The SmartLipo Miami procedure, also known as laser lipolysis, or laser fat removal, is a non-invasive procedure that targets stubborn fat deposits through a fat laser removal approach. Within this article, we will touch upon the commonly asked questions for a laser liposuction, the benefits of this procedure, ideal candidates, best plastic surgeons specializing in laser lipo, cost, and so much more about this in-demand procedure!
What is SmartLipo?
The SmartLipo Device was created within the last decade, being the first laser of its kind to target and remove fat build-up through a less invasive process. Although this process, also known as tumescent liposuction, is not as invasive as traditional liposuction, it still provides durable and effective results! This laser device was named under its founder and was FDA cleared for use in 2009.
The Laser Liposuction treatment at Jolie Plastic Surgery aims to provide patients with and innovative, non-invasive treatment which:
- “Liquefies fat” cells
- Removes fat cells without intensive incisions
- Fast recovery
SmartLipo is a more advanced and less invasive procedure than traditional liposuction. This method of liposuction treatment uses a single laser that destroys fat cells without requiring sutures. The SmartLipo procedure breaks down stubborn fat stores, tightening the skin and creating a more toned figure. Recovery time is much shorter and most patients return to work and their normal daily schedule after just a few days.
How does smart lipo procedure work?
Summary of Laser Lipo Procedure:
During the SmartLipo procedure, the desired area is injected with a saline solution, generally containing local anesthesia. The doctor then inserts a tiny cannula containing the laser fiber into the small incision and directly into the layers of the targeted fat. The energy transferred from the laser causes the fat cells to be destroyed and then drained away. Each area that is treated takes less than an hour and involves much less bruising and bleeding than traditional liposuction. The usage of the laser results in a very clean and painless procedure with minimal scarring. Laser Fat Removal can be performed on various areas of the body including the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, buttocks, etc.
The ASPS states that Laser Liposuction:
“Laser or ultrasound assisted liposuction, like traditional liposuction, are not a weight control method or a fix for obesity. They are used to help contour your body in those areas that are not responsive to diet and exercise such as saddlebags or a paunchy stomach.”
Details of the Smart Lipo Process:
Unlike regular liposuction, laser lipolysis can be performed under local or general anesthesia according to the amount of fat that needs to be extracted and the patient’s preference. After this is decided, a small incision is created on the patient’s skin through the use of a medical grade cannula (hollow tube) which houses the laser technology and saline solution. Once it is placed in the proper layer of skin, the energy of the laser is released to target the area concentrated with fat cells. With the saline solution and the powerful laser, the cells will dilute and be reabsorbed through the small cannula.
Due to the nature of this non-invasive procedure, hospitalization or intensive recovery is not necessary. Any bleeding or bruising that may occur will be minimal in comparison to traditional invasive liposuction. This procedure usually works best on body regions with high fat such as:
- Neck (double chin)
Benefits of Smartlipo Miami
SmartLipo can transform the figure of an individual, creating a more toned figure all while reversing the effects of aging. This procedure can eliminate fat deposits in areas of the body that fail to respond to exercise and dieting routines. Although Laser Fat Removal treats small areas, a significant amount of fat can be removed without significant scarring. SmartLipo has been proven to be one of the safest cosmetic procedures producing some of the best results. Typically, patients have very minimal post-operative discomfort and only take one to two days to recover.
Since the design of the laser fat removal is aimed to target specific and smaller sized areas, this treatment has proven to improve outcomes and results for both the patient and the surgeon. The key to a successful result is correctly calibrating the laser according to the patient’s amount of fat; this is why it is very important to select a doctor that is highly-trained in using Laser Fat Removal technology.
A calibrated laser provides for a reduced inflammatory response, sealed blood vessels for reducing bleeding, firm and smooth skin. Because of the minimal impact, there is virtually minimal bruising or discomfort after the procedure. Smart Liposuction only required one treatment to adequately remove fat deposits therefore, patients will save time and money by going forth with this procedure.
Ideal candidates for Smartlipo
The SmartLipo procedure is designed to improve the appearance of patients at a normal body weight, but with stubborn fat deposits in certain areas of the body. Both men and women who want to look healthier and eliminate fat that can be difficult to get rid of through diet and exercise, are great candidates for the Laser Fat Removal procedure. Individuals who want a tighter and more toned look can also benefit from this procedure. This technique is most effective in patients who have tighter skin with good texture.
