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Smart lipo in New York

Laser-assisted liposuction, also known as Smart Lipo, offers a myriad of benefits to patients over traditional liposuction techniques. Dr. B. Aviva Preminger of Preminger Plastic Surgery is pleased to provide Smart Lipo at her Manhattan office for patients looking for the latest advancements in body contouring procedures.

Using innovative precision and power, Smart Lipo is able to treat a variety of areas, including the arms, back, midsection, hips, buttocks, thighs and calves. The technique can also be used for facial contouring, smoothing away isolated fat deposits around the chin and jawline. Laser liposuction offers the additional advantage of tightening skin in the treatment area and can be used for this purpose even when no fat removal is needed.

Quick Facts

Procedure Length

1-2 hours

Anesthesia

Local anesthesia and sedation

IN/OUT Patient

Outpatient.

RISKS

Adverse reactions to anesthesia, bleeding, infection.

SIDE EFFECTS

Minimal bruising, temporary soreness & swelling.

RECOVERY

Bruising & swelling resolve in 2-3 weeks.
Return to normal activities in 3-5 days.
Strenuous activities within two weeks.

DURATION OF RESULTS

Permanent.

Preparing for laser lipo in New York City

slim female abdomenPrior to Smart Lipo treatment, patients will have a personal consultation with Dr. Preminger at her NYC office to discuss details of the procedure, including treatment steps, risks and recovery. Dr. Preminger will carefully examine your medical history to ensure you are in good health for the procedure. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and share concerns about the treatment.

The best candidates for Smart Lipo are individuals of normal weight with isolated deposits of fat that have not been eliminated through diet and exercise.

As with any type of surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with Smart Lipo, including reactions to anesthesia, bleeding and infection. Patients often experience mild bruising and swelling after the procedure, which subsides within a few days following treatment.

Patients can reduce their risks by choosing a surgeon that is experienced in the Smart Lipo technique. Dr. Preminger has treated many New York patients using the Smart Lipo procedure and will carefully tailor the procedure to address your specific needs and desired outcome.

Procedure

Smart liposuction is performed by Dr. Preminger on an outpatient basis at her New York City office, using local anesthesia and sedation. Tiny incisions will be made to allow access of a narrow fiber tool directly into the fat deposit, which delivers laser energy to liquefy the fat cells and make them easier to remove. The liquefied fat is eliminated through a narrow tube called a cannula, which gently suctions the fat cells out of the body.

After the fat is removed, laser heat is delivered beneath the skin to stimulate the body’s own healing process. This encourages the skin to tighten over the new body contour and achieve the smoothest possible result. The entire Smart Lipo procedure may take between 1-2 hours to complete, depending on the size of the treatment area and the number of areas to be addressed.

"For the right candidate, Smart Lipo makes fat easier to remove from problem areas, and the laser technology makes it easier to smooth and tone the skin afterwards."

- B. Aviva Preminger, MD

Recovery

After a Smart Liposuction treatment, a compression garment is placed over the treatment area to minimize bleeding and promote healthy blood flow and healing. For the first two or three days, there may be some discomfort, which can be alleviated through oral pain medication. Bruising and swelling typically resolve on their own within 2-3 weeks.

Most patients can return to normal activities within 3-5 days after laser liposuction, and more strenuous activities within two weeks. Dr. Preminger and her staff will support you throughout the recovery process, with follow-up appointments to ensure the recovery is progressing normally. The staff is also available to answer any questions that arise during that time.

Results of laser liposuction

Results of Smart Lipo can begin to be seen once initial swelling after the procedure subsides. Body contours will appear smoother and slimmer, without fat pockets to interfere with the look. Skin may also appear firmer and tighter in the treatment area, with little or no scarring at the incision locations.

Full results of Smart Lipo may take 6-9 months to become evident, after the body has sufficient time to completely heal. Because fat cells are completely eliminated from the body, the results of a single treatment can be considered permanent as long as a healthy weight is maintained. However, failure to adhere to proper diet and exercise habits can result in weight gain and may affect results.

Dr. Preminger may perform Smart Lipo simultaneously with other plastic surgery procedures like a tummy tuck or breast surgery.

In some cases, Dr. Preminger may harvest the fat removed during Smart Liposuction and use it to enhance other areas of the body, such as the breasts, buttocks or face. Known as autologous fat transfer, this procedure is taking the place of synthetic implants to improve body contours for many patients.

Smart lipo in Manhattan

Whatever your plastic surgery goals might be, Dr. Preminger will work with you to find the best procedure or combination of procedures to meet those specific goals.

Smart Lipo is a minimally-invasive procedure that can be used to improve many different body contours. To learn more about this procedure, contact our Manhattan office at 212.706.1900 to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Preminger.

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