If you’re considering plastic surgery to help remove excess fat, a body contouring treatment like SmartLipo could be the right choice for you. People who have shed some pounds and are close to their ideal weight but struggle with stubborn fat deposits can benefit from one of these treatments. Most commonly, people who have a hard time getting rid of fat in the abdomen, thighs, and arms turn to lipo or SmartLipo to trim away the excess skin and fat and receive a smoother, sculpted appearance.
Let’s explore the difference between SmartLipo and traditional liposuction to uncover which of these treatments best suits you.
What Is SmartLipo?
SmartLipo uses laser energy to melt fat. This approach refines end results and has a shorter recovery time. SmartLipo typically has less bruising and offers skin tightening due to the laser technology that traditional liposuction does not.
Patients can expect only less downtime and minimal recovery limitations. The smoothness of a SmartLipo result reduces the appearance of any ripples under the skin, so those with less body fat to be removed will wind up with a much more sculpted appearance.
What Is Liposuction?
Traditional liposuction was once the only cosmetic procedure available to remove body fat and sculpt your physique, but now there are many different approaches and types of procedures. In general, a liposuction surgery is performed under general anesthesia in an operating room. A surgeon manually removes excess fat and suctions it through a cannula.
Due to its more invasive method, the recovery period for traditional liposuction is much longer. Patients will experience one to two weeks of downtime and wear compression garments for up to six weeks post-op. Because it does not use any lasers, there is no skin tightening and smoothing done during traditional liposuction; patients with a lot of fat or those who are older and have lost skin elasticity may find themselves with uneven, rippled skin after a traditional lipo procedure.
Which Treatment Is Best for Me?
Nowadays, SmartLipo is the preferred method by most plastic surgeons as it offers a level of detail and refinement traditional liposuction does not. However, you may find that there are reasons the traditional procedure is more suited to your needs or desired end results. The professionals at Soulage Wellness and Aesthetic Center are ready to discuss your options with you. We are conveniently located in Bastrop, TX. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!