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    Smart Lipo vs. Liposuction Surgery

    Smart Lipo vs. Liposuction Surgery

    Unwanted fat accumulation in certain areas of the body is a common occurrence today among both women and men. Lifestyle challenges, genetics, lack of exercise, and unbalanced diet are some of the key factors for this condition. Cosmetic surgery offers the most effective and sustainable solutions to reduce stubborn fat pockets in areas such as the hips, thighs, abdomen, flanks, arms, and calves.

    Liposuction and its less invasive and more innovative variant, Smart Lipo, are two major treatment options for fat reduction that a plastic surgeon may provide. Dr. Wright Jones is an experienced plastic surgeon who receives patients from Atlanta, Buckhead, Stockbridge, Marietta, GA, and surrounding communities for fat reduction procedures.

    Popularity and Acceptance

    Traditional liposuction is currently the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the US, according to the figures released by the ASAPS. Advanced techniques such as tumescent liposuction have made the procedure more targeted and effective. It can be performed alone or in conjunction with various other surgeries.

    Smart Lipo is an innovative variant, which involves the use of laser technology. This makes the procedure relatively less invasive as well as precise. In recent years, the acceptance of Smart Lipo as an alternative to traditional liposuction has been growing.

    Treatment Approach

    The size of incision is relatively larger in case of traditional liposuction. Multiple incisions may be placed in some cases, depending on the location and surface area. The cosmetic surgeon will dislodge the targeted fat cells through the incision, and will remove them through a syringe-assisted suction process.

    In case of Smart Lipo, the incision size is significantly smaller because the unwanted fat deposits will be broken down without the use of hands and with the help of a precise laser beam. Bruising and bleeding is reduced in this case, and the fat removal can occur in a less aggressive manner. Dr. Jones provides this treatment to patients in Atlanta, Buckhead, Stockbridge, Marietta, GA, and nearby areas.

    Recovery Period

    The recovery time required for Smart Lipo surgery is relatively lesser than in the case of traditional liposuction. Most patients can return to their regular activities or go back to work in about three to four days following Smart Lipo. On the other hand, liposuction will typically involve a downtime of about one week to 10 days. Working people and busy moms tend to choose procedures that involve a reduced downtime.

    Pain During and After Surgery

    The pain and discomfort involved in case of Smart Lipo is considerably lesser in comparison to traditional liposuction surgery. The procedure is performed with the patient awake under local anesthesia. During the recovery period, the bruising, swelling and bleeding is lesser, which results in minimal discomfort in case of Smart Lipo.


    Liposuction can potentially create more dramatic and conspicuous results. A larger incision and a more invasive fat removal approach can allow the surgeon to take out a substantial amount of fat. On the other hand, Smart Lipo usually produces more under-stated and subtle outcomes. Some surgeons may recommend Smart Lipo only for the smaller areas of the body.

    See all plastic surgery procedures that Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Wright Jones performs of the facenosebody, and breast in and around Atlanta, Buckhead, Stockbridge, Marietta, GA and surrounding areas.

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    Liposuction Surgery Recovery

    Liposuction | Cosmetic Surgery | Marietta | Atlanta | Buckhead, GALiposuction currently ranks as the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the US, as per the ASAPS figures. The procedure is fairly customizable and may be performed using less invasive techniques to reduce the recovery period and minimize the risk of complications.

    Dr. Wright Jones is a leading plastic surgeon providing liposuction and other procedures. During the initial consultation, Dr. Jones will discuss various aspects of the procedure, including the estimated recovery process. He receives patients from Atlanta, Buckhead, Stockbridge, Marietta GA, and surrounding communities.

    Recovery in Early Weeks

    The downtime involved in liposuction plastic surgery can range from one to two weeks, depending on the extent of surgery performed and the size of the treated area. The complete recovery process will continue over several weeks, but most patients can return to work or resume their regular activities after the first week or 10 days.

    The patient will be required to wear a compression garment over the treated area for the first few weeks. This will help to expedite healing and support recovery. Mild pain and discomfort is likely in the first week, which can be relieved with pain medications. Moderate walking should be performed from the very first or second day of the surgery to enable easier healing.

    For about a week after the procedure, the patient should take showers instead of baths. Bruising, swelling, and numbness in the treated area will begin to subside by the end of the first week. If the cosmetic surgeon has placed drains to facilitate healing, these will be removed after about a week. Dr. Jones provides detailed recovery instructions to his patients in Atlanta, Buckhead, Stockbridge, Marietta GA, and nearby locations.

