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SmartLipo (Laser Lipolysis)
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SmartLipo fat treatment involves the use of a laser to dissolve localized pockets of fat and tighten the surrounding skin almost anywhere in the body.

Length of Surgery

30 minutes – I hour





Back to work in...

1 –2 days

Back to the gym in...

1-2 weeks (please check with your doctor)

Treatment Frequency

One to three treatment sessions per area


an alternative for people who wish to reduce their areas of fat without resorting to more invasive cosmetic surgery procedures such as conventional liposuction.


$2000 - $6000 per treatment


Infection, Hematoma (a collection of blood underneath the skin), Asymmetrical results, Minor scarring

Duration of results

Long lasting

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SmartLipo Costs*

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons quoted the national average for SmartLipo is apprixomiately $5,877.

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Am I a candidate for SmartLipo?

Suitable candidates for SmartLipo fat removal treatment include people who:

  1. Are in good physical and emotional health
  2. Have an active lifestyle
  3. Are of average, stable weight but have localized pockets of fat that they want removed
Unsuitable candidates for SmartLipo treatment include patients with:
  1. Diabetes
  2. Liver problems
  3. Kidney problems
  4. Heart problems
  5. Blood disorders
  6. Certain skin conditions
  7. Pregnant women
  8. BMI over 30


What is a SmartLipo Procedure?

SmartLipo fat treatment involves the use of a laser and cannula to dissolve localized pockets of fat and tighten the surrounding skin almost anywhere in the body.

The SmartLipo procedure is designed to treat localized fat using a cannula and laser technology which breaks down fat cells and reduces them to an oily substance which can be easily absorbed and expelled naturally by the patient's body. The low level laser energy also stimulates the production of new collagen. The result of SmartLipo treatment is a slimmer, more defined appearance.

The SmartLipo treatment is almost painless, and may be an alternative for people who wish to reduce their areas of fat without resorting to more invasive plastic surgery procedures such as conventional liposuction. As a result, the SmartLipo recovery time is minimal.

SmartLipo treats localized pockets of fat in the:

  1. Face (except around the eyes)
  2. Chin
  3. Back of neck
  4. Upper arms
  5. Male breasts
  6. Tummy
  7. Waist
  8. Hips
  9. Buttocks
  10. Inner and outer thighs
  11. Pubic mound
One to three SmartLipo treatment sessions are normally needed, with repeat sessions after a three to six month interval. SmartLipo differs from invasive surgical fat reduction procedures in that there is no general anesthesia required, minimal discomfort during the SmartLipo procedure, minimal post-procedure pain, minimal bleeding and bruising, no incisions or sutures are needed, and there is minimal recovery time with most SmartLipo patients able to return to work within 24 hours.

Most SmartLipo patients will see improvements in their appearance within a few weeks, with the final results apparent within four months.


SmartLipo Procedure Steps

Step 1 – Preparation

  1. The areas to be treated are marked with a magic marker and a local anesthetic is used to numb the area.
Step 2 – The SmartLipo procedure
  1. A very small cannula, or tube, containing a laser fiber is inserted into the skin. The cannula is moved back and forth delivering the laser's energy to the fat cells. As the laser is fired, the fat cells beneath the skin break up, and the fluid is drained away by the body’s lymphatic system. The laser also causes the collagen in the skin to tighten and shrink, and the blood vessels to coagulate which results in less bleeding and swelling.
Step 3 – The results
  1. After the SmartLipo procedure the treated area will appear tighter. The treated area will gradually remodel over the next six to eight weeks as the fat drains and the new collagen grows. Final results will take around two months to become apparent.


SmartLipo Recovery and Healing Steps

Immediately following the SmartLipo fat reduction treatment there may be some minor bruising, swelling and tenderness. You may need to wear a pressure dressing or compression garment to reduce the swelling, depending on the location of the treated area. The compression dressing or garment helps to decrease the swelling.

SmartLipo recovery times are minimal. The bruising should resolve in two to three days and you should be able to resume your normal activities and return to work within one to two days. Any pain or discomfort can be relieved with over the counter pain medications. 


SmartLipo Risks

SmartLipo risks are relatively minimal, but rarely, the following may occur:

  1. Infection
  2. Hematoma (a collection of blood underneath the skin)
  3. Asymmetrical results
  4. Minor scarring



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Surgeon Checklist

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