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" I made an appointment at Southeastern Dermatology last month, while visiting my in-laws in TN. Everyone was very professional and friendly. If you are in the area, I highly recommend their cosmetic services and treatments. Dr. Doppelt spent a good amount of time explaining all of my options. Excellent service!!! " - Kristann S.

Many patients who are considering ways to remove unwanted fat from their bodies may begin to consider procedures such as liposuction. Knoxville area residents should understand the differences between traditional liposuction and laser liposuction, also known as SmartLipo.

Traditional liposuction uses a metal rod called a cannula that is inserted into the body and used to remove subcutaneous fat. The rod is relatively large and is made to essentially vacuum out unwanted fat from the body. In order to do this, doctors would put a patient under with general anesthesia, which, in itself, carries a number of health risks.

Newer types of liposuction, called microcannular liposuction, use much smaller cannulas to perform the procedure, and integrates the use of lasers to break down the fat. Patients are fully awake during this procedure, and are locally anesthetized with lidocaine beforehand. This type of liposuction, called SmartLipo, often produces much smoother, more effective results for patients who undergo this particular treatment.

SmartLipo can be used on most any part of the body. Areas that are commonly addressed with liposuction are:
  • Love handles
  • "Bra fat"
  • Abdomen / stomach area
  • Thighs
  • Male breasts
  • Arms
  • Neck
  • Knees
The best candidates for SmartLipo are those who are in good health and already take great care of their body. Many who undergo liposuction are those who have already been exercising and watching what they eat in an attempt to lose the unwanted fat. However, there are areas of the body that are more stubborn when it comes to working off fat. These typical areas are addressed with liposuction and other fat removal treatments.

Dr. Doppelt of Southeastern Dermatology offers SmartLipo along with other body beautification services that his patients can use to improve their appearance to love the way they look. From simple skin care to laser liposuction, our offices provide several ways for patients to bring back a more youthful appearance. Call Southeastern Dermatology today to schedule a consultation appointment and learn about the amazing ways that SmartLipo can sculpt your body into the one you've always wanted to attain on your own terms!
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