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Getting Smartlipo in Atlanta

Smartlipo, also known as laser lipolysis, is laser-assisted liposuction. A minimally invasive fat removal procedure, Smartlipo provides results with significantly less downtime as compared to traditional liposuction1. Smartlipo treats patients wanting to remove fat from areas of the body where they have not been able to lose with diet and exercise.

Smartlipo was approved by the FDA in 2006 as the first laser to be used for laser-assisted liposuction. WIFH began its Atlanta Smartlipo liposuction program in 2008 after Founder and Medical Director Jay M. Kulkin, MD, observed enough data and results to determine its efficacy as one of the best laser liposuction procedures available.

To date, Dr. Kulkin has performed over 10,000 Smartlipo procedures. This body contouring procedure treats several areas of the body including the abdomen, flanks, thighs (inner and outer), bra fat, arms, male chests and chin.

Citations
1. Katz, B., McBean, J., (2008). Laser-assisted lipolysis: A report on complications. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy. 2008; 10: Pages 231–233.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19016103

Smartlipo is performed under local anesthesia, meaning the patient remains awake and aware throughout the entire procedure. The Smartlipo laser gently melts the fat before it is suctioned from the body. Because the fat has been melted before it is suctioned out, Dr. Kulkin is able to use tiny instruments that prevent excessive tissue trauma. Dr. Kulkin and his surgical team do NOT use an IV or any injected sedation, reducing risk of complications.

An added benefit of laser-assisted liposuction is that the heating and melting of the fat prior to removal tightens the skin2.

At WIFH, Dr. Kulkin uses the Smartlipo Triplex version of Smartlipo — the strongest and latest version of the laser available today. It allows the use of three wavelengths of laser, which can be used independently or in combination. This is very important to keep in mind as lower powered machines cannot deliver enough deep tissue heating to provide skin tightening.

Citations
2. DiBernardo, B., Reyes, J., (2009). Preliminary Report: Evaluation of Skin Tightening After Laser-Assisted Liposuction. Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Volume 29, Issue 5, September 2009, Pages 400–407, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asj.2009.08.006
https://academic.oup.com/asj/article/29/5/400/199808

One of the primary risk factors for complications during a surgical procedure of any kind is the type of anesthesia that is administered. The same holds true in body contouring procedures. More invasive surgical procedures such as traditional liposuction utilize general anesthesia or IV sedation to render the patient unconscious. Dr. Kulkin does not use general or IV sedation for Smartlipo procedures.

For Smartlipo, Dr. Kulkin uses local anesthesia to thoroughly numb/anesthetize the treatment area. In addition to local anesthesia being the safest form of anesthesia, its effects also last several hours post-procedure, decreasing the need for narcotic pain medications after surgery. For patients who experience anxiety about being awake during the procedure, Dr. Kulkin can prescribe oral sedative to be taken prior to beginning treatment.

Because patient safety is the No. 1 priority for Dr. Kulkin and the WIFH medical team, we are proud to report zero adverse outcomes or sentinel events as a result of the Smartlipo treatment.

6-8 Weeks Before Your Procedure

  • Prospective patients can best prepare for Smartlipo by keeping these tips in mind:
    Eat healthy and prepare for new lifestyle changes. Smartlipo is not a weight loss procedure. Patients will need to continue a lifestyle of diet and exercise to maintain results.
  • Patients should discuss any medications they are taking with their provider, including any supplements. At WIFH, you should provide this information to Dr. Kulkin at the time of your consultation.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Try to stop smoking at least 6 weeks out from the procedure. Smokers tend to heal slower, so it is recommended you stop smoking. However, the patient can still have the procedure if they continue to smoke.

Pre-Operative Visit

  • In some cases preoperative blood-work may be requested. The patient can either return to the WIFH office to have those labs drawn, or they can visit a laboratory closest to them. There is no additional cost for these labs.

