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Deborah Villeneuve, MD

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Smartlipo FAQs

This laser-assisted lipolysis procedure is performed using a small cannula (or tube) about the size of the tip of a pen, which is inserted under the skin.  The laser delivers energy directly to the fat cells through the cannula, causing them to rupture.  The liquefied fat is then gently suctioned out.  New collagen is produced resulting in tissue tightening.  The three laser wavelengths contained in Smartlipo TriPlex allow your physician to customize treatment based on the nature of your concerns.

How does Smartlipo TriPlex Work?

First, both treatments remove fat, but unlike Smartlip TriPlex, conventional liposuction can leave behind loose skin.  Second, becuase local anesthetic is typically used with Smartlipo treatments (instead of general anesthesia), you're awake during the procedure– that's a real plus, leading to faster, easier recovery.  Smartlipo TriPlex can also create a high definition, sculpted look by defining waistlines in women and abdominal muscles in men (six pack).

What are the advantages of Smartlipo TriPlex over conventional liposuction procedures?

Smartlipo Triplex is a minimally invasive procedure which usually requires only local anesthesia.  Some light bruising can occur, but you'll be able to return to normal activities within a day or two.

Is there a recovery period?

The best candidates for Smartlipo TriPlex are women and men 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 a Smartlipo physician can provide you with the best information.

How do I know if Smartlipo TriPlex is right for me?