San Francisco Smartlipo laser fat removal treatment. Minimally-invasive Smartlipo for body contouring and sculpting. Learn Smartlipo advantages and disadvantages from San Francisco’s finest skin contouring and sculpting experts at Azalasf.com
In the battle against unwanted bulges solutions range from extreme surgery to something that resembles a warm massage. Since the industry seems to be moving away from surgery as much as possible, less invasive procedures with little downtime are dominating the marketplace. Smartlipo is a laser-assisted body contouring procedure that falls somewhere between minimally-invasive and light surgery.
Smartlipo is performed while the patient is awake. A local anesthetic is used to numb only the specific area being treated such as the abdomen, thighs and under the chin. Smartlipo involves using a small laser cannula that’s inserted into the body to rupture and liquefy fat cells, then having them removed permanently via suction. The procedure also promises to stimulate collagen and improve skin elasticity.
It may be called minimally-invasive but Smartlipo is still surgery and carries with it all the risks, such as infection, pain, swelling and bruising. Patients will have to wear a compression garment for 2-4 weeks after the procedure, which could be a disruption to their daily activities and lifestyle. Another drawback with any type of liposuction treatment is the possibility of having uneven results or even ‘shark bites’, a condition where more fat is removed than intended resulting in small dents in the skin.
For the last ten years CoolSculpting® has been leading the way in non-surgical and minimally-invasive body contouring treatments. Now it’s possible to deliver results similar to Smartlipo minus the risks and with practically no downtime. In just a few sessions patients can experience significant slimming of their problem areas. Fat that doesn’t normally respond to diet or exercise can be eliminated by an impressive 20-25% per session.
How does CoolSculpting® work? Special applicators are placed on the body and attached using the device’s light suction. Gradual cooling is applied to the area, slowly freezing the fat at -11°C for the duration of 35-80 minutes (depending on the applicator). Fat cells are destroyed through a process called cryolipolysis and are sent to the liver for safe and gradual elimination. CoolSculpting® can treat many of the same areas as Smartlipo, including stomach, love handles, bra fat, thighs, arms, and chin. Multiple zones can be treated with CoolSculpting® in one day and results can be visible after 8-10 weeks but additional improvements continue for 12-16 weeks.
The cost of CoolSculpting can vary depending on how many different areas are being treated and the size and number of applicators you’ll require for optimum results. The average number of sessions that patients typically need to see visible improvement is 2-3 but some people see results with only one. The best thing to do is schedule an appointment with a CoolSculpting® clinician who will access each area you want to reduce and help you build a customized treatment plan.
To learn more about CoolSculpting® schedule your complimentary consultation with Azala San Francisco today.
* Individual results may vary, and not guaranteed.