Smart Lipo

Reaching our fitness goals isn’t always easy. Whether it’s genetics, lifestyle factors or aging, our bodies naturally accumulate stubborn pockets of fat that are notoriously hard to get rid of with diet and exercise. There are thousands of fad diets, targeted workout routines and fat-reduction treatments designed to address this common concern, but these problem areas often linger despite our best efforts. As a result, many turn to liposuction to help them achieve the toned physique they’ve worked so hard for.

Liposuction is consistently ranked as one of the most popular surgical procedures for both men and women, and it only rises in popularity as techniques continue to improve. Among the more effective and minimally-invasive approaches to liposuction is SmartLipo, a laser-assisted technique that combines the benefits of traditional liposuction with skin tightening effects that help patients achieve seamless, natural-looking results. At Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Franziska Huettner is proud to offer SmartLipo alongside traditional liposuction, giving her patients more options when it comes to body contouring.

What is SmartLipo?

SmartLipo is an innovative, minimally-invasive procedure that uses advanced laser technology to provide improved fat removal compared to traditional liposuction. As the industry’s gold standard for laser-assisted liposuction, SmartLipo delivers thermal energy that targets and melts fat cells prior to removal, allowing for easier suctioning with a smaller cannula.

What Are The Benefits of SmartLipo?

SmartLipo’s laser technology provides many benefits over other types of liposuction, most notably a skin tightening effect that enhances results. This occurs due to coagulation, which induces collagen retraction for firmer, tighter skin while improving hemostasis to minimize bleeding and bruising. Other benefits of SmartLipo include:

  • Gentle suctioning
  • Smaller cannula minimizes scarring
  • Less bleeding and bruising
  • Fat is removed with more ease
  • Consistently reliable results
  • Less downtime and recovery

When performed by an experienced and capable surgeon such as Dr. Huettner at Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC, you can enjoy beautiful, natural-looking results that will have others guessing what your secret is.

Am I a Good Candidate for SmartLipo?

SmartLipo, much like traditional liposuction, is intended to help patients who are at or near their ideal body weight remove moderate amounts of unwanted fat. As a body-contouring procedure, it’s not a substitute for diet and exercise and isn’t meant to treat obesity. Ideal candidates for SmartLipo are those who:

  • Are at a healthy, stable weight
  • Want to eliminate pockets of stubborn fat
  • Have problem areas that don’t respond to diet or exercise
  • Have good skin elasticity and muscle tone
  • Are in good overall health
  • Want to achieve firmer, tighter skin
  • Have realistic expectations

SmartLipo is FDA-approved for both men and women and can treat numerous areas of the body, including the arms, flanks, abdomen, chin, waist, thighs and buttocks. Dr. Huettner can help you determine if SmartLipo is right for you during an in-person consultation, where she will listen closely to your concerns, needs and aesthetic goals before crafting a treatment plan tailored just for you. As one of New York’s top-caliber plastic surgeons, Dr. Huettner is an expert in body sculpting, combining precision, skill and a gentle touch to craft balanced, well-proportioned results that complement and enhance your natural contours.

What Can I Expect During the Procedure?

Dr. Huettner will perform your SmartLipo procedure under general anesthesia or IV sedation for improved comfort, control and precision. Your treatment areas will be carefully marked and Dr. Huettner will make small, strategically-placed incisions through which she will siphon out unwanted fat using a long, narrow tube called a cannula.

The SmartLipo cannula contains a laser fiber that will target fat cells and melt them from within, allowing for easier removal that is gentler and less invasive than traditional techniques. As the laser delivers energy to destroy fat cells, it has the added benefit of stimulating collagen production, limiting fluid loss through coagulation and tightening the skin for more dramatic results. After sculpting your areas of concern, the incisions will be closed. The small size of the incisions and level of expertise with which Dr. Huettner performs SmartLipo means that any scars will be well hidden and almost imperceptible once healed.

What is the Recovery Like?

The laser technology with SmartLipo allows a gentler approach that limits adverse side effects such as bruising and swelling and smaller incisions produce less trauma. Although you’ll still experience some bruising, swelling and soreness, most patients are able to return to work, school and other normal activities within a few days. Depending on the size and scope of your SmartLipo treatment, you may wear compression garments for a short period to promote better healing.

Dr. Huettner at Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC will advise you on when you can resume strenuous activity and provide you with detailed aftercare instructions that should be followed closely for a smooth recovery. Should you have any questions or concerns that arise, you’ll have a direct line of communication to Dr. Huettner — she understands that recovering from surgery can be difficult and wants to ensure that you’re comfortable and at ease during this time.

What Kind of Results Can I Expect?

SmartLipo is a highly versatile procedure, able to address numerous areas of concern for results that are all your own. After your treatment, you’ll see immediate improvements that will continue to develop over the following months, becoming more noticeable as your body adjusts and swelling subsides.

Once you’ve had time to recover, treated areas will be slimmer, toned and more defined for years to come. Fat cells eliminated by SmartLipo will not return for permanent results, but it’s still important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If your weight does fluctuate, areas treated with SmartLipo will retain their improved tone, but excessive weight gain can obscure the results of your procedure.

Contact Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC

If stubborn pockets of fat are keeping you from achieving your ideal figure, Dr. Huettner can help you eliminate unwanted fat safely and effectively with SmartLipo. A highly experienced, double board-certified plastic surgeon with an eye for creating beautiful contours, Dr. Huettner can produce natural-looking results that complement your figure and enhance your overall appearance. Contact or call Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC at 212-495-9200 to learn more about SmartLipo and experience the difference of world-class care today.