Liposuction, Smart Lipo, and Body Contouring are three different procedures aimed at accomplishing the same goal: getting rid of stubborn pockets of fat. There are important differences between each procedure. Liposuction is performed by sucking fat through a slender, hollow instrument called a cannula (similar to a straw). Smart Lipo is performed using lasers, which melt fat before sucking it up through the cannula. Body Contouring, also known as liposculpture, not only removes fat but also sculpts the shape of the body to meet a patient’s desired silhouette. Scroll through this gallery to see results and learn more about each procedure.
Liposuction is the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedure in the US. Common areas to have sculpted with liposuction are thighs, hips, and the abdomen or stomach area. In Las Vegas, the most common area requested are the flanks, better known as “love handles.” Almost any part of the body with excessive fat can be liposuctioned, though. Thanks to advancements in technology, there have been many improvements in the safety and results of liposuction.
SmartLipo™ penetrates fibrous tissue and fat more successfully than traditional liposuction. For this reason, laser lipo is recommended for areas such as calves or gynecomastia (male breast tissue). Areas around the neck also do better with Smart Lipo. With the precision of a laser, doctors are better able to sculpt and tighten skin in smaller areas. Dr. Smith has been using the laser liposuction technique for almost 5 years and is very experienced with it.
Some women desire curvy figures. If this is an important factor to you, consider Body Contouring. Sometimes, it is necessary to leave some fat behind in order for the doctor to sculpt the area into your desired shape and appearance. It is important to look for a doctor who has an artistic eye in liposuction to help achieve the silhouette you are envisioning. By looking through this gallery, you can get a realistic idea of the results and artistic skill of Dr. Smith.
Dr. Smith, one of the top cosmetic surgeons in the country, is known for his skills as an artist of the human body. He even makes sure to artistically hide any scarring from a liposuction procedure. Dr. Smith performed 95% more liposuction procedures than the 2013 industry average. Before committing to any plastic surgery procedure, especially a liposuction, smart lipo, or body contouring, it is important to check the experience and credentials of the plastic surgeon you are considering.
Recovery time is similar for each procedure. Thankfully, liposuction is one of the easier surgeries to recover from. Usually, patients can walk around the same day of the surgery, although bruising can last up to 14 days. Within 4-5 days, you can return to work and 2 weeks after the surgery, you can begin normal exercise or workouts. At Smith Plastic Surgery, you will be asked to wear a compression garment similar to Spanx for 2-4 weeks after the surgery. This will help keep skin tight and smooth during your recovery. Smart lipo is very similar to liposuction as far as recovery time, but usually results in less bruising.
As with any plastic surgery, it is important to have realistic expectations about your results. Liposuction does not get rid of cellulite or stretch marks. But, it can get rid of problem areas that are resistant to weight loss through diet and exercise. It will shape and sculpt your body into a more beautiful silhouette, but is not a cure for obesity. Liposuction can remove about a gallon of fat at one time. This can result in impressive results - especially if the procedure is performed every 3 months (known as serial liposuction). The more realistic your expectations of how your body will look after the procedure, the happier you will be.
Dr. Smith is always happy to discuss if liposuction, smart lipo, or body contouring is right for you. He knows each patient is unique and has several questions they need answered before committing to a surgery such as these. If you are in the Las Vegas area and are interested in learning more about liposuction, please contact us today!