The media has a powerful effect on everyday people. No one can venture outside of their homes and not see at least one billboard, magazine, or newspaper that does not show a person with a seemingly perfect physique. Of course, these people have been significantly airbrushed, but that does not stop a person from wanting to look like those people.
In recent years, there have been more choices presented to the masses as to how they can get the physique that they want, with Smartlipo being amongst the cosmetic procedures that are available. Many people in the entertainment industry have gotten cosmetic procedures done, because while they would like people to think that they are perfect, everyone has flaws.
The medical profession has become dependent on laser technology for many things. So, it is no surprise that Smartlipo, the cousin of liposuction, has taken fat removal techniques to the level that requires laser technology. For those who are interested in perhaps getting a fat-reducing and body-contouring procedure such as Smartlipo done, it is important to do some research beforehand and ask questions.
First of all, something that many patients wonder about is in regard to the process that they will have to undergo in order to prepare for the procedure. It all starts with finding a surgeon that has excellent qualifications and references. Once that has been accomplished, a consultation is scheduled, during which the surgeon will mark out the specific areas of the body that are in need of Smartlipo. Pictures will be taken of the area as well.
Obviously before the procedure can even happen, it is important to ask what the qualifications for the ideal candidate should be. First of all, the candidate should be a person who has tried diet and exercise for at least a year, but has still not attained the results that he or she wants. The person should not be significantly obese, but rather have just a few extra pounds.
Another thing that people would probably be curious to know about this kind of procedure is how long it will take. The patient is awake the entire time since only a local anesthesia to the area is used. The procedure itself will take about three hours. Once the procedure is over, the patient will not have to stay overnight in a hospital, but rather will be sent home to recuperate.
Something else that any prospective patient would probably be interested to know is in regard to the different areas of the body that the procedure can be done on. Since the laser itself is very flexible, it can get those hard-to-reach areas, such as the back of the knee and the back itself. The goal of such a procedure is to not only get rid of the excess fat molecules (which the heat from the laser liquefies) but to also tighten the skin. Results will start to be seen immediately following the procedure, and the overall results will continue to be seen throughout the next few months.