Summary of Ideal Patients for this Procedure:
- Patients with Normal BMI Range
- Patients with stubborn localized fat
- Patients who wish to improve their outlook through fat elimination
- Patients who need to return to daily activities promptly
- Patients who want a slimmer appearance
Smartlipo treatment areas
Performed on almost every body part imaginable, the most commonly requested areas for laser lipolysis are listed below:
- Flanks- “Love Handles”
- Upper Arms
- Lower Abdomen
- Upper Abdomen
- Inner Thighs
- Outer Thighs
- Anterior Thighs
- Lower Legs
Smartlipo Miami vs. liposuction
While both procedures have been performed throughout the years with beneficial results, both the SmartLipo and Liposuction treatment have their advantages and disadvantages.
Preciseness: In Laser Lipolysis, Plastic Surgeons can foresee their next move with the ThermaView the machine provides. This monitor (attached to the equipment) allows doctors to see the temperature of the area which is being penetrated allowing an exact view of what areas to suction, what areas to avoid, and when they can move on from a region. ThermaView gives doctors a more precise control of suction application through the use of energy heat, which is given off through the cannula.
This built-in safety feature allows heated areas to appear in red while the skin, muscle, and fat all have different color temperatures. Unlike traditional liposuction this feature gives the surgeon more mobility and no need for an external thermal camera for areas which need exact precision. ThermaView SmartLiposuction shares real-time insightful views nut warning the surgeon when the highest recommended skin temperature is reached.
Technique and Recovery: Smart Liposuction and Regular Liposuction both utilize a medical-grade cannula to suction the fat cells out of the targeted area. However, SmartLiposuction Miami uses laser energy to “liquefy” the fat cells first and then makes use of the cannula for removal. In traditional liposuction, the cannula is inserted and is used to heat and suction the fatty areas. Therefore, in Smart Liposuction, a patient can experience less recovery time due to the minimal bruising that is induced during the procedure. Additionally, compression garments are required after completing traditional liposuction; however, these are only necessary for a week after the procedure.
Skin Tightening: Within the Laser Fat Removal procedure, patients experience the added benefit of skin tightening by way of the laser technology. Because normal liposuction does not offer this tightening ability there is a rare chance for patients to experience sagging and dimpling after the procedure is completed. This is seen most commonly in elderly patients who do know have as much skin elasticity.
What smartlipo results can you expect?
After SmartLipo, patients will be alert. There is still some local anesthesia left, which helps minimize the natural pain that occurs after surgery. Patients will not suffer with nausea, or the “washed out” feeling caused by general anesthesia. Swelling and bruising are healed relatively quickly. Patients may return to work and resume regular activities two days after this procedure is performed. Compression garments are typically worn only during the first two weeks after Laser Fat Removal while after traditional liposuction patients will need to wear them for six weeks.
Preparing for a Smart Liposuction procedure
Your initial consultation
During your initial consultation for the Fat Lipolysis, the doctors will properly evaluate you in determining if you an ideal candidate for this procedure. After the evaluation, they will discuss what lipo technique best suits your body composition. Together with what is possible and your desires, together, you will decide what results you would like from the procedure. During your pre-op appointment, your surgeon will also provide a list of medications and items you will need for your surgery.
It is important for patients to follow all instructions provided by the doctor in order to have a successful surgery without complications. At least a month before the scheduled surgery date, patients must stop consumptions of
- Alcohol which prevents wound healing
- Smoking which can increase the chance of complications
- Discontinue use of blood thinners, Aspirin, alcohol, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements.
- Remember, the doctor will provide a list of specific medications that should be avoided.
Before your surgery, you should gather these items and be ready. Some of these items include loose clothing, ice packs, stool softeners, bandages, pain medication and healthy foods and drinks.
Smartlipo risks and side effects
Just like most other surgical procedures, there are complications and risks that are involved with the Laser Liposuction. Because this procedure involves a fat transfer and liposuction to achieve a more attractive and youthful look, both of these techniques have their own set of risks including asymmetry, hematoma, infection, embolism, overcorrection, prolonged swelling, fat necrosis, under-correction, and nerve damage
The SmartLipo procedure has a very short recovery period and is less severe than traditional liposuction. This minimally invasive procedure produces minor to moderate discomfort, swelling, and bruising. Therefore, you may need just a few days of rest to fully recover. During the recovery period, doctors recommend that patients refrain for heavy activity and follow a low sodium diet. The results of the procedure are typically visible immediately after surgery, but the final results are usually seen after a few months. The best way to avoid these complications is following your surgeon’s orders. You should avoid blood thinners, stop smoking, stay hydrated, stop drinking alcohol and arrange for care.
