It sounds like a scam to me - run, don't walk, away!
If you go to a consult and don't even meet the doctor, I would run away. This has all the earmarks of a disaster on it. First of all, in our clinic, those areas would be no more than about $9000 with or without a 'study'. Additionally, the beauty of Smart Lipo in most places is that it is performed with the tumescent method of liposuciton, meaning you don't have to have the 'conscious sedation' with it. This means that, if it is done in the right way, you will have MUCH less bruising and a much quicker recovery time.
With the way that this doctor is doing it, you will have none of the benefits of Smart Lipo when it is done in the right way. The scam here is that he is going to give you a higher priced procedure and none of the good features of the tumescent method that is usually done with the Smart Lipo. Put on top of this, questionable marketing and an unconscionable lack of interaction with the surgeon prior to the procedure and you are best to get a second opinion.
Your final price is not too bad. However, I tend to dislike anyone that calls themselves the "best." Usually the best, never refer to themselves in that way.
I also tend to believe there is no best plastic surgeon. There are several good doctors who have all become comfortable with the technique. Furthermore, I think it is over-marketing when you inflate a price to double the going rate, and then drop it in half, making it seem like you got a great deal.
Today everyone has to do some marketing - it is just what is considered over the top. Lastly, I think it is very poor form to have a consultation and not even meet the surgeon.
if your prospective surgeon was educating others out there he would have a triplex not MPX, final prices are acceptable, but sounds like they are trying to make you feel like you got a bargain, surgeon should see you in consultation
Smartlipo MPX is a very good device, however you need to remember that it is only that, you need a good operator to obtain a good result.
There are so many physicians performing procedures without the proper training, some of then go to a weekend course and then magically become "experts."
One of the advantages of the smartlipo MPX is the ability to be performed under local tumescent anesthesia, usually with only oral sedation. If the surgeon uses IV sedation then you loose some of the advantages. You need to check your surgeons priviledges in recognized certified outpatient surgery centers (OSC), if the "surgeon" lack of any priviledges in an OCS that most likely means he/she is not a surgeon.
There are so many SHAM "boards" in cosmetic surgery. There is only one board in plastic surgery recognized by the american board of medical specialties : The American Board of plastic surgery.
The best way to check the doctors credentials is to go to your state medical board or the national prefessional societies.
The most important factor in determining the outcome of your surgery is your choice of surgeon.
Smart Lipo scam seems too good to be true
If anything seems too good to be true, it usually is. If you have not met with the doctor I would never pay any money. One of the most important decisions that you have to make is whether you feel comfortable with your physician and can trust him/her. If they don't meet with you before the procedure, do you think they are going to meet with you after your procedure when you have questions or problems?
The discounted price that you were quoted is reasonable for a typical "normal" price depending on the extent of lipo in those areas. This may simply be a marketing tactic to make you feel like you are getting a bargain. This would be especially "fishy" if this price were only available for a limited time. Most reputable surgeons don't "have sales"-- they may add more value to the procedure, but sales are tactics used by grocery stores and outlet malls--not plastic surgeons.
Get several opinions and make your choice carefully. Cheaper is not always better.
Also the term "smartlipo" has become synonymous with "laser lipolysis" or "laser lipo". What they are offering may not actually be "smartlipo" but may be one of the other competing brands such as "slimlipo" etc.
You can call Cynosure directly and ask why this doctor is not on their website. I live in California, own a Smartlipo MPX and am listed in their directory. The only plausible answer is that the doctor is doing a study for Cynosure and is not listed in their website because he does not own the machine (and has not paid for the machine). Cynosure may be providing him with the machine to conduct the study. Rely on other measures like board certification in plastic surgery and ask to speak to a few patients. Do not rely on video clips from news organizations or from online video postings. Good luck.