One Week Before Your Procedure

  • Discontinue taking fish oils and daily supplements. These tend to thin the blood. Multi-vitamins are fine to continue to take.
  • Patients should always check with their surgeon about any medications that they are taking. Some doctors may require the discontinuation of certain medications prior to surgery. The surgeon may also request clearance/permission from the patient’s prescribing or primary care physician.
  • Do not take Aspirin, Ibuprofen, mega doses of Vitamin E, Aleve, or herbal medications. They cause the blood to thin, which can lead to unnecessary bleeding and bruising.

The Day of Your Treatment

Because the idea of being awake during the procedure does make some patients a little anxious, our medical team can prescribe a mild pain and anti-anxiety medicines to take, just prior to the procedure.

These medications are not for pain management, but simply to relax the patient. If the patient declines these medications, they are able to drive themselves home following the procedure. Roughly 85% of WIFH patients undergo Smartlipo with no oral medications.

Because general anesthesia is not used, patients are able to eat and drink prior to the procedure. In fact, Dr. Kulkin encourages patients to eat a light meal before coming to the office so the oral medication (should they elect to take them) does not cause an upset stomach.

Smartlipo procedures are performed right in our office under the direct care of Dr. Kulkin. It is important to note that no one but Dr. Kulkin performs any of the surgical procedures at WIFH.

Pain/Discomfort

Patients are awake and aware during the procedure, but are comfortable and do not experience any pain. A lidocaine solution is used to completely numb the treatment area, and patients will only feel pressure and movement during the procedure. Many WIFH patients talk on their phones or listen to music while getting Smartlipo.

Treatment Duration

Once the area is fully numb, very tiny incisions are placed in the skin, these incisions are approximately 1/8″ and a micro-cannula, that encases the laser fiber is inserted underneath the skin. The lasers heat energy simultaneously melts the fat and tightens the skin. The liquefied fatty fluid is suctioned out of the body.

Depending on the area or areas of the body being treated the actual procedure could last 30 minutes to 2 hours or more. Example: a chin will take approximately 30 minutes and an abdomen will take 1.5-2 hours.

At the completion of the procedure the tiny incisions are closed with sutures and the patient is helped into a compression garment. The compression garment will be worn for three weeks post procedure.

WIFH patients are all able to walk out of the office, and the majority even drive themselves home. However, do expect some recovery time following the procedure. Patients will feel sore for several days after the procedure, but it should not hinder daily activity. Patients also experience minimal bruising and some swelling, which will dissipate over the next few weeks following the procedure.

It is also normal to experience some fluid drainage from the lower incision sites for the first day or two after the procedure. Patients should be able to return to work in a few days or even the next day.

Recovery time will vary from patient-to-patient. Activities such as exercise can resume as soon as the patient feels up to it, but patients should always listen to their bodies. High impact exercise, like running, may not feel comfortable for a couple of weeks.

Patients will begin to see results as soon as the swelling goes away (which is around that 1 month mark), however final results are expected around 6 months post procedure.

WIFH believes it is critical for anyone considering a surgical procedure to personally meet with the surgeon who will be performing the procedure. For this reason, our patients have a personal, complimentary consultation with Dr. Kulkin to discuss their goals.

Dr. Kulkin will assess the area(s) and will make recommendations for treatment. He will also take a comprehensive medical history so that we are aware of any health issues the patient may have. If Smartlipo is not right for the patient, he will tell them! WIFH’s goal for every patient is for them to be happy with their results, so we want to be sure this procedure aligns with their expectations.

The price of Smartlipo varies depending upon the area(s) being treated and the size of the patient. Typically, Smartlipo costs anywhere from $2,000 to $12,000.

Click here to see WIFH’s current Smartlipo pricing.

What is Smartlipo?

Smartlipo, also known as laser lipolysis, is laser-assisted liposuction. A minimally invasive fat removal procedure, Smartlipo provides results with significantly less downtime as compared to traditional liposuction1. Smartlipo treats patients wanting to remove fat from areas of the body where they have not been able to lose with diet and exercise.

Smartlipo was approved by the FDA in 2006 as the first laser to be used for laser-assisted liposuction. WIFH began its Atlanta Smartlipo liposuction program in 2008 after Founder and Medical Director Jay M. Kulkin, MD, observed enough data and results to determine its efficacy as one of the best laser liposuction procedures available.

