Answering Common Questions From Prospective Smart Lipo Patients
If you have unwanted pockets of fat somewhere on your body, then perhaps you are considering or have been advised to consider Smart Lipo. This is a modern version of liposuction that uses a tiny, pen-like device to remove fat from beneath the skin. It's a lot less invasive than traditional liposuction, and most patients recover well with few to no complications. Still, patients understandably tend to have a few questions as they consider whether or not to pursue this procedure.
How much weight can Smart Lipo help you lose?
Smart Lipo is not really a weight loss procedure. It is intended for patients who have already lost weight via diet and exercise, but who have stubborn, isolated pockets of fat that are not responding to weight loss measures. The procedure can remove a couple of pounds of fat, at most, from specific areas like the backs of your arms, hips, belly, or buttocks, but you should not count on it as a true weight loss solution.
Will you be awake during the treatment?
Yes! This is one of the big advantages of Smart Lipo over traditional liposuction. Because it is a lot less invasive, it can be performed under a local anesthetic. In other words, the part of the body that is being worked on is made numb, but you're left awake. This makes Smart Lipo much safer. Much of the risk that comes with regular liposuction is associated with the fact that patients need to be put under general anesthesia. Local anesthesia rarely causes side effects.
Can the fat come back after Smart Lipo?
The procedure does permanently remove fat cells from the areas that are treated, which makes it a little harder to gain weight back in those areas. However, if you gain weight overall after Smart Lipo, you can expect some of that gain to be in the areas you had treated. The fat cells left behind are still capable of taking on more fat.
What is the recovery period like?
Since Smart Lipo does require that small incisions are made in your skin, there is a recovery period. The incisions should be mostly healed within a few weeks, and most of the bruising and swelling should be gone at this point, too. Patients can usually go back to work within a few days of treatment, but you'll need to avoid heavy physical activity for about a month.
Smart Lipo is a good choice for most patients who want to remove fat from specific parts of the body. It's generally safe, the recovery period is short, and the results are long-lasting. Reach out to a professional to learn more about Smart Lipo.