Liposuction With Smartlipo®

One of the most popular procedures at our practice and around the country is laser liposuction. We offer Smartlipo to our Spokane and Coeur d’Alene patients who want a less invasive yet highly effective alternative to traditional liposuction. Learn the answers to your questions about Smartlipo, and find out why both Dr. Kevin Johnson and our patients prefer it.

Candidates for Smartlipo

Attracting patients from Missoula, Kennewick, and even Moses Lake, SmartLipo can help reduce fat for almost any patient who wants to slim and shape specific areas. An examination by Dr. Johnson during the consultation will determine if this procedure is right for you. It is an ideal treatment to minimize localized pockets of unwanted fat, especially for areas that don’t respond to exercise and diet. Smartlipo is meant for fine-tuning, not weight reduction.

Both men and women can benefit from Smartlipo. The main reasons patients come to Dr. Johnson for Smartlipo is because they want to reduce fat from one or more of these areas:

You can treat more than one area during a single procedure, and while experiences vary, in most cases patients need only a single treatment to get their desired results.

Fat harvested through Smartlipo can also be used to augment other areas of the body such as the breasts and the buttocks. Dr. Johnson specializes in fat transfer for people who want natural enhancement of the body’s contours.

If you’re looking for a completely non-invasive body contouring method, be sure to learn more about CoolSculpting®. If you are interested in reducing neck fat, consider the benefits of neck liposuction vs. PrecisionTx®.

Dr. Kevin Johnson

Dr. Kevin Johnson

Welcome to Advanced Aesthetics. Throughout my years serving the body contouring and facial rejuvenation needs of people in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, I’ve learned a lot—including how to meet my patients where they are. If you’re like most of our guests, you’re busy, you want to address a specific concern, but you might not know where to begin. We’re ready to help.

Meet Dr. Kevin Johnson

Why Dr. Johnson for Smartlipo

Women and men travel to our Coeur d’Alene and Spokane locations to have Dr. Johnson perform Smartlipo because of his reputation for getting excellent results and his superb safety record. Dr. Johnson is a board-certified general surgeon and a thought leader in the field of body sculpting. He teaches a CME-accredited laser liposuction training course for physicians spanning multiple specialty physicians including: general surgeons, plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, ENT surgeons, dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, OB/GYN surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, and several more.

Dr. Johnson’s Advanced Aesthetics is a National Training Center for the Cynosure® laser company, which manufactures and sells the Smartlipo® Triplex®, Cellulaze™, and PrecisionTx lasers.

Choosing a liposuction specialist with as much training and experience as Dr. Johnson is an important step for ensuring your excellent surgical results and safety.

Benefits of Smartlipo

Smartlipo offers many benefits by using laser energy. These advantages include:

  • Enhanced comfort compared with traditional liposuction because fat is dissolved using laser light
  • Versatility in treating a range of areas on the body
  • Tightening of skin by stimulating collagen production
  • Minimal scarring because incisions are so small
  • A shorter recovery than traditional liposuction – as little as 24 hours
  • Local anesthesia

In a nutshell, Smartlipo offers excellent results, including tighter, smoother skin, with less discomfort, a shorter recovery time, and less bruising and swelling than other forms of liposuction1.

Your Procedure

Treatments with Smartlipo are considered alternatives to traditional liposuction; however, Smartlipo is similar to tumescent liposuction since a tumescent solution is injected under the skin in the area to be treated. Once the treatment area has been infused with this solution, an optical fiber attached to a very small cannula (wand-like tube) is then inserted under the skin in the area to be treated.

The cannula is moved back and forth in a wand-like motion, causing fat cells in the treatment area to rupture and liquefy. Once liquefied, the fat is then easily suctioned away through the cannula. The laser also helps to cauterize blood vessels. This allows patients at Advanced Aesthetics to experience the full results of a liposuction treatment, without as much bleeding, bruising, pain or downtime as other methods. The laser also stimulates collagen production, helping to tighten the skin after treatment.

