Liposuction – Smartlipo MPX Raleigh
Dr Diehl discusses Smart Lipo on WRAL Raleigh NC
Dr. Allen Mask with the WRAL Health Team discusses the SmartLipo procedure featuring an interview with Raleigh Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Cynthia Diehl.
SmartLipo is a cosmetic procedure popular among those seeking to get rid of unwanted body fat using local anesthesia.
- Dr. Diehl on WRAL – SmartLipo Part 1
Dr. Diehl on WRAL – SmartLipo Part 2
Smartlipo MPX™ Laserlipolysis
SmartLipo MPX, sometimes referred to as laser liposuction, uses a carefully calibrated laser to help liquefy fat cells. The laser actually assists in the rupturing of fat cells and the resulting liquid substance is removed through small incisions in the skin by Dr. Diehl. The laser also help to cauterize blood vessels during the procedure, so there is typically less swelling, bleeding, and bruising than with traditional liposuction. Laser liposuction can frequently be done under local anesthesia only.
Many patients are good candidates for SmartLipo™ treatment. In general, candidates should be in good health, exercise regularly, and be within 25 lbs. of their ideal weight. They should have focal areas of body fat that have responded poorly to diet and exercise. The laser is used in addition to traditional liposuction techniques.
Some of the areas treated with laser liposuction include the submental region (under the chin and jawline), the chest, the arms, the abdomen and flanks (lateral and posterior), the back and bra fat, the mons pubis, the outer and inner thighs, and sometimes the knees.
SmartLipo™ should be considered if:
-You are seeking some degree of skin tightening. SmartLipo may provide more tightening of the skin than traditional liposuction.
-You are seeking an FDA-approved treatment. Approved in November 2006, SmartLipo™ is one of the fastest-growing and safest procedures in the cosmetic surgery field today.
-You do not want to undergo general anesthesia. Many SmartLipo™ patients need only a local anesthetic. Because the patient is not completely unconscious, SmartLipo™ carries fewer risks than traditional liposuction surgery and the post-procedure recovery is much quicker than with a general anesthesia.
-You are seeking a liposuction treatment with a swift recovery time. SmartLipo™ patients are typically back to work within 1-2 days following the procedure.
-You want something more affordable than traditional liposuction. The cost of the SmartLipo™ procedure depends on how many areas are being treated. Some SmartLipo procedures can cost as much as 30% less than the same traditional liposuction procedure under general anesthesia.
To be a good candidate for SmartLipo™, you should maintain realistic expectations about the procedure’s capabilities. While SmartLipo™ can improve your appearance and self-confidence, it cannot necessarily match your mental ideal. Before you decide to have SmartLipo™, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them during your consultation visit with Dr. Diehl. She will assess whether you are a good candidate with respect to your medical health, and clarify what SmartLipo™ could do for you.
The length of recovery depends on the extent of the liposuction surgery. If you undergo a “light” outpatient procedure, you may be able to return to normal in as little as a few days. If, on the other hand, you have an extensive procedure, you may require several weeks to heal. Regardless, you can expect bruising, tenderness and swelling for several days to two weeks.
Keep in mind that every person’s body is different. Your recovery time may be very different from someone else with a similar procedure. Dr. Diehl will present you with all of the information you need to understand the range of outcomes, and how to best-maintain your improved body shape.
Traditional or Tumescent Liposuction
Liposuction surgery is generally performed on an outpatient basis. Depending on the type and volume of liposuction, you may be given local or general anesthesia. Once you are sufficiently anesthetized, Dr. Diehl will create small incisions to access the fatty area between your skin and muscle. Here, she will insert a suction device attached to a stainless steel instrument called a cannula.
Dr. Diehl will then use suction to remove excess fat and create a smoother body contour. The length of the procedure will correlate with the volumes of the areas addressed. During your consultation, Dr. Diehl will give you a realistic understanding of your specific process.
Scroll down to see a few Before and Afters. We have MANY before and after photos to show in the office but limit the photos online for patient privacy reasons.
If non-surgical options for fat reduction are more your speed check out our CoolSculpting page for more information