facebook

SmartLipo FAQ

Do you eat right and exercise but still have problem areas where fat has accumulated? Or, do you want to achieve an ideal shape? Smart Lipo (also known as laser-assisted liposuction or laser lipolysis) is a safe, effective, and FDA-approved body contouring procedure to get rid of unwanted fat and bulges. It also has the added benefit of renewing your self-confidence. You may be wondering how Smart Liposuction works, how it’s different from traditional liposuction, and what Smart Lipo 360 can accomplish. We’re here to answer all of your questions and explain the process so you can make the best decision. Let’s answer some of the most frequently asked questions so you can determine if Smart Lipo is the solution you’ve been looking for.

How Does SmartLipo Work?

Smart Lipo is a minimally-invasive liposuction procedure that uses laser energy to remove excess fat and tighten loose skin. Through very small incisions, the laser fiber goes into the layer of fat in the treated area using a small cannula, or tube. The heat from the laser causes the fat cells to liquify so they can be easily suctioned out of your body. It also encourages the body to produce collagen, giving your skin a firmer, smoother look.

Smart Lipo delivers heat, but it does not damage the surrounding nerves, blood vessels, or soft tissues. Since the laser causes coagulation of nearby blood vessels immediately, there is significantly less bleeding with Smart Lipo.

What Are Common Treatment Areas for the Smart Liposuction Procedure?

Smart Lipo is designed to target common trouble spots that tend to collect fat deposits. These areas include:

Liposuction can be performed on several areas of the body at the same time. It can also be done in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery procedures, such as a Brazilian Butt Lift. Each Philadelphia patient has a unique body type and goals, and we create a customized treatment plan.

What Is the Difference Between Smart Lipo vs. Traditional Liposuction?

There are two main types of liposuction: Traditional (non-laser) and SmartLipo (laser assisted). While both effectively remove body fat, there are key differences between traditional liposuction and Smart Lipo.

Benefits of Smart Lipo Philadelphia

Drawbacks of Traditional Liposuction

What Is SmartLipo 360?

Smart Lipo 360 is a popular procedure for patients in Philadelphia who want comprehensive liposuction around the midsection of the body. It includes the abdomen, flanks (or love handles), and lower back areas. By completing this procedure 360 degrees around, you can create a more natural-looking, balanced appearance. Also, it eliminates unwanted fat in the waist and accentuates other curves (such as the buttocks).

The term “Lipo 360” is used to generically describe the areas the liposuction procedure treats. Lipo 360 doesn’t refer to a specific type of device or equipment. For more information, see our guide to the SmartLipo 360 procedure.

How Much Fat Can Be Removed with Laser Liposuction?

The amount of fat that can be safely removed during the Smart Lipo procedure varies from patient to patient. It depends on a number of factors, including: The amount of fat in the targeted area, the proportion of fat in your body, and your weight. You can expect that up to 90% of the subcutaneous (“pinchable”) fat in the treatment area will be removed. In general, the maximum amount of removable fat is up to 5 liters in a single session.

Who Is a Good Candidate for SmartLipo Philadelphia?

The ideal candidate for Smart Lipo Philadelphia is at or below a body mass index (BMI) of 30, in good health, and looking to target common “problem” areas. According to the American Academy for Cosmetic Surgery, liposuction is not a solution for weight loss and should complement a healthy lifestyle. Both men and women, younger and older patients, have benefitted from SmartLipo.

Skin elasticity is another factor for Smart Lipo. One of the biggest benefits of SmartLipo is the skin tightening effect. However, the tightening effects work best for people with good skin elasticity. If your skin has good elasticity, the lasers can help firm and smooth your skin. In addition, we offer Renuvion® Skin Tightening, also known as J-Plasma and the nonsurgical tummy tuck. It is a revolutionary procedure for skin tightening that shrinks and sculpts sagging skin. Renuvion can be used in tandem with liposuction to maximize your results or as a standalone treatment on various areas of the body to tighten skin.

Although the Smartlipo treatment can produce dramatic results, you and your surgeon should discuss realistic expectations for your situation before your liposuction surgery.

When Would I Start Seeing Results?

Many Philadelphia patients see results immediately or within a week after the procedure. The skin changes that occur with SmartLipo take longer. Skin will start firming up within 3-4 weeks and will continue to tighten over the next 4-6 months.

How Much Does Smart Lipo Philadelphia Cost?

The average cost of a SmartLipo procedure in the Philadelphia area for one treatment area ranges from $4,000 to $8,000. However, many factors go into pricing for a SmartLipo Philadelphia procedure and depend on the areas of the body and the number of areas where liposuction will be performed. The skills and experience of your team is also an important consideration. Dr. Andrew Kwak brings his nearly two decades of experience in cosmetic surgery and artistic eye to body contouring. These factors, and other body goals you may have, are considered when determining the cost of a SmartLipo procedure.

SmartLipo is an investment in yourself, and our Philadelphia patients consider it life-changing and well worth the money. You’ll walk out with more confidence and the body you’ve always wanted – and that’s priceless.

How Can I Learn More About Smart Lipo Philadelphia?

Deciding if SmartLipo is right for you is a very personal decision, and you need to consider all of the information, your commitment to a healthy lifestyle, and feel 100% comfortable with your surgical team.

The best way to learn more about the laser liposuction procedure is to schedule a free consultation at our office located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. You’ll meet one-on-one with Dr. Kwak and the staff at The Lumen Center. The consultation is the best way to determine if you’re a good candidate and to discuss your goals and the results you can expect.

We look forward to giving you an exceptional experience while helping you look and feel your best! Call us today at 610.525.0606 or complete the form below to book your consultation.