Today, there is a new version of the traditional liposuction called SmartLipo that removes fat from the body with a laser. This type of liposuction is laser assisted and has been used in Europe for five years. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved this procedure for use in the United States in 2006. SmartLipo has become so popular because it is less invasive, not requiring general anesthesia or incisions and provides a fast recovery time.

SmartLipo is used to remove body fat where laser energy is used to loosen and dissolve fat tissue found beneath the skin. A small tube is inserted under the skin just above fat deposits. A laser fiber is attached to this tube that heats and loosens fat cells while at the same time lowering levels of collagen. This results in skin that has an overall appearance that is tighter and more tone. This procedure can also remove pockets of fat that cannot be treated properly with traditional liposuction.

Being a versatile procedure, SmartLipo can successfully be used to remove fat from many areas in the body, including buttocks, belly, waist, thighs, flanks, hips, chin, back and face. Each day there are more men and women turning to liposuction for body contouring wanting to look and feel better making this procedure the most popular cosmetic surgery performed today.

SmartLipo procedures are beginning to appear in laser clinics and medical spas around the county as a high grade alternative to many other procedures. The average cost of this procedure is $4,500 with a minimum of $3,000 and maximum of $6,000. A SmartLipo procedure is performed while the patient is awake and under mild sedation and local anesthesia. The treatments last between 30 and 45 minutes depending on what area is being treated. One to three treatments may be needed for the desired results.

SmartLipo is an outpatient procedure and may be performed with several month intervals. Because SmartLipo is less invasive, there are few side effects, especially for those patients who do not need general anesthesia. Today’s technologies are helping doctors achieve results with less downtime and complications. Redness, pain and swelling may be experience for a day or two after the procedure but should go away.