Smartlipo™ is a new minimally invasive form of liposuction that uses a laser to liquefy unwanted fat on the waist, face, thighs, arms, or breasts. The laser’s energy is applied directly to the fat cells, causing them to rupture and be drained away naturally by the body. Smartlipo utilizes a local rather than a general anesthetic. You are awake and comfortable during treatment, and can talk to the doctor. Treatments with the Smartlipo system generally result in less swelling and bleeding as compared to traditional liposuction methods and can usually be performed in one session. The Smart Lipo laser dissolves fat, which makes it easier to remove. This allows our doctor to use a smaller cannula (tube) during your procedure. Thus you will heal faster and not require stitches. The Smart Lipo Laser also stimulates the growth of collagen, which will continue to tighten your skin.
During Smart Lipo, the area to be treated is infused with a saline solution containing a local anesthetic. A very small incision is then made in the skin. (The incision is so small that it will not require stitches.) A very small cannula (tube) containing the laser fiber is inserted into the fatty layers. The small laser fiber delivers energy directly to the fat cells, causing them to rupture and easily drain away.
Dr. Andrew Kwak is one of the most experienced Smartlipo surgeons in the country, having performed hundreds of these procedures since the inception of this device almost 10 years ago. Previously serving on the Penn Center for Human Appearance, he has been instrumental in the development of energy assisted liposuction devices, developing and lecturing on new ways to sculpt the body and face with minimal invasion.