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What is SmartLipo?

As more women and men want to look and feel better about themselves, body contouring and lipo-sculpture continue to grow in popularity, making liposuction the most popular cosmetic surgery performed today.

How does the SmartLipo procedure work?

A very small cannula, or tube, approximately 1.0mm in diameter contains the laser fiber and is inserted into the skin. The cannula is moved back and forth as the laser’s energy is delivered directly to the fat cells, making them rupture and easy to drain away. In addition, as the laser energy interacts with the dermis it results in skin shrinkage or tightening.

SmartLipo by Cynosure | JUVA Skin & Laser CenterDue to the small size of the cannula, SmartLipo is a minimally invasive procedure and can be performed under local anesthesia. The procedure causes less bleeding, swelling and bruising, resulting in a quicker recovery time than conventional liposuction methods since the laser causes small blood vessels to coagulate immediately on contact. Because general anesthesia is not used, the procedure is very safe with minimal side effects. 

What are the main advantages of SmartLipo?

  • It offers the smoothest, best body-contouring results.
  • It entails only a short recovery time.
  • Minimal discomfort is involved.
  • It is safer than traditional liposuction.
  • It tightens the skin around the treatment area.
  • It is more affordable than traditional liposuction.
  • The results are permanent.

Who is a good candidate for the SmartLipo procedure?

If you have areas of fat that will not respond to diet and exercise, then you’re a candidate for SmartLipo. Ideal candidates are in good health and have realistic expectations for the procedure’s results.

Do I have to stay in the hospital?

No. SmartLipo is performed as an out-patient procedure under local anesthesia. You won’t be required to stay in the hospital, since recovery from SmartLipo works best within the comfort of your home.

What body regions can be treated with SmartLipo?

SmartLipo is a great for any areas of the body where there are localized fat deposits. It is ideal for treating areas of the face, neck, arms, breasts (gynecomastia), abdomen, back, hips, thighs, knees and calves and areas of loose and flabby skin (floppy skin). 

Does the SmartLipo procedure hurt?

Since the SmartLipo procedure is performed under local anesthesia, there is very little pain or discomfort involved. You may feel a minor stinging sensation and an impression of tugging at your skin during the SmartLipo treatment, but these discomforts are minimal.

Is there any scarring after SmartLipo?

Because the skin incisions are so small, they do not require stitches after the procedure. So they are virtually undetectable after healing. 

What is recovery like after SmartLipo?

Most of our patients take the day off after the procedure and then return to work the next day.

How many treatments will I need?

For most patients, typically only one treatment is required. The session may last from 45 minutes to one hour for each area treated.

Do I have to do anything post-treatment?

After the treatment you will need to wear a compression garment for three days to two weeks, depending on the body area being treated. Rest is recommended for 24 hours after the procedure. Most of our patients return to work 2 days after surgery. Refrain from hot tubs or strenuous exercise for 2 weeks.

Does SmartLipo treat cellulite?

The procedure will improve the body’s shape and may improve cellulite as well.

When can I expect to see results?

Results can be seen as soon as a week with continued improvement over several months.

Does laser-assisted liposuction produce lasting results?

Yes! Adults do not create new fat cells. When a person gains weight, the fat cells expand. The SmartLipo procedure permanently removes the fat cells. Should you gain weight, fat will be deposited in the same way had you not had the liposuction procedure.

If you have any further questions about SmartLipo, please contact JUVA Skin & Laser Center in Manattan by completing the form on this page or calling our office at (888) 610-3133 today.