If you’re trying to sculpt your body and eliminate fat, two popular procedures are traditional liposuction and SmartLipo™. For many years, liposuction has been one of the best ways to eliminate deposits of stubborn fat, and it involves the use of powerful suction. Over time, several new techniques have surfaced, and today, many patients are choosing SmartLipo™.
What is Traditional Liposuction?
Despite the newer techniques that have come to market, traditional liposuction is still quite popular, and every year, it’s performed on thousands of patients. During a traditional liposuction procedure, the surgeon uses a cannula to dislodge the fat within the target area, which is sucked out of the body with a suction tube.
A Look at SmartLipo™
When it comes to removing pockets of stubborn fat, SmartLipo™ is another popular treatment, and it offers several advantages over traditional liposuction. This procedure uses a laser to eliminate unwanted fat. The laser is effective because it produces a specific energy wavelength, and once the energy contacts the fat, it melts it.
Another major advantage of using a laser is skin tightening, as the energy from the laser causes the skin to contract. The energy from the laser signals your body to produce additional collagen and elastin, and these compounds will make your skin tighter, firmer and healthier.
Many patients prefer SmartLipo™ because it uses local anesthesia, which doesn’t come with as much risk as general anesthesia. You’ll be conscious during the procedure, and the local anesthesia is very safe.
Which Procedure is Right for You?
If you’re trying to decide between these two procedures, you should know the pros and cons of both. As was previously mentioned, SmartLipo™ is known to tighten skin and requires significantly less downtime. So, if you’re looking for a treatment that can both remove fat and tighten loose skin, this procedure may be worth considering. However, if you simply want to remove fat, traditional liposuction could be the best option.
Although SmartLipo™ offers several advantages over the alternatives, it’s not always the right option for everyone. During a consultation at Transformations Plastic Surgery in Rockford, Dr. Pryor can review your case and help you determine which procedure is likely to give you the results you desire. Dr. Pryor and his team proudly provide patients in the Chicago and surrounding areas with both liposuction and SmartLipo™, so you can be sure that his determination will be unbiased with only your best interest in mind. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more!