SlimLipo™ is a laser liposuction procedure that is designed to reduce the side effects and recovery time associated with traditional liposuction. The system uses wavelength technology to liquefy fat and tighten the skin in specific areas of the body. SlimLipo can reduce fat and skin laxity to improve the appearance of the stomach, hips, thighs, flanks, buttocks, arms, neck and chin. Because the procedure is less invasive than standard liposuction plastic surgery, it results in a less pain and offers excellent patients results.
The SlimLipo™ system was created by Palomar Medical Technologies to reduce the incidence of unwanted side effects that are associated with traditional liposuction surgery. Some of the benefits of SlimLipo™ laser lipolysis include:
- Removal of fat in select problem areas
- Tighter skin
- Smoother skin tone
- Minimizes cellulite
- Fewer skin irregularities and bumps
- Smaller incisions
- Less bruising and blood loss
The price of the SlimLipo™ procedure varies, depending on the area of the body being treated, the size of the treatment area, and the amount of fat that is removed. On average, patients pay about $2,500 to $6,000 for treatment.
The SlimLipo™ procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia, which means the area to be treated is numbed, but the patient remains awake during surgery. The use of local anesthesia, along with the SlimLipo™ laser technology, reduces the overall recovery time associated with the procedure. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, the surgeon will create small incisions through which the laser and fat suctioning device can be inserted. The device is inserted through the incisions, and emits 924 nm and 975 nm wavelengths, liquifying fatty tissue and gently heating the skin to tighten the skin. The surgeon gently manipulates the fat suctioning device to remove excess fat and contour the treatment area.
In the past, patients who underwent standard liposuction had to endure longer and more painful recovery periods, especially when a significant amount of fat was removed from the body. With SlimLipo™, most patients feel ready to return to their normal routines within a day or two of treatment. The day of surgery, patients should go home and rest. Exercise should be limited for at least a week or two after surgery. Results are visible immediately after treatment, though the best results are typically seen a few months after surgery, once all swelling has gone down.
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SlimLipo™ Side Effects
When compared to liposuction side effects, those associated with SlimLipo™ are less severe. SlimLipo™ side effects include bruising, swelling, and discomfort in the treatment area. The pain is usually the first side effect that goes away, typically within a few days of surgery. Bruising should fade within two weeks, while post-surgical swelling can take up to three months to completely go down.
Find a Plastic Surgeon
If you are interested in finding out if you are a good candidate for SlimLipo™ treatment, schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon near you. During your appointment, your surgeon can go over the costs, risks, and benefits of SlimLipo™ treatment with you.