SmartLipo FAQ

What is Smartlipo?

Smartlipo Laser BodySculpting is a minimally invasive, laser-assisted lipolysis procedure that targets trouble spots like the abdomen, thighs and neck, and permanently eliminates fat.

Those “love handles,” “bat wings,” “muffin tops,” “saddlebags” and jowls that don’t respond to exercise and diet? They improve dramatically with greater results, minimal downtime, and less pain than traditional liposuction. Because Smartlipo actually tightens the skin through coagulation, you don’t have to worry about dimpling and sagging. And with Smartlipo MPX, you can experience the latest generation of laser-assisted lipolysis. This unique technology exclusively offered by the Cynosure Smartlipo laser, delivers the optimal blend of two laser wavelengths for fat removal, tissue tightening and safe results.

With Smartlipo, you’re in the doctor’s office one day and turning heads the next. Are you ready? It’s time to reshape your body and reshape your life.

Here’s how it works

  • Local anesthesia is used (you’re awake during the procedure)
  • A tiny incision is made, about the size of the tip of a pen
  • The Smartlipo laser fiber is inserted through a very small tube into your body
  • The laser ruptures the fat cell membranes
  • The fat cells are permanently destroyed
  • The liquefied fat is gently suctioned out
  • New collagen is produced resulting in coagulation of skin, resulting in tightening

Typically, only one treatment is required dependent on the number of areas to be treated. Results may vary, but usually can be seen within a week, with continued improvement over three to six months.

Samano Aesthetics Smartlipo Process

Each treatment starts with an initial consultation. At that time we will establish goals and answer any questions that you may have.

The whole process can be broken down into these easy steps:

  • Map out the areas that have unwanted fat tissue
  • Sterilize the area and use a numbing agent
  • Make a few, small incisions in the area (about the size of a pencil eraser)
  • Using a laser, Dr. Samano will zap different areas of skin
  • The heat from the laser melts down unwanted fat tissue
  • The doctor removes the liquefied fat with a suction machine and you’re done!

Common Questions about Smartlipo

What is Smartlipo by Cynosure?

Smartlipo is a medical device designed exclusively to perform laser-assisted lipolysis, commonly referred to as laser liposuction. A very thin tube containing the Smartlipo laser fiber is inserted in targeted fatty areas through a small incision. The laser fiber delivers thermal energy directly to fat cells and disrupts the fatty tissue for easy removal. The laser literally melts the fat, which is removed with gentle suction. At the same time, tissue around the area tightens through coagulation, contributing to a smoother shape overall.

How do I know if Smartlipo is right for me?

The best candidates for Smartlipo are women and men who are not significantly overweight but have accumulated fat deposits—such as love handles, flabby upper arms, excess neck or facial factor fat on the lower torso. A consultation with a Smartlipo physician can provide you with the best information.

What areas of the body can be treated?

Smartlipo is ideal for the neck, jaw line, arms, bra fat, "love handles", post-pregnancy skin laxity, saddlebags, knees and enlarged male breasts.

What does the procedure feel like?

Because the area is anesthetized, there is minimal discomfort during the procedure. You may feel a light pressure but it is a mild sensation. Following Smartlipo, you may experience some aches, much like after a physical workout. A compression garment may be worn for a short period after treatment, depending on the body area treated and the recommendation of your physician.

How long does the procedure take?

On average, the procedure will take 1.5-2 hours. This is dependent on the number of areas to be treated and the size of the areas.

Do I have to stay in the hospital?

No. Smartlipo is an in-office procedure performed under local anesthesia.

How many treatments are necessary?

For most patients, results are achieved in just one Smartlipo treatment. Results can be seen within a week, with continued improvement over three to six months.

How long do the results last?

Smartlipo permanently destroys fat cells in the treated area. However, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen to enjoy long-lasting results.

Will there be scarring?

The incision site will be very small. With proper care, any scars will be barely noticeable. Your physician is best to evaluate your skin type and provide you information.

What’s the recovery time?

LaserBodySculpting is a minimally invasive procedure which usually requires only local anesthesia. Some light bruising can occur, but you’ll be able to return to normal activities within a day or two.

How much does Smartlipo cost?

The average cost is $2,000-$6,000 depending on the number and site of areas to be treated.