Understanding Smartlipo Laser Lipolysis

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Smartlipo is a type of liposuction surgery that was developed in Europe and approved in the United States by the FDA in 2006. Since that time, it’s become the gold-standard in liposuction methods offering patients both the opportunity to target pockets of fat while also tightening the skin. The hi def laser technology has broadened the horizon of aesthetic possibilities that are available to cosmetic surgery patients who undergo Smartlipo.

Smartlipo laser liposuction is far more sophisticated than traditional liposuction and it can be used to target stubborn fat stored throughout the body from the upper arms to the inner thighs. Many men today are seeking plastic surgery for breast reduction while women choose Smartlipo to address issues with the upper arm or simply to create a more pleasing body contour. Whatever your reason for choosing this lipo procedure over traditional liposuction, you’ll undoubtedly be pleased with how Smartlipo tightens the skin by using specialized laser wavelengths that spur the growth of collagen.

The Smartlipo Machine by Cynosure

For many plastic surgeons today, the secret weapon against excess fat stores is the Smartlipo Cynosure machine. Smartlipo uses lasers to melt each targeted fat cell in areas of the body that are resistant to weight loss. The liquefied fat is then suctioned out of the body using a minimal invasion cannula. The Smartlipo machine uses medical-grade lasers that are tuned specifically to a particular wavelength that ruptures and melts fat cells (known as "laser lipolysis").

Though these laser wavelengths are particularly effective against fat cells, this system of lipolysis is gentle on nearby tissues like blood vessels, muscles, and nerves. The use of laser technology that’s able to target fat, while avoiding damage to surrounding soft tissues is what’s really unique about Smartlipo. Bruising is rare or short-lived following the laser treatment of a Smartlipo procedure. Though treatment results vary, of course, and every patient responds a little differently to liposuction surgery, the Smartlipo recovery time is shorter than recovery from traditional liposuction and by tightening the skin, results tend to be much more dramatic, creating the appearance of definition and a toned physique. Without a doubt, laserassisted liposuction is superior to traditional liposuction methods, offering body sculpting options that are superior to non-Smart Lipo liposuction techniques.

The Smartlipo MPX Laser System Compared to Smartlipo Triplex and 4D Smartlipo

Smartlipo is one of the most popular liposuction methods on the market today for a reason. But what sets it apart from the other types of liposuction surgery? In two words: laser technology. Laser lipo liquefies fat and tightens skin in one simple procedure. Laser assistance gives surgeons the ability to be precise in the removal of fat cells for both regular Smart Lipo and hi def lipo.

Your plastic surgeon may have one of two different types of Smartlipo machine that will be used during your procedure: the Smartlipo MPX or the Smartlipo Triplex. The difference between these two technologies is relatively simple. The Smartlipo MPX (Multiplex) utilizes two different laser wavelengths: 1320 nm and 1064 nm. The Smartlipo Triplex adds another wavelength of energy: 1440 nm. This third wavelength of light allows surgeons to melt more fat in a shorter period of time. In other words, it expands the functionality of the Smartlipo machine. But getting good Smartlipo results is still all about finding the right surgeon who’s skilled at using the tools at his or her disposal. Ask prospective doctors at the initial consultations which machine he/she plans to use.

In addition to Smartlipo MPX and Smartlipo Triplex laser liposuction, patients may also be interested in 4D Smartlipo (also known as Hi Def liposuction). Hi def liposuction is a technique, as opposed to a machine, that utilizes not only Smartlipo to create extreme definition around the abdominal muscles or in other areas of the body. Sometimes, surgeons will also use Vaser for hi def lipo too. Vaser uses gentle ultrasonic technologies that can be used in the creation of a hi def appearance. But using Vaser in tandem with Smart Lipo isn’t necessary for hi def lipo to be successful. The 4D Smartlipo technique is most often used on patients who are already quite fit, but who would like to enhance their athletic appearance with more definition. It is one of the least invasive procedures on the market today to achieve this level of definition. Hi def lipo takes liposuction to the next level.

