SmartLipo: Frequently Asked Questions

SmartLipo: Frequently Asked Questions

 SmartLipo: Frequently Asked Questions

SmartLipo procedures are serious operations. So make sure you know what the SmartLipo procedure entails before you consider undergoing the operation. This article helps answer some frequently asked questions about SmartLipo, helping to shed light on this immensely popular procedure.

What is Smart Lipo?

SmartLipo is a particular method of liposuction, also called lipolysis, that uses laser as well as energy to melt unwanted fat deposits. This is in contrast to the traditional method of liposuction that suctions and syphons off fat.

In a SmartLipo procedure, after the fat is melted, it then drains out of the opening (made by a small incision around the treated area) and the remaining melted fat stays inside the body and is eliminated naturally through the lymphatic system. This laser + energy method of liposuction, trademarked as ‘SmartLip’, is preferred by many doctors since the procedure only needs small incisions which needs no stitching afterwards.

How Much Does SmartLipo Cost?

Depending on several sources, the total cost of SmartLipo procedures can range anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000. The total cost ranges on several factors including the particular area(s) treated, the number of sessions needed, whether it’s conducted in a hospital or clinic, what type of anesthesia is used, the doctor performing the procedure, and the geographical area it’s conducted in. Make sure to ask your doctor about miscellaneous costs as well as primary costs when you conduct your initial consultation.

What Are The Benefits of SmartLipo?

The SmartLipo procedure is especially beneficial for those people with areas of unwanted fat, especially fat that’s difficult to eliminate through traditional diet and exercise. These areas may include the stomach/abdomen, love handles, and upper thighs, among others.

Moreover, SmartLipo can significantly improve the body contouring (shape) of a person as well as preventing fat from returning to those unwanted areas. However, it must be mentioned that SmartLipo should not be considered as a type of weight loss surgery.

Another important benefit of SmartLipo is the fact that it promotes the natural production of collagen, which is described in more detail below.

How Does SmartLipo Promote Collagen Growth?

During clinical experiments done recently, it was proven that SmartLipo helped increase the body’s production of collagen under the patient’s skin. To explain what collagen is, it plays a major factor in preventing human aging process. Collagen helps to naturally break down & eliminate sun-damaged skin, aging skin, and skin-related injuries.

Without the normal production of collagen (which happens as we age), skin starts wrinkling and forming creases, to give the appearance of sagging skin as well as skin folds. Since SmartLipo adds more collagen and promotes collagen growth, it helps the skin become tighter, firmer, and more youthful-looking in and around those areas treated.

What to Expect When Undergoing a SmartLipo Procedure

A typical SmartLipo procedure begins with a comprehensive cleansing of the area to be treated. After that, the doctor or physician creates one (or more) small incisions into the skin. Then, the doctor inserts a laser-tipped cannula through these incisions which is then moved around the treated area to deliver laser energy that causes the fat to rupture and melt away.

If the patient undergoing the procedure plans to treat a relatively large area, a standard liposuction tool (suctioning tube) is used at first, which sucks off large fat deposits. This would then be followed by the SmartLipo laser cannula to melt the rest of the fat deposits away.

How Much Pain Will I Feel During a SmartLipo Procedure?

Since local anesthesia is used during a SmartLipo procedure, pain is absolutely minimal. In addition, there are some doctors that administer painkillers to the patient, mainly in order to ask patients to safely stand after the procedure is near completion. This is done in order to check for appropriate balance and symmetry before the operation is 100% complete.

How Quickly Can I Recover From a SmartLipo Procedure?

Rest is always recommended following a SmartLipo procedure. However, a patient can conduct normal activity gradually over the course of the next 2-3 days. Usually, patients can move freely after just one day post-op, although it’ll be necessary for the patient to wear a compression garment for a few days or more (depending on what your surgeon tells you).

The reason a patient wears a compression garment is to eliminate air tunnels that the SmartLipo cannula makes through the fatty areas. This helps provide a smoother, more contoured, and more natural look after you heal.

In addition, patients also advised to stay away from hot baths for the first couple weeks. Also, the patient should avoid heavy work and exercise for a couple weeks after the operation.

What Risks are Associated with SmartLipo Procedures?

Just like any usual surgical operation, there’s always a (low) risk of infection in or around the treated area. After a SmartLipo procedure, some patients may experience slight numbness, some scarring, discoloration, or sagging skin around the treated area.

Moreover, SmartLipo may bring with it the risk of minor skin burns (as a result of the laser energy administered). To minimize or eliminate these risks, make sure you follow all of your doctor’s recommendations given to you before and after the procedure. Also make sure you conduct the SmartLipo procedure at a credible, experienced, and trusted provider.

Who Are the Most Suitable Candidates for SmartLipo Procedures?

Ideal candidates for a SmartLipo procedure include healthy adults in a normal to above-normal weight range. Keep in mind that SmartLipo is not recommended for adults that are overly obese. For overly obese patients, other procedures such as a gastrectomy may be more suitable.

