SmartLipo FAQs – Laser Fat Removal



Below are some frequently asked questions about SmartLipo.  


What is SmartLipo?

SmartLipo is designed exclusively to perform laser-assisted lipolysis, commonly referred to as laser fat removal or laser liposuction. A very thin tube containing the SmartLipo laser fiber is inserted in targeted fatty areas through a tiny incision. The laser fiber delivers thermal energy directly to fat cells and disrupts the fat for easy removal. The laser melts the fat, which is removed with gentle suction. At the same time, tissue coagulates through the laser energy that is delivered, helping collagen contracture and contributing to an overall smoother shape.


How do I know if SmartLipo is right for me?

The best candidates for laser lipolysis are women and men who are not significantly overweight but have accumulated fat deposits, such as “love handles,” flabby upper arms, excess neck or lower facial fat, or fat on the lower torso.


What areas of the body can be treated with SmartLipo?

Laser lipolysis is ideal for the neck, jawline, arms, and inner thighs.  In some patients it may also help the waist “love handles,” post-pregnancy skin laxity, saddlebags, and knees.


What does SmartLipo feel like?

Generally we perform SmartLipo using Cynosure’s SmartLipo Triplex system under general anesthetic so there is no discomfort during the procedure. If you have a small area to treat, we may perform the procedure under local anesthesia with the area numb, in which case there would be minimal discomfort. You may feel pressure but it is a mild sensation. Following laser lipolysis, you may experience some aches, much like after a physical workout. A compression garment will be worn for a short period after treatment, depending on the body area treated and our recommendation.


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 those areas.

Do I have to stay in the hospital?

No.  SmartLipo can be done upstairs in our surgery center or downstairs as an in-office procedure depending on the treatment areas and your preference for anesthesia.

How many treatments are necessary?

For most patients, results are achieved in just one treatment. Results can be seen within a week, although there may be swelling, so we tell our patients to expect continued improvement over 3–6 months.

How long do the results of SmartLipo last?

SmartLipo laser fat removal disrupts fat cells in the treated area, and these fat cells are permanently gone.  However, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen to enjoy long-lasting results, as bad habits can enlarge the fat cells that remain.

Will there be scarring?

The incision sites will be very small. With proper care, any scars will be barely noticeable. At the time of your consultation, Dr. Mackenzie will evaluate your skin type and provide you information on what to expect.

What’s the recovery time for SmartLipo?

SmartLipo is a procedure that is minimally invasive procedure, and there may be some swelling or bruising that can occur. You will be able to return to most normal activities anywhere from a couple days to a week or so after your procedure.  Full effect from any body contouring procedure will take months to see.

How much does SmartLipo cost?

The cost depends on the size and number of areas to be treated. After evaluating the treatment areas, we will be able to give you an exact quote.

Pacific Plastic Surgery
1722 State St., Ste. #102
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: 805-214-6923
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