Today, many women are seeking ways to improve their appearance and feel more confident in their own skin. One option that has become increasingly popular is liposuction, a procedure that removes unwanted fat from various parts of the body. However, there is a new and advanced technique called SmartLipo that is also turning heads. Let’s explore the differences between the two procedures and help you make an informed decision about which one is right for you.

Traditional Liposuction

First, let’s explore the traditional liposuction procedure. This surgical technique involves the insertion of cannulas, or thin tubes, into small incisions in the skin. The tubes are moved back and forth to break up the fat cells and suction them out of the body. Liposuction can be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation and can take up to two hours, depending on the number of areas being treated.


SmartLipo, on the other hand, is a minimally invasive procedure that uses laser technology to liquefy fat cells before they are removed from the body. The laser energy also tightens the skin in the treated area, resulting in a smoother, more contoured appearance. SmartLipo is performed under local anesthesia and can typically be completed in less than an hour.

Recovery Times & Risks of Complications

Following a traditional liposuction procedure, patients can expect to experience significant swelling, bruising, and discomfort for up to two weeks. They would also be required to wear a compression garment for several weeks to help reduce swelling and support healing. In contrast, SmartLipo patients can typically return to work and resume normal activities within a few days and would only need to wear a compression garment for a week or two.

Another key difference to consider is the risk of complications. Traditional liposuction is generally considered a safe procedure, but like any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. The most common risks include infection, bleeding, and blood clots. SmartLipo is a minimally invasive procedure, and therefore the risk of complications is significantly lower. However, it is still important to choose a qualified and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Marc Wetherington, to perform the procedure.

The Proof is in the Results

Both liposuction and SmartLipo can provide excellent results in terms of fat removal and body contouring. However, because SmartLipo uses laser technology, it offers the added benefit of skin tightening. This means that SmartLipo patients can expect to see a more significant improvement in skin tone and texture than traditional liposuction patients.

Ultimately, the decision between traditional liposuction and SmartLipo is a personal one. If you are considering either of these procedures to improve your appearance and feel more confident, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Marc Wetherington for a consultation. He can provide further information on both techniques to help you make an informed decision that best suits your lifestyle and goals. With his expertise and knowledge, he will be able to answer any questions or concerns that you may have about either procedure so that you can get the results that you desire without sacrificing safety or quality care.