Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Advanced Smartlipo - What You Need to Know

Liposuction in the United Kingdom is one of the top three cosmetic procedures performed (along with Botox and laser hair removal) and its popularity is increasing year on year. The Smartlipo procedure is a form of laser lipolysis and has been around for three years. It has distinct advantages over traditional liposuction; however the eventual results and client satisfaction fell short of the mark. This article will look at the science of laser lipolysis, its advantages as a liposuction procedure, the results obtained and the next generation of Smartlipo procedures.

Laser lipolysis is simply the term used to describe the process of a laser probe being introduced into the fatty tissue of the body, Laser energy is subsequently delivered, rupturing the fat cells and transforming them into an oily substance.

Over traditional liposuction, the Smartlipo procedure has minimal recovery time, is performed under local anaesthetic, and causes much less discomfort, less scarring and bruising. The low level laser energy also helps to stimulate collagen production in the skin resulting in skin tightening.

The results with Smartlipo are generally accepted as around 70% successful. The 30% unsuccessful group may have resulted from poor client selection such as a larger body mass Index (greater than 25) or attempting to tackle body areas containing larger than 500 mls of fat, which was deemed to be the maximum Smartlipo could remove.

This has led to the development of the next generation of Smartlipo procedures - Advanced Smartlipo. Aspiration or gentle suction of the oily substance has been added to the end of the procedure. Previously this was left inside the body, requiring it to be absorbed and eliminated in a natural manner. The initial Smartlipo laser had 6W of power; the newer machines have a power range of 10W to 18W, resulting in greater energy being delivered and larger amounts of fat cells ruptured in a shorter time.

In conclusion the next generation of Smartlipo procedures will deliver better results and higher client satisfaction whilst still having many advantages over traditional liposuction.

Dr. S.R. Bassi is the lead cosmetic physician of North Nottingham Premier Medical Laser and Cosmetic Clinic Selston Cosmetic Clinic, part of the Cosmetics Clinics Group. Visit our website or contact us to find out more about Smartlipo and Advanced Smartlipo.

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