SmartLipo™ is the most sophisticated type of liposuction available today. It is a method that offers results with less trauma and less downtime than traditional liposuction. SmartLipo procedures may also be more affordable for many patients because it is usually performed under local anesthesia, while the patient is awake. Dr. Joshua Hyman is proud to provide SmartLipo in New York, New York.
SmartLipo uses laser technology to reduce the fat contained in the fat cells. In addition, it smoothes and tightens the skin to decrease the looseness that can occur with traditional liposuction. This procedure can be utilized alone to treat smaller areas of fat, such as below the chin, or in combination with liposuction to remove larger areas of fat, including those in the abdomen, flanks and thighs.
By utilizing the tumescent technique, SmartLipo can be performed in our office while the patient is awake. It is no longer necessary to sedate patients, nor do patients need to be admitted to the hospital for the procedure. Moreover, SmartLipo allows patients to return to normal activities more rapidly than with traditional liposuction. It is safer and provides improved results for smoother and tighter skin.
After the SmartLipo procedure, you will begin to recover immediately. After being escorted to a recovery room, our plastic surgeon will give you instructions on how to take care of your new body. Patients are generally able to return home within two hours after the SmartLipo procedure. Following the procedure, it is absolutely necessary to precisely follow Dr. Joshua Hyman’s recovery instructions. Depending on your situation, he may also prescribe minor pain medication.
Some patients may receive compression bandages to encourage the healing process. These bandages are crucial to your recovery in several areas of the body and help to prevent the tissues from shifting after the SmartLipo procedure. Dr. Joshua Hyman will suggest walking and engaging in minor activity to promote circulation in the first week after the procedure. In the days after your surgery, do not take any anti-inflammatory medicines or blood thinners such as aspirin. In addition, our plastic surgeon recommends that you do not smoke for two weeks prior and a few days after the procedure.
You will heal from SmartLipo in several stages. First, minor bruising and numbness may occur right after the procedure. These side effects should disappear within days, if not hours, of leaving the recovery room. The swelling from the procedure will go down within a week, at which point you can resume your normal activities. Once the swelling is gone, you will have fully recovered and will be able to see the final results of your SmartLipo surgery.
After your SmartLipo procedure, Dr. Joshua Hyman will schedule several post-operative visits. During these follow-up visits, he will examine you to ensure your body is healing properly. It is critical to keep your appointments as you recover in order to avoid scarring and infection. Most patients will be completely back to normal within three months of the SmartLipo procedure.