The choice to have body sculpting through liposuction is a very personal decision. Fortunately, there are more options today so you can choose the type of method that is best for your unique needs. Traditional liposuction surgery is perhaps the best known option today, but Smart Lipo is fast becoming a popular choice as well.
In this post, learn what the differences are between liposuction surgery and Smart Lipo, so you can choose the method that seems like the best fit for you.
Liposuction surgery has been practiced for at least three decades now, and in that time many innovations and improvements have been introduced to the process. Liposuction surgery is definitely the right choice for removing large areas of fat deposits all at once.
However, liposuction via surgery is also still the most highly invasive method of body sculpting with the greatest amount of recovery time involved, so it may not be the right choice for everybody.
Liposuction surgery pros:
– More extensive and dramatic body sculpting results can be achieved with a single surgical procedure.
– Liposuction surgery can be easily combined with other procedures that require general anesthesia, including the popular “Mommy Makeover” (tummy tuck, breast lift, liposuction or some combination thereof).
– Results are permanent.
Liposuction surgery cons:
– Requires general anesthesia (which accounts for most of the risk factors associated with liposuction surgery – or any surgery for that matter).
– Comes with at least six weeks of downtime, including wearing compression garments.
– Can produce quite a lot of bruising, swelling and pain during recovery.
– Is more expensive than most other body sculpting options.
– Much larger incisions are required.
“Smart Lipo” is performed through the use of lasers – so obviously it is a much more recent addition to the menu of body sculpting options available today. The reference to “Smart” refers to the use of the laser to target smaller areas for body sculpting.
With Smart Lipo, you can have the procedure done on an outpatient basis in a doctor’s office or clinic setting with local anesthetic only, so there is very little downtime. For this reason alone, Smart Lipo can be a “smarter” choice for many busy patients today.
Smart Lipo pros:
– You can be back on your feet and able to resume many of your regular daily activities within a day.
– Skin will also be tightened and firmed by exposure to the laser.
– Much smaller incisions are used.
– Very minimal bruising.
– Able to begin exercising again after about five days.
Smart Lipo cons:
– Some bruising and soreness for the first few days.
– You still have to wear compression garments (but only for three weeks).
– In nearly all cases, this method will produce subtle results over smaller areas.
– You can’t combine other procedures at the same time as you have the Smart Lipo done.
By using this post for comparison purposes, you can consider what your personal goals are for having body sculpting done and decide which approach may provide you with the results you are seeking. As well, during your initial consultation, you can talk with your plastic surgeon to find out which method is considered the best approach for your goals.