What Is The Difference Between Smartlipo and Slimlipo?

Q: I would like to know the differences between slim lipo and smart lipo. I have read its more the Doc, than the process. I would like to get cost estimates, and a list of good Docs near my location. Thank you.

A: You have asked three very good questions about liposuction of which all three are understandably misunderstood.

The names, Smartlipo and SlimLipo, are brand names from different manufacturers of laser liposuction equipment. Smartlipo was the original company that introduced a laser liposuction device to the market back in the mid-2000s. Since then they have undergone numerous technologic developments with better and more powerful laser liposuction machines. Along the way numerous manufacturing competitors have arisen with their own branded names of which SlimLipo is one but there at least a half dozen others. Both companies and their docs can argue all day about which one is better but, in the end, it really comes down to the skill and experience of who is driving them so to speak…as you have already pointed out.

Cost estimates in liposuction can not really be accurately done without knowing the specifics areas that one wants to treat. It is all about the time and effort that it takes to do the procedure. There is a big difference in cost, for example, from a simple neck liposuction which takes 30 minutes to total abdomen, flank and thigh treatments which could take around 2 to 2 1/2 hours to surgically complete. One would have to be specific as to the areas involved to even get a cost estimate without being evaluated in the office.

Lastly, the concept of what constitutes a ‘good Doc’ is a matter of perspective. There are no lists of good or bad docs anywhere. What you want to find is the right doctor for you. That requires doing your research online of various websites and eventually getting yourself in front of some actual doctors and gathering more information.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis Indiana