Woman who has undergone tumescent liposuction

What Is SmartLipo and What’s the Difference?

SmartLipo treatments have grown in popularity as new improvements in the procedure continue to be made to offer patients traditional liposuction effects without extensive surgery. SmartLipo uses a local anesthetic instead of a general anesthetic which allows patients a much quicker recovery and the ability to return to their normal activities much sooner. SmartLipo results are also oftentimes much more obvious!

Typical liposuction procedures are more invasive and come with a much higher risk of complication whereas SmartLipo uses a smaller cannula of only 1/116th of an inch in diameter, with no need for stitches or a drainage tube post-treatment. SmartLipo procedures are the least complicated liposuction treatments available today and are also much less costly than the added surgical facility and anesthesia costs of traditional liposuction procedures.

Those undergoing traditional liposuction can expect to take strong pain medication directly following their surgery while dealing with drains and stitches which can add to their discomfort. Because the SmartLipo is much less invasive, pain pills are not as common and no drains are required for ridding the body of extra fluids.

When it comes to traditional liposuction, patients can expect to lose significant blood as a serious surgery is required to perform the procedure but with SmartLipo the blood loss is minimal.

Healing Times

Healing times differences between SmartLipo and traditional lipo methods is significant. Those undergoing traditional treatment can expect the swelling to last anywhere from two weeks up to two months following surgery with bruising and numbness lasting for several weeks. SmartLipo patients may notice swelling for a couple of weeks at most though bruising and numbness will still last for up to several weeks. Traditional liposuction patients can expect to refrain from work for up to three weeks following their procedure whereas patients undergoing SmartLipo are generally able to return to work within days.

One of the most appreciated differences in traditional liposuction vs. SmartLipo is the difference in how quickly patients are able to see results. Traditional liposuction patients may not see the full results of their liposuction for six to nine months while SmartLipo patients can expect to see optimal results within months.

SmartLipo at the Skin and Vein Center

Those who are considering a liposuction treatment to improve their appearance and self-confidence are encouraged to schedule an initial consultation with the Skin and Vein Center to discuss how SmartLipo can create the results they’re hoping to achieve long-term with minimal recovery and complications. Visit the Skin and Vein Center for more information about our other cosmetic procedures!

*Individual Results May Vary