Your Recovery

Smartlipo provides impressively contoured, sculpted results, but it requires only minimal downtime. Because Smartlipo is less invasive and gentler than other types of liposuction, most patients return to work or resume other daily activities after only a day or 2, although experiences vary.

Right after your procedure, a pressure garment may be applied to help decrease swelling. There is also less bruising and swelling with Smartlipo, meaning you will begin noticing results almost immediately. The results improve as the swelling continues to dissipate, which may take up to 6 to 8 weeks, however healing rates vary.

By maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly, you can enjoy the results for years. Other liposuction techniques are more likely to produce uneven contours and dimpling, rippling, bumps, and other irregularities, than with Smartlipo. Patients typically attain a normal, smooth, and even contour from a Smartlipo procedure, although experiences vary.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does liposuction cost?

Liposuction cost at our Spokane and Coeur d’Alene offices varies depending on the area you want to target. We would be pleased to offer you a customized quote during a consultation, and we strive to keep our rates competitive and affordable for all our deserving patients. We also offer financing options to help you fit your desired treatment into your budget.

How safe is Smartlipo?

Years of extensive studies and use in plastic surgeons’ offices around the nation have shown Smartlipo to be one of the safest and most effective methods of body contouring available. By reducing blood loss and minimizing aesthetic side effects and complications, Smartlipo is generally considered safer than traditional liposuction. Smartlipo is approved by the FDA and was the first laser to be used for liposuction.

Will I need general anesthesia?

Only a local anesthetic is necessary for patients undergoing Smartlipo treatments. Smartlipo is less invasive than traditional liposuction and requires incisions that are about the size of a pen tip, through which the laser fiber is inserted. Traditional liposuction patients are sometimes put under general anesthesia, although not in all cases.

What areas can be treated?

One of the many benefits of Smartlipo is its versatility. This enhanced version of traditional liposuction is ideally suited for treating delicate areas such as the neck, jawline, and face because the laser fiber cannula is precise and less invasive. But Smartlipo is also effective in removing fat from larger areas of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, and even the upper arms. Dr. Johnson uses Smartlipo to treat adult males concerned about gynecomastia who come to our practice for male breast reduction, as well.

How much fat can be removed with liposuction?

It’s important to remember that any type of liposuction, whether it’s laser-assisted such as Smartlipo, or traditional liposuction, is not for weight reduction. Liposuction is a body contouring tool that sculpts away pockets of fat that resist exercise and good eating habits. Candidacy for the procedure and choosing the amount of fat expected to be removed is based on your physical examination at the time of your consultation. On average, patients can expect between 4 and 10 pounds of fat to be removed, although actual amounts vary.

Will my skin look deflated and loose?

Smartlipo is a laser-assisted technique. Lasers are often used in cosmetic procedures to tighten skin, and Smartlipo patients typically see the same skin-tightening benefits. If your skin has been stretched by pregnancy or significant weight changes, you should consider the differences between Smartlipo and a tummy tuck.

How much downtime is needed?

Because Smartlipo is less invasive, there is less discomfort following the procedure, along with less bleeding, swelling, and bruising than what is typically associated with more invasive liposuction techniques. Our patients generally can return to work or their normal daily activities 2 days after the Smartlipo treatment, however everyone is different.

Does liposuction treat cellulite?

No. Cellulite is caused by fibrous bands that pull on the skin from below and create a dimpled texture on the surface, rather than by fat. For cellulite, we offer Cellulaze™ and SmoothShapes® treatments. Dr. Johnson sometimes uses liposuction in conjunction with our cellulite treatment options to create a comprehensive result.

If you would like to know more about Smartlipo, request your complimentary consultation online or call us at  (509) 209-2171. Dr. Kevin M. Johnson and the rest of the team at Advanced Aesthetics provide leading-edge techniques for cosmetic improvement in a comfortable, supportive atmosphere. At his offices in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Spokane, Washington, he serves men and women from Spokane, Washington as well as Montana, Oregon, and other states.

 

1 McBean, Jason C., Katz, Bruce E., Laser Lipolysis: An Update, Journal of Clinical Aesthetic Dermatology: 2011; 4(7): 25-34. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3140909/
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