better results than conventional liposuction. However, many plastic surgeons who met at the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery meeting in Las Vegas this year pointed out that many patients did not achieve the most desirable results and that even the latest technologies have not been able to deliver exceptional results.
A new procedure by the name of RealLipo has recently been unveiled in Louisiana and is a step above conventional laser lipo and Smartlipo procedures. This liposuction procedure has been developed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Simeon Wall, Jr. of The Wall Center for Plastic Surgery, and is deisgned to correct and refine the results of patients who have already undergone liposuction and were not satisfied with the results.
RealLipo works by correcting unevenness of the skin and removing excess fat without leaving any bumps behind. Dr. Wall, Jr. points out that this technique involves the use of specialized cannulas that help to separate the excess fat from the skin before removing it, so there is little pain and bruising involved. There are no lasers involved that may damage the skin tissues, and the procedure is performed in an efficient manner to minimize downtime.
Dr. Wall states, “In addition to producing more dramatic and smoother results than traditional, ultrasonic, or laser liposuction procedures, RealLipo usually results in little to no bruising and requires minimal downtime. RealLipo does not involve the use of heat-generating lasers or ultrasonic devices that can burn and melt the body’s tissues and cause severe scar contractures or other problems for my patients.”
The procedure is currently available only at The Wall Center for Plastic Surgery, a center that has over 50 years of combined experience in plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 23, 2009
Thousands of men and women undergo the SmartLipo procedure each year, an innovative alternative to conventional liposuction that can be performed under local anesthesia.
SmartLipo demands very little downtime and can be performed in just a few hours; the procedure involves making a very small incision and then extracting the fat by melting it with a heated device before extraction. This results in a lower risk of injury to the surrounding tissues, and may also produce more natural-looking results.
In many cases, SmartLipo is performed by a board-certified plastic or cosmetic surgeon, but some patients do not do enough research on the doctor or person who will be performing the procedure, to verify how much experience the professional really has.
According to a recent report in the Charlotte Observer, some of the most popular procedures – including SmartLipo – are performed by doctors who have only completed a weekend training program for the procedure, and are ‘comfortable and confident’ in going ahead with the surgery. Dr. Bruce Marko, a certified ob-gyn, shifted gears to perform liposuction, hair transplants and other cosmetic surgery procedures just to keep his practice humming along.
He has admitted that he took a two-day course for Smart Lipo, and can therefore perform the surgery. Dr. Bruce Marko is not a board-certified plastic surgeon, nor is he a board-certified cosmetic surgeon. However, he does hold the ‘credentials’ to perform the SmartLipo procedure on any patient.
While Dr. Marko may be especially skilled in performing this innovative liposuction procedure, many patients may put themselves at risk if they work with a surgeon with very minimal experience. Determining whether the surgeon is board certified in plastic and/or cosmetic surgery is an important step for any prospective liposuction patient, especially if they are undergoing one of the newer, ‘next generation’ procedures.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 17, 2009
Liposuction continues to be one of the most effective fat removal and weight loss solutions for many, but more and more doctors are steering clear of conventional liposuction in favor of innovative treatments that involve lasers and heat energy.
Smartlipo is one of the latest innovations in fat removal surgery, a lipo procedure that works by melting the fat cells before removal. The liquefying of the cells actually makes it easier for the surgeon to remove the fat efficiently, and reduces the risk of trauma around the skin’s tissues.
Now, doctors are saying its best to use a combination of Smartlipo and traditional liposuction when performing body contouring procedures. Even patients who are undergoing breast augmentation, facelift surgery or tummy tucks can benefit from a combination of Smartlipo and regular fat removal techniques. The combination procedures can address multiple areas, and the surgeon will have more control for smaller areas with the laser lipolysis.
Dr. David Stoker, a plastic surgeon from Marina Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles, explains that people used to stay away from combination procedures in fear or the risks. However, recent studies show that combination plastic surgery is actually less risky than previously thought, and it can even more cost-effective, in some cases.
It’s important to understand that some people do not get the results they want after undergoing just one liposuction procedure, and may return to the same doctor for additional skin removal procedures, fat grafting, dermal fillers and skin tightening treatments in order to achieve their ideal look. Combination surgeries would help the surgeon integrate a variety of techniques and procedures so the patient would not need to return for subsequent treatments.
Dr. Stoker points out that every patient requires a different approach, but he’s had significant success with using a combination of Smartlipo laser lipolysis, conventional liposuction and other procedures that create better results.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 13, 2009
The Smartlipo MPX liposuction procedure has recently been unveiled by Cynosure, the makers of the Smartlipo system and is currently available at a Maryland plastic surgery center. Smartlipo MPX is an advanced version of liposuction that promises faster recovery times, and less injuries to surrounding tissues.
The Smartlipo procedure has become a popular fat removal procedure around the country, but SmartLipo MPX is the ‘next generation’ system for laser body sculpting because it uses two wavelengths of energy to melt the fat cells and tighten the skin tissues. The MPX technology also gives the surgeon more control during surgery, which may reduce the risk of injury and trauma to the surrounding tissues.
The Smartlipo MPX system made its debut in Maryland at the Columbia Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at the end of March 2009. The first procedure was performed by Dr. Eric Chang, a surgeon who has several years of experience performing liposuction, and one of only a handful of surgeons who has been trained to use the MPX system. Dr. Chang says that the biggest benefit of the Smartlipo MPX system is that it removes fat cells easily and also stimulates tissue tightening. The reduced recovery time also means that there is less fluid retention which often leads to postsurgical discomfort.
In a recent press release, Dr. Chang says he is excited to use the Smartlipo MPX system because it clearly has several advantages over conventional liposuction and even the original Smartlipo procedure. He currently uses Smartlipo for women who want to get rid of trouble spots after pregnancy, or for people who want to undergo a tummy tuck and need extensive fat removal. The Smartlipo MPX will allow him to perform these procedures with greater accuracy, and in many cases, with far better results.
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Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 10, 2009
If 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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