Are the Incisions from Smart Lipo the Same Size As Vaser Incisions?

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VASER Lipo vs SmartLipo Incisions

Incisions for both, when done properly, are small, 3-5 mm. This is not a factor in determining the final quality of the outcome, and should not be a determining factor in deciding what type of liposuction would work best. The devices work differently and confer different benefits. I use both, often on the same patient. Ultimately you should choose based on the experience, skill, and credentials of your surgeon.

Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 53 reviews

SmartLipo vs. Vaser incisions

I see a lot of confusion and boasting about which device has incision uses smaller incisions. Let me give you some perspective as a Plastic Surgeon who uses both of these technologies. The incisions of the most advanced version of SmartLipo referred to as TriPlex can be 2-3 mm while the Vaser incisions need to be 3-5 mm. However, in all cases the small incisions required for all carefully performed liposuction procedures tend to be inconsequential. These access incisions tend to heal well and are very discreet and should be the least important of the variables to consider.

The original generations and least effective of the SmartLipo devices delivered a single wavelength of light and the incisions needed to only be about 2 mm. Most Plastic Surgeons recognize that for optimal results the lasered areas still need to have gentle liposuction to remove the broken fat cells and use 2 - 4 mm cannula's through a few carefully placed incisions to achieve this. The same is true for Vaser technology.

The benefits SmartLipo technology in selected patients have little to do with the potential for slightly smaller incisions. None of these devices are magical and require a lot of skill and judgment in order to achieve optimal results. The experience, credentials and the knowledge your Plastic Surgeon has of these newer technologies should be your main concern.

Mathew C. Mosher, MD
Vancouver Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Smartlipo incisons aren't always smaller

Smartlipo incisions can be very tiny, like a needle poke, or they can be larger, like a Vaser incision.  It depends on whether only the Smartlipo laser is placed in the incision or if a liposuction cannula is also put in the incision.  Most larger areas require a liposuction cannula to be put in the incision as well as the laser.  So incision size isn't always different between the techniques.

Daryl K. Hoffman, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Incisions from lipo

Vaser incisions tend to be  bit larger because of the protective sleeve that is required for the procedure.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Differences between VASER and SmartLipo

Hi there-

While it is true that the incisions for VASER treatment need to be a bit larger than those for a laser-assisted device like Smart Lipo, they are not as large as my esteemed colleague from Miami suggests...

Typically they are 4 mm long. A bit longer than the 2-3mm for the laser probe. On the other hand....

There are a lot of differences between these two technologies that you should be aware of, most of which are MUCH more important to your happiness and safety than the length of the incisions. You can read much more about these by reviewing the opinions of respected surgeons on this site, like Dr. Peter Aldea.

In short, please realize that whenever a new device comes along, the best question to ask is NOT, "Does it work (to eliminate fat)?", but rather-

  1. Does it work BETTER than other options?
  2. Is it SAFER than other options?
  3. IS it less expensive than other options?

If you ask THESE questions about Smart Lipo, or any other laser assisted device, your opinion will not be so positive... 

Armando Soto, MD, FACS
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 159 reviews

Incisions from Smart Lipo the Same Size As Vaser Incisions

Absolutely not! The Smart Lipo incisions are a few millimeters vs the Vaser needs a protector to the skin incision for the canula would burn the entrance. So the Vaser incisions are at least a 5 to 9 mm size. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 174 reviews

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