Unwanted fat accumulation in certain areas of the body is a common occurrence today among both women and men. Lifestyle challenges, genetics, lack of exercise, and unbalanced diet are some of the key factors for this condition. Cosmetic surgery offers the most effective and sustainable solutions to reduce stubborn fat pockets in areas such as the hips, thighs, abdomen, flanks, arms, and calves.

Liposuction and its less invasive and more innovative variant, Smart Lipo, are two major treatment options for fat reduction that a plastic surgeon may provide. Dr. Wright Jones is an experienced plastic surgeon who receives patients from Atlanta, Buckhead, Stockbridge, Marietta, GA, and surrounding communities for fat reduction procedures.

Popularity and Acceptance

Traditional liposuction is currently the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the US, according to the figures released by the ASAPS. Advanced techniques such as tumescent liposuction have made the procedure more targeted and effective. It can be performed alone or in conjunction with various other surgeries.

Smart Lipo is an innovative variant, which involves the use of laser technology. This makes the procedure relatively less invasive as well as precise. In recent years, the acceptance of Smart Lipo as an alternative to traditional liposuction has been growing.

Treatment Approach

The size of incision is relatively larger in case of traditional liposuction. Multiple incisions may be placed in some cases, depending on the location and surface area. The cosmetic surgeon will dislodge the targeted fat cells through the incision, and will remove them through a syringe-assisted suction process.

In case of Smart Lipo, the incision size is significantly smaller because the unwanted fat deposits will be broken down without the use of hands and with the help of a precise laser beam. Bruising and bleeding is reduced in this case, and the fat removal can occur in a less aggressive manner. Dr. Jones provides this treatment to patients in Atlanta, Buckhead, Stockbridge, Marietta, GA, and nearby areas.

Recovery Period

The recovery time required for Smart Lipo surgery is relatively lesser than in the case of traditional liposuction. Most patients can return to their regular activities or go back to work in about three to four days following Smart Lipo. On the other hand, liposuction will typically involve a downtime of about one week to 10 days. Working people and busy moms tend to choose procedures that involve a reduced downtime.

Pain During and After Surgery

The pain and discomfort involved in case of Smart Lipo is considerably lesser in comparison to traditional liposuction surgery. The procedure is performed with the patient awake under local anesthesia. During the recovery period, the bruising, swelling and bleeding is lesser, which results in minimal discomfort in case of Smart Lipo.


Liposuction can potentially create more dramatic and conspicuous results. A larger incision and a more invasive fat removal approach can allow the surgeon to take out a substantial amount of fat. On the other hand, Smart Lipo usually produces more under-stated and subtle outcomes. Some surgeons may recommend Smart Lipo only for the smaller areas of the body.

See all plastic surgery procedures that Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Wright Jones performs of the facenosebody, and breast in and around Atlanta, Buckhead, Stockbridge, Marietta, GA and surrounding areas.

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