According to its manufacturer, SmartLipo is perfect for treating small areas around the body that have loose, flabby, or extra skin. SmartLipo may also be suitable for gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts) as well as those with cellulite issues

If you’re thinking of undergoing SmartLipo, The Laser Duet Cosmetic Clinic is currently offering FREE consultations with our highly experienced doctors. We serve the Dearborn, Detroit, Canton, and entire Southeastern Michigan areas.

Call us today at 313-846-0002 for your free consultation

PRP For Cosmetics Part 2

PRP For Cosmetics Part 2

PRP for Cosmetics Part II: What to Expect During PRP Treatment

In PRP for Cosmetics Part I, we gave an introduction to PRP and explained what it is as well as how it affects our body. We also discussed what PRP has been used for, and explained its many benefits, specifically in the area of cosmetic therapy but also in other areas such as healing and general medicine.

In contrast, Part II talks about how exactly PRP can be applied to cosmetic therapy, specifically in the area of skin rejuvenation. You’ll also learn exactly what you can expect when one undergoes PRP therapy treatment, especially since most PRP cosmetic treatments consist of similar processes and steps.

PRP Applied to Cosmetics: Skin Rejuvenation

Anti-aging skin therapy has many applications in the cosmetic sphere including skin rejuvenation, the elimination of wrinkles, the tightening and firming of skin, the addition of volume, and more. This is especially true for facial skin rejuvenation.

Traditional treatments for skin rejuvenation and anti-aging therapy include treatments such as:

  • Botox
  • Cosmetic dermal fillers such as Hyaluronic Acid injectables like Juvederm
  • Ultrasound skin therapy (e.g. Ultherapy)
  • Laser therapy (e.g. ND Yag Laser)
  • Microneedling (e.g. SkinPen)

The two most popular treatments on this list are Botox and injectable dermal fillers. So when it comes to skin & facial rejuvenation, what does PRP treatment have to offer that Botox and injectables don’t?

The Difference Between PRP Treatment and Traditional Cosmetic Facial Treatments such as Botox and Fillers

To gain a better understanding of PRP and skin treatment, it’s useful to highlight the differences between PRP therapy and injectables such as Botox and fillers.

Cosmetic dermal fillers such as Hyaluronic Acid (HA) compounds (e.g. Belotero/Restylane) are comprised of solidified elements that do a great job of ‘filling’ gaps, folds, lines, and crevices in the skin. In addition, cosmetic fillers are used to soften up & temper deeper skin lines such as those that form around the mouth (i.e. marionette lines). Fillers also increase volume so are used to plump up lips and fill sagging cheekbones.

Filler therapy treatments usually last anywhere from six to eighteen months, and additional ‘maintenance’ treatments would be needed to keep the treated area(s) looking as they were after initial treatments.

On the other hand, PRP treatments help stimulate a person’s own production of collagen for a more complete facial rejuvenation.

The PRP approach is in contrast to cosmetic fillers’ treatment of individual wrinkles and areas. Basically, PRP cosmetic treatment is more of a holistic process. But as far as results and outcome, PRP is similar to fillers since it also increases the volume of a person’s face, in particular those parts of the face that would start to look saggy, wrinkly, and drawn with age.

PRP cosmetic skin treatment also fills and volumizes drawn-out and aging cheekbones by plumping up cheek indentations. Moreover, PRP treatment softens and just about eliminates the blacks under one’s eyes, as well as eye hollows. Like Botox and fillers, PRP also does a great job in improving skin tone, texture, and firmness. But for those areas that fillers can’t reach or aren’t safe to use, PRP can do the job magnificently.

Combining PRP Treatments with Cosmetic Dermal Fillers: A 1-2 Punch to Anti-Aging

Since both PRP and fillers provide several added advantages, and since one has strengths where the other lacks, many doctors and cosmetic specialists combine PRP and cosmetic fillers into one super treatments.

Cosmetic dermal fillers like Hyaluronic Acid injectables fill specific facial lines and folds. In contrast, PRP improves the overall look, volume, radiance, and firmness. PRP also maximizes the overall quality of tone & texture, rather than simply filling individual lines and deeper wrinkles as with fillers.

Combined together, the result is a maximum impact, hugely improved facial & skin rejuvenation power treatment. Since cosmetic dermal fillers and PRP treatments are utilized as two types of treatments with (slightly) different purposes, they complement each other in a perfect way to give you a gorgeous final outcome with a beautiful, glowing, and youthful face.

The PRP Procedure: What to Expect During Treatment and Afterwards

Once you conduct an initial consultation with your cosmetic specialist or doctor, you’d set up an appointment for the actual procedure. During the main procedure, you’d come in and get relaxed while a small amount of blood would be drawn from your arm (the same amount needed for a regular blood test). After that, while your PRP is prepared from the drawn blood, the area(s) you’ll be treated for will be fully and completely cleansed to be primed for the PRP injections.

As far as PRP preparation, while your skin is being prepared, the blood that was extracted from you would be inserted into a centrifuge machine that spins until the valuable PRP is extracted from the remaining blood platelets.

