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SmartLipo is a type of non-invasive laser-assisted liposuction treatment devised by American company Cynosure, Inc. in 2006. Laser-assisted lipolysis systems are highly effective for disrupting fat cells and tissue tightening through coagulation as part of a liposuction procedure.[1]


In 2006, Cynosure, Inc., a light-based aesthetic and medical treatment equipment manufacturer from the United States, developed the first laser for tumescent liposculpture named SmartLipo.[2] In November 2009, after all necessary tests were done, SmartLipo got the approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration for use in treatments and intended for the surgical incision, excision, vaporization, ablation, and coagulation of soft tissue.[3]


SmartLipo laser liposuction technology is a method that purports to improve the results of liposuction surgery, a claim that is not universally accepted by many surgeons.. It uses a calibrated laser to liquefy fat deposits through the top layers of the patient's skin.[4] The laser actually ruptures fat cells, and the resulting liquid substance is then removed through a tiny incision in the skin.[5] The small laser can also seal blood vessels as it cuts fat, possibly reducing swelling, bleeding and bruising.[6] Recent researchs have shown that a small amount of fat is reabsorbed back into the body.[7] It is performed with either general, regional, or local anesthesia.[8]

Post-operative period[edit]

Recovery after the procedure consists of several stages,[9] and begins as soon as the procedure is done. Compression bandages are commonly used in recovery process, since they help in healing by preventing the affected tissues from shifting after the procedure, and also prevent blood coagulation.[10]

Risks and side effects[edit]

As with any medical procedure, there are some risks and side effects associated with the procedure. They are most commonly mild and temporary and may include bruising, swelling and a small discomfort. Other risks include infections, scars, blisters and burns, as well as the potential fat necrosis.[11]

Since it was presented in North America and got FDA-approved, there have been a number of complications specific to the technique due to thermal burns from the laser. Critics of the use of lasers with liposuction surgery feel that the devices add time, increase costs, increase complications, and have no clear advantage over traditional tumescent liposuction procedures.

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  1. ^ Adato, Allison; Matsumoto, Nancy (2006). "The New Lipo: Has the fat met its match?". People: 87, 88, 89, 90. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "History of Smartlipo/Liposculpture also known as Tumescent Lipo". Body Care. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  3. ^ 510(K) Summary. Food and Drug Administration. 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "How SmartLipo™ Works". smartlipo. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Elle Beauty Body Health". Elle. 2006. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Dr. Bill Johnson Features SmartLipo MPX, Alternative Liposuction on Fox 4 News (in English). United States: Fox 4 News. 2009. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Fact Sheet - SmartLipo". Gateway Laser Center. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Smartlipo: Zapping the fat". Janie Lawrence. The Telegraph. February 2, 2008. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "SmartLipo Downtime". SmartLipo. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "SmartLipo Post-Operative Care". SmartLipo. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Laser Liposuction (SmartLipo, Slim Lipo, Cool Lipo, ProLipo Plus): Is it for You?". Scott R. Miller. Your Plastic Surgery Guide. Retrieved 16 December 2012.