Body image is such a large part of American culture these days, and SmartLipo, better known as laser-assisted liposuction, is a highly sought after procedure that caters to those individuals who want to sculpt their bodies to their desire. This laser technology is more desirable than what one would think of as traditional liposuction, because it is not as invasive a surgical procedure.
There are several contrasts between laser-assisted liposuction and cannula style liposuction. Both forms of liposuction are considered elective, so most health insurance benefits will not cover either procedure. With that in mind, the laser process is considerably more expensive than the more traditional type. Many plastic surgeons will be more than willing to set up a payment plan to spread the cost over a given time frame.
As with any surgical procedure there are always the after effects to consider. There are various opinions as to whether the added expenditure of the laser form is worth the end results. Some surgeons will use both procedures in conjunction with each other to have a more desired effect; the traditional liposuction along with the laser-assisted liposuction to tighten the skin.
SmartLipo, as would be expected, has a faster healing time due to the fact there is no surgical incision that would require stitches and more than likely some bruising. Also, the possible risk of infection is lessened with a more non-invasive procedure. There can be some side effects with the laser-assisted liposuction however; to include soreness, swelling and the possibility of incurring burns from the laser.
As with any procedure that affects the body, make sure that you chose a certified plastic surgeon that is board approved. Ask him to share with you the results that he has had, and see if you can find anyone who has had the procedure, and get their feedback about the doctor and the results. This procedure might be covered under most insurances – but it does not meet the Medicaid application requirements.