Smartlipo™ is an innovative new procedure for removing excess body fat and firming loose skin. Through the use of a single laser fiber that is introduced into the body through a small cannula, doctors can literally melt fat away, removing stubborn fat deposits and toning the body. Laser liposuction also tightens the skin, eliminating sagginess and giving it a youthful firmness. Smartlipo™ generally involves a very short recovery time, with most patients being able to return to work and normal activities within a day or two.
On average, patients spend about $5,000 on Smartlipo™ treatment. This figure can increase or decrease significantly based on the size of the area being treated. In general, under the chin is less expensive than abdominal liposuction. Read our liposuction pricing guide for more information.
The Smartlipo™ Procedure
In this minimally invasive procedure, a doctor inserts a tiny probe containing a low-energy laser fiber directly into the targeted fat deposit. The energy from the laser destroys the fat cells, which are then drained away, but has virtually no effect on the surrounding tissue. The entire laser liposuction process usually takes less than an hour for each targeted area and can be performed under local anesthesia. The use of the laser ensures a clean, nearly painless procedure, with minimal scarring.
Laser liposuction can transform the way a person looks, reversing the effects of aging and eliminating areas of fat that fail to respond to dieting and exercise. Though Smartlipo™ is mainly used to treat small, localized deposits, up to eight pounds of fat can be removed through the procedure; it can also be performed in conjunction with traditional liposuction if necessary. Though no surgery is completely free from risk, Smartlipo™ has proven to be one of the safest cosmetic procedures. Recovery typically requires only one or two days, with very little post-operative discomfort.
The Smartlipo™ procedure is associated with a less severe and shorter recovery period than traditional liposuction. Due to the minor to moderate discomfort, bruising, and swelling caused by Smartlipo™, patients usually prefer to take at least a couple days off of work after this minimally invasive surgery. During this time, patients should rest, eat a low sodium diet, and refrain from any strenuous activity. Results of Smartlipo™ treatment should be visible immediately after surgery, though the best appearance is usually seen a few months after surgery.
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As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with laser liposuction. Complications with Smartlipo™ are extremely rare, though there is a small risk of infection. Also, some patients experience minor swelling and bruising; however, this usually disappears within a few days. Choosing an experienced, reputable doctor will greatly decrease the possibility of any side effects, however, and will provide better results.
Consult a Laser Liposuction Surgeon in Your Area
If you would like to schedule an appointment to find out whether you are a good candidate for Smartlipo™ or to learn more about laser liposuction, use DocShop.com to locate a knowledgeable, skilled doctor near you.