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What Is Laser Liposuction Or SmartLipo?

Smart lipo MPX, or laser liposuction, is an innovative liposuction technique for the removal of unwanted body fat from areas in your body that do not respond well to diet and exercise alone.

Laser technology is used to rupture the fat cells, melting them down therefore allowing the cells to drain away more easily. After liquifying the fat, the surgeon will insert a tiny tube called a cannula which will suck out the melted fat. Laser liposuction also stimulates the production of collagen, which will leave the skin firmer or tighter following the procedure.

The overall effect is to eliminate the stubborn pockets of fat, whilst rejuvenating the appearance of the skin over the treated area and making it appear smoother and tighter after the fat has been removed.

Laser lipo is a minimally invasive, but highly effective, way of ridding the body of hard-to-lose fat.  The procedure is performed under local anesthetic and requires minimal downtime.  You can expect to see the results of smart liposuction immediately.

However laser lipo is not a weight loss treatment. If you are excessively overweight, then laser liposuction is probably not a suitable treatment for you. The treatment is meant to remove small areas of excess fat. Laser lipo patients should be healthy and near their ideal weight.

You should avoid smart liposuction if you have cancer, blood clots, Type 2 diabetes, liver disease, any heart condition, a pacemaker, MS, a vascular condition or any abnormal tissue growth. Do not undergo laser liposuction if you have recently undergone surgery or take anticoagulants or medications that make you light-sensitive.

Laser lipo should also be avoided if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or experiencing a heavy period.

If you have any of the above conditions, speak to your consultant to find out what alternative treatments are available.

At A Glance

Laser Liposuction

At A Glance

  • Surgery Time

    1+ hours

  • Exercise Including Gym

    1 - 2 weeks

  • Time Off Work

    A few days up to 1 week (if needed)

  • Bras & Garments

    Sports bra worn for 6 - 8 weeks

  • Hospital Stay

    Day case

  • Sexual Activity

    Restricted activity after 1 - 2 weeks

  • Washing

    Shower after 1 day

  • Full Recovery

    2 weeks

  • Reasonably Mobile


  • Driving

    A few days

  • Sleeping Position

    Sleeping on back recommended for 2 weeks

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Prices for Laser Liposuction

Included in this treatment

  • Up to two 30 minute – 60 minute consultations with a leading specialist plastic surgeon at our award-winning premises in Chelsea
  • Your procedure carried out at London’s leading specialist cosmetic surgery centre of excellence
  • Return home on the same day to recover in comfort in your own home
  • 24/7 on call nurse assistance
  • Dedicated Patient Co-ordinator, as a personal point of contact through your journey with Cadogan
  • A pre-operative medical assessment to ensure you are fit for surgery
  • Comprehensive post-operative aftercare courtesy of our specialist cosmetic nurses

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Laser Liposuction Surgeons

We have invited a selection of the country's very best consultants to join us at the Cadogan Clinic so that you can be sure that whatever the nature of your treatment, you will be seeing one of the top practitioners in the country.

Mr Ayham Al-Ayoubi

Facial Plastic and Laser Surgeon / GMC: 4497305

Mr Ayham Al-Ayoubi is an ENT, Facial Plastic Surgeon and Cosmetic Consultant specialising in Smartlipo and Cellulaze....

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What Areas Can Be Targeted By Laser Liposuction Or SmartLipo?

There are many areas of the body and face which can be successfully treated with laser liposuction. Some areas may need more treatments than others. Sometimes several areas can be treated in one laser lipo session. Here are the most popular areas of the body which can be treated, and how smart liposuction can help address common concerns.

  • Face - Laser lipo removes fatty deposits from the face as well as tightening areas of skin which have become lax with age.
  • Back - Targets problem areas such as the lower back and stubborn bra fat.
  • Mons pubis - Removes the stubborn mound of fatty tissue that sits over the pelvic bone. This is a common complaint in men and women.
  • Breasts - Reduces the size of the breasts while simultaneously lifting them. Laser lipo is also used to tackle the problem of ‘man boobs’.
  • Stomach - Laser lipo is a popular method of removing stubborn and obvious belly fat.
  • Thighs - Laser liposuction will result in thinner, more sculpted, thighs.
  • Hips - Excess fat around the hips and abdomen can lead to ‘love handles’, which hang outwards from the hips. Laser lipo eliminates fat from this problem area. 
  • Buttocks - Improves the shape and size of the buttocks.
  • Knees - Targets fatty deposits at the inner knee.
  • Upper arms - Flabby upper arms, often referred to as ‘bingo wings’, can be successfully treated with laser lipo, which acts to tighten up the skin.
  • Chin - Removes a double chin. This is often combined with laser lipo on the neck for a more dramatic effect.
  • Cheeks - Targets ‘chubby cheeks’ and restores a more defined profile.
  • Neck - Defines the contours and tightens the skin, also helping to turn back the clock on the aging process.

How does the procedure work?

Smart lipo is a really straightforward treatment. It is carried out in the clinic and you are free to leave on the same day. Laser lipo requires minimum downtime, which is another reason why the treatment is so popular.

Although it is a surgical procedure, it is minimally invasive and is carried out under a local anesthetic, so you remain awake during your laser liposuction.

