At the Fifth Avenue Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center, Dr. Paul Frank employs the latest cutting-edge technologies to help patients sculpt their bodies and remove excess fat in a way that is minimally invasive and carries low risk.
SmartLipo can be performed using local anesthesia and mild sedation, which minimizes recovery time and makes the procedure safer and gentler than conventional liposuction methods. Patients typically return to work within 48 hours of the treatment. Also known as "microcannular tumescent liposuction", this technology uses light energy to dissolve fat on contact and tighten your skin simultaneously. The light energy is administered through a small tumescent device that can distinguish between fat cells and other important tissues, including nerves, blood vessels and organs. Once the fat is dissolved, the cells are carefully suctioned from the body.
Another state-of-the-art technology used by Dr. Paul Frank to remove excess fat is the VASER technology. Like SmartLipo, VASER can be used under a local anesthetic. But unlike SmartLipo, VASER uses ultrasound energy, a different form of heat, to melt fat cells. The two technologies may be used in tandem with one another. Schedule a full consultation with Dr. Paul Frank to discuss what combination of the two methods may best suit your body.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can SmartLipo/VASER help my body?
SmartLipo and VASER are popular cosmetic procedures for removing excess fat in stubborn problem areas on the body. They are often used to shape chins and jaw lines, reduce love handles, and sculpt the abdomen, thighs, arms, neck, and backside by removing excess fat.
Why is SmartLipo/VASER treatment a better alternative to conventional methods for liposuction?
Popular notions of liposuction conjure images of bruising and jabbing, followed by severe discomfort and a painful recovery. Conventional liposuction also requires general anesthesia, which increases risk to the patient and requires a longer recovery. SmartLipo is a much gentler, safer method that is minimally invasive and that can separate fat cells from surrounding tissues with greater precision. Incisions from the procedure are also so small, no stitches are required. This allows for quicker recovery, less swelling and fewer risks. These procedures are also more affordable because they don't require hospitals or the care of anesthesiologists. They can be performed at an accredited surgical facility such as the Fifth Avenue Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center.
What does a SmartLipo/VASER procedure entail?
Dr. Paul Frank begins by filling the area with saline to help numb the area. Using a tiny probe about the size of a Q-Tip, the surgeon transmits light or ultrasound energy to the area, melting fat cells while leaving critical tissue cells undisturbed, which is vital for your health and for the best results. The melted fat is then gently suctioned out of the body using a small "cannula" instrument.
How long will recovery take?
Incisions that are required for the procedure will not require stitches. Following the procedure, the patient may wear a pressure garment that helps to speed up recovery, tighten your skin and avoid bruising and swelling. Most people return to their normal routines within 48 hours and can resume regular exercise within seven days.
How do I know if I'm a good candidate for the SmartLipo or VASER procedure?
Neither of these procedures should be done without a full consultation with a qualified cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Paul Frank can help you decide whether you are fit to undergo SmartLipo or VASER treatment and can offer advice on potential areas on your body that may be ideal for sculpting. Procedures should only be performed in sterile facilities that are safe for surgery, such as the Fifth Avenue Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center.
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