SmartLipo in Austin | Frequently Asked Questions
SmartLipo in Austin is a laser-assisted liposuction technique in which prior to the actual fat extraction, heat energy is used to destroy the fat cells before they are removed with suction. Renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel J. Leeman performs this body contouring procedure on healthy, normal weight patients who have exercise and diet resistant cellulite.
These most frequently asked questions about SmartLipo can help you determine to if you can benefit from this liposuction technique.
How does it work?
Through a small incision the size of a grain of rice, your doctor will insert a thin hollowed tube whose tip emits laser to melt the fat. Once liquefied, the fat cells are suctioned from the area using the same instrument, which is attached to a vacuum pump.
Am I a good candidate for SmartLipo?
If you are a healthy, normal weight individual with excess superficial fat, which is the type of fat beneath the skin, you’re a good candidate for this procedure. Take note that this is a prerequisite for any type of body contouring procedure.
Is the laser-assisted device FDA-approved?
SmartLipo received FDA approval in 2006 for the treatment of unwanted fats. In the hands of a board-certified plastic surgeon, the technique boasts impressive safety record. In fact, some studies have found that it may promote quicker recovery than traditional liposuction in which the fat is removed through suction alone.
Aside from fat reduction, does it provide other benefits?
Many patients have reported skin tightening effect to a varying degree. When the overlying skin is heated by the laser, it tricks the body to produce more collagen, which is the main structural protein of skin that gives it tightness and plasticity.
What makes it different from the traditional liposuction technique?
SmartLipo in Austin is a gentler liposuction technique because it liquifies the fibrous fatty tissue before extraction. The standard approach, meanwhile, uses more suctioning force to remove the fat cells.
Hence, SmartLipo results in less surgical trauma, which is the key to quick recovery. In fact, most patients are back on their feet within 1-2 days of their surgery.
How long does it take?
When performed as a stand-alone procedure, SmartLipo in Austin typically takes 1-2 hours. Furthermore, this is a minimally invasive surgery, and so you can return home the same day.
Does it provide permanent results?
Any liposuction technique only removes the superficial fat, which sits beneath the skin. Unlike the visceral fat that is linked to obesity, this type of fat is predominantly determined by your genes. As a result, it does not always respond to diet and exercise.
With SmartLipo, your doctor reduces the number of superficial fat in the treated site. Once the fat cells are removed, they will never go back. In fact, even after you gain a little weight, your post-surgery body proportions will remain the same since the remaining fat will just expand.
Nonetheless, it is important to keep a healthy weight to ensure the long-term success of SmartLipo.
Getting SmartLipo in Austin
To learn more about SmartLipo in Austin, contact the office of Dr. Daniel J Leeman in Austin, TX to schedule your initial consultation. We are happy to answer any questions that you have about the procedure. Call today to schedule your initial consultation.