The surgeon will use a special marker to mark the treatment areas on your body. Then an incision measuring just 1-2 mm is made with a micro-scalpel and the local anaesthetic is administered. A thin tube called a cannula is inserted into the treatment site. A laser inside the cannula melts the fat which makes it easier to remove from the body via suction. Depending on the treatment area, this liquified fat may be left in the body to be absorbed naturally. The heat from the laser also prompts the body to produce more collagen, which helps to tighten the skin, giving the treatment area a more youthful appearance. The treatment takes no more than a couple of hours from start to finish. There is minimal downtime required and you are free to return to your daily activities the following day.

There are no stitches and the incision sites heal within a couple of days.

What Makes SmartLipo Different From Normal Liposuction?

SmartLipo removes fat by breaking down your fat cells with a laser before they are removed. It is less invasive and therefore can have fewer side effects than traditional liposuction. Laser-assisted liposuction has been around in Europe for about fifteen years.

Laser-assisted liposuction works on small, localised areas of fat on the face and body. Areas that can be treated with laser-assisted liposuction include the face, neck, jowls, arms, back, gynecomastia (or male breasts) and loose skin.

Just as with any surgical procedure, laser-assisted liposuction isn't for everyone. The ideal candidate is someone who is in generally good health and close to normal body weight, but who has areas of fat that just won't budge, even with diet and exercise.

Cadogan Clinic was founded by Mr Bryan Mayou, who pioneered the introduction of liposuction to the UK 30 years ago. Mr Mayou has personally invited Mr Ayham Al-Ayoubi, a leading surgeon and the first Surgeon to introduce Smartlipo and Cellulaze laser into the UK, to practice laser assisted liposuction at the Clinic

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Why Do People Have It?

Benefits of using a laser to break down the fat cells (versus the manual action involved in traditional liposuction) include:

  • Local anaesthetic, no general anaesthetic required
  • Less invasive procedure
  • No downtime & quicker recovery
  • Smaller incision and less scarring
  • Less bruising and swelling
  • Collagen produced to tighten the skin

Who Is Suitable?

Cadogan Clinic considers individuals fit for the procedure, if all of the following are true of them:

  • You are in good psychological and physical medical health
  • You have a positive outlook and realistic expectations of what can be achieved via laser liposuction
  • You are seeking to improve the contours of your body 
  • You are seeking to rejuvenate the appearance of your overlying skin 
  • You are looking for longer lasting results 
  • You are looking to avoid invasive liposuction surgery / having a general anaesthetic 


Why come to The Cadogan Clinic for your Laser Liposuction?

  • Cadogan Clinic is an award winning specialist cosmetic clinic, with a track record of delivering safe, high quality cosmetic surgery
  • We were founded by Mr Bryan Mayou, the surgeon who first brought Liposuction the UK, and he has trained the next generation of specialists at the Clinic
  • Unlike many of our competitors, we use the latest anaesthetic technologies to minimise your downtime, and allow you to return home on the day of your procedure
  • Our nursing team provide a dedicated 24/7 oncall service during recovery – whatever your question, we can provide the answer
  • We offer a complimentary consultation and treatment with our onsite team of aestheticians to ensure you heal and scar quickly and efficiently

What are the benefits of day case surgery?

What are the risks

Complications are unlikely. That said, as with all surgery, some complications are possible, your surgeon will discuss each of these risks comprehensively at your consultation.

What Can I Expect From My Surgery?

Our Surgical Patient Advisor, Ellie, answers our patients most frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

First the treated area is marked up and a small incision (1-2 mm) is made with a micro-scalpel and the local anaesthetic is injected.

The optical fibre of the laser is inserted with its progress through the skin tissue clearly observed from the surface by the light on the laser.

Treatment involves tracing the marked up lines on the surface of the skin with the laser underneath, in a regular, metronomic lengthways movement. The laser breaks down the fatty tissue via thermal energy and the mechanical movement, and transforms the fat cells into an oily emulsion that can be suctioned out easily.

There are no stitches, only very small incision sites that heal quickly in a few days. The treatment take about 1-2 hours depending on the number of treated areas. Given the minimal trauma involved in the treatment, recovery is much quicker than with traditional alternatives, and you can be back to daily life the very next day.

The length of Laser liposuction treatment depends on the number of areas being targeted. Surgery time can range from 1 hour to 3 hours.

Most patients can see instant results following the SmartLipo procedure, however, it is important to remember that there will be some swelling after surgery. Once this subsides your full results will be visible – this should take between one to two months maximum.

Laser liposuction results can be seen a week after the procedure, with the full results visible four to six months post-surgery.

The results of laser lipo are permanent, as the treatment ‘deactivates’ the fat cells, leaving them unable to store fat anymore. You will be able to sustain the results providing a healthy diet, lifestyle and weight are maintained following surgery. Further laser liposuction can be carried out on problem areas if required.

Downtime is very limited. The patient is free to leave the Clinic after several hours, and should immediately resume reasonable mobility. Exercise should be limited for a maximum of two weeks, with a return to work possible the very next day.

Smart lipo uses a laser to melt down the fat, making it easier to remove from the body. Vaser lipo uses ultrasound to break down the fat cells from the surrounding tissue.

Vaser liposuction claims to be quicker, more effective and less painful than other techniques. However Vaser also has the potential for far more complications. This technique often produces lumpy results and even occasional burns. Often this means that further treatment is needed to correct the damage. We do not recommend Vaser and do not offer this type of liposuction at the Cadogan Clinic.

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