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What is Slim Lipo?

Slim Lipo is a procedure used to achieve results similar to traditional liposuction procedures.  SlimLipo is considered less invasive than traditional liposuction procedures however because it involves the use of a laser and eliminates fat with much less discomfort, bruising and recovery time.  Incisions made during the procedure are considerably smaller when compared to traditional procedures.  “Slim” stands for “selective laser induced melting.”  Slim Lipo procedures involve the use of a machine that uses a wavelength of 920, which is considered more efficient than other laser treatments.

How is a Slim Lipo treatment performed?

Prior to a treatment, the patient has a consultation with the physician.  The physician determines whether there are any underlying medical conditions that might increase risks during the medical procedure, or potential results.  The area of incision is marked and a local anesthesia is applied.  The physician makes incisions, and a small tube called a cannula is inserted.  The cannula fires the laser at the targeted area, and the melted fat is either eliminated through a suction device, or through the body’s natural elimination systems.

Who is a candidate for Slim Lipo?

Good candidates for Slim Lipo include reasonably healthy men and women who have localized areas of fat that have not responded well to diet and exercise.  Patients are encouraged to have realistic expectations and should be ready to follow pre and post-operative instructions carefully to guarantee the best results.  SlimLipo is not intended to cure obesity, and is usually used on people of average weight.

What may be expected during recovery?

Following a Slim Lipo treatment patients usually experience bruising, swelling, and slight discomfort.  Patients may need to wear a compression dressing for a few days to reduce the side effects.  Work can usually be resumed the day after the procedure, but strenuous activity should be postponed for a week or two after the procedure.  Overall, recovery is moderately short and painless.

What risks may be associated with Slim Lipo?

Possible risks after a SlimLipo treatment include infection, pain, bruising, and swelling at the incision locations.  In rare cases, the patient experiences irregular body contouring or skin pigmentation following the procedure.  Finding a physician who is experienced with Slim Lipo, and following pre and post-operative instructions very carefully may greatly reduce such risks.

How much does Slim Lipo cost?

Treatment costs vary depending on the size of the operation area and the amount of fat to be removed.  In general, Slim Lipo Procedures average between $2000 and $6000.  The geographic location and the specific practicing physician may also have an impact on the price of the procedure. 

Insurance usually does not offer coverage for procedures deemed cosmetic in nature so patients may research financing to increase affordability.  Many health care clinics feature financing options.  Locate a qualified cosmetic dermatologist in your area who offers Slim Lipo and discuss what financing options may be available to you.  

Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.

By Staff
Updated: March 18, 2009

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