SmartLipo™ – Face & Neck Contouring
What is Smartlipo™?
Smartlipo laser-assisted face and neck contouring is considered by many to be the safest, most effective in-office procedure for removing fat from a double chin, contouring the neck and jawline, and tightening neck skin with minimal recovery. Smartlipo differs from traditional liposuction because it uses laser energy to help dissolve the fat and stimulate skin tightening. This method offers more effective and efficient fat removal with often less recovery and significantly more skin tightening than traditional liposuction. For many people, Smartlipo can be the perfect alternative to traditional liposuction and even a facelift.
How is Smartlipo™ performed?
As a top facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Eugenie Brunner performs the Smartlipo procedure in her accredited medical facility. In most cases, a local anesthetic will be sufficient for your needs. However, Dr. Brunner may recommend another approach depending on your unique treatment plan. Most patients report that they feel some light pressure during the procedure, but most experience no sensation at all. Dr. Brunner will utilize a very fine instrument to contour the face to achieve the desired result. If your program includes other techniques, these will be completed at the same time. The operation typically takes about one to two hours, although your experience may vary, particularly if you are combining treatments.
Smartlipo is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that has a typical recovery period of two to three days. Most people are able to return to work within days and return to exercise in one week. The side effects of bruising and swelling should be minimal with Smartlipo, and these symptoms should fade within a few days. The results of Smartlipo are usually first seen at four to seven days. Smartlipo can tighten neck skin by causing collagen contraction and new collagen formation over time. Because of this, results of Smartlipo should continue to improve for well beyond six months, although many patients are happy within days of the procedure. The results of Smartlipo usually last years, especially if you keep your weight stable. We recommend eating right, exercising regularly, and protecting your skin from sun damage to maintain your results.
Cost of Smartlipo™
Our goal is to provide a fully customized treatment plan that optimizes your benefits. As a result, the price of Smartlipo will depend on the individual details of your cosmetic program. Certain factors, like the number of treated areas, complexity of your operation, and other considerations will play a role in the total cost. During your initial consultation, our skilled medical team will go over the estimated fees with you in full, so you are well-informed before the procedure.
According to CynoSure®, the makers of Smartlipo, the cost for treatment typically ranges from about $3,500 to $7,500. These numbers do not necessarily reflect the prices at our office. We provide this information as a general resource to our patients and hope it is useful during their research. That said, the best way to determine the cost of any treatment is to discuss your goals with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Brunner.
How do I know if Smartlipo™ is right for me?
The best candidates for Smartlipo™ face and neck contouring, are those with localized fat deposits under the chin and jawline. good skin quality, mild to moderate skin laxity. It can be a great way to remove that stubborn double chin that you cannot diet away. Smartlipo™ can be the perfect procedure to tighten neck skin for those who have had previous facelift or necklift surgery and now desire a “touch-up” procedure. It is designed to treat both men and women.
What are my other options?
For those people with excessive skin laxity of the face and neck, very prominent jowling, and poor skin quality, a facelift may still be the best treatment. Treatments that compliment the results of Smartlipo™ include injectable filler treatments of the upper cheek and mouth region and laser resurfacing and chemical peels. During your consultation, Dr. Brunner will be able determine if Smartlipo™ is the best procedure for you and develop a comprehensive treatment plan to suit your particular needs.
What will Smartlipo™ scars look like?
Your results are of the utmost importance to our team, and we take great care to camouflage signs of treatment as much as possible. Fortunately, Smartlipo™ requires only very small incisions. As a result, most patients heal well enough that the scars are barely perceptible. Dr. Brunner will place the incisions in such a way as to be as unnoticeable as possible while still providing an exceptional outcome. She will go into greater detail about what to expect during your first appointment.