SmartLipo™ at Center for SmartLipo & Plastic Surgery

SmartLipo™ Liposuction: What to Expect

The Center For SmartLipo and Plastic Surgery is one of the first cosmetic medical centers in the United States to offer the SmartLipo™ fat removal procedure. Dr. Durvi Patel offers this safe liposuction technique for men and women in our Philadelphia, PA medical spa. Liposuction is one of the most popular fat removal procedures in the United States. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 200,000 liposuction procedures were performed in 2020 alone.

Getting the body you want is relatively easy with SmartLipo liposuction. Whether you want to get back to your pre-pregnancy shape or get rid of stubborn bulges that just won’t go away, our physicians can help. It is best for people with a little bit of excess fat and loose skin.

SmartLipo™ Process

Laser liposuction uses power-assisted liposuction equipment. For the SmartLipo procedure, Dr. Patel will first make small incisions. Second, we gently insert a very small cannula (tube) containing a laser fiber into the skin. Then, we move the cannula in a back and forth “fanning” motion that delivers laser energy directly to fat cells. This maneuver causes fat cells to burst as they come in contact with the laser fiber.

We then gently suction the fat out of your body. The heat the laser emits immediately coagulates the underlying blood vessels. Thus resulting in less bleeding, swelling, bruising, and a faster recovery time. Most patients say that the process is painless. Surrounding tissues will also tighten as part of the thermal heating and coagulation process.

SmartLipo™ revolutionized laser-assisted lipolysis. Originally pioneered in Europe, SmartLipo was the first laser-assisted liposuction treatment on the market. It received FDA approval in November 2006 and quickly became the leader in laser-assisted liposuction. SmartLipo utilizes a unique laser that both liquefies fat cells and destroys them. Simultaneously, it tightens the skin for much smoother results rather than traditional liposuction.

How do I Prepare for a Liposuction Treatment?

Before we begin, we will go over all aspects of the procedure with you and steps to take before and after your treatment. Below are some steps you will take to prepare for SmartLipo at The Center For SmartLipo and Plastic Surgery.

  • You will take blood tests three weeks prior to treatment.
  • We will help you arrange for transportation to and from the office.
  • We will prescribe medications if needed prior to treatment.
  • Eat a light breakfast/lunch the day of the procedure.
  • If you take a blood thinner (baby aspirin, coumadin, plavix, etc.) please let us know. This affects your care and post-surgical treatment.
  • No aspirin, ibuprofen (i.e. Advil, Aleve, Motrin, etc), steroids or anti-inflammatory medications other than Tylenol within two weeks of the procedure. Also discontinue all multivitamins, St. John’s wort, Ginko Biloba, Fish Oil and Omega–3 Fatty acids two weeks before.
  • We recommend that you refrain from all alcohol consumption one week prior to treatment.
  • Drink large amounts of water (1–2 quarts per day) for one week prior to your procedure.
  • Please bathe the day of the procedure and do not apply any creams or make-up.
  • Wear comfortable clothes.

Benefits of SmartLipo™ Liposuction

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One of the greatest benefits of SmartLipo compared to traditional suction-assisted lipectomy is that we perform the procedure under local anesthesia. You will be completely awake. Because SmartLipo is minimally-invasive, it fits conveniently into most people’s schedules. You can be back to work within a week after having the cosmetic surgery procedure.

  • Minimal bruising and no stitches.
  • Little to no downtime.
  • No costly general anesthesia.
  • Great for the entire body including smaller areas of concentrated fat. Such as the abdomen, hips, back, legs, thighs, knees, arms, chin, and neck.
  • You may see results after a single treatment. However, you will see final results about 3 months after the treatment. The treated area will continue to improve in the next few months.

What is the cost of SmartLipo™?

The cost of SmartLipo can range from $1,500 to $10,000 based on different factors. The most significant factor is whether or not you have insurance. Because SmartLipo is a cosmetic procedure, your medical insurance might not cover it. If you do have insurance coverage for the procedure, the co-pay and deductible may be high.

The cost of liposuction depends on a number of factors, including geographic location, facility quality, surgeon experience, and the method itself. In general, the average cost for a traditional liposuction procedure in the U.S. is between $4,000 and $12,000.

SmartLipo™ FAQs

Is the SmartLipo procedure weight loss surgery?

We can use the SmartLipo procedure to treat specific areas of fatty tissue such as in the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. However, it is not a quick path for total weight loss. It does not always result in long-term weight loss. Consider it a supplement to exercise.

How much fat will SmartLipo remove?

You can expect 50–80% in fat reduction after recovery from one treatment. We remove fat that you can pinch in an area, leaving you with a slimmer and more youthful body contour.*

How many SmartLipo treatments will I need?

Most patients, only require one treatment. SmartLipo for obese patients may require more than one visit to be safe. The amount of SmartLipo treatments you can get will depend on the amount of unwanted fat you have, and if you get other treatments such as tummy tuck surgery.

Am I an ideal candidate for SmartLipo™ liposuction surgery?

In general, SmartLipo is ideal for patients who are in good health and within 25 pounds of their ideal weight. These patients have one or more body areas of local fat deposits where diet or exercise has had little to no effect. They motivate themselves to permanently get rid of these fatty areas.

With any cosmetic procedure, it is important to have realistic expectations. Our doctors will consult with you before the procedure to make sure SmartLipo is right for you. We will give you an idea of what your individual results may look like.

What should I expect post-procedure?

After the procedure you will need to wear a compression garment for at least two weeks. Our staff and plastic surgeons in the greater philadelphia area will help guide you through your recovery process. We will give you post operative instructions to follow so that you have the best experience.

What’s the difference between SmartLipo and Tickle Lipo?

The main contrast between SmartLipo and Tickle Lipo is the method of treatment. Tickle lipo uses ultrasonic liposuction instead of a laser. The results are similar, but you may feel more discomfort after getting tickle lipo. Recovery time may also be longer than SmartLipo.

*Results may vary