Smartlipo / Tumescent Liposculpture
- Smartlipo/Tumescent Liposculpture
- What can I expect
- Who is a good candidate?
- Safety / Side effects
- After treatment instructions
If you live in Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Mountain View, Palo Alto or other surrounding areas and are interested in finding out more about SmartLipo tumescent liposuction please contact The Menkes Clinic on 650.962.4600.
Liposculpture is a method of body "sculpting" in which the excess fat from just beneath the skin is removed by suction using hollow tubes (cannulas). This method has evolved over the past 40 years to become a very safe technique that gives excellent results. It was developed in Europe in the 70s and brought to the United States by a group of dermatologists in the early 80s.
The development of the "tumescent" technique of liposuction in the late 80s significantly improved liposuction safety and patient satisfaction in a number of ways. In tumescent liposculpture, the treatment area is first anesthetized using dilute local anesthetic solutions. This means the patient can be sculpted comfortably without the use of general anesthesia or IV sedation, but with mild oral sedation as a supplement. As long as the surgeon is careful to follow the well-defined guidelines as to how much local anesthetic is safe (based on the patient's body weight), tumescent liposuction is extremely safe with very little bleeding and very mild post-procedure pain. Dr. Menkes has been performing liposuction for many years and with little to no complications thus far. He has high patient satisfaction.
Tumescent Liposculpture highlights:
- Safe, excellent results
- Tumescent technique developed over 20 years ago
- Only local anesthesia required
- Minimal discomfort and downtime
SmartLipo is the latest, most advanced liposuction technique available and consists of an FDA approved laser-assisted liposuction procedure that is less invasive and results in a shorter recovery time.
The laser is used to prepare the body tissues prior to the actual liposuction procedure. The effect of the laser is to actually liquefy the fat cells which makes it possible to use a smaller size cannula to remove them. This means that only a very small incision is required and it also makes SmartLipo almost pain free compared to other tumescent liposuction methods. In addition, the time for recovery from the procedure is considerably reduced with most patients returning to their everyday routine within a day or so.
One other great side effect of the laser is that it stimulates the underlying skin foundation cells to generate increased collagen which has the positive effect of tightening the tissues beneath the skin and so adding to the tighter, sculpted, more defined body shape that you desire.
Smartlipo Triplex highlights:
- Newest liposuction technique
- Laser assisted procedure to liquefy fat cells before removal
- Smaller incision, less invasive
- Minimal pain, improved experience
- Fast recovery time, usually 1-2 days
- Produces collagen to tighen tissues and skin
Body areas ideal for liposuction:
- Face, neck
- Arms, underarms
- Abdomen, hips, waist
- Upper back
- Thighs (outer and inner aspects)
Our experienced doctors at The Menkes Clinic have had years of experience performing the SmartLipo procedure on their many clients from Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, and other surrounding areas. We will be pleased to show you photographs showing the excellent smoother, more even toned-looking body that result from using the SmartLipo technique. Just call 650.962.4600 to set up a consultation.
- Safe and consistent
- Less invasive than traditional surgery
- Offers the smoothest, best body-contouring results
- Short recovery time
- Minimal discomfort
- Procedure tightens the skin to create a more sculpted and defined look
Would you like a smooth, sculpted, contoured body? The Menkes Clinic offers SmartLipo - the most advanced method of liposuction that gives safe, consistent results and with a short recovery time. We have many satisfied clients from Los Altos, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto and other surrounding areas. Call 650.962.4600 for more details.
SmartLipo is a significant step forward on older tumescent liposuction methods which would sometimes leave unwanted pockets of fat, as well as dimples, ripples and other problem areas.
The use of the laser enables Dr Menkes to liquefy the targeted fat areas evenly prior to removing the fat itself, so it is a very precise technique and gives extremely smooth, even, satisfactory results. The use of the laser virtually eliminates all guesswork and as the skin shrinks back into place in the days and weeks following the procedure the resultant effect is an even tighter, more sculpted and toned appearance.
However, before undergoing this procedure it is important that you have a clear idea of what kind of results you can expect to achieve. Please remember that the pictures of perfect, flawless human bodies that often appear in magazines are usually touched up and that practically no human being is inherently perfect.
In order to be happy with the results of your liposuction you need to have a realistic idea of your own body shape and what SmartLipo will be able to do for you.
We always consult beforehand with all of our SmartLipo and other clients so that we can consider all the potential benefits and risks inherent in the treatment and enable you to have realistic expectations of what sort of results we will achieve. At this consultation we will show you photographs of real clients as well as video of the actual procedure (if you so choose) and answer all your questions and concerns.
Having said this, we must also add that there is no doubt that in the hands of an experienced and highly skilled practitioner such as Dr Menkes, SmartLipo is an excellent way to boost your body image, self confidence and general feelings about yourself and life.
SmartLipo is performed as an out-patient procedure at The Menkes Clinic under local anesthesia. You won't be required to stay in the hospital, since recovery from SmartLipo works best within the comfort of your home. The procedure takes an average of 2-3 hours per session. Since the SmartLipo 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 treatment, but these discomforts are minimal. Most patients typically require only one treatment. SmartLipo can also be used for touch ups and revisions to previously treated areas.
Most patients can see results immediately following the SmartLipo procedure, and they can expect their skin to return to normal within 3 months. However, as with traditional liposuction, you will need to practice patience since the full SmartLipo results may not be visible for up to 1 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.
Almost anyone is a good candidate for SmartLipo. In general, you should be in good health, exercise regularly and within 25 lbs. of your ideal weight. You should have one or more areas of local body fat deposits that have responded poorly to diet and exercise. Dr. Menkes will confirm whether you're a good candidate for Smartlipo after discussing your medical health and SmartLipo expectations.
An ideal Smartlipo candidate:
- In good medical health
- Lives a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise
- Desires body-contouring results
- Doesn't want excess skin after the procedure
- Wants a more affordable procedure
- Seeking permanent fat removal results
The Menkes Clinic has many satisfied SmartLipo clients from the Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Palo Alto and other surrounding areas. If you are interested in finding out more about our SmartLipo tumescent liposuction please contact us on 650.962.4600.
Smartlipo Triplex is FDA approved and one of the safest procedures in the cosmetic surgery field. The use of a local anesthesia results in less bleeding and bruising and has a quicker recovery time with immediate healing. If you experience persistent or increasing redness or swelling, contact our clinic for proper instructions.
SmartLipo is the least invasive liposculpture procedure with minimal downtime. If you're looking to contour your body shape and live in the Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Santa Clara or other surrounding areas and would like to know more about SmartLipo tumescent liposuction please contact The Menkes Clinic on 650.962.4600.
After your Smartlipo procedure when the anaesthesia has worn off, you may feel aches and pains that resemble the same feeling you have after a vigorous workout. But unlike traditional liposuction, recovery time is very fast, with most patients returning to normal activities in 1-2 days.
A compression garment will be applied to the treated area and you will need to wear it for approximately 24 hours a day for 1 week, then reduce down to only evenings for another week. Some fluids may leak from the small incisions and this normal for the first 24 hours. Simply cover theses areas with fresh gauze as needed. Avoid vigorous exercise for the first 2 weeks. Your skin will return to normal after 3 months and continue to tighten over the next year.