Liposuction vs. Smartlipo TriPlex™

Liposuction is as popular in Las Vegas as it is throughout the country. It’s a proven method of body contouring used to treat unwanted fat in targeted areas. You may have heard about Smartlipo TriPlex™ and wondered how it differs from traditional liposuction treatments.

During traditional liposuction, the fat is infused with a highly diluted local anesthetic to swell the fat cells, making them easier to remove. I insert a small tube, or cannula, and vacuum the fat layer below the skin. During Smartlipo, the specialized cannula is very thin and contains a laser fiber that melts targeted fat cells and tightens skin through tissue and blood vessel coagulation. I’ve written more on the Smartlipo TriPlex procedure in another blog post.

I prefer Smartlipo TriPlex for 3 main reasons:

Smartlipo uses 3 wavelengths of energy to liquefy fat cells before they’re suctioned away and promotes the formation of collagen for tighter skin. Past versions of this liposuction technique did not combine 3 different lasers, so they weren’t as effective. The 3 wavelengths also allow me to tailor the procedure to each patient’s individual needs.

Smartlipo only requires a local anesthetic, while traditional liposuction can require either local or general anesthesia. You can begin to resume your regular schedule within 1 to 2 days of Smartlipo, whereas it may take up to 6 weeks to fully recover from traditional liposuction. Because of Smartlipo’s technology, there is also less bruising and swelling. The incision for Smartlipo is also much smaller and usually doesn’t require stitches (as traditional lipo does).

Traditional liposuction is more effective in removing large areas of fat, and it often requires additional procedures like a tummy tuck for Las Vegas patients needing to get rid of excess skin. Smartlipo is effective at removing stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise. Because Smartlipo TriPlex encourages collagen growth, skin in the treated areas gradually becomes healthier and more toned in the weeks and months that follow your procedure. Smartlipo patients have reported a 94% satisfaction rate.

If you’re interested in learning if you are a candidate for liposuction or Smartlipo TriPlex, request a consultation at our practice today.

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