You’ve committed to eating right and exercising regularly, but still struggle with stubborn areas of persistent fat. Does this sound familiar? If so, you are not alone. Millions of Americans find that despite their diligent efforts, they simply can’t achieve the fit, sculpted physique they’ve worked so hard for. Fortunately, with SmartLipo offered at our Las Vegas plastic surgery office, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Miller can help you get the slim, toned contours you desire safely and effectively.
To learn more about SlimLipo, contact Stephen M. Miller M.D. today by completing the form on this page or calling 702-369-1001 to schedule a free consultation. Our state-of-the-art office in Las Vegas welcomes patients from across Nevada, including Henderson, Summerlin and neighboring communities.
What Is SmartLipo TriPlex?
SmartLipo is a laser-assisted liposuction procedure. With the SmartLipo TriPlex laser, Dr. Miller liquefies unwanted fat cells before removing them with a small tube called a cannula. The SmartLipo TriPlex laser utilizes three wavelengths:
- First wavelength: Delivers energy directly into the fat cells, causing them to rupture and become permanently destroyed.
- Second wavelength: Affects blood vessels to ensure less bleeding and bruising than with conventional liposuction.
- Third Wavelength: Heat energy causes the skin to contract and stimulates elastin and collagen production, tightening the skin.
SmartLipo uses the latest advancements in body contouring technology to provide a safer, quicker and cost-effective method of liposuction. During your initial consultation with Dr. Miller, he will discuss your goals and help you determine if a laser lipo treatment at our Las Vegas office is right for you.
What are the Benefits of SmartLipo?
If you are looking for a safe and effective way to get rid of stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise, SmartLipo may be your ideal solution. Benefits of this advanced fat-elimination procedure include:
- Safe, effective and FDA-approved
- Minimally invasive
- No downtime
- Low risk of complications
- Beautiful, natural-looking results
- Long-lasting outcome
- Improved figure and self-confidence
“I had Smartlipo Triplex done with Dr. Miller and so far I am very happy. What I liked the most about him is that he is super down to earth. He is very professional and knows what he is doing. Dr. Stephen M. Miller and his staff were great and I will recommend him to anyone. Excellent, super positive experience!!!” -Paz, Google Review
What areas of the body can SmartLipo treat?
SmartLipo can be used on the abdomen, upper arms, buttocks, thighs, flanks, and neck.
Who are the Ideal Candidates for a SmartLipo Procedure?
Ideal candidates for the SmartLipo procedure should be:
- In good general health
- Free of any serious medical conditions
- At or near ideal bodyweight
- Aware of the results they can realistically achieve
It’s important to note that SmartLipo is not a weight loss surgery. It is intended to refine your body contours and remove pockets of fat that do not respond to good diet and exercise practices.
The best way to determine if Smartlipo is right for you is to meet with Dr. Miller in a free initial consultation at our Las Vegas office. During this consultation, Dr. Miller will determine your candidacy for the procedure and explain all of your treatment options. You will work collaboratively with our board-certified plastic surgeon to design a customized treatment plan tailored specifically for you.
How do SmartLipo treatments work?
SmartLipo is a non-invasive lipo treatment offered at our Las Vegas office. It involves a conservative liposuction technique that utilizes laser energy to melt fat cells before they are removed through a small cannula. The surgical process begins with photographs of the treatment area. Pictures are often taken from several angles and, in between, the doctor marks the body to create a surgical guide. The procedure is performed with local anesthesia. Within a few minutes of injections, the area is numb, so there is no discomfort as the doctor inserts the laser probe. The laser-tipped cannula melts fat and immediately extracts it to sculpt a slimmer, curvier shape. The heat from the laser also causes a thermal reaction in the dermis in which collagen fibers tighten, enhancing the smooth texture of the skin. After the procedure, an elastic compression garment is applied to the treatment area.
What is the difference between traditional liposuction and SmartLipo?
The difference is the addition of laser energy to the liposuction procedure. In traditional liposuction, a tumescent solution of saline water, Lidocaine, and epinephrine is injected into the target area to swell the area, constrict the blood vessels, and make the fat cells easier to break loose and suction away with the cannula. Then a small incision is made, and the cannula is introduced. The cannula is a thin tube with suction. In traditional liposuction, the cannula needs to be moved back and forth under the skin to break loose the unwanted fat cells before they are suctioned away. These movements create tissue trauma and subsequent bruising.
