Health Team

New Lipo Procedure Melts Away Fat

Posted February 23, 2007

Dieting does not always get rid of fatty bulges. That is why liposuction is so popular, but a newer version of liposuction may give you results sooner and more safely.

Alexis Tino wanted a flat belly, but dieting could not get rid of the bulge.

"Skinny jeans are in this season. They don't look so good with a belly hanging over," she said.

Tino came to Dr. Robert Gotkin for a new type of liposuction called Smartlipo.

"The Smartlipo is so far and away more superior to the previous techniques that we had and it's almost comparable," Gotkin said.

With traditional liposuction, fat is broken up and then sucked out of the body. But with the new Smartlipo procedure, there is no suction.

Smartlipo uses a laser that, in a way, melts fat. The beam ruptures fat cells like bursting a bubble. Gotkin said smart lipo is more precise and safer. Plus, officials said the recovery is faster and much less painful than traditional liposuction.

"They're back to their usual activities much more quickly than they ever were before," Gotkin said.

Tino was back to work in no time. Officials said it takes about four months before the swelling goes down and the belly is completely flat.

"It's just nice that you can go in your closet and put anything on and everything will look good," Tino said.

Smartlipo tends to cost the same as other liposuction techniques. Health officials warn people that any decision for plastic surgery should be made in consultation with your primary physician.

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  • seeingthru Feb 27, 2007

    sure because they are layyyyyyzzzzeeeeeee, no will power want a quick fix

  • wakeresident Feb 27, 2007

    I wish they'd make a laser that can fix stupid. But if you've tried everything (2 weeks of south beach doesn't count), I can see why people would want this.

  • 2MuchPork4Just1Fork Feb 27, 2007

    Umm, I'm thinking a laser that melts fat is indeed something of a magic fix...

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Feb 27, 2007

    Sign me up!

  • seeingthru Feb 27, 2007

    I went down from sz 14 to 6p 4 or 2 depending on manufacturer and quit smoking at the same time. Nothing beats sensible diet and exercise and COMMITMENT. NO MAGIC FIXES, not in a pill, liquid or laser--sorry

  • Escapist Feb 26, 2007

    Sign me up! And while you're at it, does anyone know where I can get my hand on some Phen-Fen? That was the best thing since sliced bread!

  • nursevb8 Feb 26, 2007

    4 months for the swelling to go down? sounds kinda drastic. But I'd try it too

  • ppswall720 Feb 26, 2007

    I would love to try it! How can I get it?


  • Here kitty kitty Feb 26, 2007

    I'd like to see some more examples, then maybe I'd try it.

  • plmbgold Feb 23, 2007

    I would love to try that!!!!!!!!!!