SmartLipo™ in Charleston, SC
Stubborn fat pockets can stand in the way of achieving the look you want. SmartLipo™ can help by removing fat deposits, contouring the shape of the face, neck, stomach, hips, buttocks, arms, thighs, and calves. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian G. Widenhouse offers SmartLipo™ for patients who live in Charleston, Daniel Island, Mount Pleasant and the surrounding communities in South Carolina.
What Is SmartLipo™?
SmartLipo™ is a relatively new innovation on the liposuction procedure. It adds laser energy to traditional liposuction. The laser energy means less discomfort and a shorter healing time. The heat of the laser also stimulates the skin to produce additional collagen. This can cause the skin to tighten and tone. For some people, it may even minimize the appearance of cellulite, something traditional liposuction cannot achieve. SmartLipo™ has become one of the most popular body contouring procedures.
SmartLipo™ can be used in smaller and more sensitive areas than traditional liposuction. In addition to the belly, back, and thighs, SmartLipo™ gives great results in treating:
- Mons pubis
SmartLipo™ can also be used for facial rejuvenation. When used on the neck or jowls, it can remove fat and tighten the skin, restoring a fresher, more youthful appearance. It is good for people who need more rejuvenation than non-invasive procedures can provide but do not yet want a facelift or neck lift.
Benefits of SmartLipo™
Compared to traditional liposuction, SmartLipo™ offers a much shorter recovery period. Side effects are also minimized, including discomfort, swelling and bruising. This procedure offers superior body contouring, producing a smooth, desirable physique. The skin surrounding the treatment area is also tightened, creating a taut, youthful body.
Who Is The Ideal Candidate For SmartLipo™?
Great candidates for SmartLipo™ have good skin tone despite stubborn fatty deposits. Skin tone is important and allows treatment areas to quickly adjust to the body’s new contour upon completion of SmartLipo™.
What Do I Need To Do Before SmartLipo™?
During your consultation, Dr. Widenhouse will perform a thorough exam to identify areas of the body that could benefit from SmartLipo™. He will review your health history to ensure no conditions will interfere with undergoing the procedure. Together, you’ll work out a treatment plan which will address the body areas bothering you to deliver superior results.
What Should I Expect On The Day Of My SmartLipo™?
SmartLipo™ works by applying laser energy as well as suction to fat deposits. This heats the fat, melting it and making it easier to remove. Fat is more sensitive to heat than other tissues, so the fat can be removed with less tissue damage.
The heat of the laser also stimulates the skin to produce collagen. Collagen gives the skin tone and elasticity (the ability to snap back). With collagen production after SmartLipo™, the skin is more likely to contract, giving a smooth contour. It is a similar effect to what can be seen with fractional laser skin resurfacing.
How Long Does It Take To Perform SmartLipo™?
The length of the procedure will depend on the number of body areas targeted by SmartLipo™. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to complete SmartLipo™ for each area of the body.
What To Expect After SmartLipo™?
You will be fitted with elastic bandages following SmartLipo™ to reduce swelling and facilitate healing. Patients generally take a few days off of work following the SmartLipo™ procedure. Light activity, such as walking, is ok to perform after the procedure. Cardio and rigorous exercise should not be resumed for two weeks following SmartLipo™. Any numbness will resolve as you heal.
Will I Have Scars After Getting SmartLipo™?
There will be minor scars resulting from the SmartLipo™ procedure. Small punctures are made to insert the laser cannula which is used to conduct the procedure. Dr. Widenhouse takes great care to minimize the appearance of resulting scars, so they do not detract from the smooth contours created by the SmartLipo™ process.
When Will I See The Results?
Swelling will be present immediately after the SmartLipo™ procedure. As swelling subsides, results will be apparent. You should begin to notice the distinctive contours produced by SmartLipo™ approximately two weeks after the procedure.
What Are Possible Complications Of SmartLipo™?
Possible complications of SmartLipo™ include:
How Long Will The Results Of SmartLipo™ Last?
SmartLipo™ eradicates the fat cells in treatment areas, producing long-lasting results. For optimal results, patients should maintain a healthy exercise regimen and diet.
How Much Does SmartLipo™ Cost in Charleston?
Costs associated with the SmartLipo™ procedure vary between patients, depending on the number of areas to be targeted and the volume of fat to be removed. For our convenience, we accept cash, check, and major credit card payments. Financing is also available.
Dr. Brian G. Widenhouse is passionately committed to reflecting your inner beauty. Using the latest and most advanced procedures for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, our team offers full body plastic surgery, emphasizing overall health and wellness to the residents of Charleston, Daniel Island, Mount Pleasant and the surrounding communities in South Carolina. Contact Port City Plastic Surgery today!