Smartlipo Benefits

Most patients seek out Smartlipo after they’ve tried to eat healthy and exercise to lose weight. Unfortunately, there are some areas of the body that really resist weight loss. Fat reduction in these areas can be a real challenge, but Smartlipo can help.

Smartlipo stands out as a liposuction procedure because it can be used on delicate areas of the body that were once out of reach for plastic surgery. For example, these days, Smartlipo neck procedures are common. Patients regularly seek out Smartlipo of chin fat. These procedures weren’t possible with traditional liposuction but Smartlipo is gentle enough to use on these areas of the body. For patients who want to sculpt a flabby chin, Smartlipo not only offers fat reduction but it also tightens the skin.

Many patients today choose Smart Lipo over other, more invasive surgical procedures like the thigh lift or even Brazilian Butt Lift. Using Smart Lipo, doctors are able to do body sculpting to enhance a woman’s curves even without doing a fat transfer procedure.

Beach-Ready Body Contour

Though results may vary, patients seek out Smart Lipo because it provides the best body contour on the market. When it comes to getting rid of stubborn fat and tightening the skin, there’s no better option out there. A little bit of Smartlipo work by a talented plastic surgeon can create dramatic changes to the body. And because the Smartlipo process is so gentle, it can be used almost anywhere on the body.

Smartlipo on the Thighs

The thighs are commonly targeted using Smartlipo. The inner thighs especially give a lot of people fits. Because there’s little downtime required for liposuction using Smart lipo, hips, knees, and buttocks are often addressed all at the same time. Often, patients go ahead and have the surgeon work on love handles too, to create a proportional appearance. Many patients opt for Smart Lipo rather than a thigh lift because Smart Lipo utilizes a minimal invasion technique.

Smartlipo on the Arms

The upper arm is a common target for Smartlipo. This area of the body can become flabby with age and while some patients might seek out an arm lift, others choose Smartlipo. Arms are easily treated and recovery times from this type of procedure is reasonable.

Smartlipo on the Abdomen

The abdomen is a problem area for many patients who seek out Smartlipo. Abdomen fat obscures the underlying musculature even in very athletic individuals. Using a hi def (4D Smartlipo) procedure patients can achieve a much more toned appearance than what’s possible through diet and exercise.

Male breast reduction

Plastic surgeons are regularly visited by men who want breast reduction done using Smartlipo. Targeting the male breast is much easier using laser technology to break up the stubborn fat stores that can resist other liposuction methods.

The Smartlipo Procedure: What to Expect

Your doctor will discuss the Smartlipo procedure with you at your cosmetic consultation, an appointment that will help you decide exactly what you want and when you’d like to do it. The Smartlipo consultation is the gateway to a new you! It’s at this initial appointment that you’ll schedule the date for your Smartlipo procedure.

Smartlipo Laser Liposuction vs. Traditional Liposuction

Smartlipo laser liposuction is different from traditional liposuction in that Smartlipo uses sophisticated laser technology to avoid damaging soft tissues that are located in the vicinity of the targeted pockets of fat. Traditional liposuction is much less gentle on the surrounding soft tissues, which is one of the reasons why Smartlipo has become so popular.

Though both traditional liposuction and Smartlipo make use of a cannula to suction fat out of the body, it’s possible to do Smartlipo awake. In other words, Smartlipo can be performed without general anesthesia. But this isn’t the case with traditional liposuction. Patients must undergo general anesthesia during traditional anesthesia. Smartlipo patients, on the other hand, are given a local anesthetic along with a special solution that causes fat cells to tumesce or swell. They receive sedation rather than general anesthesia, making the procedure much safer and less traumatic on the body.

The Smartlipo Process

After local anesthesia has been injected, the plastic surgeon makes tiny incisions in the targeted area of the body through which the cannula will be inserted. During the Smartlipo procedure, the plastic surgeon inserts the cannula, which has laser technologies attached to it. Lasers are directed at fat cells that melt and are then suctioned up through the cannula and out of the body.

