SmartLipo can be described as laser-assisted liposuction. Supporters say it uses laser technology to melt and liquefy the fat within fat cells, then tightens the skin better than "traditional" liposuction.
According to RealSelf.com, the average price of SmartLipo in the U.S. in August 2009 was about $5,500.
Cost Breakdown By Procedure
Doctors on a website that offers referrals for the procedure, SmartLipo.com, say the cost depends on the size of the area to be treated. Hips and thighs can cost around $7,000. They say a chin might cost about $2,000.
Because SmartLipo is considered an elective procedure, the SmartLipo website says most health insurance companies will not cover it. But there are doctors who will let you set up a payment plan.
Doctors on the RealSelf website have mixed opinions on how well SmartLipo works. One says he found it was more expensive than traditional liposuction and the results were not worth it. Another says his practice uses it in conjunction with traditional liposuction to tighten the skin.
The doctors on SmartLipo say it has less down time and side effects than traditional liposuction. But those with RealSelf say you should not forget SmartLipo is a surgical procedure. The side effects can include swelling, soreness and occasionally burns from the laser.