From start to finish, Dr. Leedy and his staff did not disappoint! Dr. Leedy and Annie guided me through the process and answered all of my questions without hesitation (even my neurotic ones). The day of surgery, I was SO nervous and one of the staff members hugged me and assured me everything would be ok. From that hug to the anesthesiologist holding my hand to Dr. Leedy making himself available on the weekend for a follow-up, I cannot recommend this practice enough for any of your needs. I am ecstatic with my results and stop to stare every single time I walk past my reflection.
If you’re considering liposuction but would like a procedure that’s less invasive, it’s time to consider SmartLipo. At the Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute, we offer a highly effective solution for those who just can’t seem to shed weight, no matter how hard they try.
What is SmartLipo?
SmartLipo uses the newest technology to remove stubborn fat and is less invasive than traditional liposuction. Also called laser-assisted lipolysis, this procedure features laser energy, smaller incisions, and a quick recovery. It even tightens your skin, contouring your body.
SmartLipo can be used to remove diet and exercise resistant fat on your:
- Love handles
SmartLipo is best for small areas with limited pockets of fat. If you’re removing a significant amount of fat, then traditional liposuction may be suggested.
The most frequently asked questions about SmartLipo
SmartLipo utilizes state-of-the-art laser energy to assist in the fat removal process. Small incisions (about 2mm wide) are made at your treatment area to insert the SmartLipo device, which is a low-end laser fiber. This targets laser energy on your fat cells, liquefying them.
This same energy creates heat that stimulates collagen and elastin production in your skin, tightening and improving its look and texture.
Using the same device, the melted fat is suctioned from your treatment area, permanently removing it from your body. Once completed, your incisions will be closed.
You may be a good candidate if:
- You’re close to your ideal body weight and looking to target small pockets of fat that have not responded to consistent diet and exercise
- You’ve been at a stable weight months before you decide to get the procedure
- You have minimal loose skin and good elasticity
It should be noted that those over the age of 60, or those with cardiovascular issues, hypertension, or diabetes will need medical clearance before receiving SmartLipo.
The recovery period is minimal compared to traditional liposuction. After surgery, it is recommended that you wear a compression garment and get plenty of rest for a few days, even if you don’t experience any discomfort.
Thanks to the small size of the incisions, scarring from SmartLipo is minimal and rarely noticed. Because this procedure creates less trauma to your treatment area, there is less bruising and swelling than traditional liposuction.
You may notice improvements to your body within a few days after surgery, but it can take a few weeks before your body completely heals and maximum benefits manifest.