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Advanced Liposuction Technologies
Liposuction was introduced in the U.S. in the late 70’s. Since that time, it has grown to become one of the top four cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States for both men and women. In 2010, over 200,000 surgical liposuction procedures were performed1.
Traditional suction-assisted lipoplasty (liposuction) has been used for many years and has potential disadvantages in comparison with new technologies. With the traditional liposuction procedure, the fat is suctioned with a sharp-edged port, shearing and removing all tissue that it comes in contact with. Because nerves, blood vessels, and important connective tissue are damaged and removed in the process, recovery can include considerable bruising and post-operative pain, as well as loss of sensation and nerve damage. The end result is often uneven, sometimes more so than before the surgery. Also, because the patient is often put to sleep for the procedure, it may be difficult for the surgeon to position the patient to obtain the most uniform sculpting result.
The methods used to remove fat have changed over the years, and today it is possible to have a highly desirable cosmetic outcome with low to minimal pain or recovery time. These technologies include Smartlipo™ and SlimLipo™ laser lipolysis, Vaser® ultrasound and BodyJett™ lipolysis.
The laser-induced coagulation and the cannula's small size result in minimal bruising and far less healing time than traditional liposuction. The incision is so small that it heals without sutures.
Smartlipo™ is a minimally invasive treatment that requires only local anesthesia. So, unlike traditional liposuction surgery, you don’t have the potential serious side effects that can occur with deep sedation or general anesthesia. Dr Hardt was one of the first physicians to introduce Smartlipo™ laser lipolysis into the U.S.
SlimLipo’s patented technology, utilizes dual laser wavelengths that specifically target fat cells, vaporizing fat cells and melting larger pockets of fat. It also incorporates continuous lasing, an improvement over the pulsed lasing of earlier laser lipo technologies for smooth contouring.
With SlimLipo™, a tiny laser fiber is introduced through a small cannula, delivering energy directly to subcutaneous fat cells with a 924 nm continuous wave laser. In addition to removing fat, the emitted energy also coagulates tissue, thus inducing collagen retraction and tissue tightening.
The cannula's small size and laser-induced coagulation result in minimal bruising and significantly faster healing time than traditional liposuction. Typically, the incision is so small that it does not require a suture. Smartlipo™ is performed with local anesthesia, meaning you are not put to sleep for the procedure. So, unlike traditional liposuction surgery, you don’t have the potential serious side effects that can occur with deep sedation or general anesthesia.
SlimLipo’s dual-wavelength versatility makes it appropriate for both small, stubborn fat deposits (such as neck, jowl, ankle, love handle, bra, breast and knee areas) and larger fat deposits (such as larger abdomens).
Unlike traditional liposuction, SlimLipo™ procedures result in minimal trauma to tissue and typically results in very little bruising. It is so gentle that many patients are back to work the next day.
VASER® is a third generation improvement over original ultrasound lipolysis technologies. It utilizes a small cannula that typically requires only a single stitch per entry area. Discomfort with VASER® LipoSelection is minimal and recovery time is a fraction of traditional liposuction. VASER® is performed without deep sedation or general anesthesia. Dr Hardt was one of the early adopters of this widely-used technology and has performed several hundred procedures. Rejuvena also deploys another technology to remove larger areas of fat deposits, BodyJet™.
In combination with SlimLipo™, larger areas of fat can be removed at the same time the skin is tightened for smooth, predictable results. As with the other advanced lipolysis technologies, BodyJet™ can be performed with local anesthesia to avoid the risks of general anesthesia.
Dr. Hardt has performed advanced liposuction procedures on more than 2,000 patients. At Rejuvena, we do not charge for consultations. To help determine the best option for you, and to schedule your free consultation, please email or call us at (405) 842-1100.
1Source: American Society of Plastic Surgery
Questions and Answers
Q: Are these treatments uncomfortable?
Q: How many treatments are required?
Q: Will I be left with dimpling in the treated area?
Q: Is there less bruising than traditional liposuction?
Q: How many areas may I treat at one time?
Q: What makes up an “area”?
Q: Is this less expensive than traditional liposuction?
Q: Is there a standard price per area?
Q: Will I require skin removal surgery after the procedure to remove excess skin?
Q: How much downtime will I have after the procedure?
Q: What about follow-up?
Q: What other downtime considerations are there?
Q: How much fat can be taken?
Q: I am interested in scheduling this treatment. What is the process?
Q: Should I continue to lose weight prior to the procedure?