Frequently Asked Questions: Smartlipo TriPlex®
Q. What is Smartlipo Triplex®?
A. Smartlipo Triplex® is a great improvement in the evolution of laser-Assisted liposuction. It is the first triple modality laser lipolysis workstation, which combines highly potent fatty tissue disruption with powerful tissue coagulation and skin tightening effect.
Q. Why is the Smartlipo Triplex® so much better?
A. The blending of 1440 nm and the 1064 nm wavelengths work to deliver much greater disruption of fatty tissue. In addition, the blending of 1064 nm and the 1320 nm wavelengths offer excellent skin tightening through tissue coagulation and stimulation of new collagen growth. The combining of unique and superior mix of energy levels and wavelengths offered by Smartlipo Triplex®, enable Dr. Ishoo to achieve superior face and body sculpting results that cannot be achieved with conventional liposuction alone.
Q. Who is a good candidate for the treatment?
A. Smartlipo Triplex® is suitable for people who are of normal body weight but have specific localized areas of fat resistant to dieting or exercise. More specifically, you would need to not be pregnant or breastfeeding, not have any skin infection in the planned treatment area(s), and not be taking any anti-coagulants (blood-thinning medications).
Q. What Areas of the Body can be treated with Smartlipo TriPlex®?
A. Smartlipo Triplex® can be performed anywhere traditional liposuction is used. Body regions that can benefit from the Smartlipo TriPlex® procedure include:
- Bra strap
- Mons pubis
- Upper and Lower Abdomen
- Outer Thighs (saddle bags)
- Inner Thighs
- Flanks (love handles)
- Upper arms
- Areas of loose and flabby skin
Q. Is it safe and reliable?
A. Smartlipo TriPlex® is performed under local tumescent anesthetic and oral sedation and not the significantly more risky general anesthesia. Smartlipo® has been performed thousands of times since being brought to North America in 2005 and has shown itself to be one of the safest cosmetic surgeries available. The most advanced generation, the Smartlipo TriPlex® procedure is markedly safer than traditional liposuction because there is minimal bleeding and minimal tissue damage and very small incisions which frequently do not require suturing. Smartlipo TriPlex® is an outpatient procedure and is one of the safest and fastest-growing cosmetic surgery options available today.
Q. Do I have to stay in the hospital?
A. No. Smartlipo TriPlex® is performed as an in-office procedure under local anesthesia. You won't be required to stay in the hospital, since recovery from Smartlipo TriPlex® works best within the comfort of your home.
Q. Where is Smartlipo Triplex performed?
A. It is performed as an outpatient procedure using mild oral sedation and tumescent local anesthesia here at Boston Cosmetic Surgery Center. Smartlipo Triplex® targets larger surface areas, reduces treatment time, ensuring successful fat removal and excellent skin tightening results.
Q. What are the Benefits of Smartlipo Triplex?
A. The new Smartlipo TriPlex® Laser technology offers up to 20 times greater fat destruction than other laser lipolysis technology available today.
- Effective laser fat reduction
- Proven tissue coagulation and skin tightening
- Reduced treatment time and less downtime
- Safe and effective procedure able to achieve remarkable results
- High-definition sculpting capabilities
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Q. When Can I Return to Work and My Normal Activities?
Most patients are able to resume normal activities within just two to three days.
Q.What can I expect during and after the treatment?
A. During the treatment session and the recovery period, you will feel little to no discomfort. The results with Smartlipo Triplex® are remarkable, helping you attain the face and body contouring goals you set with Dr. Ishoo at the time of your consultation.
Q. Does Smartlipo TriPlex® produces results that last?
Yes! Adults do not create new fat cells. When a person gains weight, the existing fat cells expand. The Smartlipo TriPlex® procedure permanently removes the majority fat cells in the treatment area. Should you gain weight, most fat will usually be deposited in areas where the procedure was not performed.
Q. Does Smartlipo TriPlex® hurt?
A. A local anesthetic is utilized so the treatment itself causes NO discomfort. As the anesthetic wears off you will probably have an achy feeling as if you had done a vigorous workout. If it feels too strong, an over-the-counter pain medication will effectively reduce it. This minor discomfort lasts for just one or two days.
Q. How many treatments would I need?
A. Most people need only one treatment per area. Sometimes two treatments may be done but that is rare.
Q. How many areas can I have treated at one time?
A. Dr. Ishoo only treats one to three areas at any one time. If you would like to have several body areas treated, Dr. Ishoo will probably do separate treatments to ensure your safety and comfort, but that is something he will be happy to discuss with you.
Q. When will I see my Smartlipo TriPlex® Results?
A. You will see an immediate difference! As the minor swelling subsides you will see more results, and over about six to eight weeks, there will be gradual improvement as the skin shrinks to fit your new contours. The Smartlipo TriPlex® laser promotes excellent skin tightening by shrinking the skins' collagen at the same time as it removes unwanted fat.
Q. Does the Smartlipo TriPlex® treats cellulite?
A. Although the results of this procedure are often quite spectacular, it is not realistic to expect perfection. Smartlipo™ of the thighs, while improving the silhouette, does not necessarily eliminate the subtle "puckering" of the skin that is often referred to as "cellulite."
Q. What's in the infusion fluid? Is lidocaine dangerous?
A. Tumescent saline solution is infused under the skin and into the fat pad to "loosen up" fatty tissue. This solution includes small amounts of a blood constrictor [Epinephrine] to reduce bleeding and bruising and an anesthetic numbing agent [Lidocaine]. The percentage of lidocaine and the amount of fluid is carefully calculated based on patient's weight and monitored to avoid toxicity issues. If this is a serious concern for you or if you are allergic to Lidocaine, you should discuss it with the doctor before you make your decision.
Q. What is the Smartlipo TriPlex® Downtime?
A. It used to take weeks, or even months, of painful healing and limited mobility to recover from traditional liposuction. But with Smartlipo TriPlex®, recovery time is now fast and relatively painless. Patients often return to work within 2-3 days of undergoing the procedure. Smartlipo TriPlex® recovery is made up of several stages. Minor bruising and numbness occur directly after the procedure, but these should disappear within days, if not hours, of leaving the recovery room. The swelling will drop within a week. Once the swelling disappears, your recovery is finished and you will be able view the Smartlipo TriPlex® procedure's final results in as little as 6-8 weeks.
Q. What is the average cost for Smartlipo TriPlex®?
A. The cost is in the range of $3000-$5000 and the typical procedure will last about 1.5 hours. We offer competitive financing options to fit almost any budget. For more information please visit our pricing and financing page.