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Liposuction or SmartLipo: When it comes to Cellulite, is there a Difference?

Liposuction or smartlipo, is there a difference?
Cellulite also known as the orange peel syndrome causes skin to look dimpled. It is a cosmetic issue which rarely affects men. From 80 to 90% of women deal with cellulite. Even people at their ideal weight often struggle with cellulite.

Cellulite has been compared to cottage cheese with its lumps and bumps, a comparison which does not conjure up a particularly attractive image. Cellulite is mostly found in the areas of the body which have a higher concentration of fat cells, the thighs, buttocks, belly, and sometimes the arms.

Remedies abound but very few of them have shown any success.

Often over the counter creams come with an applicator to massage the area as the lotion is being applied. There is a theory that massage increases blood flow which in turn stimulates collagen production making the skin more elastic with the end result being a tauter, smoother appearance.

There are a host of massage techniques which promise to help control cellulite; there are deep massages, cup massages, drainage massages, there is even specially made clothing which massages you as you wear it.

Then there are the homemade concoctions such as coffee and sugar scrubs or salts mixed with herbal tinctures and natural oils which are recommended to control cellulite from the outside. And tonics of lemon and vinegar for an internal solution.

Unfortunately, there are no miracle solutions or cures either homemade or commercial.

There are healthful changes you can make which may reduce the appearance of cellulite such as drinking lots of water, exercising, keeping weight as close to ideal as possible and eating a diet which consists mostly of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Both traditional liposuction and SmartLipo can remove fat and sculpt your shape, but which one is the better choice if you have cellulite?

Standard Liposuction

Standard or traditional liposuction involves thrusting the cannula through the fatty area to break-up, collect and suck up fat cells. This technique often removes uneven pockets of fat leading to more dimpling.

In addition, the force required with this procedure can injure the connective tissues. When these connective tissues are healthy and strong they support the skin and give it a smoother appearance, when they have been damaged, fatty deposits can push between the connective tissues creating that dimple effect.

The drawbacks of traditional liposuction have virtually been erased by new advancements. SmartLipo, an alternate to the traditional procedure, can give you the sculpted physique you crave with the added benefit of tighter, more youthful skin.

SmartLipo

SmartLipo is a liposuction procedure with a more sophisticated approach. Instead of breaking up the fat with force the fat is melted with a laser before being vacuumed away.

The cannula used is far thinner than the one used in traditional liposuction and thus gentler to the connective tissue. Beyond the micro-cannula, the addition of the laser to the liposuction process is what makes SmartLipo truly unique.

The laser stimulates collagen production resulting in sleeker looking thighs, buttocks, and belly. Visit our center in Honolulu to find out if SmartLipo is the body sculpting tool for you.


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