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.
SmartLipo™ Ideal Candidates
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™ Surgical Technique
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 with SmartLipo™
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.
SmartLipo™ 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.