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Since liposuction is a method for removing unwanted fat, many people assume that it is a also good way to lose weight. Unfortunately, liposuction is not a magic solution to getting to a healthy weight.

There are many factors in the success of liposuction, and it is not as simple as weight loss. Here are some reasons why SmartlipoTM really should not be considered a way to achieve overall weight loss.

Smartlipo Is Best for Problem Areas

This method of laser liposuction was designed to help patients cope with isolated pockets of fat, which do not respond to diet and exercise. These “problem areas” often occur in the hips, stomach, thighs, and arm areas, and are especially difficult to resolve naturally for some people, especially those over 40.

How the Results Work

Laser liposuction is also known as liposculpture, because of the way the procedure works. While the surgery does not usually remove large amounts of fat, it does help to re-contour the treated areas, making for a slimmer, smoother, and sleeker appearance.

This can produce the appearance of weight loss (in terms of inches lost), when the amount of fat removed is actually minimal in terms of pounds. Read more about Smartlipo.

Skin Retraction

When people lose weight naturally, the process is usually gradual (except in cases of post-bariatric patients and those who very quickly lose extreme amounts of weight). This allows the skin to retract slowly, avoiding sagging of skin that cannot re-shape itself properly over the body’s new smaller size.

When too much fat is extracted at one time using liposuction, the result can be the same. Smartlipo avoids this problem by using the heat of the laser to encourage skin retraction in the collagen layer. This is only possible because localized pockets of fat are removed rather than a means of overall weight loss.


Smartlipo is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require much recovery time following the surgery. This is possible due to the focused nature of the treatment, and the fact that only small incisions are used to access the unwanted fat.

Laser lipo is usually performed using local anesthetic, which helps cut down on the recovery time as well. If larger areas are treated using this method, recovery can be expected to be more extensive.

Post-Procedure Maintenance

One of the most compelling reasons that liposuction does not work for significant weight loss is the fact that the procedure does not prevent future weight gain. Patients who have good fitness levels and calorie-controlled diets have the best chances for success following Smartlipo, as these patients are already dedicated to maintaining the results of surgery with healthy habits.

Choose the Right Cosmetic Surgeon

If a plastic surgeon tells you it’s possible to lose a lot of weight with Smartlipo, be very wary. The procedure can produce great results for good candidates, but it is not appropriate for obese patients or for removing large volumes of fat.

If you think you may be a good candidate for laser liposuction, visit our New York, NY or Commack, Long Island offices for a consultation with one of our expert surgeons.

*Smartlipo is a trademark of Cynosure, Inc.