With obesity rates on the rise, weight loss has become a national obsession. Weight loss plans and products saturate the market, promising easier ways to cut calories or get fit through exercise. A sensible diet and exercise plan can yield great results in terms of the numbers on the scale, but many people are still not satisfied with the shape of their bodies even when they reach a healthy weight. Often people find that fat in certain parts of the body seems to be immune to weight loss. When that happens, they may turn to a long island plastic surgery clinic for liposuction. One treatment option is laser-assisted liposuction, also known as smartlipo liposuction. Compared with traditional surgery, laser-assisted liposuction has several advantages.

First of all, laser-assisted liposuction is safer. While traditional liposuction requires general anesthesia, which carries quite a few risks, the laser-assisted procedure can be done with local anesthesia only. It is also a less invasive procedure. Traditional liposuction depends on a tube or cannula to loosen the fat and suck it out of the body. Laser-assisted lipo, on the other hand, uses laser technology to liquefy the fat so that a very thin cannula can draw it out of the body. Consequently, the procedure requires only a small incision and entails a much lower risk of complications than traditional surgery.

The recovery from laser-assisted lipo is also easier and faster than recovery from traditional liposuction surgery. Traditional liposuction patients frequently require a week or more of down time, while smart lipo patients only need a day or two off from work. Traditional lipo patients typically experience a good deal of bruising and need to wear a compression garment for six weeks or more, while laser-assisted lipo patients have little or no bruising and only need a compression garment for three weeks. Furthermore, laser-assisted liposuction patients report considerably less pain after surgery than traditional liposuction patients.

Finally, laser-assisted liposuction patients can often get better results. With traditional liposuction, the cannula is used to scrape the fat away from the skin before it can be suctioned out. This action can cause ridges under the skin that remain visible after surgery. Since the laser melts the fat, there is no force used, and the result is very smooth skin. Moreover, the laser beam can tighten the skin during the procedure so that there is no loose or sagging skin where the fat has been removed.