SmartLipo was one of the first laser lipolysis machines to be launched on the market in early 2006 and since then the procedure has become a serious alternative to Liposuction.
Claimed to be a lunch-time procedure that uses laser technology to cut fat and cellulite without resorting to the more invasive liposuction – the treatment sounds almost too good to be true.
The rule with anything that sounds too good to be true is that it usually is – so here’s what we know so far.
SmartLipo is designed to deal with upper arm flab, double chins, saddle-bag thighs, stodgy bottoms and even male breasts – in fact any bit of wobbly loose fat that you want to get rid of by the sound of it.
The point is that this form of fat reduction – laser lipolysis – is intended to deal with localized areas of fat and is not a general solution for an overweight body.
The SmartLipo machine is a fine laser probe – like a fiber optic – which is inserted into the skin and heats up the fat cells to 45 degrees centigrade causing the membranes to break down and release the liquid fat. The body then eliminates the fat through normal processes over a period of 12 to 16 weeks.
If that sounds alarming to those of a slightly squeamish disposition – it’s apparently a much less invasive procedure than liposuction which involves a general anaesthetic and overnight hospital stay.
During liposuction a probe is inserted and then raked back and forward to suck out the fat with the risk of potential scarring and damage to blood vessels. SmartLipo – it is claimed – has none of these potential risks and is kinder on the bank balance too.
The procedure is already available in Italy, the Far East, Australia and the UK . SmartLipo received approval from the FDA in November 2006 along with other laser lipolysis machines and the procedure is now widely available in clinics throughout the US.
Typical costs are around $3000-4000 per area treated so the procedure is not cheap. Results can vary like any surgical procedure and a successful outcome will depend on the skill and experience of the physician as well as the patient’s physical condition.
You’re advised to do thorough research before making a decision to go with the treatment – especially as it’s still quite early to judge.