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Female body with the drawing arrows on herLiposuction has been used for years to sculpt and tone bodies and is considered the gold standard when it comes to fat removal procedures. With time, though, comes new advances and technologies; even the most successful systems can see improvements. Thus comes Smartlipo®, a revolutionary alternative to traditional liposuction.

What’s the Difference?

Much like traditional liposuction, Smartlipo® targets stubborn, excess, and diet-resistant pockets of fat on areas such as the back, buttocks, abdomen, hips, thighs, breasts, arms, neck, and face. The difference between these two techniques comes in the way that the excess fat is removed. With traditional liposuction, also known as power-assisted liposuction, small incisions are made in the treatment area before a saline solution is injected into the area to break the fat cells into smaller pieces, which are then suctioned out through a small tube known as a cannula. Smartlipo®, however, differs in that it is laser assisted. With Smartlipo®, a laser tip is inserted through a small incision that then aims laser light energy directly to the fat cells; this laser heats, ruptures, and eventually melts the fat. Since the fat is liquefied first, there is much less stress on the body as it’s removed. This also allows for the patient to only require local anesthesia instead of the general anesthesia used in traditional liposuction.

What Are the Additional Benefits of Smartlipo®?

SmartLipo Patient by Dr. OTooleSmartlipo® comes with all of the benefits of traditional liposuction, but it goes a few steps further. Traditional liposuction is an invasive surgical treatment, whereas Smartlipo® is only minimally invasive. This technique results in a recovery that is both quicker and less strenuous on your body. Fewer days of bruising and swelling means that you will feel up to enjoying your results much sooner than with traditional liposuction. The other significant benefit of Smartlipo® comes with its built-in ability to combine skin tightening with fat removal. This additional step allows for the production of more collagen, which helps the skin shrink and tighten.

Both traditional liposuction and Smartlipo® provide noticeable, long-lasting, confidence-enhancing body toning. For more information, or to find out how these procedures can help you, call Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery today at 626-449-8910 to set up a consultation.