Traditional Versus Smart Liposuction: Get the Facts

Patients who are looking for body contouring options may have heard of a new option that has appeared in the U.S. over the last several years. SmartLipo is a procedure that has gained a lot of buzz, causing patients to ask if this is a viable, and even better, option for them than liposuction. Many plastic surgeons haven’t been as impressed by this new technology for a number of reasons. If you’re considering a body contouring procedure, learn some of the basic facts about both approaches here. And remember, nothing can replace a one-on-one consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon. When it comes to liposuction, Albany residents deserve to be well informed about long-standing fat reduction procedures along with the newest products and services available to them.


First, let me tell you more about my stance on fat reduction procedures and what improvements this procedure has seen since 1982, when it was first introduced to the public in the United States. The first major improvement to the process was the addition of a specially designed blend of lidocaine and adrenaline. This liquid acts as an expander in the targeted area, which results in less bleeding and practically eliminates the need for patients to donate blood prior to the procedure.

The second significant improvement to the process was adding more power. This simplified the work of the surgeon, making it easier for him or her to get precise results, and improved the experience for patients as well. Because smaller cannulas can now be used, the procedure is much more precise than in its original days.

As far as laser liposuction, much of the plastic surgery community feels it is well-marketed but a minor change. No significant research has been done to demonstrate that the results are better than the heavily tested and proven tumescent method. To the contrary, there are some potential side effects that anyone considering the procedure should know about, specifically the risk for thermal burns. Furthermore, I am hesitant to adopt a technology that not only lacks solid proof of its performance and results, but also could lead to significantly higher costs for my patients.

At the end of the day, my team and I are proud of the work we do using the tumescent method in our office in Albany. Liposuction is a delicate procedure that depends mostly on the expertise of your plastic surgeon, not on his or her use of the trendiest products or approaches. Let me take this opportunity to invite anyone considering liposuction to come visit us for a free cosmetic consultation. We invite you to look at the results of some of our more than 1,000 satisfied clients who have gotten the contours they desired through liposuction with Deluca Plastic Surgery.