Stubborn areas of fat on your stomach, hips, thighs, upper arms, and/or chin can be treated with Smartlipo™, an FDA-approved enhancement to traditional liposuction, which gives Long Island patients of Dr. Zachary Gerut a less invasive liposuction option paired with a faster recovery time!
Ideal Candidates for Smartlipo™
Healthy men and women with smaller areas of excess fat are excellent candidates for Smartlipo™.
How Smartlipo™ is Performed
Smartlipo™is an elective outpatient plastic surgery performed in Dr. Gerut’s fully accredited and licensed surgical suite located in his office in Hewlett, Long Island. Smartlipo™ patients benefit from the attention to detail and patient comfort and safety that result from Dr. Gerut’s many years with the same surgical team, which includes a board certified anesthesiologist.
One benefit of Smartlipo™is that it can often be performed under local anesthesia, which eliminates the risks of general anesthesia, such as nausea and grogginess. As with traditional liposuction, a mixture of sterile saline (salt water) plus Lidocaine is injected into the treatment area. Very small incisions are made, into which Dr. Gerut inserts a hollow tube containing a laser fiber that is gently moved underneath the skin so the laser can rupture the fat cells, which are then removed via suction. When the procedure is completed, Dr. Gerut places small band-aids on the incision points
Recovery from Smartlipo™
One of the benefits of Smartlipo™ is that patients have less swelling, bruising and bleeding compared with traditional liposuction. It also increases the production of collagen (a hallmark of youthful skin) and tightens skin to minimize the look of loose skin that sometimes appears after traditional liposuction. After the Smartlipo™ procedure, the patient will be placed in a compression garment to prevent blood clots and encourage healing. Over the course of the first postop week, bruising and swelling is normal, as is some numbness, all of which will resolve in 7-10 days. As with traditional liposuction, Smartlipo™ results are permanent—once the fat cells are removed, they will not come back.