While both traditional (non-laser) liposuction and Smartlipo are effective at removing unwanted fat, there are some key differences to note.
Technique: Traditional liposuction uses a cannula and physical manipulation to suction fat from beneath the skin. Smart Lipo utilizes laser heat to soften or liquefy the fat, making it easier to remove with the cannula, typically resulting in less bruising for the patient.
Skin Tigtening: The addition of laser heat with the Smart Lipo procedure provides an added benefit of tightening the skin. Liposuction alone does not provide any skin tightening benefits, so there is an increased possibility of dimpling or sagging after procedure, particularly with older patients who have lost more of the elasticity of the skin.
Recovery: Traditional liposuction requires a longer recovery time and the use of compression garments for up to 6 weeks. Most Smart Lipo patients realize a full recovery in a couple of days, and typically only needs compression garments for one week.