A new procedure called smartlipo can rid you of fat with a laser. The application itself was first used in Europe and has had overnight popularity in the USA. With the use of a laser, fat is rapidly dissolved the surrounding skin is tightened almost anywhere on the body. This can be done in your surgeon's office and there is no need for general anesthesia.

Smart Lipo is a great way to have fat removed from difficult areas on your body. It is more efficient at removing fat from localized pockets which have proven resistant to conventional liposuction or exercise. If you are in good health, not obese, have an active lifestyle and have a pocket(s) of fat that you want removed, then you should see a plastic surgeon.

Smart Lipo can treat the following areas:


chin (double or hanging chin)

inner and outer thighs



upper arms

face (not around eyes)

male with breasts

back of neck

pubic mound

This technique can remove localized fat with as much as 3500 mls of fat can be melted away at a single session.

Your surgeon will make a few small incisions in the targeted area site where a very small tube containing a laser fiber is inserted into the skin. The tube is then moved back and forth delivering the high-powered laser's energy directly to your fat cells, causing them to rupture and drain away. The laser energy also interacts with the dermis, resulting in your skin tightening.

Smartlipo is a minimally invasive procedure and can be performed under local anesthesia. With this technique, the small blood vessels coagulate immediately on contact, resulting in less bleeding, swelling and bruising ? and a quicker recovery time. Because general anesthesia is unnecessary, the procedure is very safe, with only minimal side effects.

For most patients, typically only one treatment is required. The session may last from 45 minutes to one hour for each area treated. SmartLipo is not for everyone and only a discussion with a cosmetic surgeon will enable you to decide whether you want to have SmartLipo done. The average cost is $5,000 and a typical visit will last about one hour.

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