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Liposuction has remained one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries for many years. It has undergone many different evolutions over the years, with new techniques emerging on a regular basis.

This is a positive development for patients, as it allows for greater customization and better results, however the wealth of choices can sometimes be overwhelming.

SmartLipo laser liposuction is a relative newcomer on the scene, and those considering this gentle technique may be curious as to how SmartLipo differs from traditional liposuction.

Let’s clear up this confusion by comparing Smartlipo and liposuction.


SmartLipo and traditional liposuction are used for the same purpose: to remove fat cells and contour the body. Neither technique is used for major weight loss. SmartLipo, in particular, is designed for patients who are at or near their ideal weight and struggle with “problem areas”.

Technique & Technology

Traditional liposuction involves suctioning out fat through an incision that may be quite large. This technique can remove quite a bit of fat, but it does not tighten the skin and produces quite a bit of trauma.

SmartLipo uses a gentle laser to liquefy fat and gently suction it out through a tiny incision. The heat from the laser makes it easier to remove melted fat cells and contour the body, while encouraging the skin to tighten following surgery.

Downtime & Invasiveness

SmartLipo is often praised for the short downtime and minimally-invasive procedure involved. Traditional liposuction is typically performed under general anesthesia, while SmartLipo can be performed under local anesthesia and an oral sedative (a less expensive and safer alternative).

The “downtime” or recovery periods differ dramatically as well–SmartLipo allows patients to return to normal activities within a few days, while traditional liposuction can involve several weeks of recovery time. In addition, trauma from traditional liposuction can result in much more bleeding and potential scarring.


Traditional liposuction produces dramatic results for larger areas of fat, while Smartlipo is gentler and well-suited to smaller, medium, and large problem areas. Both techniques require that the patient maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep up the results of the surgery.

Choose A SmartLipo Expert

Even more important than the technique, is the surgeon performing the procedure. At our surgical facility in Long Island, New York, our SmartLipo experts specialize in the procedure and offer great results to a range of patient demographics.

For more information on Smartlipo laser liposuction with our specialists, call our appointment centers in Long Island and Manhattan NYC to schedule your free consultation.



*Smartlipo is a trademark of Cynosure, Inc.