Smartlipo is the first and only laser that eliminates fat gently without suction. It provides a revolutionary and minimally invasive procedure Dr. Emerson uses to gently liquefy fat and remove it to sculpt body contours and tighten skin with less downtime and side-effects.

How does the Smartlipo procedure work?

FDA approved as one the first laser based lipo treatments, a tiny laser fiber, slightly larger than a hair (approximately one-third millimeter in diameter) is inserted into the skin. The fiber is gently moved back and forth as the laser’s energy is delivered directly to the fat cells, making them easy to drain away.

In addition, as the laser energy interacts with the dermis it results in skin shrinkage or tightening.
Due to the small size of the cannula, Smartlipo is a minimally invasive procedure and can be performed with local numbing.

The procedure causes less bleeding, swelling and bruising, resulting in a quicker recovery time than conventional liposuction methods since the laser causes small blood vessels to coagulate immediately on contact, and there is no “cutting and tearing away” of fat with sharp edged suction cannulas. Because general anesthesia is not used, the procedure is very safe with minimal side effects.

Who is a good candidate for the Smartlipo procedure?

If you have areas of fat that will not respond to diet and exercise, then you’re a candidate for Smartlipo. Ideal candidates are in good health, of normal body weight and have realistic expectations for the procedure’s results.

Do I have to do anything post-treatment?

After the treatment you will need to wear a compression garment for two weeks full time, depending on the body area being treated. Rest is recommended after the procedure and activity may be resumed gradually. No immersion in water for 2 weeks.

Does Smartlipo treat cellulite?

The procedure will improve the body’s shape and may improve cellulite to a certain degree.

When can I expect to see results?

Results can be seen as soon as a week with continued improvement over several months.

Does Smartlipo produce lasting results?

Yes! Adults do not create new fat cells. When a person gains weight, the fat cells expand. The Smartlipo procedure permanently removes the fat cells. Should you gain weight, most fat will be deposited in areas where the procedure was not performed.

How soon can I return to work after the liposuction procedure?

Most of our patients take off the day after the procedure and then return to work the next day. This is assuming that your job does not require any major physical exertion. Most people can resume their normal exercise regimen two weeks after the procedure.



– Local anesthesia
– Laser fiber liquefies fat
– Tighter skin due to collagen shrinkage & production
– Avoids scarring
– No stitches
– Downtime – hours
– 2 week compression garment


– General anesthesia
– Tube w/vacuum tears out fat, sucking it out causing damage
– Sagging skin sometimes necessitates additional surgical procedures such as face or neck lifts
– Scarring
– Stitches
– Downtime – roughly 7 days
– 6 week compression garment
– 10% complications rate