SmartLipo: Fact vs. Fiction

SmartLipo is an extremely popular liposuction technique used for the elimination of excess fat from specific body parts. It’s an ideal process for people within 25 lbs. of their target weight but are having trouble with the last few pounds. The healing process is relatively swift, often referred to as “lunchtime liposuction.”

Is SmartLipo better than traditional liposuction?

SmartLipo and traditional liposuction are two unique techniques to remove unwanted excess fat from the body. With SmartLipo, healing time is often substantially faster than with traditional liposuction. We also use thinner cannulas to disperse fat calls than traditional liposuction.

SmartLipo is best for people within a 25 lb. range of their ideal weight whereas traditional liposuction offers a greater range, but at the cost of more pain and potential scarring. Each case is unique, and it’s best to consult with a qualified surgeon to find out which method is best for you.

Do patients have loose skin after SmartLipo?

During a SmartLipo procedure, loose skin is targeted with a highly accurate laser to tighten skin once fat cells have been removed. Results vary, with the most noticeable results seen months after the procedure, once the body has fully healed.

For people with great amounts of weight loss, additional skin tightening procedures may be warranted. Consult with your physician about what to expect after each session.

Does SmartLipo leave scars?

A qualified and skilled SmartLipo trained physician will not leave scarring on their patients. This is due to the fine cannulas used in the process of SmartLipo. Cannulas do, indeed, leave small scars, but are too fine to be noticed by the naked human eye and are typically the size of a fine needle.

In larger SmartLipo sessions, bruising and scars can happen. However, these scars heal and fade away over time, and with proper care the skin returns to normal. If you do have scarring after a SmartLipo procedure, this could be due to excessive burning of sub-dermal tissue. Consult with your physician about how to best care for your scars so they heal properly.

Researching each procedure before committing to one is a smart idea. To ensure you’re getting the most accurate and up-to-date information, consult with one of our specialists. They can inform you about each procedure we offer and discuss which might be best for you according to your goals.

Call to schedule a consultation with the SoCal Body Sculpt team about your goals and how to best achieve them. Want to learn more about SmartLipo? Give us a call to discuss which of our services might work best for you. We can be reached at (818) 495-2441.


Dr. Nilesh Bhoot Dr. Bhoot has over 28 years of surgical experience. He is Board-Certified by the American Board of Surgery; Fellowship trained minimally invasive and Bariatric surgeon and fellow of American College of Surgeons. Dr. Bhoot is a member of American society of Cosmetic Surgery, the Society American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

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