Liposuction is the most effective way to eliminate of pockets of fatty tissue that are often resistant to dieting and exercise. These predominate in areas such as the abdomen, thighs, legs, and back. In addition to traditional liposuction, a number of laser options such as SmartLipo are now available. The decision to choose between liposuction vs Smart Lipo is not a simple one, as there are a number of factors to consider.
Traditional liposuction involves the use of a cannula to break up the fatty tissue, which is then suctioned out. The cannula is inserted via small incisions made in the areas to be treated. The procedure is usually done under general anesthesia, on an outpatient basis.
Smart Lipo is a laser assisted lipo system, in which intense laser light is used to destroy the fat cells. The incisions required are smaller than those made for liposuction, as the laser probe is very small.
When choosing between liposuction vs SmartLipo, consideration must also be given to the surgeon. The outcome and safety of the procedure is heavily influenced by the skill and experience of the surgeon. It is important to remember that the best equipment will be ineffective, if it is not handled correctly.
Dr. Kyle Song of Song Plastic Surgery in Irvine is a board-certified plastic surgeon with the requisite skill in performing liposuction for both men and women. If you have problem areas that you think qualify for liposuction, then you can set up a consultation with Dr. Song to discuss your options.