SmartLipo body contouring is a minimally invasive, laser-assisted liposuction procedure that can be used to treat small areas of fat on the neck. This technique shares many of the features of traditional liposuction, however, it can be performed without general anesthesia and utilizes laser energy to break up the fat.
Patients receive oral sedation prior to the procedure; the targeted areas are infiltrated with an anesthetic solution to prevent bleeding and control pain. A very thin tube, containing the SmartLipo laser fiber, is then inserted into the targeted fatty areas through a small incision.
Pulses of three different wavelengths of laser-light disrupt fat, coagulate blood vessels, and stimulate collagen production. The disrupted fat is then easily removed with a small liposuction cannula. The warming aspect of the laser energy coagulates capillaries and promotes the synthesis of collagen, thus helping tighten the skin.
Post-operative pain is minimal, and most patients return to normal activity within a few days. As the months go by, the treated areas contract and the skin is allowed to shrink to its full potential. Results will vary with the patient’s age and skin quality. SmartLipo is not a substitute for a surgical neck lift. However, many patients find it an attractive alternative to such an invasive procedure.