SmartLipo refers to laser-assisted liposuction, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The SmartLipo laser is the first laser approved by the FDA for fat dissolution. It was first introduced in 2007 and is a less invasive way to perform liposuction.
In laser-assisted liposuction, a laser probe is inserted into fatty tissue in the treatment area through small incisions in the skin. A burst of energy flows through the probe and liquefies the fat, which is then suctioned out of the body, says the American Society of Plastic Surgery.
The technology offers a less-invasive way to perform liposuction. It reduces healing time and has fewer side effects, states Stephanie Watson for HowStuffWorks. It works best on smaller "problem areas" in patients who are already at an appropriate height and weight but have spots that remain fatty regardless of how much they diet and exercise. Areas that can be effectively treated include the face, jowls, neck, back and arms. It can also be used to treat gynecomastia, which is the development of breast tissue in men, and tighten loose skin. Soreness and mild bruising are common after the procedure, though most people can return to work within a day or two. Avoid strenuous exercise or activity for two weeks post-procedure.