Smart Lipo Part One - gets patients on their feet faster, keeps the fat out

Most of us have a part of our bodies that we would not mind changing, an area that just does not respond to diet or exercise.

What if we told you there is laser technology that can get rid of your fat, and it will not come back?

There are some ladies out there who know the feeling, especially those of us who have had children.

We watch our diets and do our sit-ups and still have those "mommy pooches" or love handles that make our clothes a little uncomfortable.

There is a procedure that has been used in Europe for a decade and after FDA approval two years ago has been sweeping the country.

Michelle Patino is a married mother of five.

Just ten days ago she underwent smart lipo, which is laser-assisted liposuction.

The full result will take six months, but Michelle already sees a big change.

"Before I could pinch, I could grab and hold, and now I have to work at it. I can't do that anymore." She said, speaking of her "love handles".

There are three steps to this procedure, and the first step is to infiltrate some fluid with some numbing medication.

Prior to the infiltration Michelle was given the anti anxiety drug, Xanax and Tylenol with hydrocordone. Six tiny incisions are made.

Dr. Christopher Peers has performed smart lipo on hundreds of women in his Goshen office, and points out it is quicker and safer than traditional lipo.

"Traditional liposuction is relatively brutal. It's often done with a general anesthetic so people are asleep for it," he explained.

"It's relatively traumatic because it sucks out and it pulls and tears the fat from underneath the skin," he added.

With smart lipo, Dr. Peers spends about 40 to 60 minutes filling Michelle's abdomen with a saline-lydocaine solution and, while relaxed, she is lucid enough to talk.

While Dr. Peers is working on Michelle's belly and love handles, he says there are many uses for smart lipo, "Pretty much wherever there is fat you don't want. The areas that we've work on include the neck, to redefine the neck line." He added, "around the bra, the fat area here or the back under the bra area. Love handles, certainly the tummy is by far the most popular."

Now that her belly area is infiltrated, we all put on special glasses before Dr. Peers fires up the laser, which he activates with a foot pedal.

"It's very gentle and you literally use a little fiber the size of a strand of angel hair pasta and that fiber carries the beam that melts the fat, it's like melted butter," Dr. Peers says.

The laser used to break up the fat barely makes a sound. Dr. Peers will spend about an hour breaking up the fat.

"We go in and we fan like this and then we go up to this area and we fan like that," The doctor explains.

And because the fat is suctioned out, it does not come back.

"You get a much better result if you can suction the fat away because otherwise it is going to redistribute itself somewhere."

And because patients are awake, Dr. Peers says some are very involved in the procedure.

"Some people are intent on watching their fat go through the tubing and they'll go, 'wow, look at all those cheeseburgers going by.'"

After three hours from start to finish, Michelle is ready to go home.

Also feeling good these days is Becky Lowe. She had smart lipo five months ago.

"I felt amazing. I actually went to dinner that evening," says Becky.

Dr. Peers says men are also candidates for smart lipo, but nine out of ten patients is a woman.


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