Smartlipo Recovery

After surgery, patients are given a special compression garment to wear as they recover from Smartlipo. Pain is common, but mild and patients are given prescription medication to ease the discomfort of the initial recovery period. The Smartlipo garment helps to hasten recovery times by providing support to the soft tissues that must heal and knit back together. Smartlipo recovery time periods vary depending on the number of areas targeted in the body and how much fat is removed.

Smartlipo Prices

The cost of Smartlipo will vary depending on the amount of fat you plan to have removed from the body and the number of areas being treated. It’s hard to come up with an accurate average cost of Smartlipo surgery because there are several different variables that can affect the cost. Smartlipo prices vary depending on where the procedure is performed with surgeries in larger urban areas costing more and they can also vary depending on whether they’re performed in a hospital or an outpatient clinic. Extremely talented plastic surgeons may demand a higher price for their services.

It’s possible to find a Smart Lipo discount by shopping around, but be aware that cheaper isn’t always better. In fact, when it comes to cosmetic surgery, it’s often wiser to pay more for the procedure. That being said though, patients who opt to have several areas of the body treated during the same procedure can often get a lower price on a combo-procedure than they could if they were to try to get the surgeries done separately, one at a time.

Keep in mind that the Smartlipo Triplex price may be slighty higher than a procedure that utilizes the Smartlipo MPX machine. That’s because the Triplex uses more sophisticated laser technology to accomplish amazing treatment results. Because 4D Smart Lipo requires knowledge of specialized techniques and an advanced skill set, plastic surgeons are likely to charge more for this service as well. In summary, the best way to find out how much it will cost for a surgery that’s tailored to your specific needs visit a surgeon and talk with him or her about getting Smartlipo. Price estimates that you get directly from doctors will be far more informative than trying to find the average cost of Smartlipo online.

Smartlipo FAQ

It’s normal to have questions and concerns about surgery. This section addresses common Smartlipo questions to help you decide if this procedure is a good fit for you.

1. How do I find a good doctor or a center for Smartlipo surgery?

There are excellent Smartlipo surgeons all over the world. Seek out a board certified plastic surgeon to ensure that the doctor has been adequately educated and trained on proper plastic surgery procedures. Your doctor should be willing to supply you with plenty of patient info and you should feel a sense of rapport with him/her. Always choose a plastic surgeon who feels trustworthy to you and who seems to resonate with your goals.

2. Once I find a doctor, what questions should I ask him/her?

Good questions to ask include:

  • Are you board certified?
  • How many Smartlipo surgeries do you perform each week? Each month?
  • May I see your Smartlipo before and after pictures? Do you have a photo gallery of Smart Lipo successes?
  • What is the cost of Smartlipo given the targeted areas I’d like to have treated?
  • How long do I need to take off work to recover from my Smartlipo procedure?
  • What should I do to prepare for my surgery?
  • Do you offer payment plans for Smartlipo?

3. What’s the difference between Aqualipo vs. Smartlipo?

Aqualipo is water-assisted liposuction. This type of liposuction sprays pressurized water at fat cells to dislodge them and then suction them out of the body. In contrast, Smartlipo uses lasers to melt fat cells before removing them with the cannula. One of the benefits of Smartlipo is that the melted fat can be suctioned out of the body using a much smaller cannula than Aqualipo, and a smaller cannula means smaller incisions and less scarring.

4. What’s the difference between Smartlipo vs. Vaser?

Smartlipo and Vaser are sometimes used in tandem to produce hi def results, but not always. These two procedures use different technologies. While Smartlipo uses lasers to sculpt the body, Vaser uses ultrasound to dislodge fat cells. Both procedures use a cannula to remove fat cells from the body. That being said, some doctors use only Smart Lipo to accomplish amazing hi def lipo results.

