Liposuction is a popular cosmetic procedure that removes unwanted and unsightly fat from your body. It offers quick results for those who desire a more contoured figure but cannot successfully reduce some areas of fat with diet and exercise alone. SmartLipo is a laser-assisted lipolysis system that commonly provides positive outcomes for those wanting to eliminate fat cells from problem areas, but prefer a less invasive surgical option compared to traditional liposuction. Minimally-invasive SmartLipo by Cynosure, a leading developer of aesthetic treatment systems, can help you reveal a slimmer face, neck, arms, stomach, and thighs. If you fit into this category, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Caruth is proud to offer this innovative technology for minimally invasive liposuction at Plano Aesthetics in Plano, TX.
"I first went to Dr. Caruth back in the Fall for lipo in the chin/neck area. I did some research of my own prior to my consultation about the different types of lipo (traditional, Smart, and Aqua). When I met with Dr. Cartuh he re-enforced a lot of what I had read and gave me even more detail about the benefits of each type. I really enjoyed his candid dialogue and went with the Smart Lipo given his recommendation and experience with that procedure. And I am glad I did! The whole experience went smooth and delightful as possible. They have a tremendous office staff and his nurse is exceptional. He mentioned that it would probably take up to six months to see the full result, but I was so thrilled by my results so far, that on my 3-month post-op I scheduled a second procedure! So in February, I had my second round of Smart Lipo to my mid-section. The second procedure went just as perfect as the first. He paid close attention to sculpting me well, and his nurse was extremely sensitive and attentive during the procedure to make sure that I wasn't experiencing too much discomfort and that I was doing as best as possible. If I had anywhere else left to lipo, I know exactly where I would go back to."- C.B. / Yelp / Apr 30, 2012
"I have known Dr. Caruth for over 15 years and would definetly recommend him for any aesthetic proceedures, he is the best! His staff is friendly and very supportive. I had the smart lipo and neck lipo/laser proeceedures done and couldn't be happier with the results."- A.C. / Yelp / Feb 15, 2013
"I was referred to Dr. Caruth by a friend who was very pleased with their results. I'm usually very uncomfortable discussing the details of any medical procedure, but Dr. Caruth and his team were great and made me feel at ease. My Smart Lipo procedure was great and the results were better than I anticipated. I was so happy and comfortable with Dr Caruth and the experience I'd had that when I was ready to look into breast augmentation, he was my first choice. He spent as much time as I needed discussing the various options and the benefits/disadvantages of each implant type and provided a recommendation based on my lifestyle and desired results. 3+ months after that procedure and I'm so happy with the results, again! I'm definately a loyal Dr. Caruth patient!"- C.S. / Yelp / Jun 10, 2014
"Pleased with lipo and fat transfer - I am two weeks post op for lipo (combination Body Jet for fat harvesting followed by SmartLipo in some areas for refinement) and fat transfer to breasts, and so far I am very pleased with the results. Dr. Caruth and his staff were warm, caring and just genuinely nice people. Dr. Caruth was not at all hurried or rushed; when he was speaking with me, I felt like he was listening intently, and that he was seriously evaluating what I was asking for and considering whether it was acheivable. He took plenty of time with me during the two meetings we had pre-op, and he was the same way during the procedure--very thorough and more focused on getting a good result than with getting me finished and out the door. Although there was some discomfot and recovery involved post-procedure, it was moderate discomfort that only lasted about three days. After about three days, I was carrying on with my daily life of chasing after three little ones. It is probably too soon to say for sure what my results are but at this point, the areas of my body that were treated by lipo are showing a much better contour, and the skin appears smooth without any noticable irregularities. My fat transfer result is also quite nice; my breasts are soft and look very natural. The size increased by a bit over a cup, but I am hoping for a permanant increase of a bit less than a cup, as I understand I will lose some volume over the next few months. I had very little body fat to transfer, so I knew going into the procedure that I was not going to get a huge amount of breast size increase; I was really just looking to restore some volume lost after pregnancy and breastfeeding. I also like the idea that perhaps with weight gain, my breasts will get larger."- Anonymous / Vitals / Aug 04, 2010
"I don.t like my mid section it brother me when I put my clothes on always wants to do something, so i make an appointment to see Dr Jeff Caruth back December he explained carefully how the Smart Lipo works. I feel very comfortable about the procedurewent back next week to have it done, It took about 1 1/2 hrs was painless and able to drive home by myself. He said would take few days to recover. I went back to work 2 days later within 4 days I went to Panama for short vacation, 5 hrs flight didn't brother me and i was able to hike and Zipline around the forest about one hour swimmer little bite, love how the bathing suit looks on me, Over all his Staffs and the nurse Anna are so caring and so professional. i am very happy with the result, great experience . Highly recommend his team to any one who just thinking about that, just get a consultation.."- C.L. / Google / Dec 14, 2013
SmartLipo is not a weight loss system. You should see a marked reduction in the fatty areas that don't respond well to diet and exercise, but it is imperative that you do not rely solely on the procedure for weight loss or weight maintenance. If you are eligible to undergo traditional liposuction, you are likely an ideal candidate for SmartLipo as well. Those who may get the longest-lasting results from SmartLipo:
- Are in great overall health
- Are within 25 pounds of their ideal body weight
- Have realistic expectations
- Have a healthy diet and exercise routine
SmartLipo, like regular liposuction, still requires the use of a cannula (fat cell suctioning device) and incisions. However, because of the laser lipolysis technology, both the incisions and cannula are much smaller than those of a standard lipo. During the procedure, Dr. Caruth will pass the handheld laser device back and forth under the skin. As the fat cells are targeted by the laser, they will begin to swell and liquefy. Dr. Caruth will then remove the liquefied fat cells via the cannula. The laser technology additionally stimulates collagen production, which helps to tighten and tone the skin following the surgery.
What to Expect
While the SmartLipo procedure is minimally invasive, it will still be treated as surgery and performed in our onsite surgical center. The anesthesia used for your procedure will vary depending on the area to be treated. The procedure typically lasts about an hour per treatment area. Following surgery, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. These symptoms are normal and will likely subside over the coming weeks. Results will be visible about six weeks post procedure and improve over 6 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does SmartLipo cost?
The cost of your SmartLipo procedure will depend on your unique aesthetic goals as well as the number of areas being treated. Plano Aesthetics accepts many forms of payment and occasionally offers monthly specials on treatments of this kind.
What are the ideal areas to treat with SmartLipo?
SmartLipo can target areas where precision is needed, including the jowls, neck, and chin as well as common areas like the arms, back, buttocks, hips, flanks, and abdomen. During your consultation, speak candidly about your concerns with Dr. Caruth so that each area of concern can be addressed.
Will SmartLipo cause scars?
The incisions needed to perform SmartLipo are very small and the cannula used is much smaller than traditional liposuction. While most incisions can lead to scarring, the scars left behind after SmartLipo are typically very small and inconspicuous.
Does SmartLipo mean I can't gain weight again?
Once fat cells are removed by SmartLipo, they cannot return but new fat cells can develop. However, SmartLipo should not be used as a weight loss solution. Patients should adhere to a healthy diet and exercise before and after their procedure.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $2,000 - $10,000
- Recovery Time
- 4 – 6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
A Smarter Way to Lipo
If you have been working hard to lose weight in problem areas such as the lower tummy, hips, and thighs to no avail, SmartLipo just might be the answer you seek. With SmartLipo, you can receive the results you want without the recovery period involved in traditional liposuction. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Caruth, we invite you to call Plano Aesthetics in Plano, TX.