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Smart Lipo

Smart Lipo (aka laser liposuction, laser lipo and SmartLipo) is a fantastic new technology to safely and permanently remove those stubborn pockets of fat most of us seem to have. It is available in the UK from botonics at our prestigious Harley Street clinic, in the heart of London’s premier private medical community. Because SmartLipo is done under a local anaesthetic, no overnight hospital stay is required and you can return to work within a day or two. With aspiration (suction) the results of the procedure are visible as soon as swelling subsides, usually within about a week. Suitable for both men and women, Smart Lipo can be used to treat virtually any area of the body, including:

  • Upper and lower abdomen
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Lower back (love handles)
  • Chest (for men)
  • Neck/jawline
  • Backs of the arms

With Smart Lipo, a 1mm cannula containing a fibre optic cable is inserted under the skin. The optic fibre is then guided through the treatment area by a skilled botonics doctor. Laser energy delivered through the optic fibre melts the fat cells, which are then broken down and aspirated (suctioned). Unlike liposuction, the laser only destroys fat cells, leaving all other healthy cells intact.

After a liposuction treatment, the skin over the treated area tends to be loose and saggy. However, with Smart Lipo the laser stimulates collagen production in the skin, tightening and toning from the inside, resulting in a smoother, firmer result.

We have unrivalled experience performing Smart Lipo procedures since we were among the pioneers to bring Smart Lipo to the UK in 2006, which is one of the 10 reasons why you should choose botonics for your Smart Lipo procedure. For more detailed information, please take a look at our Smart Lipo Frequently Asked Questions section.

Smart Lipo versus Traditional Liposuction

Smart Lipo is superior to traditional liposuction in virtually every way imaginable, including

  • Safety
  • Cost
  • Downtime
  • Discomfort level
  • Bruising
  • Scarring

Most importantly, Smart Lipo is safer than traditional liposuction because it is done under a local anaesthetic rather than a general anaesthetic. This means that no overnight hospital stay is required and so Smart Lipo is done on a purely out-patient basis. Also, traditional liposuction is a very physical process, scraping fat from the body while Smart Lipo gently melts fat which is later aspirated or suctioned from the treated area. Since it is a less physical process, Smart Lipo can safely be used around parts of the body with critical organs and arteries such as the jawline/neck, upper abdomen and inner thighs.

Smart Lipo is less costly than traditional liposuction because no anaesthetist or overnight hospital stay is required. The room in which the procedure takes place does need to be specially designed and approved, but Smart Lipo procedures do not require a full general anaesthetic surgical theatre which further reduces the cost to you.

Smart Lipo results in much less downtime because the procedure is less traumatic to the body. Traditional liposuction physically scrapes the fat from the treated area, causing internal bleeding and nerve damage. Smart Lipo heats up the individual fat cells and melts them, leaving surrounding nerves virtually unharmed and sealing the blood vessels minimising bruising. As a result, most people are back at work within a few days of a Smart Lipo procedure rather than being confined to bed for several weeks as is normal for traditional liposuction.

Smart Lipo causes much less discomfort than traditional liposuction. While it is true that some clients are slightly anxious about being awake during the procedure, once the treatment areas are anaesthetised clients are quite relaxed. The big advantage of Smart Lipo comes after the procedure, when discomfort is significantly better relative to traditional liposuction. This improvement is again due to the unique way Smart Lipo gently melts fat rather than bluntly abrading it. The result is less damage, which means the body has less trauma to repair resulting in reduced bruising and swelling.

Smart Lipo procedures are usually completely without scars. Traditional liposuction requires the use of larger tubes or cannulas around 3-6mm in diameter. By contrast, the instrument used for Smart Lipo is a fine, fibre optic cable of only 1mm in diameter.

 

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Summary of treatment

  • Procedure time
  • Anaesthetic
  • Hospital stay
  • Sensitivity period
  • Back to work
  • Full recovery
  • Duration of results

Risks & Complications

Bleeding, swelling, asymmetry, infection.