While thousands of men and women continue to line up for SmartLipo and Vaser liposelection to get rid of unwanted body fat and enhance their appearance, there are some new options on the horizon. Researchers have been testing and evaluating the 'next revolution' in liposuction with the SlimLipo procedure. This FDA-approved procedure is becoming increasingly popular around the country, and is only available at a handful of cosmetic and plastic surgery centers in the United States.
SlimLipo was unveiled in September 2008 and has been approved by the FDA. It is considered to be a minimally-invasive procedure that offers patients of all sizes a chance to enjoy the benefits of body contouring and sculpting without excessive pain and trauma to the body.
SlimLipo works using a selective laser induced melting process where energy waves are emitted deep into the skin to melt the fat completely. The laser targets the fatty tissue to break it down rapidly, making it easier for the surgeon to extract the fat without affecting surrounding tissues and blood vessels.
SlimLipo is currently available at select cosmetic and plastic surgery centers around the country, and performed under local anesthesia. After the fat is removed, the technique also helps create a more tightened and toned appearance; this is not usually achieved with liposuction alone, and many patients who undergo conventional liposuction turn to VelaShape and Thermage to further enhance their figure.