Meet the Most-Trusted Laser Liposuction Technology in the World, Smartlipo.
Smartlipo Triplex is the most-trusted laser liposuction system in the world because of its unique triple-wavelength technology, new safety features, and ability to reliably create smooth, sculpted silhouettes.
“I simply cannot thank Dr. Chasin enough for restoring my inner self and confidence in my appearance after having 4 children. I get compliments everywhere I go and it’s all because of him! Laser lipo was such an easy and painless experience…”
– tobin0324 on RealSelf.com
- 1 What is Smartlipo Laser Liposuction? How is it different from other types of liposuction and laser lipo?
- 2 BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
- 3 What Does Smartlipo Work Best For? What Areas Can You Treat with Smartlipo?
- 3.1 Abdomens with excess fat and mild to moderate skin laxity
- 3.2 Love Handles and Muffin tops
- 3.3 Bra Rolls and Back fat
- 3.4 Inner Thighs with moderate or good skin tone
- 3.5 Outer Thighs and Saddlebags
- 3.6 Upper arm fat that weighs down the skin
- 3.7 Chins and Jawlines with excess fat that need contouring and tightening of the skin as well
- 4 Who Does Smartlipo Work Best For? Who is an Ideal Candidate for Smartlipo Laser Liposuction?
- 5 What Should I look for in My Smartlipo Doctor?
- 6 What Will My Smartlipo Procedure Cost?
- 7 Smartlipo Triplex Laser Lipo Pricing: Areas Treated with Approximate Price Ranges
- 8 What Will Recovery Be Like After Smartlipo? How Long Should I Take Off Work? Exercise?
- 9 What Will Surgery Day Be Like? What Should I Expect?
- 10 How does SmartLipo compare to other types of liposuction and other laser lipo brands?
What is Smartlipo Laser Liposuction? How is it different from other types of liposuction and laser lipo?
Smartlipo is a type of Laser Liposuction. Liposuction is a category of procedures that extract fat from the body. There are many different techniques and machines that can be used during liposuction, but just like with other tools, the result is mostly the person who performs the work, not the tool they prefer to use. Smartlipo is one of the most prestigious and well-respected brands of laser liposuction systems. It uses the most advanced laser technology to sculpt the body safely and predictably.
BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
What Does Smartlipo Work Best For? What Areas Can You Treat with Smartlipo?
Abdomens with excess fat and mild to moderate skin laxity
Both women and men struggle with getting the flat stomach and cut abs they want. Smartlipo is unique in that the fat-melting laser helps us to remove stubborn excess fat and create lean lines, while the skin tightening laser ensures you get the fit look you desire.
Many patients ask us if Smartlipo a Good Tummy Tuck Alternative. There is no other procedure than a tummy tuck that can remove damaged excess skin and tighten torn or separated abdominal muscles. However, many patients don’t need either of those things to achieve the flat, toned tummy they want. The woman shown above was a mom in her late 30’s, looking to finally lose her post-baby weight.
Love Handles and Muffin tops
If your pants just don’t fit like they used to and you’re not feeling as slim and sleek as you used to, Smartlipo can help you recontour your shape. Love handles are a common complaint from fit men who have started weight gain as they age. This tends to be a problem area that guys have a very hard time losing through diet and exercise because it only takes a small amount of fat here to really throw off your proportions around your waist. The lasers in the Smartlipo system are ideal for creating an athletic shape and helping you stay lean.
Muffin Tops, as women tend to call it, throw off a woman’s proportions, turning her from an hourglass into a pear or boxy shape. Often this fat wraps around to the lower belly pooch, creating a “spare tire” effect. This is a perfect area to sculpt with Smartlipo, and in fact is our most popular area to have treated, because it’s so difficult to lose through diet and exercise, and that’s made even harder as hormone fluctuations from babies and menopause tell our bodies to hold onto this fat.
