SmartLipo laser liposuction is the most advanced liposuction technique available today. SmartLipo uses a method known as laser liposculpture to melt fat away.

SmartLipo is a minimally invasive, safe procedure that produces aesthetic, effective results as a new, modernized alternative to some of the more traditional liposuction techniques. It is ideal for removal of stubborn fatty areas that have proven difficult to remove by an exercise regimen and healthy diet. To learn about this innovative solution for unwanted fat deposits, please call New Image Plastic Surgery Associates at (888) 730-4113 today.

Benefits of SmartLipo

The most common areas that liposuction focuses on are the buttocks, abdomen and oblique (love handles), inner and outer thighs, hips, face (neck and jowls) and arms. There are several advantages to using the SmartLipo procedure, such as:

  • A tiny incision (3-5mm) is made
  • The Smartlipo laser fiber will be inserted through a very small cylinder into a predetermined area on the body in accordance with the area to be treated
  • The laser emulsifies the fat cell membranes
  • The fat cells are permanently destroyed by this method
  • The liquefied fat is gently aspirated
  • New collagen is produced resulting in tightening and coagulation of skin

What to Expect

When our patients have made the decision to have SmartLipo, they will schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Roberta Gartside. During this personal consultation, our patients will discuss their expectations and determine if these expectations are realistic for their body and other factors such as elasticity of skin, lifestyle (tobacco use and/or alcohol consumption), plans for potential pregnancies, and past and present health conditions.

It is important for our patients to supply accurate and complete information to ensure the safe and effective experience of the procedure. During the liposuction consultation, this will be the time to ask any questions regarding the process.


The majority of liposuction surgeries are done as an outpatient procedure. With SmartLipo, a liposculpture laser is used to melt away troublesome, unsightly areas. The anesthesia used for the procedure depends on the amount of fat being removed from the body.

Dr. Roberta Gartside will discuss your fat removing options and the amount during your consultation and will determine if this is the best procedure for your desires. Other liposuction procedures to consider include:

The process takes approximately 2 hours, depending on the areas to be treated and amount of fat being removed. Upon completion of the procedure, our patient will be monitored in a recovery room by a nurse. The amount of recovery time varies by patient, response to anesthesia and procedure.

After Care

Dr. Gartside will discuss the recovery time with our patients after the liposuction procedure. When the anesthesia subsides, the soreness has been described as the soreness one feels after a rigorous workout. Our patients may be prescribed pain medication for any further soreness or discomfort associated with the liposuction procedure.

The incisions made in the skin to remove the fat may drain for several days after the liposuction procedure; a drainage tube can be used to remove any fluid or drainage from the incisions. Tight clothing or compression garments should be worn for several weeks after the procedure to aid in the healing process. It is important to keep a healthy lifestyle after the procedure in order to reach the full potential and effectiveness of the liposuction procedure. Please keep in mind that a continued relationship with Dr. Roberta Gartside is important for a successful recovery. Our patients will be able to schedule follow-up visits to evaluate the progress of their liposuction procedure.

For more information about SmartLipo and laser liposuctio, please contact Roberta Gartside, MD by calling (888) 730-4113 or completing our online form. Dr. Gartside serves patients in Washington, D.C. and Virginia areas including Reston, Fairfax, and McLean Virginia.