Having had cosmetic surgery in the past in New York. I have mixed reviews about smart-lipo.
The benefits are:
Being awake is a plus but do not think the procedure is painless, you will feel needles, pulling and tugging some burning, a few times my surgeon hit areas that were not numb reminding you that you are in surgery.
Today six days since the surgery I feel great, no real need for any pain meds I am 38 with two school age kids, very active family life. I was driving the SAME day of my surgery. I was able to fool my husband very little drainage hidden by wearing the garment and binder day and night. To this day he does not know I had surgery.
Con: I do wish I had more fat removed 1 liter is only 2lbs of fat. I saw the fat there was lots of blood too. I wish I could have participated more in the surgery maybe standing up, targeting areas' around my inner thighs assisting the doctor even adding more fatty areas especially near my knee area. I had my credit card. ( smile)
Con: I wish there were mirrors on the ceiling of the operating room where if I chose to I could watch the procedure being done.
The atmosphere was similar to a labor and delivery room there was music playing but I brought my own IPOD and when the surgery really started I needed my own music playing LOUD in my ear to block out the pain. I actually was singing until I fell asleep.
The procedure lasted about 2.5 hours. Overall HAPPY with my Surgeon and her Staff even gave tips to my two favorite Technicians after my surgery.