Bra Rolls and Back fat
Back fat can accumulate along the lower back, as a continuum of the love handles, which will distort the proportions of the lower body, making your butt appear flatter, smaller, and perhaps saggy. Or, it can accumulate throughout the upper back, typically in women this forms in rolls we sometimes call “bra fat” or “bra rolls.” Bra fat is difficult to lose because of its fibrous nature. These deep-set rolls are anchored in place by scar tissue and fibrous bands, making the fat hard for our bodies to access that fat to burn it off.
We typically blend the Smartlipo laser technologies with MicroAire Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL) to ensure the best results for this stubborn area. It is particularly advantageous to treat this area of the body under local anesthesia, because the patient is able to get into the optimal positions for us to sculpt the sides of the body and because these rolls often smooth out when you’re laying down, local (tumescent) liposuction allows us to view our results in a standing position during treatment, so that we can ensure we’re getting the very best results from every angle. It becomes much harder to get this area right when the patient is under general anesthesia. You have probably noticed these rolls look better when you’re laying down or lift your hands up. Patients under general anesthesia typically have their arms out at 90′ angles, making the rolls harder to see as they are treated. Again, standing the patient up towards the end of the treatment is the best way to visualize the results for this area and ensure a quality result.
Inner Thighs with moderate or good skin tone
Inner thighs tend to have very thin skin compared to the rest of the body. When fat weighs down on this skin, it naturally leads to sagging. It’s best to try to prevent as much damage to that skin’s elasticity as possible, by removing excess fat here as early as possible. However, it’s also a good idea to bolster this skin with a skin tightening treatment whenever liposuction is performed. The laser skin tightening portion of Smartlipo actually works by getting your body to build new collagen, which creates thicker, stronger skin. So for inner thighs, we typically recommend a strong laser tightening treatment with the Smartlipo system whenever any fat is removed.
Outer Thighs and Saddlebags
Some women have a genetic predisposition to holding pockets of fat on their outer thighs. Most women who suffer from this find that while they can lose weight and their overall body size shrinks, these “saddlebags” almost never disappear with weight loss. SmartLipo offers a simple way to recontour the shape of the thighs, and can also provide skin thickening treatments which help create a smooth appearance.
For cellulite treatments, the Cellulaze part of the SmartLipo platform is the ideal treatment. It treats the underlying causes of cellulite – cutting the fibrous bands that tether deep dimples to the fascia below, removing skin trapped within the bottom layers of the skin, and thickening the skin to reduce the orange-peel appearance. This can be combined with Smartlipo for a smooth, toned result.
Upper arm fat that weighs down the skin
Upper arm fat is particularly problematic because it weighs down skin that is generally thin and weak, to begin with, creating permanent damage to that skin’s elasticity. The problem worsens in women after menopause, when hormones cause the area to lose even more of the bouncy collagen that keeps skin tight and toned. SmartLipo not only allows us to remove the excess fat but gives us the most aggressive skin tightening and thickening procedure beyond a full arm lift surgery. Arm lift surgeries leave large scars that run the length of the arm from elbow to armpit, making them an undesirable procedure for most patients. SmartLipo uses a laser to tighten the skin from below, causing the skin to build new collagen over time.
Chins and Jawlines with excess fat that need contouring and tightening of the skin as well
SmartLipo is incredibly effective for removing excess fat in the chin and neck. Because the laser allows us to first melt this fat and then suction it out, we’re able to remove all of the excess fat in this area with precision. Most of the time, and especially in any patient who’s in their 40’s or older, excess fat in the neck will create some downward force on the neck skin, which creates permanent laxity, or looseness, in the area. This can be easily treated during a SmartLipo session using the PrecisionTX part of the SmartLipo system. This specialized handpiece offers the perfect laser wavelength blends to sculpt a tight, toned neck with a defined jawline.
Who Does Smartlipo Work Best For? Who is an Ideal Candidate for Smartlipo Laser Liposuction?
SmartLipo produces the best results in patients who are close to their ideal weight, with only small pockets of stubborn fat that diet and exercise aren’t working to remove. However, that doesn’t mean larger patients are not candidates for SmartLipo. We tend to ask patients to be around or at a BMI of 34 or lower. We sometimes make exceptions here for patients that are healthy enough to undergo surgery and have realistic expectations for contouring just one or a few areas. As you can see in the photo above, all kinds of patients can use SmartLipo to achieve their body sculpting goals.
