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Liposuction FAQ

One of the most popular procedures at our practice and around the country is liposuction. In Spokane, Washington, and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, we offer Smartlipo™ liposuction, a less invasive alternative to traditional liposuction. It's common for patients to have questions about the system and how it compares with other forms of liposuction. We address some of the most common questions on this page.

If you're considering body contouring and want to ask about Smartlipo in Spokane or Coeur d'Alene, request your complimentary consultation online or call us at (208) 676-8346. Dr. Kevin M. Johnson and his team at Advanced Aesthetics provide leading-edge techniques for cosmetic improvement in a comfortable, supportive atmosphere. He serves men and women from Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and other states.

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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.

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At Advanced Aesthetics, Dr. Kevin Johnson is a liposuction specialist whose results speak for themselves. View our photo gallery to see other actual patients who have more sculpted arms and necks.

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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 a weight-loss procedure. 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.

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 you have lost significant weight, 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.

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.

How much does liposuction cost?

It's difficult to say how much a liposuction treatment costs because it varies widely 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.

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