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SmartLipo™ MPX

Q: How long does the SmartLipo™ MPX procedure take?
A:The SmartLipo™ MPX procedure takes an average of 2 to 3 hours per session.

Q: How many SmartLipo™ MPX treatments are required?
A: Most patients typically require only one treatment. Each SmartLipo™ MPX session may last from 45 minutes to one hour for each area treated. SmartLipo™ MPX can also be used for “touch-ups” and revisions to previously treated areas.

Q: Does SmartLipo™ MPX treat cellulite?
A: The SmartLipo™ MPX procedure will improve the body's shape and may reduce cellulite to a certain degree.

Q: What is the long-term outcome for most people?
A: Most patients can see results immediately following the SmartLipo™ MPX procedure and they can expect their skin to return to normal within three months.

However, as with traditional liposuction, you will need to practice patience since the full SmartLipo™ MPX results may not be visible for up to a year. The more fat that was removed, the longer it will take to achieve maximum results, as your body needs to adapt to a more significant shape change.

Q: Do I have to stay in the hospital?
A: No. SmartLipo™ MPX is performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. You won’t be required to stay in the hospital, since recovery from SmartLipo™ MPX works best within the comfort of your home.

Q: What if I've already had regular liposuction?
A: SmartLipo™ MPX may be extremely effective for improving upon body areas that have been previously treated with traditional liposuction. With the SmartLipo™ MPX procedure your doctor can further sculpt or contour those areas on the body that have “droopy” skin, especially if you are a relatively thin, healthy person who wants additional toning and tightening.

Q: What are the main advantages of SmartLipo™ MPX? 
A: SmartLipo™ MPX advantages:

  • The smoothest, best body-contouring results.
  • It entails only a short recovery time.
  • Minimal discomfort is involved.
  • It is safer than traditional liposuction.
  • It tightens the skin around the treatment area.
  • It is more affordable than traditional liposuction.
  • The results are permanent.

Q: Can SmartLipo™ MPX work on areas that regular liposuction can't?
A: Yes. Since the aiming beam at the tip of the SmartLipo™ MPX laser allows the doctor to know exactly where he or she is at all times, the procedure is very precise. As such, SmartLipo™ MPX is very effective in body areas that are not suitable for traditional liposuction, such as the face, neck, back and knees. 

Q: Does the SmartLipo™ MPX procedure hurt?
A: Since the SmartLipo™ MPX procedure is performed under local anesthesia, there is very little pain or discomfort involved. You may feel a minor stinging sensation and an impression of tugging at your skin during the SmartLipo MPX treatment, but these discomforts are minimal.

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VASER® LipoSelection

Q: What is VASER® LipoSelection? How does it differ from traditional liposuction?
A: VASER® LipoSelection is an advanced body contouring procedure that selectively removes unwanted body fat. An alternative to the harsh techniques of traditional liposuction, VASER® LipoSelection uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology designed to gently reshape your body.  What distinguishes the VASER® LipoSelection procedure is its ability to differentiate targeted fat from other important tissues — such as nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue.  Innovative VASER® technology breaks up fat while preserving these other important tissues to promote smooth results and rapid healing.

Q: How does VASER® LipoSelection work?
A: First, the area to be reshaped is filled with a special saline solution that helps numb the site and shrink the blood vessels (to minimize blood loss and reduce bruising). This solution wets and fills the area to be treated, making it easier to break up fatty tissue with the VASER® System’s ultrasound energy. Then a small probe transmits sound energy (similar to that used for cataract removal from the eye) to break up fatty tissue on contact while preserving other important tissues.  Finally, the liquefied fat is removed through a gentle suction process designed to minimize damage to surrounding tissues.

Q: What body areas can be treated with VASER® LipoSelection?
A: Doctors have experienced great success in treating all of the following areas: abdomen, thighs, knees, buttocks, hips, back, arms, male and female breasts, love handles, chin, neck areas and just about any other body part you need treated.

Q: How much fat can be taken?
A: There are limits to how much fatty tissue can be safely taken from the body. One way to get a good idea for yourself is to stand and bend from the waist. The amount of ‘loose-hanging’ fat you can easily grab above / below your waist will approximate what can be removed. Bear in mind that this procedure is not intended as a weight loss solution. The goal is to create a slimmer silhouette. You may not notice a significant amount of weight loss, but you should be pleased with your slimmer new shape.

Q: Where is VASER® LipoSelection performed?
A: VASER® LipoSelection is performed in a clean or sterile environment. Some possible options are in a doctor’s office, an outpatient surgery center or a hospital. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia (awake), I.V. sedation, or general anesthesia. You and your physician will decide the best type of treatment for you.

Q: How soon will I see my results?  What is the recovery time?
A: This varies with the extensiveness of the procedure—the amount of fat removed, the number of sites treated, and so on. Many patients report that they see results immediately after the procedure with the final result at around 3 to 6 months.  It is important that you establish realistic expectations through discussion with your doctor.

Q: What about future weight gain / fat migrating to other areas?
A: This is a common misperception. Following your VASER® LipoSelection procedure, should you experience weight gain or loss, it will tend to be proportionately distributed over your entire body. Once you have fat removed, it is gone and, assuming a healthy lifestyle of proper diet and exercise, it will not return or migrate. However, because fat is necessary to a healthy body, some essential fat layers in any given site remain untreated. If you do gain a significant amount of weight, the remaining fatty tissue will expand. Normal aging changes can also be expected.

Q: How can I be certain VASER® LipoSelection is right for me?
A: If you are frustrated by the resistance of certain body areas to diet and exercise, VASER® LipoSelection can provide a solution. If you are healthy and seeking a fast, low-pain solution to losing stubborn fat deposits, the VASER® LipoSelection procedure could be your answer. Although there are limit to the amount of fat that can be removed, your doctor can assist you with your decision about potential areas for sculpting, anticipated results and the recovery process.

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