Smartlipo, also referred to as laser liposuction, is a minimally invasive body contouring treatment that utilizes a laser to quickly melt stubborn areas of unwanted fat from the face, neck, arms, back, abdomen, hips, thighs, and knees. Unlike conventional liposuction, Smartlipo quickly liquefies fat so that it can be drained and absorbed by the body’s lymphatic system, which naturally flushes it from the body.
Benefits of Smartlipo include:
Smartlipo is a simple outpatient treatment that is performed under a local anesthetic, taking typically less than an hour. Compared to traditional liposuction, Smartlipo results in less bleeding, less bruising, less swelling, less discomfort, small incision, and better results in most cases.
How does Smartlipo work?
A 1-2 mm diameter paperclip-thin probe containing a laser fiber is inserted beneath the skin and moved back and forth to deliver the laser’s energy to fat cells, causing them to rupture and drain. The laser energy interacts with the dermis, resulting in collagen shrinkage.
Smartlipo is minimally invasive and can be performed under local anesthesia. The laser causes small blood vessels to coagulate immediately on contact, resulting in less bleeding, swelling and bruising, yielding a quicker recovery time than conventional liposuction.
Who is a good candidate for Smartlipo?
If you have areas of fat that will not respond to diet and exercise, you’re probably a candidate for Smartlipo. Ideal candidates are in good health, of normal body weight, and have realistic expectations for results.
What areas of the body can be treated with Smartlipo?
Smartlipo is most effective in treating small areas of localized fat on the face, neck, arms, back, waist, abs, hips, thighs, and knees. Due to Smartlipo’s skin tightening effect, it may be beneficial to use in conjunction with conventional liposuction on larger areas of the body.
How many treatments will I need?
For most patients, only one treatment is typically required. The session may last from 45 minutes to one hour for each area treated.
Do I have to do anything post treatment?
After the treatment, you may experience minimal swelling and bruising. We recommend 1-2 days without vigorous activity, but most patients are able to return to work immediately depending on their occupation.
Does Smartlipo treat cellulite?
The treatment can improve the body’s shape and may improve cellulite to a certain degree.
When can I expect to see results?
Results can be seen immediately with continued improvement over several weeks.
Are the results long lasting?
Yes, as adults do not regenerate new fat cells. Fat cells are permanently removed during Smartlipo treatment, so if patients do gain weight after treatment, most fat will be deposited in other areas of the body.