The Abbey Journal

What to Expect After a Smartlipo Procedure

“New Year, New Me” is a motto that many people follow once January rolls around. It’s not uncommon for people to start taking initiative about their appearance after the New Year begins. Although some people take the exercise and dieting route, others opt for surgical routes to help manage the problem areas that the gym can’t quite fix. One of these surgical options, Smartlipo, is a minimally invasive, in office procedure, that liquefies and removes stubborn fat.

Smartlipo Triplex is a type of laser assisted liposuction that generates laser energy through thin fibers to liquefy fat which is then removed through a cannula. The thin fiber is inserted beneath the skin through the small incision sites. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area making the procedure comfortable; however, most patients feel a pressure sensation which stops once the fat is liquefied by the laser. Smartlipo is meant to remove fat, not as a weight loss tactic.

After the procedure is completed patients are instructed to wear a compression garment on the treated area for the first 48 and 12 hours daily for the following three to four weeks. The purpose of this garment is to help facilitate lymphatic drainage from the treated area. It is recommended that the area is also gently massaged to help reduce swelling. The small incisions made will heal and will become barely noticeable over time. Patients may feel numbness or increased sensitivity in the treated area for up to four months. Patients may also experience hard nodules of fat under the skin which will slowly resolve as the body reabsorbs the fat. The best way to expedite this is to massage the area.

Results will be noticeable immediately, but swelling will be present and will slowly resolve over the next three to four weeks. After the swelling subsides, patients will continue to see results and improvements over time, but full results will take up to a year. Return to daily activities should be gradual and as tolerated because some soreness, swelling, and sensitivity may occur.

One of the most important things to remember as the body is healing as well as after results are achieved is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Just like people who achieve a muscular physique, if these people discontinue their gym regimens, they will lose the muscle tone that they worked so hard for. The same can be said with people who undergo Smartlipo. If you don’t eat properly and neglect to stay active, the fat cells left behind can expand, causing weight gain which will diminish the results that your body has achieved with Smartlipo.

So if you do want a new you in the New Year, consider Smartlipo!