To date, Dr. Kulkin has performed over 10,000 Smartlipo procedures. This body contouring procedure treats several areas of the body including the abdomen, flanks, thighs (inner and outer), bra fat, arms, male chests and chin.

Citations
1. Katz, B., McBean, J., (2008). Laser-assisted lipolysis: A report on complications. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy. 2008; 10: Pages 231–233.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19016103

How Does Smartlipo Work?

Smartlipo is performed under local anesthesia, meaning the patient remains awake and aware throughout the entire procedure. The Smartlipo laser gently melts the fat before it is suctioned from the body. Because the fat has been melted before it is suctioned out, Dr. Kulkin is able to use tiny instruments that prevent excessive tissue trauma. Dr. Kulkin and his surgical team do NOT use an IV or any injected sedation, reducing risk of complications.

An added benefit of laser-assisted liposuction is that the heating and melting of the fat prior to removal tightens the skin2.

At WIFH, Dr. Kulkin uses the Smartlipo Triplex version of Smartlipo — the strongest and latest version of the laser available today. It allows the use of three wavelengths of laser, which can be used independently or in combination. This is very important to keep in mind as lower powered machines cannot deliver enough deep tissue heating to provide skin tightening.

Citations
2. DiBernardo, B., Reyes, J., (2009). Preliminary Report: Evaluation of Skin Tightening After Laser-Assisted Liposuction. Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Volume 29, Issue 5, September 2009, Pages 400–407, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asj.2009.08.006
https://academic.oup.com/asj/article/29/5/400/199808

What are the Risks/Side Effects?

One of the primary risk factors for complications during a surgical procedure of any kind is the type of anesthesia that is administered. The same holds true in body contouring procedures. More invasive surgical procedures such as traditional liposuction utilize general anesthesia or IV sedation to render the patient unconscious. Dr. Kulkin does not use general or IV sedation for Smartlipo procedures.

For Smartlipo, Dr. Kulkin uses local anesthesia to thoroughly numb/anesthetize the treatment area. In addition to local anesthesia being the safest form of anesthesia, its effects also last several hours post-procedure, decreasing the need for narcotic pain medications after surgery. For patients who experience anxiety about being awake during the procedure, Dr. Kulkin can prescribe oral sedative to be taken prior to beginning treatment.

Because patient safety is the No. 1 priority for Dr. Kulkin and the WIFH medical team, we are proud to report zero adverse outcomes or sentinel events as a result of the Smartlipo treatment.

Preparing for Smartlipo

6-8 Weeks Before Your Procedure

  • Prospective patients can best prepare for Smartlipo by keeping these tips in mind:
    Eat healthy and prepare for new lifestyle changes. Smartlipo is not a weight loss procedure. Patients will need to continue a lifestyle of diet and exercise to maintain results.
  • Patients should discuss any medications they are taking with their provider, including any supplements. At WIFH, you should provide this information to Dr. Kulkin at the time of your consultation.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Try to stop smoking at least 6 weeks out from the procedure. Smokers tend to heal slower, so it is recommended you stop smoking. However, the patient can still have the procedure if they continue to smoke.

Pre-Operative Visit

  • In some cases preoperative blood-work may be requested. The patient can either return to the WIFH office to have those labs drawn, or they can visit a laboratory closest to them. There is no additional cost for these labs.

One Week Before Your Procedure

  • Discontinue taking fish oils and daily supplements. These tend to thin the blood. Multi-vitamins are fine to continue to take.
  • Patients should always check with their surgeon about any medications that they are taking. Some doctors may require the discontinuation of certain medications prior to surgery. The surgeon may also request clearance/permission from the patient’s prescribing or primary care physician.
  • Do not take Aspirin, Ibuprofen, mega doses of Vitamin E, Aleve, or herbal medications. They cause the blood to thin, which can lead to unnecessary bleeding and bruising.

The Day of Your Treatment

Because the idea of being awake during the procedure does make some patients a little anxious, our medical team can prescribe a mild pain and anti-anxiety medicines to take, just prior to the procedure.

