SmartLipo Laser Fat Reduction

SmartLipo employs innovative laser technology to emulsify fat cells prior to their removal with a suction device. Laser heat also stimulates collagen regrowth at the skin’s core level, firming and tightening lax contours. SmartLipo can be used to treat the chin, neck, cheeks, abdomen, back, thighs, hips, and male breasts.

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What is SmartLipo?

SmartLipo is a variation of conventional liposuction, a procedure in which the surgeon uses a slender tube called a cannula to break apart pockets of fat and suction out fat cells. With traditional methods, the surgeon must be more aggressive in order to effectively break apart stubborn fat. SmartLipo uses laser heat alongside a cannula to liquefy the fat cells prior to removal, making the suctioning mechanism far less traumatic for the skin. Thus with SmartLipo in Richmond, patients experience less bruising, swelling, and downtime. 

The difference between SmartLipo and conventional lipo


  • Local anesthesia
  • Uses laser heat and a cannula
  • Emulsifies fat cells
  • Enhances skin tightness
  • No sutures required
  • Minimal scarring
  • Minimal downtime

Conventional Lipo

  • General anesthesia
  • Uses a large cannula only
  • Suctions out fat cells
  • Can result in sagging skin
  • Requires sutures
  • Conspicuous scarring
  • 7-10 days of recovery
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What are the benefits?

SmartLipo is a state-of-the-art cosmetic procedure to reduce pockets of stubborn fat for a more sculpted, youthful look. Some key advantages of SmartLipo in Richmond include:

  • Quicker recovery
  • Less bruising, bleeding, swelling, and soreness
  • Improved surgical control
  • Tightens the skin due to laser-assisted collagen renewal
  • Boosts self-confidence
  • Expands wardrobe options

SmartLipo Procedure & Recovery 

How is the procedure performed?

During your SmartLipo session, the treatment areas will be numbed with a topical anesthetic to allow for maximum comfort. Your surgeon will create tiny, inconspicuous incisions through which the laser energy will flow, emulsifying the fat cells. Simultaneously, the laser heat will work under the skin’s surface to promote collagen regeneration for longer-term skin tightness and suppleness. The length of the treatment will vary, based on your unique needs and treatment zones. In general, one area will take around 45-60 minutes to complete.

What will recovery entail?

Our team at The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery will provide detailed aftercare instructions tailored to your procedure. After SmartLipo in Ricjmond, patients usually experience mild swelling and bruising for up to one week. Most individuals can return to light activity within 2-3 days, postponing strenuous exercise for 10 days. You may be asked to wear a compression garment for the first 7 days. This helps reduce swelling and keeps your newly sculpted contours intact. The skin will slowly shrink back to normal over the course of around 3 months. Our team is dedicated to your safety, satisfaction, and well-being and we will follow up with you to ensure your recovery is going smoothly.

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Am I a good candidate for SmartLipo?

SmartLipo can be performed on patients of all ages. However, those with greater skin elasticity will see the best results. Patients with an excess of sagging skin can undergo additional skin tightening procedures to get the most out of SmartLipo. In general, patients pursuing SmartLipo should be at a stable, healthy weight and should have realistic expectations for their results, remembering that SmartLipo is a fat loss treatment, not a weight loss solution. 

The best candidates have tried on their own to shed the fat through diet and exercise but have not been successful thus far. Rest assured, our team will meet with you for a private consultation, during which we conduct a thorough physical and medical evaluation to ensure SmartLipo is the best fit for your needs and wishes.

Burton M. Sundin, MD

Reps B. Sundin, MD

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Why choose The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery?

Drs. Burton and Reps Sundin provide an outstanding patient experience from start to finish, drawing on their exhaustive training and instinctual artistry to produce elegant, natural-looking outcomes. Each patient receives focused, concierge care in a cutting-edge practice setting. Our team serves patients in and beyond Washington, DC, Richmond, Northern Virginia, and Charlottesville, providing nuanced cosmetic solutions tailored to the individual. Call today to learn more about how SmartLipo can help you reclaim a youthful, sculpted physique.

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