While SmartLipo and SlimLipo appear to be similar procedures, there are crucial differences that render SlimLipo a far superior procedure.
SmartLipo utilizes a stainless steel "wand” laser energy that is stiff, it can't turn corners and is limited. The two wavelengths used are 1064 nanometers and 1320 nanometers. Both laser wavelengths are non-specific for fatty tissue and are absorbed by water, generating a fair amount of heat to the tissues. The heat generated at the laser tip is significant, disrupts the fat cells and shortens the collagen fibers. This is particularly important when operating areas like the neck where the skin is very delicate and it puts the patient at risk as it can result in tissue burns. SmartLipo has been modified numerous times to improve the results and some doctors are still using the old machines that don’t have the advanced technology necessary to give you the expected results.
SlimLipo uses a flexible wand made out of silicone fibers and can turn corners. It uses 924 nanometers and 975 nanometers wavelengths that are specifically absorbed by fatty tissue. 924 actually "melt" the fat and results in liquefying the fatty tissue with much less energy than SmartLipo. 975 nm is more specifically absorbed by collagen fibers and results in more specific tightening without using excessive heat. The laser wand delivers energy to a much wider area and therefore "melts" many more cells with each pass, and requires less energy to do the job. Slimlipo is only available at select medical centers around the country since only a handful of surgeons are adequately trained to perform the procedure.
Bottom line: Slimlipo is the next generation of laser assisted liposuction and is superior in its results, ease of use and patient safety.
SlimLipo vs. Traditional Liposuction
Traditional liposuction uses general anesthesia, leaves larger scars, causes more bleeding and more post-treatment pain, and requires a long recovery time. Patients would have significant discomfort, swelling and bruising after their procedure and depending upon their skin elasticity there would be some skin tightening and in many cases the skin does not retract at all.
SlimLipo uses local anesthesia, few tiny incisions are made, and patients have minimal blood loss, bruising, swelling and discomfort then patients who have had traditional liposuction. Unlike traditional liposuction, Slimlipo tightens the skin and doesn't leave dents or dings and patients can return to work and typical daily activities within a day or two after their Slimlipo treatment.
Bottom line: Slimlipo is easier on your body than the traditional liposuction method.