Your complimentary consultation with one of our Cosmetic Physicians who specialize in laser lipo will include a full medical evaluation prior to surgery.
Age is generally not a limiting factor because we perform this procedure in such a gentle manner under local anesthesia. We’ve performed laser lipo on several patients in their mid-70s. We do ask that patients be at least 18 years old at the time of the procedure unless SmartLipo is being used to repair or correct a deformity or injury.
What Should I look for in My Smartlipo Doctor?
What Will My Smartlipo Procedure Cost?
We perform SmartLipo under local anesthesia in our private surgical suite, so the following fees ranges are the typical cost for SmartLipo, including all surgery and anesthesia fees, pre and post-op care, and recovery garment. An individual price quote is included in the complimentary consultation with the doctor.
Smartlipo Triplex Laser Lipo Pricing: Areas Treated with Approximate Price Ranges
Can I Finance My Procedure?
Absolutely! Many of our patients finance their procedures. You can learn about financing options for Smartlipo here.
What Will Recovery Be Like After Smartlipo? How Long Should I Take Off Work? Exercise?
You’ll want to plan for 1-3 days off from work. Most patients have their procedure on either a Thursday or Friday, so they can return to work on Monday. It’s rare that patients need longer than that off from work, but if your job is particularly strenuous, such as police officers, construction workers, etc., you will want to discuss an additional 1-3 days recovery, depending on what area(s) you have treated.
All patients will need to refrain from high-intensity workouts for 7-14 days following surgery, no matter which areas they have treated. Raising your blood pressure can increase swelling and bruising, which will delay your healing.
What Will Surgery Day Be Like? What Should I Expect?
Surgery day will be an easy, comfortable experience. Our patients have a fully private surgical suite, complete with a room for pre-op markings and photos, private bathroom, and private recovery room. You’ll start the day with markings and discussion with your doctor of the procedure and results you want to achieve. You’ll receive some medication by mouth to relax you at this point. Then you’ll go to the bathroom and head right into the operating room (OR). Our OR is a state-of-the-art facility, but it’s been designed for patient comfort first. There’s a large overhead TV and music to entertain you throughout the procedure, although most patients enjoy talking with their physician and staff, instead.
During the procedure, you should expect to be feel nothing more than pressure, movement, and vibration. We use a local anesthesia injected into the areas to be treated to ensure you’re numb throughout the procedure. You will feel the initial injection of that numbing fluid, but it works very quickly, so you’re numb right afterward and stay numb for several hours following the procedure. The medication and injections are very similar to what a dentist uses when filling a cavity.
Once your procedure is complete, usually about 2-4 hours later, you’ll go to the recovery room. You’ll be snuggled in warm blankets and offered snacks while you relax. When you’re ready to head home, we’ll walk you out a private entrance, directly to your car. You’ll need to have a friend or loved one drive you home because of the medications.
Watch the video below to see for yourself how fun and relaxing SmartLipo can be. We promise it’s more fun than meeting your trainer for 7 am workouts!
Ready to schedule your free consultation for Smartlipo? Call us at 732.356.1666 today!
How does SmartLipo compare to other types of liposuction and other laser lipo brands?
There are several different types of laser liposuction platforms, including SmartLipo (Original, MPX, and Triplex), SlimLipo, CoolLipo, ProLipo, LipoLite, Lipotherme, and SmoothLipo. You often see Vaser and Body-Jet liposuction lumped into this category as well, because while the technologies vary, the idea is the same: use technology to help break up the fat before suctioning, for an easier, gentler procedure. Slimlipo was the gold standard for years, even after Smartlipo came out. We still occasionally use our Slimlipo machine, because it is a good, steady workhorse system that produces very consistent results. Smartlipo’s first edition promised to not only remove fat but to tighten the skin, but it wasn’t as consistent and lacked easy control for doctors, making it difficult to create predictably great results. The second edition, Smartlipo MPX, offered 2 lasers and better control with many safety systems to keep the lasers in the optimal range of heat. We still didn’t love it. Not until Smartlipo Triplex came out were we ready to name Smartlipo our favorite laser liposuction system.
