SmartLipo Laser Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck: Which One is Right For Me?

SmartLipo Laser Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck: Which One is Right For Me?

Body contouring procedures help patients get a slimmer, firmer figure. Dr. Kayastha offers many various body contouring procedures to his patients in Albany, Saratoga, Clifton Park, Schenectady, and surrounding communities. Two popular body contouring treatments that he offers are SmartLipo laser liposuction and Tummy Tucks. Dr. Kayastha can give his patients a slimmer abdominal profile with these two procedures. He consults with each patient to determine the right procedure for them, but we want to help give you an idea of which method might be the best for you.

What Is Smartlipo?

The SmartLipo procedure is a minimally invasive laser liposuction treatment. Rather than only using a cannula to break up fat cells, it first uses laser energy. This makes the fat removal process less traumatic on the body. SmartLipo can be used in the same areas as traditional liposuction and helps to remove any stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Not only does SmartLipo remove fatty pockets but it works to tighten up loose skin as well. With SmartLipo skin tightening, the loose tissue can be tightened to some extent. Dr. Kayastha works with each patient individually to map out what areas are needed for treatment to achieve their goals.  

What’s the Procedure like?

To make his patients feel relaxed and comfortable, Dr. Kayastha performs the SmartLipo laser liposuction using local anesthesia and oral medication. A tumescent solution is pumped into the area for treatment, this will numb and constrict the blood vessels to minimize any bleeding. Dr. Kayastha uses small incisions in the treatment area so the laser fiber can be inserted to heat and melt the fat. Once the fat is melted, it will be removed with a cannula just like standard liposuction. During this process, Dr. Kayastha will apply energy to the under-surface of the skin to encourage it to tighten.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Getting an ideal abdominal profile can be very difficult to impossible, even with plenty of diet and exercise. Sometimes excess fat and loose skin will not go away or tighten no matter what we do. Dr. Kayastha offers many different body contouring procedures, one of the most popular being the tummy tuck. This procedure, formally known as abdominoplasty, helps to re-contour the abdominal area. Through the tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Kayastha can remove excess fat pockets and loose skin tissue for his patients. He also tightens the abdominal muscles which may have been stretched by weight gain or pregnancy. He works with each patient to create a unique treatment plan so they can obtain a slimmer figure.

What’s the Procedure Like?

Dr. Kayastha offers various anesthetic techniques, but this procedure is typically done under general anesthesia in the hospital to ensure the highest level of safety and comfort for the patient . The procedure is a complex one as it involves making an incision at the bikini line and sometimes around the navel, depending on what type of tummy tuck technique is being used. For the procedure, once the incisions are made the excess skin and fat is lifted from the underlying abdominal wall musculature. The muscles are then inspected and if they are bulging due to being stretched by pregnancy or other conditions they are repaired. Next, the amount  of excess skin is carefully determined and removed. Liposuction is often performed of the abdomen and love handles at the same time to improve the contour of the entire midsection.

Smartlipo vs. Tummy Tuck

Both of these techniques can help to improve your abdominal profile by getting rid of stubborn fat pockets or loose skin. These methods are done with different types of anesthesia. Smartlipo laser liposuction can be performed in the office with local anesthesia and oral medication. A tummy tuck is performed in the hospital with general anesthesia. The SmartLipo recovery is less extensive than tummy tuck recovery however, a tummy tuck can remove more fat and skin tissue at one time. Also, SmartLipo can be done on various areas of the body whereas tummy tuck focuses on the abdominal area. Both SmartLipo and tummy tucks can have various side effects such as swelling, bruising, and redness at the treatment site. Dr. Kayastha will go over all SmartLipo side effects and risks during a consultation. If you are considering either procedure the best way to choose the procedure is by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Kayastha.

Schedule a Consultation

Schedule your consultation today to learn more about liposuction and tummy tuck surgery and find out which one might be the right one for you. Dr. Kayastha will interview and examine you during your consultation. After he has done that he can discuss with you a plan to best help you achieve your goals.

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Dr. Kayastha is a board certified plastic surgeon who serves Albany, NY and the entire Capital Region. Dr. Kayastha completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University and graduated with distinction in all subjects. He then attended medical school at SUNY Buffalo. During his time in Buffalo he also completed a fellowship in surgical pathology at Roswell Park. Following medical school Dr. Kayastha gained a much sought after position in the Michigan State-Grand Rapids integrated plastic surgery residency. After finishing residency training Dr. Kayastha completed a one year fellowship in hand and microsurgery at the Buncke Clinic in San Francisco. To round out his training before starting private practice Dr. Kayastha spent an additional 6 months learning from some of the best cosmetic surgeons in San Francisco. Dr. Kayastha is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.