These medications are not for pain management, but simply to relax the patient. If the patient declines these medications, they are able to drive themselves home following the procedure. Roughly 85% of WIFH patients undergo Smartlipo with no oral medications.

Because general anesthesia is not used, patients are able to eat and drink prior to the procedure. In fact, Dr. Kulkin encourages patients to eat a light meal before coming to the office so the oral medication (should they elect to take them) does not cause an upset stomach.

What to Expect During the Procedure

Smartlipo procedures are performed right in our office under the direct care of Dr. Kulkin. It is important to note that no one but Dr. Kulkin performs any of the surgical procedures at WIFH.

Pain/Discomfort

Patients are awake and aware during the procedure, but are comfortable and do not experience any pain. A lidocaine solution is used to completely numb the treatment area, and patients will only feel pressure and movement during the procedure. Many WIFH patients talk on their phones or listen to music while getting Smartlipo.

Treatment Duration

Once the area is fully numb, very tiny incisions are placed in the skin, these incisions are approximately 1/8″ and a micro-cannula, that encases the laser fiber is inserted underneath the skin. The lasers heat energy simultaneously melts the fat and tightens the skin. The liquefied fatty fluid is suctioned out of the body.

Depending on the area or areas of the body being treated the actual procedure could last 30 minutes to 2 hours or more. Example: a chin will take approximately 30 minutes and an abdomen will take 1.5-2 hours.

Smartlipo Recovery Time

At the completion of the procedure the tiny incisions are closed with sutures and the patient is helped into a compression garment. The compression garment will be worn for three weeks post procedure.

WIFH patients are all able to walk out of the office, and the majority even drive themselves home. However, do expect some recovery time following the procedure. Patients will feel sore for several days after the procedure, but it should not hinder daily activity. Patients also experience minimal bruising and some swelling, which will dissipate over the next few weeks following the procedure.

It is also normal to experience some fluid drainage from the lower incision sites for the first day or two after the procedure. Patients should be able to return to work in a few days or even the next day.

Recovery time will vary from patient-to-patient. Activities such as exercise can resume as soon as the patient feels up to it, but patients should always listen to their bodies. High impact exercise, like running, may not feel comfortable for a couple of weeks.

Patients will begin to see results as soon as the swelling goes away (which is around that 1 month mark), however final results are expected around 6 months post procedure.

Smartlipo Consultations

WIFH believes it is critical for anyone considering a surgical procedure to personally meet with the surgeon who will be performing the procedure. For this reason, our patients have a personal, complimentary consultation with Dr. Kulkin to discuss their goals.

Dr. Kulkin will assess the area(s) and will make recommendations for treatment. He will also take a comprehensive medical history so that we are aware of any health issues the patient may have. If Smartlipo is not right for the patient, he will tell them! WIFH’s goal for every patient is for them to be happy with their results, so we want to be sure this procedure aligns with their expectations.

Smartlipo Pricing

The price of Smartlipo varies depending upon the area(s) being treated and the size of the patient. Typically, Smartlipo costs anywhere from $2,000 to $12,000.

Click here to see WIFH’s current Smartlipo pricing.

Smartlipo FAQs

Who Are Good Candidates for Smartlipo?

There are two types of patients for Smartlipo – Ideal and Not Ideal. The ideal candidate for Smartlipo is in good health, and not typically more than 25 pounds over their ideal body weight. As with everything, there are always exceptions. This procedure was really designed for those hard to lose areas that patients can’t seem to get rid of with diet and exercise.

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Is Smartlipo safe for all skin types?

Regardless of ethnicity, Smartlipo does not impact skin color or increase the possibility of complications. WIFH patients represent 52 different countries from around the world, all with unique skin types and we have treated them all safely with exceptional results.

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Is Smartlipo better than traditional liposuction?

After performing more than 10,000 procedures, Dr. Kulkin has no doubt that laser assisted liposuction is better than traditional liposuction for most people. Patients experience less bruising because Smartlipo is a gentler technique causing less tissue trauma to the skin resulting in bruising. You also have a few days of downtime rather than weeks or months.

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