Smartlipo™ is a revolutionary procedure that uses a laser to vaporize localized fat. The laser is introduced through a tiny incision into the treatment area. The incision is so small that no stitches are required and there are no scars. Patients are given a local anesthetic and stay awake throughout the short procedure. The laser provides the additional benefit of tightening the surrounding skin. A very small cannula, similar in size to angel-hair pasta containing a laser fiber is inserted under the skin. The cannula is gently moved back and forth delivering the laser’s energy to the fat cells, causing them to melt and easily drain away. The laser energy also interacts with the dermis causing the collagen to shrink and the skin to tighten. The laser causes small blood vessels to coagulate immediately on contact so there is less bleeding, swelling and bruising, and a quicker recovery time than conventional liposuction. Because general anesthesia is unnecessary, the procedure is very safe with minimal side effects.