What is Smartlipo?
The SmartLipo procedure in Atlanta, GA, also known as laser lipo, or laser fat removal, is a popular, non-invasive procedure that removes stubborn fat from your body. SmartLipo provides speedy results and is a very effective treatment for both men and women who are at a relatively normal weight but have isolated pockets of fat that they can’t eliminate through diet and exercise alone. Dr. Marisa Lawrence utilizes laser-assisted liposuction for effective, smooth, and safe fat removal, allowing for exciting results with a less invasive surgical option compared to standard liposuction. SmartLipo can oftentimes be performed in the office under local anesthesia. The procedure is designed to help you reveal a thinner abdomen, neck, face, upper arms, waist, and/or legs. If this sounds like the procedure you’ve been looking for, schedule your consultation with Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Marisa Lawrence in Atlanta, GA.
"Pleased with Getting to Meet Dr. Lawrence - I was really impressed that I got to speak directly to the doctor. I went to Sono Bello, and only met with a consultant. I haven't had a procedure yet, I'm going with the smartlipo, I'm sure I will be pleased with the results"- R. / RealSelf / Nov 28, 2018
"I was looking to get what trans* individuals refer to as "top surgery" with Marisa Lawrence. It was advised that a method called "Laser Liposuction" would work best for me as they used that method on men who had gynecomastia. They wound up doing a combination of laser liposuction and periaereolar; that is, incisions below both nipples were made and extra breast tissue was removed to sculpt my chest in the most masculine form possible. I had this surgery done before being on testosterone for very long (I had been undergoing HRT for about 2.5 months before surgery) so my pectoral muscles were not yet fully developed. I was pleased with my results in that my chest looked as perfect as I could have imagined. A bonus effect of the surgery that they reassured me of the fact that the laser reduction would shrink/reduce the sensitivity of my nipples as well which was something that concerned me. The staff is extremely LGBT friendly and I would highly recommend this business practice to anyone looking to get a similar surgery or even full mastectomy for larger breasts (I had small breasts to begin with). My partner also got a non nipple sparing mastectomy and it looks phenomenal now. Their instructions for healing were fantastic and I wound up with nearly non-existant scars. I am guessing they will fully disappear in a matter of time. Thank you, Marisa Lawrence, for helping me get one step closer to becoming the person I've always wanted to be."- S. / RealSelf / Jun 19, 2017
"Periareolar (Keyhole) Top Surgery for Trans*Masculine Individual - I was looking to get what trans* individuals refer to as "top surgery" with Marisa Lawrence. It was advised that a method called "Laser Liposuction" would work best for me as they used that method on men who had gynecomastia. They wound up doing a combination of laser liposuction and periaereolar; that is, incisions below both nipples were made and extra breast tissue was removed to sculpt my..."- S. / RealSelf / Oct 16, 2016
Who is a good candidate for Smartlipo?
Smartlipo isn't a weight loss solution. You will see a remarkable decrease in your problem areas that don't respond well to diet and exercise, but it is imperative that you don't rely solely on this procedure for weight loss or management. If you are eligible for traditional liposuction, you are probably an ideal candidate for Smartlipo as well. Those who will most benefit from Smartlipo fit the following criteria:
- Are in good overall health
- Are within 25 pounds of their ideal body weight
- Have realistic expectations
- Have a healthy diet and exercise routine
How is the procedure performed?
Smartlipo, like regular liposuction, still requires the use of a cannula (fat cell suctioning device) and incisions. However, due to the laser lipolysis technology, both the cannula and incisions are smaller than those of regular liposuction. During the surgery, Dr. Lawrence will pass the laser handpiece around the treatment area beneath the skin. As the fat cells come into contact with the beams of the laser, they will begin to swell and liquefy. Dr. Lawrence will then remove the fat cells via the cannula. The laser lipolysis system also stimulates collagen production, which assists in tightening and toning the skin during recovery.
What can I expect during and after the procedure?
Even though the Smartlipo procedure is minimally invasive, it will still need to be performed by an accredited surgeon in a safe and clean setting. The anesthesia that will be used for your Smartlipo procedure will vary, depending on the areas to be treated. The procedure will last about an hour per area. Upon the completion of the surgery, you can expect some discomfort, as well as swelling and bruising. These symptoms are normal and will most likely fade in the coming weeks. Optimal results will be noticeable about six weeks post-procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Smartlipo cost?
As is the case with all cosmetic procedures, the cost of your Smartlipo treatment will depend on your aesthetic goals, the number of areas to be treated, and other factors. After your consultation, a member of our team will be able to provide you with an estimate that will more closely reflect the price of your procedure.
What are the ideal areas to treat with Smartlipo?
Smartlipo can be used in many treatment areas with great precision. This includes areas, such as the jowls, neck, or underneath the chin, as well as the arms, back, buttocks, hips, flanks, and abdomen.
Can I combine Smartlipo with other procedures?
Absolutely, many patients add Smartlipo to their surgical plan when planning for cosmetic surgeries, such as breast augmentation, body contouring, or facial plastic surgeries.
Will I lose weight from Smartlipo?
It is important to remember that Smartlipo, or even the traditional liposuction method, is not a long-term weight loss solution. While the removal of excess fat will result in lower body weight, you should be at or near your desired body weight before undergoing Smartlipo.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $2,600
- Recovery Time
- 5-7 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
The smarter way to lipo
If you have been working hard to drop weight in problem areas, such as the lower tummy, hips, and thighs without success, Smartlipo may be the answer you seek. With Smartlipo, you can sculpt your body you desire without the recovery period required following standard liposuction. For more information about Smartlipo with Dr. Lawrence, please contact Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA.