How does the Smartlipo work?
Smartlipo laserlipolysis is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. The procedure disrupts the fat cells through a thermal and photodisruptive action - heating and shattering the fat cell membrane. The laser coagulates the underlying vessels due to the hemostatic properties of the laser, resulting in less bleeding, bruising, trauma as well as less down time. As an added benefit the system has also been reported to promote tissue tightening through bulk thermal heating and tissue coagulation.
The procedure is commonly performed under local and tumescent anesthesia. A laser fiber is introduced through a handpiece and detachable cannula. The cannula is then inserted through a 1 to 2 mm incision in the skin and into fat pockets. The cannula, with the tip of the fiber exposed approximately 2 mm, is then moved in a "back and forth" fanning motion. The laser's aiming beam can be visualized through the skin, allowing the physician to identify the treatment area. As the fiber tip comes in contact with the fat cells it ruptures the cell membranes and releases the fatty oil from the fat cells. This end product may then be aspirated from the site.
What are the benefits of Smartlipo?
• Treats unwanted fat and fat tissue irregularities
• Promotes tissue coagulation resulting in skin tissue tiahtenina
• Treats flabby or lax skin and areas of high vascularity
• Minimal edema and bleeding due to the laser's hemostatic properties
• Minimal bruising
• Causes less trauma and faster healing time than traditional liposuction
What type of system is used?
The Smartlipo is an Nd:Y A G laser with high peak power and a high rep rate of 40 Hz. The laser energy is delivered using a 300 micron fiber which is threaded through the handpiece and cannula. Does this procedure have FDA Clearance? The Smartlipo has been cleared by the FDA for laser-assisted lipolysis. It is also cleared for incision, vaporization, ablation and coagulation of soft tissue.
Does laser-assisted lipolysis produce lasting results?
Yes! The Smartlipo procedure permanently destroys the treated fat cells. Adults do not create new fat cells. When a person gains weight, that person's fat cells simply expand. Should you gain weight, that fat will most likely be deposited in areas where the procedure was not performed.
Who is a good candidate for the procedure?
Ideal candidates are in good health, close to normal body weight and have realistic expectations for the results. If the person has areas of fat that will not respond to diet and exercise, then that person is a candidate for laser-assisted lipolysis.
How many treatments are required?
For most patients, typically only one treatment is required. The session may last from 45 minutes to one hour for each area treated. Laserlipolysis is also an ideal choice for "touch ups" and revisions.
Who performs the treatments?
At Soluna MD, John W. Chang, M.D., performs all Smart Lipo Ultra, LipoSelection, Lipo-Dissolve, Permalift Non-Invasive Facelift, Suture Suspensions, BOTOX® and Filler injections.
Dr. Jonn W Chang is a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in cosmetics and vein care. Originally born in Chicago, he attended Northwestern University for its prestigious Honor Program in Medical Education. Dr. Chang completed his surgical residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach and then became a busy attending general surgeon in the Memorial Hospital System in south Broward. Dr. Chang joined Soluna in 2007 as a partner. He has since specialized in vein care (sclerotherapy, endovenous laser treatment, ambulatory phlebectomy), minimally-invasive liposuction, suture suspension (minimally-invasive face lifts), injectables (Botox and fillers) and laser treatments.