    Swelling Reduction over a Few Months

    Swelling will gradually subside over a period of several months, and the final results will be established more clearly as swelling reduces. If the treatment area is substantially large, the recovery from swelling will take longer. In some cases, the skin around the treated area may appear loose, but it will tighten to its original condition in about six months on average.

    The patient is best advised to continue monitoring the incision sites for signs of infection. Healing should be monitored professionally through follow-up appointments with the surgeon. If the swelling appears excessive or abnormal, the surgeon should be contacted to assess the risks.

    Physical Exercise

    The surgeon will usually provide individual guidelines to the patient regarding exercise during recovery period. Most surgeons will recommend that the patient should begin the gentle walking routine at the earliest after the procedure. Gradually, mild exercises may be performed to protect against the blood clot formation and other post-op complications.

    Two weeks from the date of surgery, the activity level and exercise should be increased. However, strenuous exercises should be avoided for at least a month to allow the body sufficient time to heal.

    Full results of liposuction surgery will typically appear in about six months. At this point, patients can expect a more defined muscle tone, slimmer figure, reduced cellulite, and a younger looking overall appearance.

    See all plastic surgery procedures that Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Wright Jones performs of the facenosebody, and breast in and around Atlanta, Buckhead, Stockbridge, Marietta, GA and surrounding areas.

    Your Atlanta Plastic Surgery Medical Center

    dr-jones-newWright Jones Plastic Surgery is a premier plastic surgery practice providing a wide range of cutting edge procedures for the body, breast, and face. The practice differentiates itself by maintaining a dedicated focus on total patient satisfaction in every procedure through innovation, personalized care, and attention and customized procedures.

    The practice is led by Dr. Wright Jones, who is an experienced reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon in Atlanta. Dr. Jones combines the principles of art and science to produce safe, sustainable, and highly desirable aesthetic results for his patients. The practice receives patients from Atlanta, Buckhead, Stockbridge, Marietta, GA, and surrounding communities.

    Customized Procedures

    Dr. Jones believes that the best and most satisfying outcomes in any cosmetic surgery procedure can be achieved when the surgeon tailors the procedure according to the unique needs of a patient. Along with his compassionate and highly trained team of staff members, Dr. Jones strives to provide customized treatments for the breast, body, and face.

    Dr. Jones will evaluate the patient’s unique anatomy, current health condition and their innate aesthetic needs. He adopts a conservative approach whereby the most outstanding aesthetic results can be achieved in the least invasive manner. In some cases, Dr. Jones may combine surgical and non-surgical procedures to achieve more comprehensive outcomes.


    Dr. Jones provides various procedures for the breast, body and face to patients in Atlanta, Buckhead, Stockbridge, Marietta, GA, and nearby areas.


    • Brow Lift
    • Ear Contouring (Otoplasty)
    • Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
    • Facelift
    • Facial Fat Transfer
    • Neck Lift (Neck Contouring)
    • Mohs Reconstruction
    • Facial Trauma
    • Rhinoplasty (Nasal Reshaping)
    • Facial Implants (Chin/ Cheek/ Jaw Augmentation)


    • Female Rhinoplasty
    • Male Rhinoplasty
    • Ethnic Rhinoplasty
    • Rhinoplasty


    • Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
    • Buttock Enhancement/Brazilian Butt Lift
    • Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
    • Thigh Lift
    • Liposuction
    • Post Lap Band / Weight Loss Surgery
    • Scar Revision
    • Labiaplasty
    • Body Lift


    • Breast Augmentation
    • Breast Implant Exchange
    • Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
    • Breast Reduction
    • Breast Reconstruction
    • Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia Correction)
    • Nipple Procedures (Nipple Reduction/Correction of Inverted Nipple)


    • Botox
    • Dermal Fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Sculptra)
    • Laser Skin Resurfacing

    Meet Dr. Jones

    Dr. Jones completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, where he served as Chief Resident. He went on to complete his residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the leading Emory University School of Medicine. Here he had the opportunity to hone his surgical skills using advanced techniques while working along with pre-eminent plastic surgeons.

    Dr. Jones has trained with renowned rhinoplasty surgeons, and also received advanced training in buttock augmentation and body contouring procedures under Dr. Constantino Mendieta, a national authority on these surgeries. Dr. Jones has presented his research at national and international surgical conferences. He won the the Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, and numerous other awards. He was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society at the University of Nevada.

    See all plastic surgery procedures that Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Wright Jones performs of the facenosebody, and breast in and around Atlanta, Buckhead, Stockbridge, Marietta, GA and surrounding areas. To schedule a consultation contact us at  404.994.5937 or click here.



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