Smartlipo® is the most widely used and extensively studied and validated laser-assisted liposuction or laser lipolysis system available today.
Smartlipo® has been shown to involve less pain, less bruising and swelling and provide a faster recovery time than traditional liposuction.
Dr. Hollis is currently the only Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon on Vancouver Island offering Smartlipo® procedures. Having had extensive experience in liposuction, Dr. Hollis is very pleased to introduce and provide the latest technology for successful body sculpting to his clients. Liposuction introduced the world to body contouring. Now Smartlipo® takes an amazing concept and makes it even better.
Starting from approximately $3,000 for submental (double chin) area. Larger areas approximately $6,500-$10,000. Consultations are $100 (this amount is credited towards cost of procedure) during which time Dr. Hollis will assess for suitability and provide a pricing quote.
Number of Treatments
1 or more
What is Smartlipo®?
Smartlipo® is a medical device designed exclusively to perform laser-assisted lipolysis, commonly referred to as laser liposuction. A very thin tube containing the Smartlipo® laser fiber is inserted in the targeted fatty areas through a small incision. The laser fiber delivers thermal energy directly to fat cells and disrupts the fatty tissue for easy removal. The laser literally melts the fat, which is removed with gentle suction. At the same time, tissue around the area tightens through coagulation, contributing to a smoother shape overall.
How do I know if Smartlipo is right for me?
The best candidates for Smartlipo are men and women who are not significantly overweight but have accumulated fat deposits – such as love handles, flabby upper arms, excess neck or facial fat or fat on the lower torso. A consultation with Dr. Hollis can provide you with the best information.
What areas of the body can be treated?
Smartlipo is ideal for the neck, jaw line, arms, bra fat, love handles, post-pregnancy skin laxity, saddlebags, knees and enlarged male breasts.
What does the procedure feel like?
Because the area is anesthetized, there is minimal discomfort during the procedure. You may feel a light pressure, but it is a mild sensation. Following Smartlipo, you may experience some aches, much like after a physical work out. A compression garment is generally worn for a short period after treatment, depending on the body area treated and the recommendation of Dr. Hollis.
How long does the procedure take?
On average, the procedure will take 1.5 to 2 hours. This is dependent on the number of areas to be treated and the size of the areas.
How many treatments are necessary?
For most patients, results are achieved in just one Smartlipo treatment. Results are usually noticeable within two weeks, with continued improvement over three to six months.
How long do the results last?
Smartlipo permanently destroys fat cells in the treated area. However, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regime to enjoy long lasting results.
Will there be scarring?
The incision site will be very small. With proper care, any scars will be barely noticeable. Dr. Hollis will evaluate your skin type and provide you with that information during your consultation.
What is the recovery time?
Smartlipo is a minimally invasive procedure. Some light bruising and swelling can occur, but most patients are able to return to non-strenuous, normal activities within a few days.
What are the risks and contraindications?
- Infection of the treatment site is a possibility if proper post treatment hygiene is not observed.
- Some patients may experience discomfort or numbness at the treatment site post treatment.
- Dimpling or lumpiness may occur.
- Minor scarring is a potential risk.
Smartlipo is NOT an option if:
- You are taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
- You are currently taking blood thinning agents.
What to expect after your treatment
- You will be able to return to work after a couple of days.
- Avoid vigorous activity for a few weeks.
- Wear recommended compression clothing.
- Stitches will be removed or dissolve in approximately 10 days.