5. Is there a difference between tumescent liposuction vs. Smartlipo?

Smartlipo uses tumescent liposuction techniques, but it takes tumescent liposuction a step further. Tumescent liposuction involves the injection of a special combination of local anesthetic with a tumescing solution that numbs out the targeted area and also causes the fat cells to swell while diminishing blood flow and bleeding to that area. The swollen fat cells are much easier for surgeons to work with and the lessened bleeding makes tumescent liposuction much safer than traditional liposuction. Smartlipo makes use of tumescent liposuction to prepare the patient for surgery, but rather than just suctioning the fat out of the body with a cannula, lasers melt the fat first. By melting the fat first, a smaller cannula can be used, which means smaller incisions. Smaller incisions mean less scarring and less risk of infection. Additionally, by melting the fat, surgeons have greater control over the process of fat removal, allowing them to sculpt the body with more precision. Lasers diminish the trauma to surrounding soft tissues and certain wavelengths of energy can promote the development of collagen, tightening the skin over the treated area.

6. Is there a place where I can go to see a video gallery or Smartlipo pictures?

Most plastic surgeons post their Smartlipo pictures from successful procedures on their web site. To see Smartlipo before/after images, go to the web site of the doctor who will perform your surgery and find the photo or video gallery. If you have more than one physician that you’re considering for your procedure, compare photos. You could also email specific plastic surgeons you’re considering for your procedure to ask them for Smartlipo before and after images if none are available online.

Smart Lipo in 10 Steps

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1. Research

You’ll begin your Smart Lipo journey by doing research to find a liposuction specialist in your city/area (NY, CO, GA, FL, etc). Each specialist will vary in terms of their experience performing liposuction surgery using Smart Lipo. It’s important to look carefully at each plastic surgeons’ credentials. Find a surgeon you can trust by consulting with friends or family members and by doing research online. Once you’ve narrowed the search down to two or three board certified surgeons, it’s time to move on to Step 2.

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2. Schedule

Once you have your short list of board certified plastic surgeons who have a positive reputation for excellent results it’s time to schedule a consultation in their specialty clinic with each one of them to discuss your goals, options, surgical risks and benefits, and the costs involved with the procedure. During the consultation, you’ll learn more about how Smart Lipo can help you achieve your goals, but you’ll also develop an opinion about which surgeon seems like the best choice for you. Choose a qualified surgeon who can best understand your goals. Then, you’re ready to move on to Step 3.

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3. Book

After your initial consultations with plastic surgeons in your area, it’s time to decide which one will perform your surgery. Schedule the surgery with the doctor of your choosing at a time when you can take an appropriate amount of time off from work for recovery.

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4. Bloodwork

When you book your appointment for surgery, the surgeon’s office will set up a time for you to get bloodwork done prior to the procedure. Follow the doctor’s instructions regarding lifestyle changes before the procedure such as getting enough exercise, eating healthy, limiting alcohol intake, or quitting smoking.

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5. Supplies

Before surgery, your doctor will prescribe different medications for use after the procedure. It’s likely that your plastic surgeon will prescribe both an antibiotic to prevent infection as well as a pain-killer for use during the first 24 to 48 hours following surgery. Get these prescriptions filled before your surgery date to make the recovery process easier. Ask your doctor if you’ll need other supplies following surgery and obtain those beforehand as well.

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6. Company

You’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you home after surgery. Bring someone you trust with you to help you get home and to take care of you for the first 24 hours after surgery.

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7. Rest

One of the most important things you can do after Smart Lipo surgery to guarantee excellent results is rest. Over the first 48 hours, get plenty of sleep to encourage rapid healing.

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8. Light Exercise

After the first 48 hours of rest and subsequent healing, it’s important that you get some exercise every day to get the blood moving in your body. Do 1-2 miles/day of very light walking daily to ensure that the surgically altered tissues get plenty of blood-flow oxygen. Exercise will help your tissues spring back into position, it will lift your mood, and it will diminish discomfort throughout the body.

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9. Normal Exercise

Three weeks after surgery, you can go back to your normal exercise routine with your doctor’s permission.

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10. Photos

Three months after surgery, you’ll need to go back to the doctor for a follow-up appointment. At this appointment, your doctor will evaluate your progress toward healing and take post-operative photos so that you can see the dramatic results!