Tumescent Liposuction

Smartlipo Laser Liposuction

The Smartlipo™  laser adds another step in achieving the best results with the tumescent liposuction surgical procedure, that Dr. Garrett Crabtree has successfully performed for many years. It is not, however, a stand alone procedure.  The true determinant of a good result depends on Dr. Crabtree’s expertise in Liposuction Surgery and not the laser.  In true tumescent liposuction the fluid contains a local anesthetic  that provides complete numbness in the area to be suctioned. The fluid also contains a medication that causes the blood vessels to become very small during surgery , resulting in almost no blood loss during the procedure. Although some surgeons use a variation of the fluid and still employ general anesthesia, true tumescent liposuction is performed under local anesthesia with the fluid acting as the anesthetic, and the agent to reduce blood loss.  The constriction of blood vessels results not only in almost no bleeding, but also a significant reduction in bruising and swelling. This allows most people to be back to their normal activity levels within 24 to 48 hours. The addition of tumescent fluid has opened the door to the development of a much safer, easier, and aesthetically pleasing procedure, that is patient friendly.

Dr. Crabtree was the first physician in Kentucky to incorporate the Cynosure  Smartlipo™ Laser Liposuction procedure into his practice, and as a national trainer for Cynosure, he has helped train many other physicians across the country in the Smartlipo procedure.

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Some patients may feel recovered within 1 to 2 days after the procedure, but this will depend on the surface areas treated and amount of fat that was removed from the body.

The body needs time to recalibrate its fluid needs after the removal of large volumes of fat and it also needs time to heal after tissues in the body are disturbed and redistributed. The bigger the change in fluid volume in the body and the larger the area disturbed by the surgery, the longer the recovery will take. Because Smart Lipo is less traumatic to tissues in the areas treated, it tends to take substantially less time for the body to heal following the procedure than it does for other liposuction techniques.

Dr. Crabtree will schedule check-up exams with you in the first few weeks after your surgery to make sure that the healing process is going as planned.

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