Smart Lipo is a relatively new technique being used in the UK for removal of fat. It has the advantage that it is less invasive than traditional liposuction and a general anaesthetic is not needed. A laser is used to breaks down the fat cells. The procedure is performed under sterile conditions in an operating theatre, the area of fat to be removed is infiltrated with local anaesthetic to reduce any discomfort during the procedure. A very fine hollow needle which contains the Smart Lipo laser probe is inserted under the skin through a tiny incision directly into the fat. The laser beam is then slowly guided through the area and the light beam is absorbed by the fat cells which are immediately destroyed and liquefied. Your body is able to reabsorbe the this liquefied fat and excrete it through your liver and kidneys, this is an entirely normal process that the body can cope with. The procedure generally takes about an hour. Usually there is very little bleeding bruising or swelling. After a period of an hour of observation, the patient can go home. Almost all normal activities may be resumed, there may be some mild discomfort after the local anaesthetic has worn off, but there is virtually no down time.

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