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The Skinny on Smart Lipo:
Smart Lipo (aka Laser Lipolysis) is a procedure in which localized fat deposits are reduced surgically by means of a special laser housed inside a tiny tube called a cannula. This procedure offers benefits on par with traditional liposuction, although it is generally recommended for smaller areas. In fact, this procedure is gaining popularity for use on the face, especially as a way of re-defining the jaw line, and getting rid of the dreaded “second chin” that creeps up on some of us as we get older.
Smart Lipo has many advantages over traditional liposuction. First, it is gentler and safer, partly due to the much smaller cannulas. Second, the smaller cannulas mean smaller incisions, so there is less scarring. Finally, because of the heat generated by this method, there is another very important benefit: The body’s own healing response causes tissues to contract, leaving skin tighter and smoother in the treated area. This is good news indeed, since the traditional liposuction method of merely “sucking out the fat” can sometimes leave patients with uneven contours and loose, sagging skin.
transcript of email from Sherwood Baxt, MD receeived on 6-12-07