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)
- 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
- Discomfort level
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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Frequently Asked Questions
In London and Nottingham. You can have a consultation with a botonics doctor at any of our clinics, but SmartLipo needs to be done in specially configured facilities.
SmartLipo can be used to improve virtually any pocket of fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. This includes areas traditional Liposuction could not treat, such as the backs of the arms, the inner thighs, the upper part of the abdomen and the neck/jawline. SmartLipo is able to treat these areas because it is minimally invasive and less traumatic, so the delicate nerves and blood vessels undergo significantly less trauma
No. Surgery or mesotherapy injections are the only solution to fat deposits under the eyes
A micro-incision is made to allow the 1mm flexible, optic fibre to be inserted under the skin into the fat pocket to be treated. A laser (hence the term laser lipolysis) is then sent through the optic fibre, guided round the trouble spots where it melts fat cells while leaving all the other healthy cells intact. The laser then fires 10,000 pulses per second at three different spectrums. The first pulse melts the fat cell, the second pulse seals the blood vessels to minimise bleeding and the final pulse stimulates collagen to tighten and tone the skin. Contrast this with traditional Liposuction which effectively scrapes the fat using a 3-6mm metal cannula leaving a visible scar, subcutaneous hollows, internal bleeding and loose skin
The level of discomfort experienced by our clients ranges from moderate to virtually painless. Your botonics doctor will anaesthetise the surface of your skin at the entry area, then inject an anaesthetic into the fat layer that will be treated. Those clients that have experienced resistance to local anaesthetics (e.g. when having dental work) may experience a similar resistance to the local anaesthetic we use for SmartLipo treatment. The laser acts on the fat cells without affecting the nerve endings, so discomfort is significantly reduced relative to Liposuction. Some clients describe the sensation as tugging, scraping or a sensation of pressure
Since it is minimally invasive and done under a local anaesthetic, SmartLipo treatment usually takes less than an hour per area treated. We ask clients to allow anywhere from one and half to three hours from arrival time at the clinic until they are on their way home. You are awake during the entire process and all you will feel is some tugging and pressure as your botonics doctor sculpts the fat melting laser around the treated area. Note, however, that because of sedatives and local anaesthetic, you may feel a bit shakey after the procedure and so you should not drive a car within 24 hours
For the convenience of our clients, we offer evening and weekend consultations, so you don't have to take any time off of work. SmartLipo procedures can take place Monday through Friday.
Most of it is aspirated (suctioned) out as a last step in the procedure. The walls of the fat cells are melted by the laser lipolysis and they are converted into a thick, oily liquid. The liquid that is not aspirated on the day is eliminated naturally through your lymphatic and blood systems over the subsequent few weeks. Traditional Liposuction scrapes the fat and vacuums it out, leaving subcutaneous hollows and loose skin.
While we advise clients to not have any commitment for a couple of days after treatment, many clients actually return to work a day or two after SmartLipo treatment.
All ages can be treated. Provided you are reasonably healthy, age is really no restriction. People aged 18 – 80 have benefited from SmartLipo. Good results depend more on your level of physical activity, health and skin tone than biological age.
Yes. You need to be in generally good health, ideally carry out regular exercise, have good eating habits and your weight should not exceed 25% of your ideal weight. Your blood, heart, liver and kidneys should be free from any disorders and your should not be taking any anticoagulants or be diabetic. You should not be taking steroids or anti-inflammatory medications for more than a few days. Your full medical history will be discussed with your botonics doctor during your consultation to confirm that you're suitable for SmartLipo treatment.
No. A local anaesthetic is injected to the target area. You remain awake from beginning to end but thanks to oral sedatives and painkillers, you will be relaxed and largely pain free throughout the procedure.
You will need to wear support garments or bandages for about two weeks after SmartLipo treatment. Traditional Liposuction ruptures veins creating haematomas (blood clots) that require compression bandages to be worn for four weeks or more. This is highly inconvenient for the client. SmartLipo seals the veins through laser pulses, virtually eliminating haematomas and the need for compression bandages. Bruising and swelling is also significantly reduced under SmartLipo treatment.
Provided you have aspiration, the bulk of the results are visible in two weeks. Immediately after SmartLipo treatment, you will be a bit swollen from the anaesthetic and trauma to the fat cells. This will go away in 24 - 48 hours after SmartLipo. Any residual melted fat will be absorbed and eliminated through your body's natural metabolic processes over a period of two months after SmartLipo. We recommend that you have several sessions of lymphatic drainage massage after your procedure, to help speed the results and reduce the swelling.
You will probably be left with a very small scar about 4mm in length for each incision point. For most people, this scar completely fades or becomes invisible with time, although this depends on each individual client's reaction to scarring.
No. One of the great advantages of SmartLipo is that the laser actually stimulates the cells that produce collagen and elastin fibres, tightening and toning the skin from the inside. Traditional Liposuction leaves subcutaneous hollows and a feeling of loose or baggy skin since it scrapes and vacuums out fat cells. SmartLipo melts cells so there are no hollows. In fact, we have done a large number of corrective SmartLipo procedures to clients who have been left with uneven or rippling skin following Liposuction.
No. Both SmartLipo and traditional Liposuction are not appropriate for significant weight loss. Diet and exercise are the best approach to treat obesity.
Yes. Your body will not produce any new fat cells to replace the ones melted by SmartLipo. However, you still need to maintain a healthy diet since excess calories will result in a swelling of other remaining fat cells in the body.
No. Though SmartLipo is minimally invasive and low risk, it is still a serious medical treatment and we require our clients to consider all the alternatives and risks before proceeding. If both you and your botonics doctor are happy to proceed following your consultation, your SmartLipo treatment can be booked in for the next available slot after your consultation.
No. We currently only offer SmartLipo at our clinics in London Harley Street and Nottingham. However, you can receive your SmartLipo consultation with a botonics doctor at any of our partner Clinic locations.
Yes. Unlike traditional Liposuction, the same area can be treated in successive sessions. In fact, when larger areas of fat need to be addressed, a course of SmartLipo treatments is likely the best option to sculpt the final result. You must wait two months to see the full affect of your treatment after which additional treatments to the same area are possible. Your botonics doctor can discuss the best course of treatment for you.
No. SmartLipo has been used to successfully treat thousands of clients worldwide since 2000. It is new to the UK having been introduced in late 2006. We were among the first to offer the procedure and are still one of the most experienced in the country.
No. SmartLipo procedures are undertaken at our botonics clinics in Harley Street and Nottingham. These are private and discrete doctors surgeries
SmartLipo is also referred to as laser lipolysis, laser lipo or LipoSmart. All these terms refer to the same technology and treatment.
Provided your hormone levels are stabilised by medication then yes you can still have SmartLipo treatment.
You can have a SmartLipo consultation with a botonics Practitioner at any one of our Clinic partners across greater London.
Much less than traditional Liposuction. The exact cost will depend on the extent of the treatment. Most people find that a single SmartLipo session is all they need. If a large volume or several areas need SmartLipo, a multi-session treatment course and pricing plan tailored to your specific needs can be designed during your botonics consultation. Financing is available for SmartLipo treatments.
The only potential extra costs for you could be a short course of antibiotics. Otherwise, the price quoted to you by botonics includes the consultation, SmartLipo treatment, clinical photographs, all follow up visits and all applicable taxes.