SMART™ laser-assisted liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a technique known as “laser lipolysis” to destroy fat cells via laser energy. Laser-assisted liposuction is particularly useful in the treatment of small pockets of fat associated with modest amounts of loose skin, common in areas such as the neck. The SmartLipo™ liposuction is used in St. Louis at West County Plastic Surgeons by Dr. Marissa Tenenbaum and Dr. Terry Myckatyn for laser-assisted liposuction.
Using a very small cannula (a tube that houses a special laser), the surgeon liquefies targeted fat cells. Compared to traditional tumescent liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction may reduce bleeding from blood vessels in the fat. The laser may also stimulate the production of collagen during the healing process and can help to increase the firmness and overall appearance of the skin. Frequently, patients treated with SMART liposuction experience less bruising and faster recovery compared with standard tumescent liposuction.
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SMART liposuction, as well as ultrasonic-assisted liposuction and standard tumescent liposuction are excellent complementary pieces to several other cosmetic procedures. These include:
Short-scar facelift surgery. These procedures can be performed with the patient awake in the office or under general anesthesia and are designed to rejuvenate loose tissues in the lower two thirds of the face from the jawline to the upper cheek. Combined with SMART liposuction of the neck, these procedures can effectively rejuvenate the neck and face without the patient undergoing a standard facelift.
Fractionated laser resurfacing. Fractionated laser resurfacing provides an effective, low-downtime solution for treating fine wrinkles and blotchy skin throughout the face, as well as the deeper wrinkles around the mouth and eyes.
Upper-lid blepharoplasty (upper-eyelid lift). A facelift does not affect the upper eyelids. An upper-lid blepharoplasty provides a more crisp contour to the upper eyelid by removing redundant upper eyelid skin.
Anesthesia: SMART liposuction is usually performed with the patient under local anesthesia in the office.
Length of procedure: 1 to 2 hours, depending on the area treated.
Estimated recovery time: You can return to work after 1 to 4 days depending on the volume removed and should avoid vigorous activities for 5 to 7 days. Visible bruising or swelling should clear up within 7 days. To learn how to prepare for SMART liposuction and what to expect afterwards, click here to download our patient instructions for liposuction or SMART liposuction of the neck.
Side effects: Common side effects include bruising, swelling, tiny well-hidden scars and some numbness and itching in the treated areas. Click here to download a detailed consent form from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that lists the risks and benefits of liposuction.
Before-and-after photos of liposuction results: Click here
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