SmartLipo adds laser energy to the procedure described above. Once Dr. Miller injects the area with the tumescent solution, the next step is to make a tiny incision or incisions across the treatment area. He then inserts the TriPlex laser fiber through the incision. The TriPlex laser delivers three different wavelengths of light energy under the skin across the treatment area. One wavelength causes fat cells to rupture. The second wavelength helps constrict blood vessels for less bleeding and subsequent bruising. The third wavelength causes the skin to contract and triggers the production of new amounts of collagen and elastin to tighten, firm, and thicken the skin over the area where the fat has been removed.
The addition of laser energy makes SmartLipo much less invasive and traumatic for the patient. There is far less bruising and blood loss, and recovery time is markedly shortened.
How long will a SmartLipo treatment take at your Las Vegas office?
The SmartLipo procedure takes an average of 2 hours. However, it can be much less for very small areas or up to 3 hours for multiple treatment areas. Dr. Miller will discuss your estimated treatment time during your consultation when your care plan is developed.
How many SmartLipo treatment sessions will I need?
SmartLipo is a sophisticated liposuction technique developed to enhance results and minimize downtime. Surgical fat reduction and body contouring is intended as a one-time treatment. Unlike the nonsurgical treatments that have become popular (and take 4 or more sessions and months of waiting), SmartLipo Triplex delivers outstanding results immediately.
How long after a SmartLipo treatment will I see results?
Expect some swelling and mild bruising after your procedure. Post-op swelling can last up to two weeks. However, most patients notice the beautiful results of their procedure within a day or two of their session.
Is anesthesia used with SmartLipo?
As described above, a SmartLipo procedure at our Las Vegas office involves Dr. Miller first injecting the target area with a tumescent solution. This solution is made of saline, epinephrine, and Lidocaine. The Lidocaine is the anesthetic used. Dr. Miller also uses some local anesthetic at the sites where he will make the small incisions.
Will my Las Vegas SmartLipo treatment be painful?
SmartLipo is not painful. Small injections of a local anesthetic are administered before incisions are made. When incisions are created, a tiny cannula is used to infiltrate the treatment area with tumescent fluid. This solution includes local anesthesia as well as chemicals that reduce bleeding. Tumescent fluid works quickly to numb the surgical area before the doctor inserts the SmartLipo fat-melting cannula.
What is recovery like after SmartLipo treatment?
The difference in recovery from traditional liposuction to SmartLipo is dramatic. With SmartLipo, the incisions are so small they generally don’t need stitches, so there isn’t really any visible scarring. Because the laser energy melts the fat, the cannula doesn’t have to be moved about aggressively to break it up, as it does in traditional liposuction. This makes for minimal tissue trauma, far less bruising, and minimal pain. Our patients can walk and move about not long after the procedure and most don’t even require pain medication that night. Most patients can drive the next day and return to work in two days.
What are the risks of SmartLipo?
SmartLipo is a liposuction technique that has been designed for comfort and conservativeness. The use of the laser-assisted device is unlikely to result in complications. In fact, SmartLipo is a minimal-downtime procedure that usually incurs nothing more than minor swelling and bruising that disappears over several days.
The risks with SmartLipo are basically the same as with tumescent liposuction. They are very low. There is a slight risk of burns from the laser energy, but this is usually a byproduct of inexperienced practitioners, not the procedure. Dr. Miller is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience with both traditional liposuction and SmartLipo. The FDA approved SmartLipo in 2006.
Hear What Dr. Miller’s Patients Have to Say!
“Dr. Miller performed Smart Lipo with skin tightning on my abdomen and waist. The results exceeded my expectations. Dr. Miller tells you everything he’s doing durning the procudure and makes sure you have no pain. This procudure was pain free, and I only needed to take tylonel that night and the next day. I highly recommed Dr. Miller and his entire staff. He’s a true artist. My husband is very happy with my results.” — Amie M. Google Review
“My experience exceeded my expectations by far. I was treated with respect from the moment I stepped into the office and Dr. Miller makes you feel like family. I had been to three consultations with plastic surgeons before I went to Dr. Miller and I made my decision before I left his office that I wanted him to be my doctor. I hope this review helps anyone that is searching for the perfect doctor, because Dr. Miller IS IT!!” — Taylor J. Google Review
Can I combine SmartLipo with other procedures?
