Is Smartlipo Surgery?
Q: Dr. Eppley, I’m wanting to know if you do Smartlipo the non surgical procedure for belly fat?
A: I do use Smartlipo for body fat reduction but it is NOT a non-surgical procedure and it is best done under general anesthesia…if one wants the best result with the most fat removed. Smartlipo works just like any other liposuction technique. It is an invasive procedure that involves the need for tumescent infiltration, the use of probes inserted to heat the fat and the use of traditional cannulas inserted under the skin to extract the fat as the final step. There is a common misconception that Smartlipo is not surgery when nothing could be further from the truth.
Smartlipo is, unfortunately, often promoted and marketed as if it isn’t surgery. It is made to seem that it can be done without much anesthesia, without recovery and that the results are instant. Such marketing claims do make it seem like it isn’t surgery and I can understand how many prospective patients do get that impression. But like many marketing claims…if it seems too good to be true, it almost always is. Your perception of Smartlipo certainly falls into that category.
Dr. Barry Eppley