Smartlipo vs Ultrashape: Which is Best?

Can I get better or equal results for fat removal using ultra shape vs. smartlipo treatment?

Doctor Answers 6

Comparing SmartLipo vs. Ultrashape or Liposonix

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We are not comparing apple to apple. Smartlipo is laser-assisted tumescent liposuction that delivers consistent fat reduction vs. noninvasive ultrasonic devices such as Ultra Shape, Liposonix that attempt to emulsify fat pads but with subtle clinical benefits that may not be consistent.

Bay Area Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Smartlipo and Ultrashape are different concepts

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Smartlipo is one of several techniques we use for liposuctioning away the fat. It has the advantage of producing significant skin tightening (as long as the area involved is not too large), besides removing the fatty deposits.  We see good skin tightening, for example in the neck, and arms.

It is a surgery, usually done with tumescent ( a variant of local) anesthesia.

Ultrashape is not a surgery. There is no removal of fat. The theory apparently is that ultrasonic disruption of the fat cells causes them to be eliminated or redistributed. The FDA has not yet determined that it is effective.

Christopher J. Peers, MD
South Bend Facial Plastic Surgeon

Smartlipo is more effective than Ultrashape

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Smartlipo is more effective than Ultrashape but it is an unfair comparison.  Ultrashape is non-invasive and Smartlipo is a surgical procedure.  There are other non-surgical fat reduction treatments, like Zerona, that would be a more similar comparison to Ultrashape., however,  Ultrashape isn't approved in the United States yet. 

Daryl K. Hoffman, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

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SmartLipo vs Ultrashape

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SmartLipo is different than Ultrashape. SmartLipo is a laser liposuction treatment. Ultrashape is based on ultrasonic technology. One works on removing fat by melting the fat; the other works on lessening fat by emulsifying the fat. In the United States, the SmartLipo is an FDA-approved device, but the Ultrashape device is not yet approved. We were involved in the FDA studies on the Ultrashape and liked the way it works, but it is not yet commercially available in the United States at this time.

David Goldberg, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Smartlipo vs Ultrashape

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How about neither?? Smartlipo has never been shown (including at a recent national plastic surgery meeting) to be better than traditional liposuction. Ultrashape will only give you a minimal result at best. Why not go the a Board Certified plastic surgeon and ask them what is best for you and what will really give you a result you are happy with?

Smartlipo versus Ultrashape

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Ultrashape is a non-invasive treatment which claims to destroy fat cells. I have not used it, but looking at their before and after pictures on their company website, I would have to say that these would not be acceptable results unless you are looking for minimal change on targeted ares.

Smartlipo uses a laser to destroy the fat cells. I then use a very small traditional liposuction cannula to suck out the melted fat. Smartlipo is also good for targeted areas but not indicated for total body or major liposuction.

For the most dramatic results, you should consider power-assisted liposuction using the tumescent technique in a hospital or surgicenter setting. This technique allows the surgeon to be the most aggressive and remove the most fat.

So, the decision is really how much a difference you are looking to achieve.

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