SmartLipo is a non-invasive fat removal procedure which uses the focused power of laser energy to break up and dissolve fatty tissue trapped beneath the skin. By directing the energy to the area beneath the surface of the skin, the technique also encourages the development of collagen, which results in a tighter, more toned appearance overall.
The technique is especially popular because it requires no incisions or general anesthesia, and therefore offers a quick recovery time. SmartLipo also helps treat localized pockets of fat which cannot be effectively treated with traditional liposuction techniques.
Who is a candidate for Smart Lipo?
In general, any man or women with discrete pockets of difficult to treat fat which do not respond to diet and exercise may be a good candidate for the SmartLipo technique. The ideal candidate is an individual who is in good health, practices a healthy lifestyle, including eating smart and exercising, and is not obese.
SmartLipo is a versatile procedure which can be successfully used to treat fat in many areas of the body, including:
Which area is Smart Lipo useful for?
Waist, or love handles
Flanks, or saddlebags
Back of the neck
SmartLipo is also an ideal procedure for treating male breast reduction, or gynecomastia.
How much fat can be removed with SmartLipo?
During a single SmartLipo procedure, as much as 3500 mL of fatty tissue can be removed.
Who is not a candidate for SmartLipo?
Certain medical conditions preclude individuals from undergoing SmartLipo, including:
Liver or kidney disorders
All individuals should discuss current health conditions and medications with their specialist prior to treatment.
Is the fat removal permanent?
The fat removal will be permanent as long as the individual maintains a healthy lifestyle following the procedure. Any significant weight gain can result in the return of fat to the treated areas, as well as untreated areas.
How is the procedure performed?
Prior to beginning SmartLipo, the areas to be treated will be carefully marked and a local anesthetic will be given to numb the area. Using a small, handheld device, the laser energy is directed toward the fat cells beneath the skins surface. As the laser energy is fired, the fat cells break apart and liquefy. During the initial days following the procedure, the liquefied fat will be drained away by the bodys natural processes. The laser energy also encourages the growth of new collagen, which tightens skin and improves the overall appearance of the treated area. The laser energy also helps seal small blood vessels, reducing bleeding and subsequent swelling in the treatment area.
What is the recovery like?
During the recovery process, there may be some minor discomfort for the first 24 hours following the procedure, which can be effectively treated with over-the-counter medication. Individuals may also experience minor and temporary bruising, which typically disappears within 2 to 3 days of treatment. Depending upon the area being treated, the specialist may also prescribe the use of a compression garment to aid in healing and to minimize swelling.
When will I begin to see results?
Once any initial swelling has resolved following the procedure, the treated area will appear tighter and more toned. The results will continue to improve within the first 6 to 8 weeks following the procedure, as the skin readapts to new curves and outlines. In most individuals, optimal results are visible at about 8 weeks following the SmartLipo procedure.
How many sessions are needed?
In most cases, 1 to 3 sessions are all that is needed to achieve desirable results.
When can one return to work after Smart Lipo?
Most individuals return to work within 24 hours of the SmartLipo procedure.
Can Smart Lipo be used with liposuction?
Yes. In fact, SmartLipo is an ideal procedure to be used in conjunction with traditional liposuction, allowing results which are more refined than those achieved with liposuction alone.
What are advantages of Smart Lipo over other procedures?
SmartLipo offers men and women numerous advantages, including:
Effective treatment for hard-to-treat fatty deposits
Minimal discomfort during the procedure
Quick recovery with virtually no downtime
Minimal discomfort and bruising following the procedure
No general anesthesia
Tighter, more toned skin
Is Smart Lipo approved for use in USA?
Yes, SmartLipo is approved by the FDA for use in the United States.
Is Smart Lipo covered by insurance companies?
No, SmartLipo is considered a cosmetic procedure and the cost is not covered by medical insurance companies.
The cost of SmartLipo varies based on the extent of the area being treated, and generally ranges from $2,000 to $6,000.