Body contouring is a way of shaping and refining the body through either surgery or nonsurgical methods. In surgical body contouring, both skin and fat are removed to create a new look. In nonsurgical body contouring, extra fat is removed without large incisions or damage to the skin. At New York Medicine Doctors practice, nonsurgical body contouring with SmartLipo is the treatment of choice.
SmartLipo is a type of nonsurgical fat removal designed to target pockets of fat that don't respond to diet or exercise. Many people who opt for SmartLipo do so because it's a noninvasive alternative to surgical liposuction. SmartLipo requires no general anesthesia or major surgical incisions. Most people who have SmartLipo return to their regular routine in only a few days.
SmartLipo can be used in virtually any part of the body where extra fat is a problem. The most common treatment areas include the:
SmartLipo can also be performed in smaller treatment areas like the chin and the neck.
SmartLipo candidates must be in good general health. The ideal candidate is a patient who is at their ideal weight, or is close to it. SmartLipo is an excellent option for patients who are looking for spot treatment of stubborn fat deposits. A patient who has struggled to get rid of fat deposits like a muffin top on the belly or saddlebags on the thighs may be an excellent candidate for this type of treatment.
A local anesthesia is used in the treatment area, so the patient won't be in any pain during the SmartLipo treatment. Patients lie comfortably during the treatment. A very small incision is made and a slender tube is placed in the treatment area. The laser is sent down the tube, where it will liquefy the fat cells. The fat cells can be suctioned out, as with surgical liposuction, or they can be left to exit the body naturally. The small incision doesn't require stitches, and the whole process takes only about an hour per treatment area.
Results are generally seen right away. As swelling dissipates, the results will be even better.
*individual results may vary
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