Because SmartLipo is only minimally invasive, it can easily be combined with various non-surgical treatments. For instance, you could have a laser lipo treatment performed at our Las Vegas office as well as a laser hair removal session. You could have SmartLipo on your lower abdomen and have an IPL photofacial to address age spots on your face or arms. You could combine SmartLipo on your thighs with a HydraFacial. You could have SmartLipo on your flanks combined with Kybella injections to tighten your profile and reduce your double chin.
During your consultation with Dr. Miller, discuss the fact that you’d like to save time and combine your procedure with another treatment. He’ll discuss your options with you.
How often can I receive SmartLipo treatments?
SmartLipo is intended to be a single procedure on each area being treated. These are not meant to be a series. However, once you see your new contour on the are Dr. Miller has treated, you will likely want to investigate having another area treated. Once you are recovered, you can opt to have another area treated.
Are SmartLipo procedures permanent?
The fat removed with SmartLipo is permanently gone. These results are the same as with traditional liposuction. If you maintain a healthy weight and incorporate an exercise regimen of some sort into your life, you will enjoy your slimmer contours for the rest of your life.
How Much Does SmartLipo Cost?
The cost of SmartLipo varies, depending on the body area and other factors, such as facility and anesthesia fees. Laser liposuction in the arms may cost around $3,000 to $4,000, while abdominal liposuction ranges from $5,000 to $6,000. After your consultation, Dr. Miller and our staff will provide a detailed estimate for your SmartLipo treatment.
Can SmartLipo Triplex Treat Cellulite?
SmartLipo Triplex focuses on laser fat removal but offers some benefits for the skin. Unlike traditional liposuction, which may leave sagging skin behind, laser liposuction tightens skin and promotes skin remodeling due to the heat from the laser. This natural rejuvenation process can improve and, in some cases, eliminate dimpled skin or cellulite.
What If I Gain Wait After Laser Liposuction?
The fat cells removed with SmartLipo Triplex are gone forever, but the remaining cells in the treated area can expand if you gain weight in the future. Your weight gain will likely be more proportionate, though. Focusing on a healthy diet and regular exercise is best to avoid increasing your size after SmartLipo.
Is SmartLipo Approved by the FDA?
SmartLipo Triplex was cleared by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006. Laser liposuction with SmartLipo technology does not need FDA “approval” because it is a medical device. Devices under this umbrella provide similar services to other devices on the market. The FDA reviewed and cleared SmartLipo, stating it is safe and effective for indicated uses, including surgical removal, vaporization, and soft tissue coagulation for laser-assisted lipolysis.
Can Fat Removed with SmartLipo be Transferred to My Face, Breasts, or Buttocks?
SmartLipo offers many benefits of traditional liposuction. It reduces downtime and melts away fat, making it easier to suction out. Fat transfer involves harvesting fat from one body area and reinjecting the purified fat cells into another region of the face or body. Because SmartLipo melts or vaporizes fat, the removed cells can’t be repurposed in other areas. The laser damages the fat, making it impossible for the cells to survive in the face, breasts, or buttocks. Traditional liposuction is more appropriate for patients wanting to repurpose the removed fat to enhance another area.
Is There a Minimum or Maximum Age for SmartLipo?
Age in and of itself is not a limiting factor for SmartLipo. You must meet the candidacy requirements, which include good health, stable weight, and realistic expectations. Adults of any age may qualify for SmartLipo, especially because the procedure does not require general anesthesia removing those risks from the equation for older patients.
Is SmartLipo Better for Small Areas of Fat?
SmartLipo can treat small and large pockets of stubborn fat. The size of the treated area will affect the length of the procedure and the amount of local anesthetic, but laser liposuction is effective for nearly any area of the body. Some larger regions, such as the abdomen or back, may be better treated with traditional liposuction, but that depends on several factors. During your consultation, Dr. Miller will discuss the pros and cons of liposuction techniques and recommend the method that will deliver the best results.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Today
If you live in the Las Vegas, Henderson, or Summerlin areas of Nevada and would like to find out if SmartLipo is right for you, please call our office today at 702-369-1001 to schedule a free consultation with Stephen M. Miller M.D. We look forward to meeting you!