How much does smart lipo cost?
The cost of Laser Fat Removal varies depending on the areas chosen and the amount of fat deposits being removed from the area. Generally, smaller areas with less fat cost less than the larger areas. If you are interested in getting SmartLipo, it is best to book a consultation with your doctor for more specific details and an accurate estimate for the procedure cost.’
2Typically, the average cost for a Laser Lipolysis is around $2,500 up to $7,000 per area which includes the specials that some facilities may offer. The American Society of Plastic Surgery states that
“Cost for laser or ultrasound assisted liposuction may vary based on the expertise and qualifications of the person performing the treatment, the type of procedure used, time and effort the procedure or treatment requires as well as geographic office location. In general, the cost for either of these procedures will be higher than traditional liposuction. Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.”
The price of the procedure varies according to:
- Surgeon’s experience
- State in which the procedure is performed
- Complexity of the procedure
The complexity of the procedure includes the amount of liposuction that must be performed and the amount of fat transfer that the patient desires.
It all depends on various factors, like for example, the number of areas to be sculpted and condition of these areas. You can set up a free consultation with one of our doctors in order to be more specific and have the opportunity to discuss your goals with us. By visiting the clinic, you will be able to select the best plan for you, and obtain an accurate estimate of the price for this procedure. Jolie Plastic Surgery has the best prices in all South Florida
At Jolie Plastic Surgery, we understand that paying for a Laser Fat Removal procedure may not be a possible option for many of our patients. This is why we offer a variety financing plans through systems like Care Credit in which the patient would need to be pre-approved. We also accept in-house payment plans that only require a minimum deposit. Patients can also take advantage of Our “Lay Away Plan” which requires a minimum deposit of $500 at a 0% interest rate!
The best SmartLipo surgeons
The best liposuction doctors take the time to listen to your desires based on your initial consultation. They will properly evaluate you in determining if you an ideal candidate for this procedure. After the evaluation, they will discuss what Lipo technique best suits your body composition. And finally, together with a patient, they will decide on the goal from the procedure
Dedicated surgeons will also provide you with individualized instructions for post- operative care. They will be willing to display some of their work such as before and after pictures so that patients can get a better sense of the surgeons’ technique. The best SmartLipo doctor will also be at the patient’s disposal by willing to address any questions or concerns a patient may have.
The SmartLipo Miami targets the goals that most people desire in South Florida, known for populating women with hourglass figures! For more information on the highly popular Laser Lipo procedure, call us today at (305)262-8347 to schedule a consultation with a certified plastic surgeon.
Smart Lipo Frequently Asked Questions
Although this procedure was not designed to treat cellulite, it can improve the appearance of cellulite significantly.
Although some doctors recommend one to two days to fully recover, this procedure requires little or no recovery time. Most patients can resume their regular activities immediately after treatment. In order to aid the healing process, patients will have to wear compression garments and bandages for about two weeks. The skin will look normal again within three months after the procedure has been performed.
This procedure generally takes 1.5 to 2 hours depending on the specific areas to be treated and how large these areas are.
As mentioned earlier, the laser liposuction is not the overall solution to obesity and poor eating habits. While it can eliminate fat cells in a specific area, this does not mean the fat cells cannot ever again grow in the treated area if the individual continues a bad diet and sedentary lifestyle.
At Jolie Plastic Surgery, we understand that all the liposuction options available on the market can make it difficult for patients to decide which procedure best suits their needs. We always recommend that patient do extensive research on the procedure of their interest. Also, to choose a surgeon that is highly-educated, certified, with bedside manners so that the patients can feel secure yet, comfortable.
Only a trained plastic surgeon can perform this procedure.
We invite you to visit our “SmartLipo Gallery” section for more information on this minimally invasive procedure.
Typically, the average cost for a Laser Lipolysis is around $2,500 up to $7,000 per area which includes depending on the amount of fat that would need to be extracted.
At Jolie Plastic Surgery, we understand that paying for an abdominoplasty procedure may not be a possible option for many of our patients. This is why we offer a variety financing plans through systems like Care Credit in which the patient would need to be pre-approved. Patients can also take advantage of Our “Lay Away Plan” which requires a minimum deposit of $500 at a 0% interest rate! This plan includes the benefit of “locking” the price for up to TWO years by way of low monthly payments
This procedure is tailored for designated and specific areas that are fat dense. This procedure would not be an ideal option for someone looking to remove fat cells all over their body, as the recovery would be lengthy and the risk for complication increases.