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Comparison of Liposuction Techniques

SmartLipo TriPlex™ Laser Liposuction and BodySculpting

Carolina Laser and Cosmetic Center is one of the only practices in North Carolina to now exclusively offer Smartlipo Triplex™ High Definition Laser Body Sculpting and Contouring ... the most advanced laser liposuction available. This revolutionary, minimally invasive treatment does something no fitness routine in the world can: permanently destroy fat cells. This unique technology safely delivers the optimal blend of three laser wavelengths for better fat removal, precision body contouring and enhanced tissue tightening. Get astonishing results, feel minimal pain and return to work in just a few days.

SmartLipo Triplex™ is a meticulously calibrated laser that uses a small cannula (tube) to rupture fat cells through the top layers of the patient's skin. The laser also liquefies the fat deposits and the oily substance is then removed by Dr. White through small incisions. This also allows her to prevent the fat from seeping back into the cells and patients experience immediate results with continued improvement over the next few months. During the procedure, the laser also coagulates blood vessels, which leads to minimal swelling, bruising and bleeding. New collagen is produced, resulting in tissue tightening. Often called "lunch hour lipo" SmartLipo TriPlex™ is performed under local anesthesia, and lasts about 45 minutes to one hour for each body area. The three laser wavelengths contained in Smartlipo TriPlex™ allow us to customize treatments based on the nature of your concerns.

Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction refers to a technique that uses large volumes of very dilute local anesthesia that is injected into the fat causing the targeted areas to be come tumescent, or swollen and firm. Local anesthesia is widely regarded as the safest form of anesthesia. Because local anesthesia persists for many hours there is no need for narcotic pain medications after surgery.

Modified Tumescent Liposuction

Modified tumescent liposuction refers to a combination of tumescent local anesthesia plus some form of systemic anesthesia (general anesthesia or heavy IV sedation). Because general anesthesia or heavy IV sedation can be dangerous, they must be administered by an anesthesiologist.

The Different Liposuction Techniques

There are many ways to do liposuction, for example liposuction can be accomplished painlessly either totally by local anesthesia or with general anesthesia. In the realm of liposuction, maximum speed and maximum volume of aspirate are not criteria for excellence. Ultimately, excellence is measured in terms of patient happiness which is a function of safety, patient comfort, finesse, and quality of results. The important distinction between liposuction surgeons who are board certified is the liposuction technique that they use. The surgeon's specialty is not as important as the surgeon's technique, experience and attitude toward safety.