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Frequently Asked Questions

How does SmartLipo work?

SmartLipo is the first laser assisted liposuction procedure that has FDA clearance. It is the latest in cutting edge laser technology that allows our plastic surgeon’s precise contouring capabilities with little to no downtime for the patient. This laser-assisted lipolysis procedure is performed using a one millimeter cannula (or tube) inserted into the skin. A laser fiber inside of the cannula delivers energy directly to fat cells, causing them to rupture and drain away as liquid allowing the plastic surgeon to suction it away with minimal effort. Simultaneously, tissue around the area coagulates, resulting in overall tighter skin tissue.

Does SmartLipo treat cellulite?

SmartLipo is intended to improve the body’s shape and may reduce cellulite to a certain degree.

Is it true that if you remove fat from one area with SmartLipo it will come back in another?

No. SmartLipo results are intended to be permanent provided they are maintained with a healthy diet and exercise.

I go the gym religiously but cannot seem to get rid of certain areas, no matter how hard I work out. Can SmartLipo help?

SmartLipo is appropriate for these stubborn fat pockets. Allow yourself two to three weeks after the procedure before going back to working out.

I struggle with going to the gym because I just do not see any results and I get caught in this vicious circle where I get depressed and eat even more. Is SmartLipo for me?

Yes! Even though SmartLipo is not a weight loss procedure it can give you a one to two year head start at the gym. After SmartLipo you will be lot more motivated since you will now see immediate results at the gym and it will help you break that vicious circle that you are stuck in.

Is SmartLipo painful?

SmartLipo is a safe and virtually painless procedure done under local anesthesia. After SmartLipo it feels like you went to the gym and worked for a couple of more hours more than you normally do. If you never worked out it will feel like the first time you got on a treadmill for a couple of hours. Bottom line you will feel sore but should be able to resume your daily routine shortly.

Do I have to stay in the hospital?

No the procedure is performed at Park Avenue Smart Lipo’s outpatient surgical facility under local anesthesia. You won’t have to stay in a hospital since the recovery from SmartLipo works best within the comforts of your own home.

What are the main advantages of SmartLipo?

  • It offers the smoothest, best body contouring results.
  • It entails only a short recovery time, patients are back to regular activities quickly.
  • It's safer than traditional liposuction.
  • It tightens the skin around the treatment area.
  • Performed under local anesthesia only.
  • The results are permanent.

Who would best represent an Ideal Candidate for SmartLipo?

Like all liposuction, SmartLipo is not a method of weight control. Rather, it is a procedure designed to remove stubborn pockets of fat that will not respond to diet and exercise. Most candidates for SmartLipo are within 25lbs of their ideal weight and have responded poorly to diet and exercise.

Which area is SmartLipo useful for?

SmartLipo laser liposuction has been designed to treat localized pockets of fat in the following areas:

  • Waist or (love handles)
  • Chin
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Hips
  • Abdomen
  • Upper arms
  • Knees
  • Male breasts

What is the recovery time for SmartLipo?

One main advantage of SmartLipo is the fact it is performed under local anesthesia, so there is no need to recover from general sedation. Patients who have the procedure on a Friday are back to work and most activities by Monday. Most of our patients report little to no discomfort whatsoever. Expect to see initial results within 2 weeks and final results with optimal skin tightening effect within 6 months.

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