Tumescent Liposuction with Smartlipo™
Reshape Your Body, Reshape Your Life
Dr. Crabtree was the first physician in Kentucky to incorporate the Smartlipo™ Laser Liposuction procedure into his liposuction practice…And has extensive experience with Laser Lipolysis.
Smartlipo™ laser system
The Smartlipo™ laser simply adds another step to 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 as the agent to reduce blood loss
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 as well as the agent to reduce blood loss. This 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 really opened the door to the development of a much safer, easier, aesthetically pleasing procedure that is patient friendly.
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.