SmartLipo, also referred to as Laser Lipolysis, is a new take on the practice of removing fat from the body and can be compared, in a very general manner, to liposuction. However, while liposuction utilizes the method of suction to remove fat from the body, SmartLipo and Laser Lipolysis liquefy fat after a tiny tube containing a laser, referred to in the medical field as a cannula, is inserted into the desired area and activated. Once the fat has been liquefied, it is drained from the body. The draining process is performed through small incisions in the skin, which typically do not measure more than a couple of millimeters. In the end, SmartLipo and Laser Lipolysis is considered to be gentler, safer and more beneficial overall when compared to traditional liposuction. Since the body heals by contracting tissue, the area which has been treated often becomes smoother and tighter when SmartLipo and Laser Lipolysis is performed; this advantage is not found with traditional liposuction because the fat is not simply sucked out, potentially leaving behind sagging skin.

Not everyone is an ideal candidate for SmartLipo and Laser Lipolysis. As with other surgeries, there are certain aspects which would make an individual more or less likely to succeed when it comes to these fat removal processes. As a rule of thumb, persons interested in SmartLipo and Laser Lipolysis should be in relatively good health and exist within a certain range of their ideal weight. For many people, this range should not exceed more than thirty pounds. Additional positive attributes of those seeking Laser Lipolysis and SmartLipo would include a stable and maintained weight for twelve or more consecutive months, as well as adequate skin elasticity. Unlike major surgeries, only local anesthetics are used for SmartLipo and Laser Lipolysis. It is recommended that SmartLipo and Laser Lipolysis be utilized for smaller areas of the body, including on the face.

While the invasiveness of SmartLipo and Laser Lipolysis is much less when compared to traditional liposuction, it is still a type of surgery. As such, certain risks are warned against. Most common would be complications including bruising, infection, pooling of the blood beneath the skin and scarring of the treated area. However, more serious risks are known to occur in extremely rare instances and include excessive bleeding, shock and burns to the skin or surrounding tissue. Recovery from SmartLipo and Laser Lipolysis is not expected to take long. While there may be low to moderate levels of pain or discomfort up to forty-eight hours following the procedure, most recipients are able to return to work within twenty-four hours.