Dr. Khalifeh, a double board-certified plastic surgeon, uses the Smartlipo technique for custom body sculpting. The Smartlipo system emits a beam of light energy powerful enough to rupture the fat cells without traumatizing nearby nerves, blood vessels or soft tissue. The recovery is faster and has the added benefit of tightening the surrounding tissue for smoother results.

What is Smartlipo?

Smartlipo is an advanced liposuction system to sculpt and contour the body. Several areas of the body are prone to storing fat. Some fatty deposits will not disappear, no matter how dedicated you are to diet and exercise. These areas are the perfect target for the Smartlipo technique.

What type of
liposuction works best?

Smartlipo is the gold standard of laser liposuction. Traditional liposuction does not include lasers or ultrasound but is mechanical fat extraction. Smartlipo has many of the elements of conventional lipo. The idea that the procedures are entirely different is a marketing myth. But Smartlipo does produce a superior result and can enhance the effects of a standard liposuction procedure.

What occurs during
the Smartlipo procedure?

Numbing fluid is delivered to the treatment area through very small incisions. The laser energy works to liquefy fatty tissue, which is extracted with liposuction. To perform this procedure, Dr. Khalifeh makes a small incision in the skin and the laser energy emitted through a thin laser fiber is activated to liquify the fat. Dr. Khalifeh points the laser at the skin tissues, to foster natural collagen production. The laser energy on the skin tissue has the added benefit of tightening the skin after the fat extraction to create a sculpted, smooth body contour.

Who is a
candidate for Smartlipo?

Good candidates for Smartlipo are:

  • Are in good general health
  • Close to ideal body weight, or have a realistic understanding that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure.

Is Smartlipo
for weight loss?

Smartlipo is the state of the art laser liposuction device used by Dr. Khalifeh in his awake laser liposuction techniques, blending traditional plastic surgery with an advanced body sculpting device, with only local anesthesia. The process starts by administering a tumescent fluid. It is not a weight-loss treatment, but a custom body sculpting procedure. Smartlipo is an advanced liposuction or liposculpture technique, an evolution rather than a revolution in liposuction.

Who should perform
Smartlipo treatments?

We believe that a board-certified plastic surgeon is best qualified to perform this procedure. Smartlipo is one of the many tools employed by Dr. Khalifeh during his transformative work, using advanced techniques and artistry to create exceptional results with minimal downtime. Dr. Khalifeh has performed thousands of body sculpting treatments with advanced “awake” (local anesthesia) laser liposuction techniques.

What areas can be
sculpted with Smartlipo?

  • Abdominal liposuction
  • Flank liposuction
  • Inner thigh liposuction
  • Outer thigh liposuction
  • Chin and neck liposuction

Preparing for Smartlipo

You will be provided with full instructions to follow before your procedure. The basics are as follows:

  • Avoid ibuprofen, aspirin and products that contain aspirin at least two weeks before your Smartlipo treatment as these medications affect blood clotting
  • Do not consume alcoholic beverages within 24 hours of your Smartlipo procedure or lab tests
  • Bring an extra set of loose-fitting clothing to wear following your Smartlipo procedure
  • Arrange for another person to transport you to and from our office
  • Enlist the help of a friend or family member to care for you the night of your Smartlipo procedure

Your private consultation:
What to expect

At your private meeting with Dr. Khalifeh, you will discuss:

  • Why and where you want Smartlipo performed
  • Your health and any medical conditions, surgeries, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Any recreational drug, alcohol or tobacco use Your current vitamins, herbal supplements, and medications
  • Take photos for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and the risks for each
  • Advise you of his plan for your Smartlipo procedure
  • Discuss what to expect in recovery
  • Address any concerns you have about a Smartlipo procedure

What does Smartlipo do?
Why is it so effective?

A calibrated laser liquefies the fat deposits located under the top layers of your skin. The laser ruptures fat cells, liquefying them. Dr. Khalifeh removes the liquid via liposuction using a small hollow tube (cannula) inserted through a tiny incision in your skin. The small cannula that Dr. Khalifeh uses during his Smartlipo procedure will not leave visible scars once healed.

What is the recovery
time after Smartlipo?

There are several stages in the recovery from a Smartlipo procedure. Dr. Khalifeh applies a compression garment after your procedure to prevent the tissues from shifting or an excess of blood coagulation. You will most likely experience some swelling, bruising and discomfort after your procedure. Whether you can return to work right away will reflect the number of areas trimmed and slimmed in your treatment.

Your body needs time to recalibrate its fluid following your Smartlipo procedure. It also needs time to heal because the tissues were disturbed and redistributed. The more significant the change in fluid volume, the larger the area affected by the Smartlipo procedure, and the longer the recovery will require. However, because Smartlipo is not as traumatic to your tissues, the recovery time is substantially less than what occurs with traditional liposuction. During your recovery from your Smartlipo procedure:

  • Get rest—you may need two to three days, or up to a week to recover
  • Avoid any strenuous activities – this includes lifting, for up to four weeks
  • Drink plenty of fluids and eat healthy foods to speed your recovery, avoiding salty, processed foods
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The laser utilized with Smartlipo seals the blood vessels while liquifying fat. This reduces bleeding, bruising and swelling. The Smartlipo procedure can be performed with local, general or regional anesthesia.

Keeping in mind that Smartlipo is not a weight loss procedure, the amount of weight you lose will reflect the quantity of fat removed. The current maximum amount advised is 11 pounds, but a more typical amount would be in the range of 6 pounds.

The Cynosure Smartlipo system has been FDA approved for body sculpting since 2006. The critical point in achieving beautiful, smooth results lies in the hands of your provider. With thousands of procedures performed to date, we believe our Smartlipo treatments produce superior results—experience matters.

If you have an excess of fat in your breasts, Smartlipo may be your answer. If larger male breasts are the result of excess glandular tissue, this tissue must be surgically excised and may include fat removal with Smartlipo to create a more masculine chest profile.