SmartLipo AKA LipoSmart

Unwanted fat bits, lets face it most of us have them and want a quick fix to get rid of them. A revolutionary new technology called laser lipolysis SmartLipo or Liposmart is the latest weapon against unwanted fat. It is a similar procedure to traditional liposuction without the need for invasive surgery, downtime, saggy skin and general anaesthetic.

SmartLipo is often referred to as LipoSmart or laser liposuction is suitable for both men and women and targets small areas of fat accumulation that are usually resistant to diet and exercise. A  special laser is first used to melt the fat tissue which is then absorbed and eliminated through your body's natural metabolic processes.  The fat loss permanent provided you do not eat excessive calories following treatment. The procedure is very safe as it is virtually non-invasive and it is virtually painless. SmartLipo treatments can be carried out in a lunch time as they typically last for approximately one hour and are carried out under local anaesthetic.

What are the advantages of SmarLipo over Liposuction?

  • Less trauma - due to the therapeutic effects of the laser used
  • Faster recovery time – you can return to your everyday activtes straight away.

  • Reduced invasiveness – no large unsightly scars
  • Ability to treat smaller areas - face, upper abdomen, forearms and inner thighs.
  • Better post treatment skin appearance – the laser encourages the skin around the treated area to tighten, thus reducing the possibility of post treatment loose and saggy skin.
  • Blood loss and bleeding is minimal – the laser acts to simultaneously coagulate blood vessels whilst it melts the fat.

What is the procedure ?
First local anaesthetic is injected around the area to be treated in order to numb the skin and surrounding tissue. You will be totally comfortable an awake during the procedure. Following this a tiny cannula (about 1mm) with a laser attached is inserted under the skin into the pockets of fat where it melts the fat cells. However unlike liposuction where the fat is sucked out through the skin with SmartLipo the broken down fat cells removed by your bodies own natural processes and flushed out of your system by your kidneys. This process of elimination takes approximately 5-6 weeks Unlike liposuction which is very invasive and can cause significant trauma, laser lipolysis targets fat cells, causing minimal damage to surrounding tissue. One of the major disadvantages with liposuction is that once the fat cells have been sucked out from underneath the skin, the skin that is left over the treated area is often loose and saggy. Infact many patients that have had extensive liposuction need to have surgery to remove the excessive loose skin. With SmartLipo this problem is eliminated as the laser simultaneously tightens the skin from within resulting in firm skin over the treated area.

Is there any bruising afterwards?
Scaring after SmartLipo is minimal - a very small 1mm entry wound for the canula is made and so no sutures or stitches are needed unlike liposuction where the entry wounds are much larger. Bruising is minimal as the laser coagulates blood vessels so there is less bleeding under the surface of the skin. Some times support bandages are worn after treatment but they are often not needed.

How long does the procedure take?
The entire procedure from start to finish take approximately 1 hour but this will depend on the size of the area being treated and also the number of areas being treated. The main advantage is the short recovery time, most patients go back to work immediately after their treatment. However, it is advisable to avoid any intensive sporting activities for about a week after your treatment. 

How long will it take before I see results?
You may notice some immediate results however you should see significant effects after 5-6 weeks but the full effects of the treatment may not be apparent for about 2-3 months.

Is it permanent?
LipoSmart permanently destroys the fat cells with the laser and the fats are excreted from the body in a natural way. The results are therefore long term but as with any method of fat loss to maintain your results you must maintain a healthy lifestyle, which involves a balances diet and regular exercise. LipoSmart is not an excuse to eat what you want and loose weight!

How much does the treatment cost?
This depends on the size of the area being treated, the number of areas treated and also the surgeon and the place where the treatment is carried out. As a guide LipoSmart costs approximately £2000.00 per area.