In traditional liposuction, metal cannulas aggressively skewer the fat, manually breaking up fat cells along with all blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues in the area. there’s little coagulation to stop bleeding, so the trauma and recovery from the procedure are quite intense. This type of liposuction can only be performed under general anesthesia.
Traditional Liposuction is not the ideal tool for body sculpting, for several reasons:
- It’s difficult to create smooth, flat results when you’re removing fat in round globules
- It’s traumatic and creates a long and difficult recovery process due to damage to the blood vessels and nerves in the area
- It often creates a very unnaturally round and smooth look that lacks the natural contours of a sculpted, athletic body
- It can only be performed under general anesthesia, which makes it costly and riskier
However, some surgeons do still offer this type of liposuction, so be sure to discuss what techniques your doctor plans to use during your consultation.
SmartLipo Laser Liposuction is an ideal procedure:
- It’s easy to create smooth, natural-looking results because the fat is melted before it’s removed
- the lasers help us sculpt the body with precision
- The tumescent local anesthesia and lasers help keep bleeding and bruising to a minimum, for a quick, easy recovery
- We perform all of our laser lipo procedures under local anesthesia, which reduces risks and costs for the patients, but also allows us to create more precise results that look and move naturally
When harvesting fat for transfer, we use Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL), which offers vibrational help in breaking up the fat and powered suction, to keep the procedure gentle and comfortable. PAL is also helpful with particularly fibrous fat, which lasers may not be able to easily break up. Being able to blend PAL with Smartlipo allows our physicians to make procedures fast and gentle, without sacrificing results.
If you are having fat transfer, but still want the skin tightening effects of Smartlipo, we simply blend these two technologies: first using the PAL to harvest fat for transfer, then using the laser to melt and sculpt remaining fat to get a lean, athletic look, and provide a skin tightening effect. We can use these technologies, along with our other body contouring technologies, to sculpt the body of your dreams, with a safe, gentle procedure performed under local anesthesia. Learn More about Body Sculpting with Fat Transfer here.
Looking at the chart below, it becomes evident why the new Smartlipo Triplex system is our favorite – it has more of the right wavelengths to help our doctors achieve the body sculpting goals of our patients.
Brand Name of Laser Liposuction System Type of Laser Wavelengths of Laser(s)
Smartlipo (Original) Nd:Yag 1064nm
Smartlipo MPX Nd:Yag 1064nm, 1320nm
Smartlipo Triplex Nd:Yag 1064nm, 1320nm, 1440nm
SlimLipo Diode 924nm, 975nm
CoolLipo Nd:Yag 1320nm
ProLipo Nd:Yag 1064nm, 1319nm
LipoLite Diode 980nm
Lipotherme Diode 980nm
SmoothLipo Diode 920nm
Source: Jason C. McBean, MD and Bruce E. Katz, MD; Laser Lipolysis: An Update
Smartlipo Triplex is far and above the most advanced laser liposuction system. It offers 3 different wavelength lasers, and several different application wands to maximize the laser energy of the platform in creating stand-out results. The Smartlipo Triplex platform consists of Smartlipo Triplex, Precision TX, and Cellulaze. PrecisionTX is an advanced skin tightening system that is one of the most aggressive we’ve ever seen, but also one of the safest tools in our office. Cellulaze offers systematic and proven treatment of cellulite using lasers to restructure the skin and melt away fat simultaneously. Smartlipo Triplex has 3 laser wavelengths, 1440nm is the newest of these and offers 40x greater absorption by fat cells.¹
- Jason C. McBean, MD and Bruce E. Katz, MD; Laser Lipolysis: An Update, J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2011 Jul; 4(7): 25–34. PMCID: PMC3140909