SmartLipo vs. VASER Lipo: How to Choose

If you want to get rid of a few pounds around your waist or thighs, liposuction may be your best option. Today’s advanced fat removal technologies make it very easy for surgeons to remove even small pockets of stubborn fatty tissue and create a leaner, more sculpted appearance.

SmartLipo and VASER lipo are among the most sought-after procedures in the industry, and both of them work by melting the fat under the skin before removal. This results in less traumatic surgery, and the surgeon can easily target small areas with the device. Still, there are some distinct differences between the two; here’s what you need to know when trying to decide which liposuction procedure is best for you:

How SmartLipo Works

SmartLipo uses light energy and heat to dissolve the fat before it is removed from the body. Only local anesthesia is used to numb the area being treated, and the treatment can take less than half an hour depending on the area. There is very little downtime involved, and the doctor can remove the fat quickly and easily; you will need to wear a compression garment for several days after the procedure so that the incisions and body can heal quickly.

Best Candidates for SmartLipo

You may be a good candidate for SmartLipo if you:

  • Want to get rid of 5-6 pounds of body fat
  • Are prepared to undergo skin tightening treatments after surgery
  • Are ready to make lifestyle changes so you don’t regain the weight lost
  • Can make time in your schedule to rest and recover (usually between 7-10 days)
  • Need only small areas of fat removed

How VASER Lipo Works

VASER lipo uses ultrasound energy to break down the fat cells before removal. These ultrasound waves are transmitted through small probes located on the cannula, so the surgeon can effectively suction out the fat while it is being broken down. This causes less injury to the surrounding tissues, and the gentle suction and massage process can be used to sculpt the body and tighten up the skin.

Best Candidates for VASER Lipo

You may be a good candidate for the VASER liposelection procedure if you:

  • Want to get rid of 5-6 pounds of body fat
  • Are looking for a skin tightening treatment
  • Are ready to make lifestyle changes so you don’t regain the weight lost
  • Want a procedure that has very little downtime
  • Need to have large areas of fat removed
Both SmartLipo and VASER liposelection have their advantages and disadvantages, and your cosmetic surgeon will go through these in detail during your consultation. Still, the most significant difference between the two is where you want the fat removed from; you may get better results with VASER liposuction for larger areas such as the hips, thighs, buttocks and stomach, and can effectively get rid of body fat around the waist, under the arms or around the upper back with SmartLipo.
Learn more about SmartLipo and VASER lipo in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic surgeon in your area to find out which procedure is right for you.