How Can Smartlipo® Help Me?
Smartlipo® is a laser-assisted lipolysis technique that offers several advantages over other body sculpting procedures. This procedure is less invasive, offers skin tightening and fat removal, and requires less recovery time than most surgical body contouring procedures.
What Can Smartlipo® Achieve?
Smartlipo® can remove excess fat in areas of the body that are often hard to target. Your overall body shape should improve significantly as these fat deposits are addressed.
The removed fat cells will never grow back.
Improved Body Contours
Patients who undergo laser liposuction can achieve sculpted and youthful body contours.
You will be able to enjoy your new figure without having to worry about getting rid of that last bit of flab in the gym.
Your Smartlipo® procedure can stimulate collagen growth and tighten lax skin as it removes unwanted fat in the target areas. This can help you look younger and more fit.
However, this procedure cannot correct significant skin laxity and is not a replacement for a surgical lift.
How Is Smartlipo® Performed?
The Smartlipo® device uses a small tube (called a cannula) with an attached laser tip. It is inserted through a small incision under the skin. Your surgeon will use concentrated laser energy (aimed into the unwanted fat) to heat and rupture the fat cells. This kills them permanently.
The dead fat cells are then suctioned out, along with a majority of the fat they contained. Your body will flush out the remaining melted fat over the next few weeks.
The laser energy also affects the skin above the fat deposit. It stimulates collagen growth and promotes skin tightening. The skin over the former fat deposit will contract over your new body contours in the weeks following your procedure. This helps your new body contours look more natural.
What Areas can Smartlipo® Treat?
Smartlipo® can address excess fat and loose skin in the following areas:
What Can Smartlipo® Be Combined With?
What Should I Expect After Smartlipo® Treatment?
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate for Smartlipo®?
Ideal candidates for body sculpting with Smartlipo® are in good overall health and at a stable body weight. Anyone who struggles with specific areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise is a potential candidate.
How long does Smartlipo® take?
This procedure can take between one and two hours. This depends on the type and number of treatment sites addressed.
What are the benefits of Smartlipo®?
Since excess fat is liquefied during the procedure, Smartlipo® causes much less stress on your body than traditional liposuction. Smartlipo®’s advanced laser technology also provides skin tightening, which traditional liposuction does not. The laser also triggers the production of more collagen, which helps your skin become smoother.
How much is Smartlipo® in Pasadena?
The cost of Smartlipo® depends on several factors, including how many areas are treated and the extent of correction needed.
Dr. O’Toole and his staff will be able to provide you with an accurate cost estimate during your scheduled consultation.
Is Smartlipo® better than liposuction or a tummy tuck?
Traditional liposuction is an invasive procedure that only targets excess fat. Minimally invasive Smartlipo® can remove localized fat and tighten your skin.
Smartlipo® usually leaves less visible scars than liposuction or tummy tuck surgery since the incisions are smaller.
You can learn more about comparing liposuction and Smartlipo® here.
Are there any risks with Smartlipo®?
All surgical procedures come with some degree of risk, but Smartlipo® procedures are generally quite safe. Complications, though rare, can occur.
Some potential complications may include:
- Excess bleeding
- Excessive scarring
- Burns below the skin