Saturday, May 12, 2012

What is SmartLipo?

SmartLipo is a laser-assisted liposuction that liquefies fat cells while simultaneously tightening the skin. Using cannulas that range in diameter from 1.0mm to 3.5mm with a laser tip, SmartLipo physicians carefully melt fat cells and vacuum them out of the body. The laser technology ruptures fat cells as well as tightens the skin around the treated area, decreasing skin laxity. It is typically used to treat smaller areas of fat with a stronger emphasis on sculpting, such as below the chin, the "pouches" of the lower abdomen, or flanks.

In comparison with traditional liposuction procedures, recovery time for SmartLipo is minimal. Many patients are back to work within three or four days. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for two weeks. Plus, a compression garment must be worn 24 hours a day for two weeks following the surgery, and then nightly for an additional two weeks.

SmartLipo was the first laser that was approved by the FDA to be used for fat dissolution and removal with tumescent liposuction. Tumescent liposuction is performed by instilling dilute solutions of lidocaine and epinephrine into the fatty areas of the treatment area. The fluid anesthetizes the areas to be treated, so the procedure is performed while the patient is awake with minimal discomfort. This reduces the risks associated with general anesthesia, which is the typical method used for traditional liposuction. The bleeding from SmartLipo is also decreased, because the laser targets red blood cells, resulting in less blood loss.

SmartLipo was introduced in 2007 and utilizes a 1064 wave length that produces bursts of energy as it enters the fatty tissue. This improves the safety of the procedure because the fat melts without heating the tissue excessively. Smaller areas of melted fat can actually reabsorb into the body and may not even need suctioning. However, since adults stop producing fat cells after a certain age, even weight gain post-surgery will typically go to areas other than the treated area.

The above information was acquired from an article submitted by Robert L. True, MD, FACOG, AACS.

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Also, starting this Wednesday, May 16th, Dr. Howard Feldman, Skintology's head surgeon, will be holding Q&A sessions on Wednesdays at 5:30pm about SmartLipo and other procedures at our new Midtown location at 157 E. 57th Street, between 3rd Avenue and Lexington. Space is limited, so RSVP your full name and contact information to You may also Tweet questions to us at @skintologyspa.


  1. I wasn't clear on what exactly this was, so thank you for your explanation! Now I'm curious about whether there are any clinics that offer smart lipo in Michigan.

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