SmartLipo™ is a term used to describe laser-assisted liposuction. The procedure is performed using a very small, 1 mm laser fibre that emits gentle laser energy which heats, liquefies and coagulates the fat. In addition, blood vessels are also sealed, allowing for easy extraction with less pain, swelling and bruising than traditional, old-fashioned tumescent liposuction.
Figure 1. SmartLipo™ laser assisted energy devicesSmartLipo™ is used to heat under the skin, as well as liquefy and coagulate the fat. Heating of the skin will provide 17% area skin contraction with increased collagen, elastin and skin tightening. This provides much more assurance to the overall body, shape and contour than old-fashioned liposuction, where rather primitive and traumatic extraction of the fat was performed, with no reciprocal contraction of the soft tissue, leading to skin laxity.
Figure 2. The tiny SmartLipo™ laser fiber is used to heat and liquefy the fat tissue and seal the small blood vessels. This liquefied fat can be removed gently with less trauma, swelling and bruising.Dr. Mulholland’s advanced SmartLipo™ laser lipolysis facilitates optimal soft tissue contour and shape.How is SmartLipo™ performed?SmartLipo™ laser-assisted liposuction is generally performed either under local anesthesia with oral sedation or local anesthesia with IV or general sedation. Local anesthesia is inserted into the area of unwanted fat. The fat then becomes totally anesthetic, allowing the energy-assisted device to be inserted into the fat and begin the laser heating and coagulation. The fiber is also used to heat under the skin stimulating 17% area skin tightening.Once laser coagulation has been completed, this liquefied, coagulated fat is immediately aspirated with a gentle, small, blunt-nose tipped microcannula.
Figure 3. The SmartLipo laser fiber is used to heat under the skin and provide skin contraction and tightening for improved soft tissue contour.
Who is a candidate for SmartLipo™?
The best candidates are those individuals who have unwanted depositions of fat that detract from ideal shape and contour and have tried their best at diet and exercise to modify their shape and figure. Good candidates should be medically healthy and have realistic expectations.
What kind of anesthetic is used during SmartLipo™?
SmartLipo™ is most often performed under tumescent local anesthesia. Tumescent local anesthesia is an extremely dilute local anesthetic that is then inserted gently into the fat, distending the fat and providing loss of sensation during the procedure.The tumescent anesthesia also distends and expands the fat cells, exposing them to the laser energy of SmartLipo™.
Is the SmartLipo™ procedure painful?
Modern SmartLipo™ laser assisted liposuction, pre-coagulates and liquefy the fat, turning it into a sort of “fat, mango milkshake” and this is very easy to aspirate, making it a very gentle procedure. The procedure has been shown in peer-reviewed medical studies to be less painful and have less discomfort, bruising and swelling than old-fashioned liposuction techniques where energy is not used. This means much less pain, mild bruising and much quicker return to work and activities.
Figure 4. A. The Smartlipo™ laser energy seals small blood vessels, reducing bruising and allowing gentle removal of the liquefied fat. B. The liquid fat has been removed, so the tissue is smooth and virtually free of any fat.
Depending on the thickness of the localized areas of fat to be contoured, the procedure often takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes per area and multiple areas are usually performed.
How long is the recovery following SmartLipo™?
SmartLipo™ generally has a very rapid recovery. It is not uncommon for individuals to undergo multiple-area SmartLipo™ liposuction on an afternoon and return to very light, sedentary work/non-work-related activities the following day.The recovery process is also characterized by the patient wearing a post-liposuction garment. Generally, liposuction garments are worn 22 hours a day for three weeks. After three weeks, the liposuction garments are worn for support during the day and left off in the evening and overnight. Patients can return to low-impact activities such as walking, stair climber, ellipticals within the first week or two. Return to high-impact activities such as jogging, running, aggressive weight training and activities such as hot yoga and stretching should wait till the fourth to the sixth week.
What will I look like after?
Immediately after the SmartLipo™ procedure, there will be some swelling, which is contained by your compression garment. There is generally very little bruising following SmartLipo™. Avoidance of aspirin, if possible, three weeks prior to the procedure will minimize the risk of any bruising.
What kind of results can I expect?
Modern liposuction using energy-assisted devices such as SmartLipo™ usually results in very impressive results. Dr. Mulholland is well-known for his advanced liposuction body contouring with SmartLipo™. The focus of Dr. Mulholland’s Toronto liposuction patients should be on improvement in body, shape and contour, not on weight.
Figure 5. SmartLipo™ to the abdomen showing excellent contour improvement and skin contraction.
What are the patients saying about SmartLipo™?
Most patients are extremely happy with the results of their body contouring because they realize no diet and exercise can, in a localized and focal way, reduce unwanted bulges and contours, such as pots, bra lines, love handles, saddlebags, bat wings and inner thigh/inner knee fat the way SmartLipo™ does. Patients are particularly satisfied because of his expertise in assuring the best possible soft tissue contraction after the removal of the fat, ensuring the best possible probability of tight, soft, compact, shapely figure enhancements after liposuction.
How long will the results last?
The results of your SmartLipo™ will be lifelong. The fat that is removed will not return. It is very important to stay within five to ten pounds of your SmartLipo™ weight to ensure permanent contour and figure enhancements.
Is there any maintenance required after SmartLipo™?
Following your SmartLipo™, Dr. Mulholland’s team will use bulk heating radio frequency devices, such as Venus Freeze, Accent®, Exilis®, and the Forma™ or Thermage® Body are deployed in your program to ensure optimal skin contraction and tightness. Once your series of post-operative treatments have been completed, Dr. Mulholland will recommend a single treatment every three months to maintain skin tautness, elasticity and contour.
How much does SmartLipo™ cost?
Dr. Mulholland has a range in liposuction pricing, depending on the size and amount of fat and number of areas to be treated. In general, single-zone SmartLipo™ will start at between $3,999.00 to $6,999.00 for the first zone with subsequent zone discounting for second, third and fourth zones. Generally, depending on the size of the patient and their Body Mass Index, Toronto SmartLipo™ patients can have three to four zones treated with total body contouring for $9,999.00.
Why choose SpaMedica and Dr. Mulholland for my procedure?
Dr. Mulholland has helped develop the SmartLipo™ procedure and has taught hundreds of physicians from around the world. He has more combined energy-assisted devices than any other physician in Canada and is often sought out by patients worldwide for lipo-contouring procedures.In choosing Dr. Mulholland, you’re getting one of the foremost experts in the world in advanced modern liposuction using energy-assisted devices.
How can I show Dr. Mulholland my concerns and see if I am a candidate?
Toronto SmartLipo patients should simply fill out the appointment request form or “ask a question” form and upload up to 3 photos for Dr. Mulholland to review.