What is the Success Rate of Smart Lip when Compared to Traditional Liposuction Techniques?

What areas of the body does Smart Lipo have by far the best results over other other procedures?

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Smart Lipo vs. Traditional Liposuction

It's very true that the person performing the procedure is more important than the technology, however, Smart Lipo does give a few advantages. 

1.  For patients who have fat but a little loose skin the laser component of Smart Lipo does a nice job of tightening the skin with the liposuction.  It has saved many patients the need to have a tummy tuck with their liposucton.

2.  We find it is better for the chin and neck area than traditional liposuction alone.  Many patients of opted for this vs. surgery for the loose tissue under the chin and done wonderfully without the down time of surgery.

Chase Lay, MD

Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

Liposuction Technique Success Rates?

Thank you for the question.

Most well trained experienced board-certified plastic surgeons will agree that it is not the tool that makes a difference but the “fool behind the tool”. On the other hand, surgeons looking for a “gimmick” will make claims that there “miracle technology” has better success rates.

Choose your surgeon, not a specific technology, carefully.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,498 reviews

Smartlipo and Traditional Lipo Both Work Well. It is the judgment and hands of the surgeon that matter most.

The most important factor to consider when choosing a liposuction technique is not the technique itself but, rather, the judgment, skill, and experience of the physician performing the liposuction.

A highly trained and skilled physician (ie. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon or Dermatologic Surgeon) can achieve excellent liposuction results in a properly selected patient with a variety of techniques including traditional tumescent liposuction, laser assisted liposuction (eg. Smartlipo, Prolipo), ultrasonic assisted liposuction (e.g. Vaser), power assisted liposuction, etc. At this point in time, there is no clear scientific evidence or consensus that one technique is better than another.

Choose your surgeon and facility wisely, and be wary of marketing hype. 

Larry Fan, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

What is the success rate of Smart Lipo when compared to traditional liposuction?

Smart Lipo is a procedure which is directly driven by industry and marketing. The  laser has not significanrly contributed to the improvent in results but has created new complications and problems. We can get good results with less probles and less cost with the tumescent technique. 

Farhad Rafizadeh, MD
Morristown Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 48 reviews


I always state that Smartlipo, Vaaser, PAL, tumescent standard, can all give you the same results.  It is not the wand but the magician waving the wand that creates the magic.

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

What areas of the body does Smart Lipo have by far the best results over other other procedures?

SmartLipo, SlimLipo etc are all forms of LAL, laser assisted liposuction, in which a VERY hot laser-heated fiber is passed slowly and repeatedly through the fat in an effort to cook the fat (along with adjacent nerves and blood vessels) as well as warm the overlying skin hoping to shrink it. Unfortunately, despite the technology being out there for over 7 years, there are NO blind industry influence free scientific studies that show that laser lipo is better than all other forms of lipo (including VASER ot standard tumescent lipo) NOR that it really shrinks skin. The many poor and hard to correct results of burned and dimpled skin caused by laser lipo done elsewhere come through our offices and as a result LESS than 3% of real board-certified Plastic surgeons use this technology.

I would advise you to forget about Dumblipo and look for a good liposuction surgeon rather than have the technology company refer you to one of its customers trying to get back some of the 160,000 dollars paid for one of these machines.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Laser liposuction vs traditional liposuction

A substantial amount of the laser liposuction procedures being performed are not being done by real plastic surgeons.  As such, the training of these doctors may be deficient and they may not even be surgeons at all.  Thus, many bad results are being seen from laser liposuction clinics.

Also, the most important aspects in getting a great liposuction result are not the technology, but rather, the skill of the surgeon, the quality of the patient's skin, the focus on high points rather than general obesity, and the need to stay relatively conservative keeping some fat on the skin for smooth healing.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Successful results with Laser Liposuctions have dropped a lot.

Laser liposuctions are turning up many of the bad results seen in liposuction procedures today causing dimpling, puckered skin and burns.  It is becoming less used by lipo experts and getting to be the cheapest liposuctions advertised out there for obvious reasons.  Some docs can still do a decent job with laser lipos but it is not the norm.  Sincerely,

David Hansen,MD

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

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