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SmartLipo or Tumescent ~ Getting Ready

SmartLipo or Tumescent ~ Getting Ready

Postby lawnboy » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:49 pm

After working out for years now and having an overall great physique, at 38yrs I have decided I want liposuction for my love handles and mid/lower abdomen. Mainly due to hereditary, with lifting and cardio, the love handles are still there.

I went to a plastic surgeon this week who is an excellent doctor. Very well known and established in the area and I have been getting botox from on a regular basis. He thoroughly went over everything, but I need to follow-up on the exact type of liposuction he performs...I believe it is the tumescent.

Did some more research after I got home and learned about SmartLipo. Not the question is if he does both, which to go with or if he only does the tumescent, is it worth looking for a plastic surgeon who does the Smartlipo?

From what I have come across so far, the only disadvantage to SmartLipo is it doesn't remove as much fat as the tumescent.

Would greatly appreciate any and all suggestions/feedback.
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Clarification.......

Postby scottsdalegirl » Sat Nov 17, 2007 12:01 am

Hey Lawnboy,

Let me help clear this up for you. I know it is all so confusing. I researched lipo stuff for awhile before I decided to take the blunge with Smartlipo

Here's the low down.
Tumescent is just the type of numbing solution the doctors use to make the procedure go smoother. All doctors who do Smartlipo or "lunch time lipo" use tumescent. they use it for two reasons:

1) Smartlipo- you're awake, it numbs the area
2) The solution actually lifts the fat away from the muscle making it easier to break up the fat.

Smartlipo- I believe is a far better procedure because it is safe, you are awake, and it doesn't just remove the fat but also tightens the skin.

Traditional lipo is far more invasive because of the larger size of the instruments used and the actual way the fat is destroyed-more of a ripping apart effect. Even docs doing regular lipo, as you mentioned, use the tumescent. This is where it gets confusing. Just remember tumescent has nothing to do with the procedure, just how it makes the procedure easier for the doctor doing it. You have to decide of course what you think is going to be best for you. I just think Smartlipo is more effective because it is less invasive, less downtime, smaller incisions, and skin tightening. I had Smartlipo with Dr. Malan in Scottsdale in May and I absolutely love the results.
I'm going to get my 6 month after pictures soon and will let you see the results for yourself. I hope this helped clear things up. I too was so confused but I really dug around for info. My doc (Malan) gave me lots of information and spent time really explaining things.

Oh yeah Smartlipo can remove just as much fat as regular lipo- it's just comes out different- liquified!!!! Ha, I love it. It's gone forever!

Take care
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Postby lawnboy » Sat Nov 17, 2007 6:00 am

Hi scottsdalegirl - So is there really traditional lipo, tumescent, and now Smartlipo? Kind of confusing and all with the terminology.

In my case, given that I am going to have several lipomas removed at the same time, I am going to be having general anesthesia. Does that involve more drainage afterwards? Also, I recently came across the discussion of drainage ducts; what exactly are these?

Thanks :)
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Smartlipo wins out for me...

Postby Brit38 » Mon Nov 19, 2007 7:47 pm

Hi Lawnboy! I also considered regular lipo a few years ago but with a toddler I couldn't afford the recovery time. I was so excited when Smartlipo finally got FDA approval as I first heard about it in Europe about five years ago. I had it done on my upper and lower abs three weeks ago. Dr Malan took out approx 2 litres of fat and my stomach is really flat now - no more c-section bump. My friend, who had regular lipo, couldn't believe I was up and around taking my son to soccer practice after only two days. I really think this procedure is amazing. Good luck with your search!
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Re: Smartlipo wins out for me...

Postby lawnboy » Fri Nov 23, 2007 5:22 am

Thanks for the feedback. I am looking into have the tumescent lipo done.

Brit38 wrote:Hi Lawnboy! I also considered regular lipo a few years ago but with a toddler I couldn't afford the recovery time. I was so excited when Smartlipo finally got FDA approval as I first heard about it in Europe about five years ago. I had it done on my upper and lower abs three weeks ago. Dr Malan took out approx 2 litres of fat and my stomach is really flat now - no more c-section bump. My friend, who had regular lipo, couldn't believe I was up and around taking my son to soccer practice after only two days. I really think this procedure is amazing. Good luck with your search!
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Postby Brit38 » Fri Nov 23, 2007 7:10 pm

Whatever you decide, I wish you much happiness with your results :)
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Postby Cammil » Tue Nov 27, 2007 4:07 pm

Hi Lawnboy,
Check out this site: http://www.expertliposuction.com/lipo_tumescent.htm

Also, Dr. Amron is on the "Ask the Doctor" section on the main forum page. He specializes in tumescent liposuction.

Cameron....
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Postby lawnboy » Fri Nov 30, 2007 2:30 pm

Thanks for the info :)

Still waiting to hear back from Dr. Amron
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