Liposuction has been around for nearly 45 years. It is now one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries in the United States. It was created as a way of removing excess fat from the body, and works by breaking up pockets of stubborn fat cells and sucking them out of the body.

While traditional liposuction has been proven to be successful, over the years, innovation has meant that significant improvements have been made in the technology used to perform the procedure. This has lead to faster recovery times and better patient experiences. Today, an increasing number of patients are now choosing a breakthrough procedure known as SmartLipo, as an alternative to conventional liposuction.

What is SmartLipo?

SmartLipo is an FDA-approved, minimally invasive procedure that is designed to remove excess fat from the body using cutting edge laser technology. During a SmartLipo procedure, a single laser fiber is introduced into the body through a small cannula, where it liquefies fat deposits that have accumulated in the middle layers of the skin surface. The melted fat is then drained away through a small incision, and collected in a container outside the body. The remaining skin then looks smoother, tighter and more contoured. 

What are the benefits of choosing SmartLipo?

SmartLipo has taken the disadvantages associated with conventional liposuction and improved upon them, so the patient has a much more effective experience.

One of the key benefits of choosing SmartLipo is that it is significantly less invasive than regular liposuction. There are fewer incisions required, and those that are made are much smaller. This means that the procedure is less painful, so general anesthesia is rarely needed, and there is less swelling, bruising, and scarring.

Another advantage of choosing SmartLipo is the recovery, which is significantly faster and more straightforward than that of patients who have conventional liposuction. Most people find that they can return to work just a day or two after their procedure. 

Am I a candidate for SmartLipo?

Although it is a safe and successful treatment, SmartLipo is not automatically the best choice for every patient who is looking to have excess fat removed to achieve a slimmer and more streamlined figure. 

The ideal candidate for SmartLipo is:

  • In good health
  • Not more than 25 pounds over their ideal bodyweight

However, this doesn’t mean that obese patients will necessarily be unsuitable for the procedure. At the same time, it is important to keep in mind, that SmartLipo or even conventional liposuction, is not a substitute for losing excess weight. Instead, SmartLipo should be thought of as a complementary procedure, which helps patients to shift any particularly stubborn pockets of fat, such as on the tummy or thighs, on patients who are committed to a healthy lifestyle.

Nevertheless, before you can be deemed a good candidate for SmartLipo, you will need to attend a consultation appointment with Dr. Raskin. During this meeting, we will consider your general medical history, as well as perform a physical examination of the areas that you wish to have addressed. In addition to this, we will discuss your expectations for the surgery, ensuring that this is the appropriate treatment for your body image goals. 


To find out more about SmartLipo, and how it can refine your appearance, our knowledgeable and friendly team would be delighted to assist you. Call Elsa Raskin, MD Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery today to learn more at 203-861-6620.