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Smartlipo(TM) laser lipolysis

SmartLipo™ is a method of

lipolysis (liposuction) that utilizes laser technology and energy to melt fat, rather than suctioning it in the traditional liposuction technique. The fat then drains out of the surgical opening or is eliminated in the body's lymphatic system. It is favored by many because of the small, discreet incisions that require no stitches following the procedure.

Quick Facts about SmartLipo:

1 - The surgical wand (cannula) inserted through the skin and into the fatty area is about the size of a thick syringe needle

2 - Thanks to the laser technology, blood vessels are sealed as they are cut; that means less bruising and swelling for the patient and faster healing

3 - Post operative pain is significantly less than with the traditional liposuction method.


Cost of SmartLipo

"An estimated cost of SmartLipo

may range from $2,000 to $5,000."

According to several sources, an estimated cost of SmartLipo may range from $2,000 to $5,000. Fees within various regions of the United States may vary depending on whether the doctor's practice is in an urban, suburban, or rural area. This cost only covers the physician's fee, and does not include other miscellaneous costs. Be sure and ask your surgeon if your total costs covers all the usual, expected fees and charges.

Many surgeons offer multiple financing options for SmartLipo. has created an easy, effective way for patients to finance SmartLipo online. For more information, please see our cosmetic surgery financing information page.


Where do I begin?

While the information contained in this website will provide you with a good introduction to SmartLipo, it cannot replace medical advice. When considering SmartLipo, please consult a qualified provider. (To assist your search, use the physician locator).


Benefits of SmartLipo

For those with pockets of unwanted fat in localized areas, SmartLipo can significantly improve body contours and prevent fat from returning to those specific areas. However, no form of liposuction should be regarded as a “weight loss surgery.” Diet and exercise are required to maintain optimal results. Another benefit of SmartLipo is the promotion of collagen growth, as described below.


SmartLipo and Collagen Growth

"During clinical trials,

it was proven that SmartLipo promotes the growth of collagen under patients' skin."

During clinical trials, it was proven that SmartLipo promotes the growth of collagen under patients' skin. Collagen is a major factor in human aging, and naturally breaks down when aging, sun damage, and injury occur. This leaves the outer layer of skin to wrinkle or form creases, and give the appearance of skin folds of skin or sagging. SmartLipo adds more collagen, to help skin become firmer and tighter in the area of treatment.

It should also be noted that the heat of the SmartLipo laser causes the collagen to grow, an effect that researchers have found to continue for up to three to six months. Plus, unlike the back-and-forth straight motion of traditional liposuction, the SmartLipo cannula can bend around curves in the body.


How is SmartLipo Performed?

The procedure begins with a thorough cleansing of the area. Then, the surgeon creates one or several small openings in the skin and inserts the laser-tipped treatment cannula through the incisions. The cannula is moved around as the surgeon sees fit, delivering the laser's energy to the fat cells and causing them to rupture and drain away. If the patient has a large area to treat, a standard liposuction device is sometimes used first. Then, the SmartLipo clears away the smaller areas and pockets where fat is concentrated.


How Much Pain is Associated with SmartLipo?

"Pain from SmartLipo surgery

is minimal, and local anesthetics are used during the procedure."

Pain from SmartLipo surgery is minimal, and local anesthetics are used during the procedure. Some surgeons use minimal pain killers so they can safely ask patients to stand before the procedure is complete. The purpose is to check for symmetry and balance before concluding the operation.


SmartLipo Recovery

While rest is recommend following the procedure, normal activity can be resumed gradually over the first several days. Typically, patients can move about the day after the procedure, although it is necessary to wear a compression garment for several days (or weeks, depending on the advice of your surgeon). The purpose of the compression garment is to collapse the tunnels the cannula has made through the fatty areas to provide a sleeker, more contoured look after healing. Patients are advised to stay away from hot tubs and baths for the first two weeks, although quick showers are permissible. Strenuous work and exercise should be avoided for two weeks.


SmartLipo Risks

"As with any surgical procedure,

the remote possibility of infection exists."

As with any surgical procedure, the remote possibility of infection exists. After liposuction, a few patients may experience dimpling, lumpiness, numbness, scarring, discoloration, or sagging skin in the treated area. With SmartLipo, the risk of minor skin burns is present due to the laser heat involved. As with any surgical procedure, in an effort to minimize the associated risks, it is important to follow all of the surgeon's instructions, both before and after the procedure.


More Quick Facts about SmartLipo:

1 - SmartLipo is manufactured in Italy, where it was tested for several years before obtaining Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in the U.S. in 2006.

2 - SmartLipo permanently removes actual fat cells from the body. If the patient gains weight later on, the poundage distributes to different areas.

3 - Usually, only one SmartLipo treatment is required; a session may last from 45 minutes to one hour for each area treated. Results can be seen in as soon as a week, with continued improvement over several months.


Who is the Ideal Candidate for SmartLipo?

Candidates for SmartLipo should be healthy adults in their normal weight range, with realistic expectations about the results that can be attained. SmartLipo is said by its manufacturer to be ideal for treating small areas of the face, neck, arms, breasts, and areas of loose and flabby skin. The technology is also well suited to gynecomastia surgery to reduce overly large male breasts, and may also be suitable to treat cellulite in many patients.


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