Smartlipo or Liposonix Which Are the Differences?

Smartlipo or Liposonix Which Are the Differences?

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Smartlipo or Liposonix Which Are the Differences?

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Smart Lipo is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove fat.  A laser is use to liquify the fat and the fat is then removed.


Liposonix is a non-invasive procedure.  It utilized ultrasound energy to melt fat that is located under the skin.  For liposonix you need to be able to pinch an inch of fat but cannot have a BMI greater than 30.  So, not as many people are condidates.  We offer both procedures in our practice.

Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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Results are more important than the technological device

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One uses ultrasound technology while the other uses lasers.  There is a lot of marketing hype but in the end it comes down to choosing the procedure that gets the results you desire. Consider traditional Liposuction and discuss the pro and con with your board certified plastic surgeon.

Smartlipo versus Liposonix

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Both are non-surgical methods of body sculpting by eliminating resistant pockets of fat.  I categorize these as non-surgical because surgery typically implies cutting, stitching, linear scarring and the use of IV sedation or general anesthesia.  For both Smartlipo and Liposonix, you are awake and comfortable during the procedure. 

Smartlipo is a minimally invasive method of sculpting facilitated by microcannulas (for suctioning) and a laser (for skin smoothing and firming).  The fat cells are eliminated from the body on the day of the procedure.  The procedure requires some sedation with oral medications (such as Xanax, Percocet) and local, tumescent anesthesia. There is no cutting, stitching, or scarring and there are no risks associated with general anesthesia.

Liposonix, Vaser Shape, and Zeltiq are non-invasive technologies which target fat without microcannular suction or laser.  Rather, they use ultrasound energy (liposonix, vaser shape) and temperature alterations (zeltiq) to destroy fat cells which are then gradually discarded by the body over the course of 2-3 months.  The use of local anesthesia is not needed for these non-invasive modalities.  A history, lifestyle assessment, and physical exam are necessary to determine which method is most suitable for each person.

Daniel Levy, MD
Bellevue Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

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Smart lipo is surgery, Liposonix is not

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Regardless of how it is described, liposuction is surgery. Smart Lipo uses a laser which can be helpful but also adds some risk. Liposonix is a completely nonivasive technology that uses High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) which destroys the fat cells.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Smart Lipo Versus Liposonix

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Smart Lipo is a surgical procedure meant to remove stubborn disproportional fat. Liposonix is a non-surgical way to remove small pockets of fat (no less than 1 inch). The procedure takes one hour and there is no downtime. Liposonix is not for everyone and is not a replacement for well done liposuction no matter what type you choose. If you have more than one area that you would like to have liposuction on then Liposonix may not be the most cost effective or best way to go. However Liposonix works very well on smaller targeted amounts of fat with VERY good results.

David Amron, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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smartlipo is surgery and the other is a non invasive method fat reduction and it actually works limited to very small amounts.

Sherwood Baxt, MD
Paramus Plastic Surgeon

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