SmartLipo laser liposuction is a procedure that offers the benefits of traditional liposuction with a shorter recovery period and less post-operative discomfort. Unlike the cannula that is used in regular liposuction procedures, the SmartLipo cannula contains a laser fiber. The laser emits low-level heat energy that breaks up and liquefies fat deposits, enabling Dr. Khoobehi to remove excess fat safely and quickly. In addition to its ability to help shape body contours, SmartLipo can also be performed to tone and firm sagging skin, resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance. To find out whether you are a candidate for regular liposuction or SmartLipo laser liposuction, please contact our Metairie plastic surgery practice today.
How Smartlipo is Performed
Because Smartlipo uses a mini cannula, the incisions are much smaller. The cannula with the laser attachment is inserted through these tiny incisions and targets the fat tissue under the skin, melting it with its laser heat. The surgeon can control the temperature of the laser and with great precision, focus on the fat while leaving other tissue and internal structures untouched. During this process, the fat cells that are hit by the laser will swell, pop and melt. The broken down fat tissues are removed by a small vacuum suction. For smaller areas on the body, the liquefied fat is naturally absorbed by the body and a vacuum may not be necessary.
"I'm thrilled with my results from Dr. Walters. I had a mini tummy tuck, liposuction and fat transfer having having two kids. I look better than I could have expected. Best decision ever! His office and staff are very friendly and helpful. I would recommend Dr. Walters to all my friends."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 15, 2018
"Upper Abdomen Lipo - I have had many procedures with Dr. Khoobehi. Recently I had Smart Lipo to my upper abdomen, and on the sides of my waist. My stomach is washboard flat and looks amazing!!!!! I love Dr. Khoobehi and his staff. They are the BEST!!"- S. / RealSelf / Aug 08, 2018
"Awesome result, I would definitely recommend Dr. Khoobehi - Had Smart Lipo and was down 10 lbs. Went from 194 to 184. Took about 3 months to see the results. Would definitely recommend Dr Khoobehi and his Associates for any procedure. Dr Khoobehi with his staff are professional, courteous and there to answer any questions."- C. / RealSelf / Dec 14, 2018
"Butt fat hump got 2 go - So I've gain a few pounds.. lost a couple pounds however I have this stupid fat pad at the top of my butt. It has gotten smaller since I lost weight however it's not going completely away so it still looks as if I have 2 butts. so I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Lindsey to get rid of it. Updated on 5 Mar 2020: So I went to my consultation with Dr. Lindsey and his price was reasonable. However, I prefer not to be put to sleep. So I scheduled a consultation with my favorite surgeon Dr. Khoobehi and he offers the smart lipo ( which allows me to be awake.) Price is about the same which some have said it's too pricey, but again this is Dr. Khoobehi I knew this would be the case when I scheduled the consult. Just have one word BOOKED. Updated on 10 Jul 2020: Okay, so as yall know I booked a consult with a different doctor but decided that Dr. Khoobehi was where I needed to be. So the difference between this procedure and my first procedure is that I actually researched the procedure before evening booking the first consult. Touch on that later. I did a virtual consultation and Dr. Khoobehi recommended a fat transfer and I was against but I changed my mind and took his recommendation. I originally booked my procedure for April but thanks to COVID19 I wasn't able to have the procedure til May 16. Dr. Khoobehi and his staff was accommodating and informative throughout the whole lock down and what to expect and of course the very honest we really don't know we are waiting to the state to give us the go ahead. When they opened up even with the new restrictions the process went very well. I didn't wait in my car longer than 60 seconds before they called and said a room was ready. During pre-OP he gave realistic expectations which I was able to understand better as I researched the procedure and desired results this time. Procedure was Saturday 5/16 and otw to the office my nerves tried to get the best of me but when I got to the office between the nurse and Dr. Khoobehi my nerves settled as I was extremely comfortable. The procedure was done in office under local sedation. Yes some parts were painful and other parts just tickled. When it was over the swelling was horrible, but it subsides with time. Honestly, it looked worse than it did before right off the table guess the nurse saw me looking and she said let's hurry and get you in the garment you are starting to swell alot where we did the lipo. 6wpo and I believe the results are way better than what was expected from me or Dr. Khoobehi. Below is before. My 1wpo is to large according to realself I'll take one and add later. Updated on 14 Jul 2020: I feel so much better thanks to Khoobehi, I recently wore a pair of shorts out the house something I never do. My mother thinks the garment is what changed my shape because she know how my butt looks 'ya know I didnt tell her' my husband just says i love your butt.. 1 butt now lol.. I'm be a Khoobehi doll cause I got more work to do."- B. / RealSelf / Oct 09, 2020
"Dr. Khoobehi did my arms smart lipo two months ago. He is so professional, and his facility has an excellent atmosphere with an outstanding staff. I could see a big difference in my arms already. I'm happy with the result so far, and I can't wait to see my arms get slimmer after a couple more months! I highly recommend Dr. Koobehi!"- R.T. / Google / Jun 08, 2022
During/After the Procedure
Smartlipo is a minimally invasive procedure that is done in an accredited surgical facility. Local or general anesthesia may be used depending on the size of the area being treated. The treatment lasts less than an hour per area. Due to the nature of the procedure, the recovery period is quicker than traditional liposuction. The laser application promotes tissue coagulation so that there is less bleeding, swelling and bruising. The patient will also notice that the skin will tighten around the treatment area as the laser helps in collagen development. Optimal results can be seen within 4-6 months.
Smartlipo fees can cost from as low as $2,000 up to $7,000 depending on the size of the treatment area, how many areas are being addressed, and how many sessions it takes to reach the desired results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $4,000 - $10,000
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- Post-op Follow-up
- Procedure Recovery Location
Ideal Areas for Smartlipo?
As Smartlipo utilizes a smaller cannula, it can target areas where precision is needed such as the neck or the arms. This still includes the more common areas treated for liposuction such as hips, flanks or abdomen. But there are also cases in which traditional liposuction can approach an area better than Smartlipo. This will be discussed to the patient by the plastic surgeon during the initial consultation to see which method is better.
Will I Have Scars?
The incisions made with Smartlipo are tiny – just enough for the cannula to be inserted. With this treatment, the cannula is smaller compared to what is used with a traditional liposuction. These incisions do not need any sutures. Often they heal on their own, aided with topical medications.
Fat Gone Away?
Fat cells destroyed by Smartlipo are permanent. This does not mean that new fat cells cannot develop. Adhering to a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and exercise will ensure that the results attained are long-term.
How Much Weight Will I Lose/
It is important to understand that Smartlipo, or even the traditional liposuction method, is not a one-stop solution to being overweight. While fat removal of any kind will result in less weight on the body, in order to be considered for the procedure, the patient must already be close to or near his or her goal weight.