How Does SmartLipo Work?

Des Moines Plastic Surgery™ offers the incredibly popular and effective Laser Liposuction technology known as SmartLipo™ from Cynosure. Smartlipo is the industry’s leader in laser assisted liposuction systems.

Smartlipo is designed to disrupt fatty cells and tighten skin better than traditional liposuction techniques. Smartlipo is a minimally invasive technique performed under local anesthesia only. The laser coagulates blood vessels resulting in less bleeding, less bruising, and faster recovery compared to traditional liposuction. Smartlipo is the #1 requested cosmetic procedure making Smartlipo the undisputed leader in laser liposuction. Smartlipo in Des Moines is only at Des Moines Plastic Surgery™. In fact, we have invested in the newest Smartlipo device, the Triplex platform from Cynosure with three laser wavelengths for maximum results.

Is SmartLipo Right For Me?

It is important to remember that SmartLipo is not a weight loss procedure. SmartLipo is designed to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat to help contour the body. Good candidates for SmartLipo should be close to their ideal body weight and committed to living an active and healthy lifestyle following their treatment. During your consultation, we can let you know if SmartLipo is the right choice for you.

SmartLipo Recovery

The recovery time following SmartLipo treatment is relatively short. Patients will typically need to take around two to three days off from work so that they can recover properly. What to expect during your recovery will depend on the areas of the body treated. In most cases, patients can expect to experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort.

It can take several weeks for the swelling to fully dissipate. A compression garment will need to be worn during the recovery process to help manage swelling and provide support. While many activities can be resumed after some time, you will need to wait until the swelling fully dissipates before you can resume all activities.

SmartLipo Cost and Payment Options

The cost of your SmartLipo treatment in Des Moines will depend on the number of areas being treated, the amount of work needed, and various other factors. When you come to Des Moines Plastic Surgery, our team will go over pricing and let you know about the payment options available to you.

Schedule Consultation

To learn more about the first and only Smartlipo system in Des Moines, call us at Des Moines Plastic Surgery™ for your complimentary cosmetic consultation at 515.221.9999. Dr. Robbins and the Des Moines Plastic Surgery team will meet with you to determine if you’re a candidate and make best recommendations at your visit.

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Smartlipo™ is the first laser device for LaserBodySculpting™ for fat cell disruption and skin tightening. The procedure is ideal for unwanted fat removal and skin tightening effect. Smartlipo can be used on the face, neck, arms, male breasts, bra line, love handles, abdomen, saddle bags, inner thighs, outer thighs, and knees. We have the first plastic surgeon in Des Moines to offer Smartlipo.

With Smartlipo, there is less bleeding, less bruising, and faster recovery. Most Smartlipo is performed under local anesthesia only. No general anesthesia or operating room costs. Smartlipo is also better at skin tightening because of the laser and therefore is better for areas of unwanted fat where the overlying skin is slightly loose.

Those patients in good health who are at or close to their ideal weight with small localized areas of unwanted fat that do not respond to diet and exercise are considered the best candidates. It is ideal for those patients who want excellent results, minimal downtime, and no general anesthesia. It is not used for large areas of fat reduction and for those individuals who are overweight.

The Des Moines Smartlipo procedure is commonly performed under local anesthesia alone with the patient awake or mildly sedated with oral sedative medication. The Smartlipo cannula is inserted under the skin into the fatty layer through 1-2 mm incisions. The laser is at the tip of the cannula and the aiming beam can be visualized through the skin allowing us to precisely identify the treatment area. The laser energy at the cannula fiber tip ruptures fat cell membranes and releases fatty oil from the fat cells. This end product of fatty oil from fat cell membrane disruption is aspirated from the site. The Smartlipo at Des Moines Plastic Surgery™ works differently from traditional liposuction. Smartlipo disrupts fat cells by heat and a photodistruptive action, or shattering of the fat cell membrane. The laser coagulates or seals off blood vessels resulting in less bleeding, less bruising, and less trauma to the skin and deeper tissues. This results in less downtime and faster recovery. Smartlipo also promotes tissue tightening through bulk laser heating and tissue coagulation.

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