SmartLipo™ is an advanced liposuction procedure that uses the power of lasers to effectively eliminate excess fat. It was one of the first laser liposuction procedures to be approved by the FDA, and is commonly used by people who want to go a step beyond traditional liposuction. Since SmartLipo can be performed under local anesthesia, it has quickly become one of the most popular forms of body contouring.
SmartLipo is a minimally invasive procedure that works right above the body’s fat deposits. That means there’s less bruising, swelling, and recovery time associated with SmartLipo. This procedure is well-suited to people who are in good health and looking to remove small fat collections in problem areas. Read on to learn more about the SmartLipo procedure.
How does SmartLipo work?
Just like traditional liposuction, SmartLipo uses a tiny tube, or cannula, just underneath the surface of the skin. What makes SmartLipo unique is that the cannula has an attached laser component. While the cannula removes fat, the laser effectively heats and breaks down fat cells so that they’re easier to remove. The laser used during the procedure was specifically developed for SmartLipo usage, and is safe to use internally. As the fat liquefies, it becomes easier for the cannula to suck out. The laser can also seal small blood vessels as it works, which is why SmartLipo patients have less bleeding, swelling, and other complications.
Am I a candidate for SmartLipo?
The ideal SmartLipo candidate is a person in good health who wants to see an improvement in the shape and size of their body. SmartLipo is excellent for targeting problem fat areas that diet and exercise just don’t seem to banish, like the abdomen, hips, buttocks, arms, and thighs. SmartLipo isn’t an ideal option for very obese patients with a lot of fat to lose.
Visiting a SmartLipo specialist for a consultation is the best way to learn more about the procedure and to find out if you’re a candidate.
How much does SmartLipo cost?
The average cost of SmartLipo is about $4,000. However, the cost will vary quite significantly based on the treatment area. For example, SmartLipo under the chin is a small area that may only cost about $1,700. A larger area like the hips and thighs could cost up to $7,000. Potential SmartLipo patients should also consider the individual rates of the SmartLipo practitioner, which could vary based on the doctor’s credentials and geographical location.
How long is a SmartLipo session?
The average SmartLipo session takes between 30 and 45 minutes. Again, the time associated with your SmartLipo session will depend on the size and difficulty of the area being treated. Your practitioner may recommend that you return for additional SmartLipo sessions for better results.
Does SmartLipo hurt?
SmartLipo is performed under local anesthesia, so much of the pain is numbed as the procedure is happening. Afterward, you will probably experience some discomfort as the treatment area recovers from the procedure.
What is the recovery time for SmartLipo?
Minor bruising, swelling, and tenderness is normal, but many patients report that they can return to work and their daily activities within 24 hours. SmartLipo patients can expect to definitely be back on their feet within a few days after the procedure.
Are there any side effects to SmartLipo?
There are very few side effects associated with SmartLipo because it’s not performed under general anesthesia, which reduces many risks. Bruising, swelling, redness, and sensitivity is normal for a couple of days after treatment.
How long do SmartLipo results last?
The results of SmartLipo are indefinite—they will last as long or as little as you make them. Following a diet and exercise plan to keep the weight off after SmartLipo is highly recommended.
Does insurance cover SmartLipo?
Due to its cosmetic nature, SmartLipo is not covered by insurance.
What other plastic surgery treatments can be combined with SmartLipo?
Traditional liposuction, Mesotherapy, VelaShape, LipoDissolve, and other body contouring procedures may be combined with SmartLipo.
What are some other terms for SmartLipo?
SmartLipo may also be referred to as Smart Lipo, Laser Liposuction, or Laser-Assisted Liposuction.