Smart Lipo surgery differs from regular liposuction in that the surgeon uses lasers to liquefy the fat to be removed, according to WebMD. In traditional liposuction, a vacuum cannula is used to pull out solid fat. This procedure often results in the loss of blood vessels and other tissue, and can lead to heavy bruising in the area of the operation. With Smart Lipo, the blood vessels are coagulated, and less bruising results.
Smart Lipo also results in less scarring, explains Liposuction.com. This is because the incisions made in the areas to be treated are smaller than in traditional liposuction. All in all, proponents of laser liposuction believe that it causes less pain and a shorter recovery time.
Proponents of Smart Lipo also claim that it stimulates the body to produce its own collagen and elastin, notes WebMD. These are springy substances that keep skin supple and tight. However, other experts decry the risk of burns from the laser. Laser liposuction is used mostly on smaller areas of the body such as the chin, face or jowls, says Liposuction.com.
Smart Lipo is actually the name of a trademarked laser liposuction procedure, according to Liposuction.com. Smart Lipo can be used on larger areas of the body such as the abdomen and the thighs, and it uses two wavelengths of lasers to dissolve fat.