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Smartlipo™ vs. Tummy Tuck

Many of the patients who consult with Dr. Kevin M. Johnson about getting liposuction at our Spokane, Washington, or Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, offices ask whether liposuction or a tummy tuck would actually yield better results for them. The answer is that it depends. The appropriate treatment is determined by a range of personal factors, including the patient's specific cosmetic concerns and the condition of the abdominal skin.

To learn more about the differences between the 2 procedures and the benefits of the Smartlipo technique offered at our Spokane and Coeur d'Alene locations, request your complimentary consultation online or call us at (208) 676-8346.

Choosing the Correct Procedure

It's always a good idea to consider alternative treatments that are best suited to your individual needs and cosmetic goals. At Advanced Aesthetics, Dr. Johnson recommends the most appropriate procedure based on his extensive experience and training.

Not all patients will benefit from liposuction alone. For instance, a woman who has had multiple children, whose abdominal muscles need to be tightened, and whose skin has become stretched and redundant probably is best suited for a tummy tuck. But Smartlipo laser liposuction is often an excellent option for someone with good muscle tone, with some skin laxity and stretch marks, and who has some stubborn belly fat.

Smartlipo vs. Tummy Tuck

ProcedureSmartlipoTummy Tuck
Type of surgeryMinimally invasiveInvasive
Cosmetic goalReduce excess fat for a flatter, sculpted stomachRemoving excess skin and reducing fat, tightening muscles, and removing stretch marks
Skin tighteningYesYes
Belly buttonPreserves umbilicusRequires surgical reconstruction
AnesthesiaLocalGeneral
ScarsMinimalLong, horizontal scar along the lower abdomen
Recovery Time1 to 2 days (Exercise after 10 days)7 to 10 days (Exercise after several weeks)
CostLess expensiveMore expensive
ResultsLong-lastingLong-lasting
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Smartlipo vs. Traditional Liposuction

Liposuction isn't only for the abdominal area. It can treat virtually any area of the body where pockets of fat create unsightly bulges. That may be the thighs, buttocks, neck, or the back. But Smartlipo offers advantages when compared to the traditional liposuction procedure:

  • Skin tightening: The laser energy emitted by the system's tiny cannula triggers the growth of new collagen as part of the healing process. Collagen is a vital component of toned, youthful-looking skin.
  • Gentler: Dissolving fat with the laser creates less trauma than traditional liposuction, which requires manually breaking fat apart.
  • Less downtime: Because Smartlipo doesn't cause as much trauma to surrounding tissue, some patients require as little as 24 hours to recover, although experiences vary.

Patients with additional questions about Smartlipo can visit our Liposuction FAQ page.

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