SmartLipo™ - Weighing Your Treatment Options
The growing popularity of cosmetic surgery has led to seemingly countless variations of commonly performed procedures, such as liposuction. SmartLipo™ and CoolSculpting are examples of new body contouring techniques that have received a lot of attention lately, with some advertisements suggesting that it is a better alternative to traditional liposuction.
Dr. David Passaretti is fully committed to the safety and satisfaction of his patients, and he wants to help them make informed, confident decisions based on facts rather than hype. He strongly recommends traditional liposuction over SmartLipo™ to patients of his Fairfield County practice. If you have been wondering which procedure is best suited to you, or if you want a balanced, objective comparison between the procedures from a trusted plastic surgeon, we invite you to reach out to our practice today to schedule an appointment.
How Does SmartLipo™ Differ from Traditional Liposuction?
SmartLipo™ uses heat from a laser to melt fatty tissues prior to their removal. The technology was developed as a simplified alternative to the traditional liposuction procedure. It is commonly performed by physicians without board-certification in plastic surgery, in an office setting rather than in a state-licensed, certified operating room. Unfortunately, this has enabled some physicians who do not have the training or experience to perform traditional liposuction, such as internists and gynecologists, to entice prospective patients with "an exciting, new technology." Ultimately, however, patients who undergo procedures with poorly trained or inexperienced physicians face an increased risk of complications and often achieve far less aesthetically pleasing results than those possible with traditional liposuction. Uneven and lumpy results from poorly performed liposuction can be difficult if not impossible to correct.
Liposuction is an extremely safe, effective, and reliable method of body contouring. Dr. Passaretti is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience performing the procedure. Our practice offers tumescent liposuction, which uses an injected saline solution to firm up fatty tissue before it is removed, and minimize pain and bruising. Unlike SmartLipo™, Dr. Passaretti believes that traditional liposuction allows for extremely precise fat removal and body contouring. This precision and control allows Dr. Passaretti to avoid uneven contours and lumpy skin.
Benefits of Traditional Liposuction
Advancements in liposuction technology have made the procedure even safer, more comfortable, and capable of producing better results than ever before. Dr. Passaretti recommends traditional liposuction over SmartLipo™ for a number of reasons, including:
- Superior cosmetic results: Because SmartLipo™ first melts fat, Dr. Passaretti believes that the aesthetic outcome of the procedure is more difficult to control. During traditional liposuction, Dr. Passaretti is able to monitor his progress toward the desired result as he is removing excess fat. This immediate feedback means he is able to precisely reshape, contour, and smooth the treatment area for an extremely natural appearance.
- Greater adherence to safety standards: Unlike SmartLipo™, which can be performed in a doctor's office, Dr. Passaretti performs liposuction at our accredited surgical suite. We adhere to stringent safety standards in this environment to safeguard our patients' health.
- Enhanced comfort: Performed incorrectly, SmartLipo™ can result in significant post-procedural pain. Poorly controlled thermal monitoring and surgical missteps have also resulted in burns to the skin.
When performed correctly by a skilled surgeon, liposuction can achieve smooth, beautiful improvements to body contour. In the end, there is simply no replacement for the skill and aesthetic vision of the surgeon. Overall, our liposuction patients enjoy greatly improved self-confidence and satisfaction with their results after their procedures. Complemented by healthy lifestyle habits, such as a healthful diet and regular exercise, the effects of liposuction can last for years.
Schedule a Consultation to Learn More
We believe very strongly that informed patients enjoy the greatest satisfaction in the cosmetic results of their surgeries. Our practice focuses heavily on patient education and during a thorough evaluation, we will spend time discussing appropriate treatment options that can help you achieve your unique aesthetic goals. You can learn more during a personal consultation with Dr. Passaretti.