A very popular procedure, SmartLipo is available to patients who want to achieve the greatest degree of face slimming and sculpting from liposuction. SmartLipo uses cutting-edge laser technology to target and melt away unwanted fat from the face or neck, gently heating the skin to help it shrink and form to your new contours. It is one of the most popular laser liposuction procedures available today, and SmartLipo has gained a reputation for helping patients achieve superior fat reduction and skin tightening results.
Cleveland cosmetic surgeon Dr. Faisal Quereshy recommends Smart Lipo to patients with the following cosmetic concerns:
SmartLipo is brand name device for the procedure known as Laser-Assisted Lipolysis. Through a small fiber-optic laser, the device actually melts or dissolves fat cells during the procedure. SmartLipo can be performed as a standalone procedure, or in combination with traditional liposuction to maximize the amount of fat that is removed, especially from areas such as love handles, the upper back, and the male chest. SmartLipo also provides a method for tightening loose skin, which can be an advantage over traditional liposuction.
The cost of SmartLipo in the Cleveland area varies depending on the size of the area and number of areas you wish to have treated. Give us a call to find out more about our pricing for SmartLipo.
Dr. Quereshy will begin to ready you for SmartLipo and provide you with aftercare instructions and necessary prescriptions well in advance so you feel relaxed and prepared for your procedure. If you smoke or use other tobacco products, you will be required to quit using them before SmartLipo.
Two weeks before and after surgery, you will be directed to discontinue taking medications and supplements that can thin the blood, such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and vitamin E.
Abstain from alcohol for one week prior to SmartLipo, and do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery. Let Dr. Quereshy know if you notice any signs of infection or illness prior to SmartLipo in Cleveland, as it is imperative you be in good health before undergoing surgery.
Dress comfortably the day of surgery, and do not wear makeup, nail polish, jewelry, other metal items or contact lenses, but do bring glasses to help you read the necessary paperwork.
During SmartLipo surgery, most patients require only sedation anesthesia, however, general anesthesia may also be used, especially if you are combining cosmetic surgery procedures or treating multiple areas. After cleansing the treatment area, Dr. Quereshy will place inconspicuous incisions in the problem areas being treated.
Fat cells are targeted and broken up using the SmartLipo laser device before being suctioned out through a small, thin tube called a cannula. Smart Lipo in Cleveland is suitable for any body area that can be treated with traditional liposuction surgery, such as the chin, back, hips, thighs, belly, buttocks and arms.
SmartLipo is different from traditional liposuction in that the laser device used to melt fat also helps your skin shrink and contract to fit your new reduced-fat body shape after surgery. This makes SmartLipo an ideal treatment for patients with less skin elasticity. SmartLipo also usually requires a shorter recovery period than traditional liposuction.
If only one or two areas are being treated with SmartLipo, the procedure typically takes 1-2 hours. However, if tummy tuck surgery or other cosmetic surgery procedures are performed simultaneously, the procedure will take longer.
A compression garment will be used following SmartLipo surgery to help reduce swelling, promote skin contraction and smooth results. During SmartLipo recovery, patients are usually encouraged to wear the garment for 3-6 weeks except when showering. Patients may shower 1-2 days after SmartLipo in Cleveland, following the first follow-up visit and dressing change.
Take all prescribed antibiotics and pain medication as directed, and be sure to start moving around as much as is comfortable the day after your procedure. Dr. Quereshy will advise you when it is safe to return to normal and strenuous activity, however, most patients return to work and normal activity within one week.
During your SmartLipo recovery period, protect your incisions from sun exposure to avoid darkening your scars.
Bruising and swelling will gradually resolve over the next few weeks, and within about three months, your improved body contours will be visible. Keep in mind it may take several more weeks to months for all swelling to completely resolve, as is true with traditional body liposuction or chin liposuction.
The Visage Surgical Institute is located in Medina, Ohio and serves local SmartLipo patients, as well as those from the greater Cleveland and Akron metro areas. For more information about SmartLipo surgery, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Quereshy, please call (330) 721-2323. Service areas include: Medina, Cleveland, Columbus, Akron, Parma, Brunswick, Solon, Fairlawn, Cleveland Heights, Hudson, Wadsworth, Cuyahoga Falls, Strongsville & Kent Ohio.