Because SmartLipo is performed in a doctor’s office, is a minimally invasive procedure, and usually requires only local anesthesia, the side effects and risks often associated with traditional liposuction are greatly mitigated. However, as with any cosmetic procedure, SmartLipo does have its potential risks and side effects in rare instances.
Some side effects associated with SmartLipo include minor swelling, bruising, or tenderness for a few days. Most patients should expect to experience these side effects, but can also expect them to subside relatively quickly after the procedure. Some have compared the brief period of aches post-procedure as feeling like overworked muscles.
Extremely rare risks include infections or hematoma, which is a collection of blood underneath the skin. It is important to understand that SmartLipo is not designed as a weight loss measure, but as a firming procedure for the removal of small amounts of fat. A licensed surgeon will not perform the procedure on someone who is attempting to use SmartLipo as a weight loss procedure. If a patient tries to have SmartLipo performed as a weight loss measure, there is much greater potential for a lumpy or uneven shape to the area of the body to which the treatment was inappropriately applied.
It is important to keep in mind that when selecting experienced professionals to perform the procedure, you greatly reduce your risk of serious side effects. Additionally, as with any medical procedure, it is very important to follow your doctor’s instructions before and after the treatment to avoid potential complications or side effects. Plastic Surgery Portal provides you with all the resources you need to find a certified professional and learn more about possible side effects or risks of SmartLipo. To schedule a consultation with a dedicated SmartLipo specialist near you, contact us today!