Thursday, January 4, 2007
Medical Reports: Laser Lipo
It's a New Year's resolution many of us set out to accomplish -- the quest for a new body. If you're looking to fight the fat without dieting and exercise, the FDA has just approved a new type of liposuction that promises a faster and less painful result. 7's Christine Cruz shows us how this "Laser Lipo" works.
WSVN -- It's a dream many of us can only imagine -- losing fat as quickly as a pizza pie disappears or as fast as gobbling up a second or third helping of ice cream.
Well, for all you dreamers, the FDA has just approved a fat-melting fantasy of sorts.
It's called Smart Lipo and Dr. Daniel Man in Boca Raton is the only plastic surgeon in South Florida performing the new procedure.
Dr. Daniel Man: "Unlike the traditional methods of doing lipo, this method is so much superior. It's easier, you get more fat out, Smart Lipo is much smarter."
So what makes it smarter than regular lipo?
First, the procedure is considered safer because it's done under local anesthesia, which means you're awake -- something Julie Meyers enjoyed when she had Smart Lipo on her inner thighs.
Julie Meyers: "I thought being awake during the procedure was very exciting, I could see it on the TV screen. I could see the amount of fat they were taking out."
Unlike traditional lipo, where the solid fat is sucked out, Smart Lipo uses a laser to heat up and liquify the fat cells.
That makes it easier to remove the fat.
Dr. Daniel Man: "It causes the fat to break down with its effective laser and, at the same time, the skin that is overlying is tightened."
Because the laser also seals off the blood vessels, patients have less bleeding, swelling and bruising, resulting in a quicker recovery time.
Julie Meyers: "The first three days there was very little discomfort, after that, it was sore, a little bruising. It was sore like a workout, a tough workout."
Most people can go back to work in a couple of days.
Julie was able to run errands and go to work that same afternoon.
And she noticed a difference in her inner thighs after only two weeks.
Julie Meyers: "I can tell that the area seems more tone, it seems tighter, it shrank up a little bit."
Smart Lipo costs about $5,000, which is not much more than regular lipo.
However, it's not covered by insurance and is not recommended for people who have an extreme amount of weight to lose.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Dr. Daniel Man, M.D.
851 Meadows Road Suite 222
Boca Raton, Florida 33486
Phone: (561) 395-5508
Fax: (561) 395-1839