Since liposuction was first invented in Europe in the 1970s, it has come a very long way. From the development of tumescent liposuction, to the first laser-assisted liposuction, the procedure itself has continued to become more advanced and more effective. Today there are several liposuction techniques available to choose from, and one of the latest is called SlimLipo™. Read on to learn more details about this newly recognized lipo phenomenon, including how it works, how much it costs, and what kind of risks are involved.
SlimLipo™ is an innovative new form of laser-assisted liposuction, and it's appropriate for both men and women who want to remove stubborn excess body fat. Short for "Selective Laser-Induced Melting Lipo," SlimLipo uses dual wavelength energy, 924 nm and 975 nm, to achieve thermolysis of both the fat cells, and the water membranes that surround them.
An invention of Palomar, a renowned medical technology company, SlimLipo™ uses a minimally invasive technique to remove excess fat around the stomach, thighs, abdomen, hips, buttocks, arms, etc. SlimLipo liquefies fat cells with a laser fiber, and removes the fluid through a tiny cannula tube. While SlimLipo's laser-assisted technique is similar to that of the popular SmartLipo, some small but important differences exist that separate the two.
For one thing, the SlimLipo treatment uses a larger laser fiber—supposedly up to two times larger than the fiber used with other laser lipo techniques. This enables the device to emulsify larger amounts of fat cells in a shorter period of time. Also, because SlimLipo uses a combination of wavelengths (924 nm and 975 nm), the different laser energies work together, not only to break down fat deposits, but to create an impressive skin tightening effect. Before SlimLipo, a liposuction procedure with included skin tightening benefits was unprecedented.
Another reason SlimLipo is getting raves from both patients and physicians alike is its ability to leave patients' skin looking very smooth and natural post treatment. Sometimes, with other liposuction techniques, patients have been prone to "contour deformities," or the appearance of ripples, dents, and/or other shaping abnormalities from the fat suctioning process. But with SlimLipo, partially due to its skin tightening properties, patients are experiencing a remarkable improvement in skin appearance post procedure.
Although SlimLipo is rumored to be safer than some previous liposuction methods, there are still precautions patients need to take, and possible side effects they should be wary of. However, since SlimLipo procedures are less surgically invasive than past techniques, the majority of reported side effects are temporary, such as:
If more serious side effects occur post treatment, SlimLipo patients are advised to see their surgeon or physician immediately. The odds of experiencing SlimLipo side effects increase when the practicing surgeon isn't very experienced, or when treatment instructions aren't followed by the patient. Trust none other than reputable, experienced liposuction surgeons to perform your treatments.
The cost of your liposuction surgery will depend on the type of liposuction method used, the local procedure cost averages, the individual doctor's fees, and the length of time required for surgery. On average, SlimLipo costs anywhere from $2000 to $6000—a range that falls slightly above standard liposuction costs, and is comparable to SmartLipo costs.
For its slightly higher cost, SlimLipo offers patients increased safety assurances over older lipo techniques, lessened chances of contour deformities post surgery, swift recovery times, less bruising and swelling, and fast, toned results.
It doesn't matter whether you're new to liposuction altogether, or are interested in trying this newer lipo procedure over an older technique; to ascertain if SlimLipo is right for you, it's wise to meet with a licensed and accredited plastic surgeon nearby. Not only will they assess your individual conditions and recommend realistic solutions for you, they will answer your questions about the procedure in greater detail, and help you adequately prepare and plan for your surgery.
To find out more about SlimLipo and other liposuction procedures, schedule a consultation with body contouring clinic such as one of these Scottsdale liposuction specialists.