Is Tumescent Liposuction different from Smart Lipo? Essentially, both procedures use a similar technique. Some people are not candidates for Smart Lipo, but they may well be candidates for Tumescent Liposuction. Both procedures are geared for removal of undesired fat.
For patients who are slender and have smaller areas of fat deposits to be removed, Smart Liposuction (which involves passing a laser through the area internally to melt fat and tighten skin) would be a great procedure that is done using local anesthesia.
Tumescent (tradtitional) Liposuction would give the best results for patients that have more fat and want liposuction to multiple areas. The word tumescent implies that the fat melting liquid is injected first. The fluid is used to swell the treatment area during surgery and administering anesthetic and epinephrine which causes the blood vessels to constrict.
Tumescent liposuction with micro cannulas under local anesthesia is a most desired procedures. It takes a little longer and it costs a little more, but it is so worth it.
Bottom line: Tumescent liposuction is an extremely popular and effective technique for body contouring. Smart Lipo uses a cannula that is slightly smaller and is best for treating small areas of fat deposit. If you wish to treat a large area of fat such as the abdomen, the flanks, the waist, or thighs, the Tumescent Liposuction will treat these areas effectively and more quickly than Smart Lipo.