Smartlipo™ Laser Body Sculpting
As more women and men want to look and feel better about
themselves, body contouring and lipo-sculpture continue
to grow in popularity, making liposuction the most popular
cosmetic surgery performed today. SmartLipo™ is the first
and only laser-assisted lipolysis system to offer a revolutionary
and minimally invasive procedure for the removal of fat.
Using a high-powered laser, Smartlipo™ is a new Laser Body
Sculpting procedure with less down time and side effects
than traditional liposuction.
How SmartLipo™ Works If you’re seeking a cutting-edge, highly effective method
to significantly improve the safety and efficiency of many
surgical techniques, then laser technology is definitely
the technique you’ll want to consider. Routinely used in
dental procedures, lasik eye surgery, reconstructive work
and cosmetic procedures—including liposuction—laser technology
is what sets SmartLipo apart from its competition. The
word “laser” is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated
Emission of Radiation. Precise and safe, today’s medical-grade
lasers work by creating a powerful light beam that is adjusted
to a specific frequency range. SmartLipo is different in
that it uses a carefully calibrated laser to liquefy fat
deposits through the top layers of the patient's skin.
The laser actually ruptures fat cells, and the resulting
oily, liquid substance is then removed through a tiny incision
in the skin by the surgeon.
The small laser can also seal
blood vessels as it zaps fat, so there is less swelling,
bleeding and bruising than with traditional liposuction.
Research has shown that little, if any, fat is reabsorbed
back into the body. The minimal invasiveness of the procedure
allows patients to see faster results and to experience
fewer complications. In addition, SmartLipo’s patients
need only a local anesthetic for this procedure, whereas
liposuction requires general anesthesia. Because the patient
is not completely unconscious, SmartLipo carries much fewer
risks than traditional liposuction, and the recovery time
is much shorter. SmartLipo…cutting-edge, safe and effective.
How does the Smartlipo™ procedure work?
A very small cannula, or tube, approximately 1.0 mm to
2.0 mm in diameter containing a laser fiber is inserted
into the skin. The cannula is moved back and forth delivering
the laser's energy to the fat cells, causing them to rupture
and easily drain away. The laser energy also interacts
with the dermis it resulting in collagen shrinkage. Due
to the cannula's small size, Smartlipo™ is a minimally
invasive procedure 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,
and a quicker recovery time than conventional liposuction.
Because general anesthesia is unnecessary, the procedure
is very safe with only minimal side effects.
Is SmartLipo Right for You?
Almost anyone can be a good candidate for SmartLipo. In
general, the ideal candidate: (1) is in good health, exercises
regularly, is within 25 lbs. of his or her ideal weight;
(2) has one or more areas of local body fat deposits that
have responded poorly to diet and exercise; and (3) is
bothered by these fatty areas, and is motivated to get
rid of them permanently. Your doctor will review the benefits
and risks of SmartLipo with you during your consultation
visit. He will assess whether you are a good candidate
with respect to your medical health, and he will clarify
what SmartLipo could do for you.
Generally, SmartLipo might
be right for you if:
You don’t have a lot of time to spend
in recovery. – SmartLipo
patients are typically back to work within 1–2 days following
the procedure. Bandages are removed 1–2 weeks after that.
You’ve worked hard to eat right and
exercise, yet you still can’t lose those “love handles”
or other fat deposits you consider unsightly. – Human
fat, or adipose tissue, can be very hard to get rid
of through exercise and diet alone. SmartLipo can be
a relatively simple solution to remove stubborn fat
You want a
procedure that is FDA approved.– The SmartLipo
device was approved in November of 2006, and today
is one of the fasting-growing, safest procedures
in the cosmetic surgery field. You don’t want loose
skin as a result of the procedure. – Many patients
of traditional liposuction find that their skin does
not adjust to the reduction of fat deposits. This
tendency often results in unattractive “droops.”
These patients often require skin lifts that can
lead to scars, thus rendering the initial liposuction
treatment useless. But by pulling the surrounding
skin inward, SmartLipo laser technology can reconstruct
the layers immediately under the patient’s skin,
completely eliminating skin drooping.
You want permanent
the fat is removed from a particular area of the body,
it will never return. If you gain fat in the future,
it will be deposited elsewhere on your body. To be a good candidate for SmartLipo, you should have realistic
expectations about the procedure’s capabilities. And while
SmartLipo can improve your appearance and self-confidence,
it won’t necessarily match your mental ideal, nor will it
cause other people to act differently toward you. Before
you decide to have SmartLipo, think carefully about your
expectations and discuss them with the physician during your
consultation visit. SmartLipo…the safe, affordable and permanent
Who is a good candidate for the SmartLipo™ procedure?
If you have areas of fat that will not respond to diet and exercise, then you’re
a candidate for SmartLipo™. Ideal candidates are in good health, of normal body
weight and have realistic expectations for the results.
What body regions can be treated with Smartlipo™?
Smartlipo™ can be a great adjunct to traditional liposuction procedures and it
is ideal for treating small areas of the face, neck, arms, knees, back, bra strap,
mons pubis, breasts (gynecomastia), and areas of loose and flabby skin (floppy
How many treatments will I need?
For most patients, typically only one treatment is 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 will have minimal pain or bruising. We recommend 1-2
days rest but most patients are able to return to work immediately “Lunch Hour
Does Smartlipo™ treat cellulite?
The procedure will improve the body’s shape and may improve cellulite to a certain
degree and will tighten sagging skin.
When can I expect to see results?
Results can be seen immediately with continued improvement over several months.
Does laser-assisted liposuction produce lasting results?
Yes! Adults do not create new fat cells. When a person gains weight, the fat
cells expand. The Smartlipo™ procedure permanently removes the fat cells. Should
you gain weight, most fat will be deposited in areas where the procedure was
not performed. *Aest. Plast. Surg. 26:335-339, 2002
Advantages of Smartlipo™
We have chosen Smartlipo™ after studying the pros and cons of various methods
of liposuction. Here are some key points:
A few of our patients even return to work immediately,
almost like a "lunchtime
Liposuction". Of course we normally advise a day
or two of rest.
During the procedure, there is no pain. After the anesthesia has worn off, it
only feels like the aches and pains that follow a vigorous workout. This is unlike
in traditional liposuction where a patient feels as if a truck was driven over
the body. The bruises too are much less with Smartlipo™.
The fiber-optic cannula is inserted through a small puncture in the skin usually
along creases that conceal the scar. As the laser melts the fats, it also coagulates
the loose ends of small blood vessels. Compression garments are optional as the
area will not bleed very much after the laser is removed. The granulation tissue
(healing-tissues) does the rest of the work in contracting the treated area as
well as the overlying skin.
Almost "normal" skin after 3 months It would
be very hard to find the insertion points or tell by
looking at the skin that any liposuction has ever been
done. Skin contracts with the healing-tissues that replace
the melted fats.
Safety and Complications:
Smartlipo™ is safer than traditional liposuction because there is less bleeding
and anesthetic drugs used. In fact, in doing the procedure under tumescent technique,
we have eliminated a lot of risks normally associated with general anesthesia.