Q: Dr. Eppley, I am 24 years old and lead a very healthy life style. However, I still cannot get rid of some fat on my stomach. I am interested in the least intrusive means of getting rid of this fat. Smartlipo seams to be a good fit. I am researching it more to be sure it is right for me and that I can afford it. I was wondering what the average cost for Smartlipo on the abdominal region (including all the additional fees such as room and other personnel involved). If you could send me an email with an estimated average, that would be great. I appreciate it!
A: By the tone of your inquiry, I can tell that you likely have a false assumption about Smartlipo. Smartlipo is a method of liposuction which means it is intrusive and it is surgery. There is no minimally invasive or non-surgical method of fat removal that is really effective in terms of what most people want and expect. Smartlipo, for a variety of reasons, is often perceived as if it is a substitute for liposuction surgery and that it is some ‘mild’ form of liposuction that is exclusively performed under local anesthesia with minimal to no recovery. This is unfortunate because Smartlipo is liposuction surgery and is often best done under general anesthesia to get the absolute best result…and there will be some typical recovery. The cost range of abdominal Smartlipo will be in the range of $3500 to $5000.
Dr. Barry Eppley