Difference Between Smartlipo vs. Traditional Liposuction. Blog By Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of NY located in Long Island and NYC.

Genetics play a huge role in how easy it is to lose fat in certain areas of the body.  Some areas of the body are simply notorious for being stubborn when it comes to shedding weight. Sometimes, the only way to target specific areas is with help from plastic surgery.

When many people think about going the surgical route, they usually think about liposuction (lipoplasty). It has been a popular plastic surgery procedure for many years. In 2014, more than 340,000 of these procedures were performed, and that number continues to rise.

Lipoplasty removes fat cells, so it’s effective for people who have tried to remove fat from areas of the body that seem unaffected by diet and exercise. This procedure has been around since the 70s. Much technological advancement in the plastic surgery industry has surfaced since that time.

In the 80s, Dr. Jeffrey Klein from California created tumescent liposuction, which uses tumescent fluid and a small cannula to remove fat cells. In 2006, the FDA approved laser light to melt fat cells, which is known as SmartlipoTM.

With this new types of laser fat removal available, many people wonder what the differences are when considering Smartlipo vs. traditional liposuction. The differences lie in:

  1. Technique
  2. Tightening
  3. Recovery

Both techniques remove fat cells, but how they are removed varies greatly. Traditional lipoplasty uses forceful separation of fat cells, whereas laser technology gently melts the fat.

The other difference is seen in skin tightening. When fat cells are removed, especially in large amounts, skin doesn’t always snap back. This can lead to snagging skin that must be surgical removed. Laser heat, however, solves this problem because it affects the deep collagen layer of the skin, resulting in tightening of the skin.

An additional benefit is that recovery is much faster with minimally invasive laser lipo. It only takes a couple of days of healing versus 6 weeks with traditional lipoplasty.

Laser Liposuction in Long Island and New York, NY

Difference Between Smartlipo vs. Traditional Liposuction. Blog By Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of NY located in Long Island and NYC.

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It can be difficult to decide which procedure to choose from when considering Smartlipo vs. traditional liposuction. It’s best to discuss your options with an experienced cosmetic or plastic surgeon in New York City or Long Island such as one of our experts at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York.

We have two offices that are open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and until 6:00 PM on Saturdays. Free consultations are available and can be used to gather information on which procedure would be best to achieve your desired aesthetic goals. Get in touch with us today to schedule your consultation.


*Smartlipo is a trademark of Cynosure, Inc.