What is Smart Lipo: Pros and Cons of the Procedure

What is Smart Lipo

Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States today. Millions of Americans have benefited from this procedure, and millions more are curious but haven’t yet booked their consultation appointments to learn more.

Something new on the scene, however, is a procedure called Smart Lipo. In contrast to liposuction, Smart Lipo is less invasive and more appropriate for patients who want only a slight change in the contours of their body.

The following guide will outline what Smart Lipo is, what it is in contrast to liposuction, and what the overall pros and cons are of this procedure.


You may see Smart Lipo referred to as Smartlipo or even laser lipolysis or laser liposuction. Essentially, it is a form of laser-assisted lipolysis.

Your surgeon will make a discrete incision in the target area where you would like to reduce volume, and a thin tube will be inserted into the incision.

In turn, thermal laser energy will be passed through the laser fiber of the tube, and the fat cells will be targeted. Smart Lipo basically “melts away” fat. Some will be removed via gentle suction while other fat will simply tighten and coagulate. The result is a smoother, tighter, firmer appearance of the body overall with skin tightening.


Smart Lipo is best for those stubborn areas where fat seems to accumulate. These can be different for every individual.

But generally speaking, we’re talking about the upper arms, lower abdomen, buttocks, thighs, chin, and love handle area. All of these areas can be improved with Smart Lipo.


Smart lipoEssentially, if you are interested in reducing stubborn areas of fat on your body and tighten skin, Smart Lipo may be for you.

Both Smart Lipo and traditional liposuction target stubborn pockets of fat. For example, if you tend to gather fat cells in your lower abdomen, on your thighs, or on your buttocks or upper arms, liposuction as a fat removal process can help.

What’s important to keep in mind is that liposuction is not for individuals who are looking to lose a considerable amount of fat. Basically, you should be within close range of your target weight. The best candidates are those who have tried exercise and dieting but who have been unsuccessful at removing those last few pounds with these efforts.

Furthermore, in order to decide between Smart Lipo and traditional liposuction, consider where you are on the spectrum. Basically, liposuction is best for those who have more volume to reduce while Smart Lipo helps with just a small amount of volume that you want to lose.


The best way to know whether Smart Lipo or traditional liposuction are best for you? Book a consultation appointment with Dr. Raja Mohan. He’ll be able to give you a physical examination and speak with you about your goals, then come up with the optimal solution for your needs.


Deciding whether or not Smart Lipo is for you can be a challenge. Check out the pros and cons below to help you choose, then book your consultation appointment with Dr. Mohan to be sure.


  • LESS INVASIVE: Generally speaking, although incisions still need to be made with Smart Lipo, the procedure is overall less invasive than traditional liposuction procedures .

  • SHORTER RECOVERY TIME: Of course, liposuction doesn’t have too long of a recovery period, but Smart Lipo’s recovery period is even shorter.

  • AWAKE DURING YOUR PROCEDURE: Because Smart Lipo is not as invasive, the patient does not need to be put under for the procedure.


  • Not for significant pockets of fat: It’s better to get traditional liposuction if you have significant pockets of fat that you would like to reduce.


It’s important to reiterate how close Smart Lipo and traditional liposuction are. Basically, the core differences that Smart Lipo uses more of a laser-based approach. That’s why it’s often called laser-assisted liposuction. Generally speaking, again, if you only have a small amount of fat removal that you would like to reduce, Smart Lipo may be better.

Another similarity between the two procedures is the body areas that can be improved. Both Smart Lipo and traditional liposuction can target pockets of fat removal on the chin, love handles, upper arms, lower abdomen, buttocks, and thighs — as well as many other areas.

Finally, don’t forget that both procedures are technically surgeries. While you can remain awake during the Smart Lipo, it still requires the use of anesthesia and involves incisions and specific care and downtime during recovery. Just remember that Smart Lipo uses local anesthesia while traditional liposuction uses general anesthesia.

Questions and Answers

Is Smart lipo as effective as liposuction?

Smart Lipo and traditional liposuction are both methods of removing excess fat from the body, but they differ in the technique used to achieve this goal.

Both Smart Lipo and traditional liposuction can be effective in removing unwanted fat from the body. However, the effectiveness of the procedure depends on several factors, including the amount of fat being removed, the location of the fat, the patient’s overall health, and the skill of the surgeon performing the procedure. 

Smart Lipo may be a better option for patients who have smaller areas of fat that need to be removed, as well as for those who prefer a minimally invasive procedure with a shorter recovery time.

Traditional liposuction may be a better option for patients who have larger areas of fat that need to be removed or for those who require more significant body contouring.

Ultimately, the decision between Smart Lipo and traditional liposuction should be made in consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon, who can help determine the best approach for achieving the patient’s desired results while minimizing risks and maximizing safety.

How long does SmartLipo last?

Smart lipo procedureSmartLipo does not prevent new fat cells from forming in the treated area. If a patient gains weight after the procedure, new fat cells may form in the treated area, which can result in a change in the appearance of the treated area.

To maintain the results of SmartLipo, patients should adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a balanced diet. This can help prevent new fat cells from forming in the treated area and help maintain the results of the procedure over the long term.

How much fat does Smart lipo remove?

The amount of fat that can be removed with SmartLipo will vary depending on the individual patient and the specific areas being treated. However, in general, SmartLipo is most effective for removing small to moderate amounts of fat.


Is smart lipo right for you? Sometimes, you need to speak directly with a qualified plastic surgeon to know whether or not a procedure will benefit you specifically or whether something else will be even better. Dr. Raja Mohan’s pedigree and credentials are proof of his outstanding qualities as a leading Dallas board-certified plastic surgeon in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area.

His patients admire and appreciate his genial bedside manner, warm demeanor, and, most notably, his skilled hands and extensive expertise.

To find out more about the smart lipo procedure or traditional liposuction, please call us at (469) 747-2470 to book your consultation appointment with Dr. Raja Mohan. He operates in the Fort Worth, Plano, Irving, Grapevine, Arlington, Southlake, Coppell, Frisco, and Dallas areas.


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