During the procedure, which can be performed on any part of the body, a cannula—a thin tube that’s inserted into the body—is used to remove fat and not the cellulite itself. Once some of the excess fat has been removed, the appearance of cellulite may be better since there are fewer fat cells in the body. Laser-assisted liposuction, like SmartLipo, uses laser energy to first liquefy fat before it’s removed. “Usually women have a combination of irregular contours, excess fat, skin laxity and cellulite. Each of these may have a slightly different treatment, and with cellulite, many times a combination approach is best,” says Dermatologist Amy Forman Taub, MD, of Lincolnshire, Illinois. Whether laser-assisted liposuction adds any benefit beyond what’s achieved with standard, small cannula liposuction is controversial and still unproven.
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