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What Is Laser Liposuction Or SmartLipo?

SmartLipo 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 utilized to rupture the fat cells, allowing the cells to drain away more easily and simultaneously causing the collagen threads in the dermis to shrink.

The overall effect is to eliminate the stubborn pocket(s) 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.

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?

SmartLipo is very effective at targeting stubborn pockets of fat in all areas of the body including:

Laser liposuction is a particularly effective treatment for sensitive areas such as the face and neck, where minimal scarring is preferred.

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?

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

Smart Lipo laser liposuction is performed at the Cadogan Clinic by Mr Ayham Al-Ayoubi, the UK's leading Smart Lipo surgeon.

Mr Ayoubi developed the concept of Laser Liposuction and was the first Surgeon to introduce all generations of Smartlipo lasers into the UK. He had performed over 2,000 laser liposuction and body contouring procedures since 2006.

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 are long lasting providing a healthy diet, lifestyle and weight are maintained following surgery.

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.

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