10. What is Smartlipo and how is it different from traditional liposuction?
Smartlipo is the brand name developed by Cynosure for their laser liposuction system. Traditional liposuction is a two-step procedure. First, fluid containing two medications, lidocaine and epinephrine, is injected into the area where the liposuction will be performed. Second, the fat is removed by suctioning. The removal is traumatic but effective. Laser assisted liposuction or Smartlipo adds an additional step. First, the fluid is injected into the tissue. Second, the laser is inserted into the same tissues, melting the fat and cauterizing blood vessels. Third, the fat is removed by suctioning. The removal is less traumatic with laser-assisted liposuction, which results in less pain, faster recovery, less bruising and less swelling. In addition to these benefits, the heat generated by the laser may improve skin contracture over traditional liposuction.
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