What is SlimLipo?
SlimLipo® is a laser-assisted treatment to eliminate unwanted body fat. It uses essentially the same method as SmartLipo® by Cynosure, the technology we use at NuBody Concepts. Smartlipo was the first laser lipolysis system approved by the FDA in 2006, with SlimLipo following later. With either of these systems, a plastic surgeon can treat your belly, bra bulges, “muffin top,” inner and outer thighs, arms, and neck. They are minimally-invasive procedures that can be performed under local anesthesia with a fast recovery.
SlimLipo and SmartLipo work best if they are combined with other liposuction methods. At NuBody Concepts, your plastic surgeon first uses a water-based liposuction method like the Body Jet to suction off larger amounts of fat in an area. He then follows up with the laser treatment to reach smaller amounts of stubborn fat, and to tighten the skin. We call this Aqualipo®, the body contouring procedure women and men throughout Tennessee have come to trust.
How Does the SlimLipo Laser Work?
During a Smartlipo or SlimLipo treatment, your doctor inserts a very thin tube called cannula under your skin. This cannula contains tiny laser fibers that emit pulses of heat energy directly into the targeted fat cells as the surgeon gently moves the cannula back and forth. The laser energy destroys the fatty tissue in those fat cells (you could also think of it as melting the fat cells). The liquefied fat can then be suctioned off. After the fat is removed, the laser energy applied right under your skin stimulates the collagen. This helps the skin to contract and firm up. It’s this last step that is important for good liposuction results, like the finishing touch that makes everything come together.
If you have areas of fat that will not respond to diet and exercise, then you’re a candidate for SlimLipo or SmartLipo. It’s a great way to slim down if diet and exercise have not achieved the desired results.
The Benefits of Laser Lipolysis Treatments
Due to the small size of the cannulas used to deliver the laser energy, both SmartLipo and SlimLipo are minimally-invasive procedures that do not cause any scarring. This means they can be performed with a local anesthetic, combined with IV Sedation if necessary. General anesthesia is not needed.
While traditional liposuction can cause fairly severe bruising and swelling of the area as the fast is “torn” away, laser lipo causes little to no bleeding, bruising, or swelling. It is a very gentle procedure followed by a fast recovery.
It is important to note that SlimLipo and SmartLipo are not weight loss programs. Your success will not be measured in pounds lost, but in a slimmer circumference of the treated area. If you have already lost weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise, you are a good candidate for liposuction, and laser lipolysis in particular.
- bra bulges
- lower and upper abdomen
- double chin or jowls
- “muffin top”
- “love handles”
- inner and outer thighs
- any other area with stubborn fat
About NuBody Concepts
The NuBody Concepts plastic surgery team helps women and men of all ages transform their bodies with liposuction, plastic surgery, and facial aesthetics. Our double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Rosdeutscher has served the Nashville area for over 20 years with liposuction, tummy tucks, breast augmentations, facelifts, and mommy makeovers. If you want to learn more about ways to look and feel great about your body, get started by scheduling a personal consultation.