Should I get SmartLipo or Liposuction?

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, and Nearby Nevada

July 18, 2019

Fat removal procedures are one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the United States. People who work hard to sculpt a fit, beautiful body often get frustrated when fat deposits won’t budge. For body fat that is resistant to exercise and healthy eating habits, liposuction or SmartLipo may be the solution you seek.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Miller has helped many patients attain a firmer, smoother physique with these body contouring methods. If fat removal is what you’re looking for, Dr. Miller will consider several factors to determine if SmartLipo or liposuction will get you the best results for your treatment goals.


Liposuction has been in practice for many years. The procedure has been refined since the 1970’s to provide great results with less recovery time.

With traditional liposuction, Dr. Miller injects tumescent fluid into the treatment area. This fluid, which consists of salt water, lidocaine, and epinephrine, makes it easier to extract the fat cells. Once the fat cells are ready for removal, Dr. Miller uses a cannula and a lipo-specific suction pump to remove fat cells from the body.

Common treatment areas:

  • Breasts
  • Arms
  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Thighs

Liposuction Candidacy

First, you must understand that fat removal treatments are not a substitute for healthy diet and exercise. Instead, they are methods of tightening specific trouble areas. You may be a good candidate for liposuction if:

  • You are near your optimal body weight.
  • You do not have any illness that interferes with the body’s ability to heal.
  • You do not have sagging or loose skin or poor skin elasticity.
  • You do not smoke or are able to cease smoking prior to the treatment and during your recovery.
  • You are dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle to enjoy long-term results.


SmartLipo incorporates a laser to assist with fat removal. The laser turns fat cells into a liquid, which is removed via a cannula. This treatment is considered to be gentler than traditional liposuction.

Dr. Miller uses SmartLipo TriPlex, which involves three different wavelengths. The first wavelength destroys fat cells. The second targets blood vessels to reduce bleeding and bruising. The final wavelength delivers heat energy, which works to tighten skin.

Because of the laser’s precision, small areas can be targeted that traditional lipo may not be able to address. Additionally, less surrounding tissue is affected, shortening recovery.

When compared with traditional lipo, SmartLipo involves a shorter procedure, smaller incisions, and less downtime. It requires only a local anesthetic, whereas lipo, which can address larger fat pockets, often requires general anesthesia.

Common Treatment Areas:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Arms
  • Abdomen
  • Legs
  • Buttocks

SmartLipo Candidacy

SmartLipo candidates must meet a few qualifications. You should:

  • Be within about 25 pounds of their optimal weight
  • Be in good overall physical health
  • Have realistic expectations for the procedure
  • Be committed to a healthy lifestyle to maintain your results
  • Have smaller areas of fat to target


To find out if SmartLipo or liposuction is right for you, contact us at 702-369-1001 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Miller. His priorities are always patient safety and achieving each patient’s idea of their best body.

We proudly serve patients in Las Vegas, Summerlin, Henderson, and the surrounding areas of Nevada. We look forward to helping you get the look you want.

Category: Body Contouring, Liposuction


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