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SmartLipo vs. Traditional Liposuction: What’s the Difference?

SmartLipo vs. Traditional Liposuction: What’s the Difference?

For those who would like to lose fat around their midsection quickly, liposuction is an effective procedure. The post below discusses two of the most popular liposuction procedures, traditional liposuction and SmartLipo. For more information, visit a certified liposuction professional.

Traditional Liposuction

Traditional liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses incision and suction to remove excess fat from a patient’s lower abdomen. Patients are put under general anesthesia and are unconscious during the entire procedure. The procedure itself begins with large incisions made in the patient’s abdomen, where surgeons then insert tools called cannulas to scrape the fat from the skin and suction it out. Once this happens, stitches are applied to the incisions. Typically, patients must wear compression garments for six weeks after undergoing traditional liposuction to ensure proper healing.


Unlike traditional liposuction, SmartLipo uses lasers to melt fat away and seal relatively small incisions in the patient’s lower abdomen. Administered by certified SmartLipo professionals, the SmartLipo procedure is both less invasive and has a much shorter recovery time than traditional liposuction. Patients are given local anesthesia and remain conscious during the procedure, which begins with small incisions in the lower abdomen. From these incisions, surgeons feed a laser through a small micro-cannula. The laser is used to melt the patient’s fat into liquid, ensuring a smooth stomach surface during and after the fat is suctioned out. With SmartLipo, there is a much smaller likelihood of rippling and excess loose skin, which can occur due to the cannula and suction stages of traditional liposuction.

Recovery and scarring are minimized with SmartLipo. The laser is used to tighten and firm the skin around incision areas. Due to the small incision size and minimally invasive surgical steps, SmartLipo also generally results in less bruising than traditional liposuction. Plus, SmartLipo patients typically only have to use a compression garment for three weeks — half the typical time of traditional liposuction patients.

To learn more about traditional liposuction and SmartLipo, it is best to schedule a consultation with a local licensed liposuction professional.

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