Smart Liposuction (Laser Assisted Liposuction) Philadelphia
As the face ages, we lose the crisp, clean jawline and sharp neck silhouette of our youth. Patients complain about how much they dislike their “turkey neck”, “double chin”, loose skin, and fat under the chin. Many patients admit to limiting the types of clothing they wear so that they do not expose their unattractive neck. Turtlenecks and scarves become a very popular wardrobe staple. Patients consistently admit to standing in front of the mirror fixated at the “Dreaded Double Chin”.
For many years traditional liposuction was the only procedure available to treat these concerns. Traditional liposuction is limited to fat removal alone, many times leading to sagging skin in the treatment area after a liposuction procedure. Smart Liposuction, otherwise known as “Laser Assisted Liposuction”, now provides patients with a more minimally invasive way to rejuvenate the neck and jawline. Smart Liposuction is a revolutionary procedure which liquefies fat cells, while also promoting skin tightening. Smart Liposuction can reduce stubborn fatty deposits in the neck, while also tightening sagging skin. Smart Liposuction offers neck sculpting, fat melting and skin tightening making it an excellent treatment to correct the stubborn “double chin”. It is an excellent option for patients with early signs of jowls and neck laxity, who would like to “put off” more invasive facelift procedures.
Yes, Smart Liposuction is almost always performed with local anesthesia without the risks of traditional general anesthesia. The procedure is typically performed in our office procedure suite. Patients are given a mild sedating medication to allow them to relax. A local anesthetic tumescent solution is then injected under the skin, which provides a numbing effect, so patients have a pain free experience.
After receiving a mild sedating medication orally, the patient is given time to relax in a calming spa-like environment. Once the patient is fully relaxed, they are brought to the procedure room. A local anesthetic medication is then injected under the skin, to numb the area. Small incisions (3mm) are made to allow for access to the neck. Through these tiny incisions the entire neck and jawline can be treated. A tiny cannula, containing a laser fiber is then passed under the skin of the treatment sites. The laser is attracted to fat and water in the skin. The laser energy melts away fat while simultaneously heating the undersurface of the skin, which stimulates new collagen formation resulting in skin tightening. This results in a tighter, slimmer and more youthful neck contour.
Another beneficial effect of Smart Liposuction is that the laser also helps to seal small blood vessels under the skin, which can typically be disrupted during traditional liposuction procedures. This beneficial effect results in less bruising, swelling, discomfort and recovery time compared to traditional liposuction. Patients may complain of mild discomfort at the treatment sites, and a pain medication will be prescribed to alleviate any discomfort. Patients will be asked to wear a compression garment, which provides gentle pressure at the treatment sites for the first 5-7 days after the procedure. Patients typically return to work in a few days, and may resume strenuous exercise in 2 weeks after treatment.
For most patients, Smart Liposuction permanently melts away fat and tightens skin in just one treatment.
Typically, at one week after the procedure your positive results will be evident. Your results will continue to improve over the next several months after your surgery as new collagen is produced, improving the skin tightening effects of the treatment.
No, unfortunately no treatment can stop the aging process. Your face will continue to age after your treatment. A good skincare regimen, healthy diet and lifestyle, as well as protection from the harmful rays of the sun will help to prolong your results.
The Smart LipoTM system was approved by the FDA in November 2006.
The cost of a Smart Liposuction procedures varies based on the number of areas a patient wishes to have treated. At the time of your consultation, an individualized surgical quote will be provided to you based on your treatment goals.
If you are considering Smart Liposuction, it is important to have realistic expectations of the procedure’s results. While Smart Liposuction will help to tighten sagging skin in the neck and jowls, it is not a substitute for facelift surgery in individuals with advanced facial and neck laxity, who are expecting dramatic results. Smart Liposuction is primarily intended to treat areas of fat that have not responded to diet and exercise, as well as provide a minimally invasive means for skin tightening. Therefore, it is most effective in patients who are generally in good health, have adequate skin elasticity, and who are within 20 pounds of their ideal BMI (Body Mass Index). With any surgery, a thorough pre-procedure consultation and exam are necessary to determine if Smart Liposuction is right for you. Call Philadelphia laser liposuction surgeon, Dr. Anthony Corrado at (877) 481 – FACE to schedule a consultation to find out if Smart Liposuction is right for you.