According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2015, more than 1.5 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States. Of those procedures, liposuction ranked as the second most popular form of cosmetic surgery, experiencing a 5% increase from 2014. Most consider traditional liposuction a major surgical procedure, requiring the patient to undergo sedation using general anesthesia. Additionally, traditional liposuction procedures require lengthy and often painful recovery times. SmartLipo, a less invasive form of liposuction, allows patients to achieve the slimming results they desire without the risks associated with major surgery. The demand for cosmetic surgery continues to rise. With SmartLipo, patients experience faster recovery times and forgo certain risks associated with general anesthesia. SmartLipo patients experience the benefits from body contouring, producing a more high-definition look with with these factors minimized.
SmartLipo is unique because it’s less invasive in comparison to traditional liposuction. The procedure uses a laser to melt away localized fat. After making a small incision, a trained physician inserts a laser into the treatment area, vaporizing and liquefying unwanted fat. The physician is able to perform better, more defined shaping and contouring using this method.
As a board certified physician, Dr. Bill Johnson of Innovations Medical was the first cosmetic physician in Texas to offer this minimally invasive procedure to his patients wishing to remove excess fat from targeted area. Johnson has performed the procedure longer than any other physician in the Dallas area, and because of his extensive experience with SmartLipo, he’s seen the successful results first-hand.
“[With SmartLipo] you have very fine tuning control, so you have the ability to really come out with the shape you want,” Dr. Bill Johnson said. “The real amazing feature…is that the laser heats the skin, so we get good skin contraction and skin tightening.”
By electing to undergo this type of procedure, patients forgo the risk associated with general anesthesia, complicated hospital stays and associated costs and lengthy recovery times. The procedure takes an average of 15 to 20 minutes per area, and patients are generally cleared to return to work within one to two days. In contrast, patients undergoing traditional liposuction may take weeks to fully recover from the procedure. SmartLipo also reduces bleedings, swelling and excessive scarring. Because the incision sites are small, scarring is minimal and often not visible.
According to Dr. Bill Johnson, “SmartLipo encourages a natural response in the body which leads to new collagen formation and healthier, thicker skin.” This type of liposuction proves to be doubly beneficial. Not only is the procedure removing excess fat, but it’s also tightening and contouring the skin in a way traditional liposuction can’t. As you recover from the procedure, your skin will begin to tighten as the new skin layers form. This process generally lasts about six months, at which point patients can expect to see the full spectrum of their results.
SmartLipo yields the best results and is typically most effective on the following areas of the body:
- Upper arms
Liposuction is not a weight loss method. However, people who have exhausted all other options such as changing their diet or implementing a rigorous workout routine may find themselves searching for a way to shed stubborn fat. Additionally, patients looking for body sculpting and contouring as a way to highlight and define certain parts of their body are prime candidates for SmartLipo.
SmartLipo is an effective and non-invasive procedure to remove unwanted fat. Patients achieve the sleek and more muscular look they are seeking without undergoing a major surgical procedure. Fat removal coupled with the slimming and sculpting effects of this treatment deliver concentrate results. As SmartLipo continues to grow in popularity and more research becomes available on the long-term benefits, cosmetic physicians like Dr. Bill Johnson who have been on the forefront of this cutting edge technology for years will continue to see more patients ready to slim down.