6 Things to Consider Before Getting Smart Lipo
1.) Are you a good candidate for Smart Lipo?
You should ideally be within 15-20% of your ideal body weight, though recently I have pushed this for a few select patients and have gotten very good results. I do this in the office under local anesthetic, usually with a mild oral sedation. However, you don’t get to watch since I have you wear our sun tan goggles.
2) What is your skin tone like?
You need to have some skin tone with Smartlipo to get a nice result. It is true that you do get some skin tightening with Smartlipo, but only a relatively small amount. If you have a lot of loose skin on your abdomen, you will probably need a Tummy Tuck. One of the great advantages in going to a board certified plastic surgeon for your Smartlipo is that I can offer other techniques such as a Tummy Tuck. I don’t try and make everyone fit one procedure.
Another challenging area is the upper arms. I can usually get a nice improvement to the upper arms, but only if you have some degree of skin tone. If you have very loose upper arm skin, you are probably going to do much better with an arm lift. This is a more involved surgical procedure which I also offer.
3) Are your expectations realistic?
Many of my patients have achieved very significant improvements from the Smartlipo. However, I am very clear from the beginning: Smartlipo will decrease fat but it will not change your weight very much at all. It will give you a better body contour. To get your best results, you usually have to improve your dieting or your exercising in order to lose some weight (assuming you are overweight – you can do Smartlipo even if you are a perfect weight).
Thus, I can offer you an improvement but I will never make you perfect. It is impossible for anyone to give you a 6 pack without you doing a lot of hard work on your own after the procedure.
4) Are you patient?
You will continue to improve for 6 months after your Smartlipo. This is not like a breast augmentation, when as soon as the procedure is over, your body has been transformed. Sometimes you can see changes by 2 weeks and for many other patients, it can take 2 months before you start to see the difference. You will continue to get better and better, for the next 6 months, provided you do not put on weight after the procedure. If you live in the area, I will bring you back for follow up at 2 weeks, and then at 2,4 and 6 months. I will usually wait and photograph at these 2 monthly visits.
5) Can you survive 5 days without hard exercise?
I let you shower the next day and have sex and go for walks and drive etc. However, I want you to take 5 days only, from working out very hard.
5) Can you afford it and take time off from work?
The great news is that virtually everyone goes back to work the next day. Of course, you don’t have to, but everyone that does not have a physically demanding job goes back to work the next day.
Smartlipo is quite affordable to most people. We also offer financing. At the time of your free consult, I will give you a written quote with all costs involved. However you should expect to pay at least $3,000.00 with the cost going up depending on the number of areas you want to have done.