Once extracted, the PRP is put into a syringe – many times combined with some sort of cosmetic dermal filler first. This final PRP mixture is then injected into your skin – whichever area(s) you plan to treat. The injections are only mildly uncomfortable, especially if done by an experienced doctor or specialist. The entire process is quick and can be completed in 30 minutes or less.

The entire process is almost painless and there wouldn’t be any after-care maintenance at all. You won’t require time off work and you’d be able to continue with your normal routine the day after or even the same day.

PRP Therapy Treatment Side Effects

After the procedure is complete, you may experience any one of the following minor discomforts:

  • Slight bruising around the area treated
  • Light redness around the area treated
  • Mild swelling

Generally, these side effects will persist no longer than a day or two.

Also, since the PRP comes from your own body and is made from your own cell platelets, you will never get any allergic reactions from the PRP treatment.

PRP Treatment: Results & Outcomes

The entire goal of PRP skin therapy treatment is to improve the skin’s overall tone & texture, along with firming up and tightening your skin, allowing you to gain a more youthful, glowing, and rejuvenated look.

Keep in mind that results come on gradually, usually beginning to manifest themselves about three to four weeks after treatment. The results CONTINUE to improve and get better as well as more pronounced with time. The full effects may take about 3-4 months to fully show.

Generally, it’s recommended you receive three separate PRP treatment sessions spaced out about one or two months apart since this would allow maximum impact for the treatment. But in all cases, you should make sure to consult with an experienced doctor or cosmetic professional well-versed in PRP before deciding on anything concrete.

If you’re thinking about receiving any sort of PRP therapy in the Southeast Michigan area, call the Laser Duet cosmetic team at 313-846-0002 and we’ll set you up with a FREE consultation with one of our doctors!

PRP For Cosmetics Part 1

PRP For Cosmetics Part 1

PRP for Cosmetics Part I: What is PRP Therapy?

PRP therapy has been used for decades as an effective way to speed up the human body’s natural healing process. This has been useful in many areas such as orthopedic and sports medicine. More recently, PRP therapy has penetrated the world of cosmetics in profound ways, bringing revolutionary treatments such as the Vampire Breastlift, Vampire Facelift, and more.

But what exactly is PRP and, when it comes to cosmetics, how exactly does PRP help? This article helps answer such questions and serves as an introductory guide for anyone wanting to know the powers of PRP in the cosmetic world.

Feel free to SKIP Part I and go to Part II to learn more about what to expect during PRP procedure treatments as well as comprehensive details about PRP for skin & facial rejuvenation.

What is PRP?

PRP, which stands for ‘Platelet-Rich Plasma’, is a natural substance that’s actually secreted by our own bodies.

If you’ve ever scraped your knee for instance, you’ve probably noticed a quasi-yellowish/clear substance begin to cover the scab. This fluid is PRP. And this platelet-rich plasma helps our bodies heal the scab (as well as other bodily injuries). In a nutshell, PRP is responsible for creating new platelets and cells from scratch, hence the ugly scab transforming back to healthy skin.

In PRP-related cosmetic procedures, a doctor draws a small amount of blood from a patient. This blood is then placed into a special machine which helps separate plasma from other blood elements such as the red and white blood cells. This plasma (the same clearish fluid as what covers a scab) is what contains a super high concentration of platelets. Hence, the name Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP.

How Can PRP be Applied to Cosmetics?

Platelets are those elements in your blood that help tissue heal as well as grow new cells. Platelet-rich plasma, which is injected into particular areas of the skin and human body, helps your own body’s natural collagen to rapidly multiply and to generate as well as to rejuvenate new tissue.

As a result of this, PRP offers a wide variety of benefits. When it comes to our skin, these benefits include:

  • Tightened and firmed skin
  • Reduction and elimination of wrinkles
  • Smooth skin exuding radiance
  • Much improved skin tone and texture

PRP for Cosmetics and Anti-Aging

For a very long time now, PRP therapy has been used in a wide variety of specialties, especially due to its magnificent healing properties. Such specialties include:

  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Orthopedic medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Sports medicine
  • Health & wellness
  • And more…

However, just until recently (this past decade or so), PRP therapy has diffused widely in the cosmetics and anti-aging sphere. Its countless cosmetic affectations include specialties and benefits in areas such as:

  • Dermatology
  • Anti-aging treatments
  • Rapid healing of skin wounds
  • Cosmetic facial rejuvenation
  • Enhancement of female and male libido
  • Enhancement of female orgasms
  • Breast enlargement
  • And more

Scientific studies and experiments go back almost forty years to support the many positives of PRP. Don’t take my word for it. Simply google the term ‘PRP experimental studies’ to find hundreds of articles supporting this fact.

Among these studies show how PRP helps our bodies generate new collagen when it’s properly injected into human tissue. More recently, PRP has been shown to minimize the harsh effects of sun-damaged skin as well as wrinkles and other skin-aging problems.

To learn more about PRP and what to expect during PRP treatment, continue to:

PRP for Cosmetics Part II: What to Expect During PRP Cosmetic Treatments

 

If you’re thinking about PRP therapy, the Southeast Michigan-based cosmetic clinic Laser Duet is offering FREE consultations with our doctors. Call 313-846-0002 for your free consultation today!