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Smart Liposuction

SmartLipo™ (Laser-Assisted Liposuction) - Downers Grove, IL*

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Overview

SmartLipo is an advanced liposuction technique uses laser assistance during lipolysis surgery for improved fat removal. This less invasive liposuction method achieves consistently positive outcomes for our patients at InsideLookMD of Chicago. Plastic surgeon Dr. Paresi uses 3 intense calibrated lasers during the SmartLipo procedure to target fat cells through the top layer of the skin. The lasers then heat and melt the fat into liquid, which is then easily removed. SmartLipo can be a great option for patients since it not only removes fat cells, but it also triggers the production of new collagen, which makes the skin healthier and tighter over time. During the initial consultation, Dr. Paresi will help the patient to understand the different liposuction techniques and decide which is the best treatment based on their unique physiology and needs.

How Smartlipo is Performed

During this procedure, a tiny incision is made into the skin so that a cannula with an attached laser can be inserted under the surface. The surgeon will move this device back and forth under the skin using a red laser light for guidance. The fat cells hit with the laser will swell, pop and liquefy, then will be removed. For smaller areas, the body will naturally absorb the liquid. During this procedure, the laser also triggers collagen production, which helps to tighten and tone the skin. 

During/After Surgery

All Smartlipo procedures are performed in an accredited surgical facility. The type of anesthesia used will depend on the size of the area being treated. Smaller areas such as the hips may be done using a local anesthesia, which will isolate the body part. General anesthesia may be used if multiple areas are being treated (depending on patient size). In terms of recovery, there is less bleeding and bruising compared to traditional liposuction. Most individuals will begin seeing results within the same week. However, it can take up to 6 full weeks for the optimal results to become visible.  

Expected Cost

The cost for Smartlipo will vary depending on the size of the patient and the areas being treated.

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Best Areas to Treat?

Smartlipo is ideal for the arms, neck, hips, love handles (flanks) and other areas where skin laxity has decreased slightly and fat has accumulated. Some areas of the body may have better results with traditional liposuction. The areas to be treated will be assessed during the initial consultation so the appropriate technique can be used and optimal results can be attained. 

Will There be a Scar?

There is minimal (if any) scarring with Smartlipo. This is because the procedure does not require any stitches. The incisions used for the laser are very tiny and typically heal without any scarring.

Will the Fat Come Back?

With Smartlipo, fat cells will be permanently destroyed. However, just like with any weight loss, new fat cells can develop if you do not adhere to a consistent diet and exercise regime. This is recommended so the results can be long-lasting.

Will I Lose Weight?

Once all of the targeted fat has been dissolved and removed, then yes – you will lose weight. However, Smartlipo, or any other liposuction technique, is not a treatment for being overweight. Patients should be as close to their goal weight as possible before considering any liposuction procedure. 

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.