Smart Lipo is a brand name for a type of laser-assisted liposuction (LAL), which utilizes the Smart Lipo Triplex device, the third model in Cynosure's line of products. It was created in 2010. The procedure is generally performed using a local anesthetic, allowing patients to stay awake while they are being treated, though some providers do use general anesthesia. A small incision is created near the target site, through which a cannula attached to a laser fiber is inserted into the fat layers. The Smart Lipo Triplex uses three different laser wavelengths: 1440 nm, 1064 nm, and 1320 nm. Each wavelength has its own specific job. The 1440 and 1064 apply heat to the fat cells, breaking down the membranes that protect them and effectively liquefying them. This makes it easier for them to be removed through suction. The 1320 applies heat to the surrounding tissue, creating a coagulating effect that encourages the growth of collagen and elastin. This smooths the skin, erasing the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and sometimes cellulite, while giving the skin a level of elasticity to keep it from sagging. There are many reasons why Smart Lipo is considered to be a desirable alternative when compared to other types of laser-assisted liposuction.
The Smart Lipo Triplex is the only laser-assisted liposuction device that uses wavelengths capable of tightening the skin and increasing elasticity. This is extremely important for many patients, who often experience loose skin and sagging as a natural result of weight loss procedures. For many, it's the best way to go. Smart Lipo is also known to cut down on some of the complications and risks associated with laser-assisted liposuction. The heat produced by lasers can be difficult to isolate. Sometimes it can cause burning, scar tissue, and bruising. This can be painful, and it reverses some of the beneficial effects of the procedure, which is why Smart Lipo Triplex makes use of the SmartSense delivery system. It comes equipped with an advanced microchip known as the Accelerometer, which helps to limit the power of the lasers, allowing for more precise movements. The device also comes equipped with a temperature-sensing cannula known as ThermaGuide. It can help providers monitor how much heat is being applied to the tissue to avoid burns. If the sensor detects dangerous heat levels it will power the device down until it is applied to cooler tissue. Burning is one of the main complications caused by laser-assisted liposuction, so ThermaGuide is definitely a must for any provider.