What Is Smartlipo and How Does It Work?

BY: Staff |Sep 10, 2015

What Is Smartlipo and How Does It Work?

Smartlipo, which can remove fat from certain body areas, typically requires less downtime than traditional liposuction. Doctors make small incisions to insert a laser fiber that will heat and liquefy fat cells. Their contents will then be suctioned out or allowed to drain away.


How does Smartlipo work?

During the Smartlipo procedure, the doctor treats the targeted area with a local anesthetic. They then insert either a laser fiber or a small tube (cannula) that contains a laser fiber. The laser fiber heats up and liquefies the targeted fat cells, making it easier for the doctor to suction out the fat. On smaller treatment areas, the doctor may allow the fat to drain away naturally. The laser also stimulates the production of collagen, tightening the skin around the treatment areas for a contouring effect visible after 3–6 months.

How long does the procedure take?

On average, the procedure will take 1.5–2 hours. It is done in office, and patients don’t have to stay overnight in the hospital.

Is this invasive?

The procedure is considered minimally invasive because, though it requires making incisions into the body, it results in less downtime and bruising than traditional liposuction. It also uses a local anesthetic instead of a general anesthetic, meaning patients remain conscious throughout the procedure.

Is there any downtime?

Patients should arrange for someone to pick them up after the surgery. The procedure may result in bleeding, swelling, and bruising. Most people are able to return to work after two days.

How many treatments do I need to see results?

Typically only one treatment is needed per patient.

Who is a good candidate?

A consultation will determine if the treatment is right for you.

What areas can be treated?

Smartlipo is ideal for the neck, jawline, arms, bra fat, love handles, saddlebags, knees, and enlarged male breasts. It can also treat skin that sags following pregnancy.

How soon can I see results?

Results can be seen within a week, with continued improvement over 3–6 months.

How long do results last?

Results vary from person to person; a consultation will provide a more accurate forecast. However, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and level of exercise after your Smartlipo treatment for optimum results.

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