Tumescent Liposuction

About Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is considered by many cosmetic surgeons and patients to be the safest and most effective form of liposuction surgery. It’s a procedure where lidocaine is injected into the fat beneath the skin allowing for the fat’s removal without the need for general anesthesia. During liposuction, the fat is removed through a cannula which is inserted under the skin.

This safe, proven procedure has allowed millions of patients to improve their figures through the precise targeting and removal of isolated deposits of fat.

To that end, we have all the industry options to ensure you get the best treatment for your body.

VASERlipo precision body contouring

VASERlipo uses a precise, minimally invasive liposuction technology that produces eye-catching results in just one procedure, without the discomfort and long recovery times of typical liposuction treatments. The procedure is tissue-selective, targeting fat while protecting other tissues from damage. It’s powerful enough to eliminate substantial areas of fat but gentle enough to treat delicate areas such as the neck and arms. VASERlipo is clinically proven to produce even results in treated areas, leaving your skin smooth and your body beautiful.

Key benefits of VASERlipo Body Sculpting:

      • Single procedure results with speedy recovery times
      • Improved body contouring over traditional liposuction
      • Easily removes large amounts of stored fat
      • Smooths skin even in delicate areas like the arms and neck
      • Refines and accentuates appearance of muscles

The VASERlipo experience

VASERlipo is a simple, minimally invasive liposuction procedure that can be performed in a physician’s office, a hospital, or an outpatient surgery center, while you are awake or under general anesthesia.

During the procedure, ultrasound energy is used to treat unwanted fat, loosening the cells from other tissues so they can be gently removed through a small tube. Depending on the number of areas being treated, the procedure can take as little as one hour or up to several hours.

After a VASERlipo procedure, patients wear special compression garments to help skin contract smoothly to the body’s new contours. A short period of rest (typically 12 hours) is recommended, followed by two to three weeks of general recovery when strenuous activities should be avoided.

Results are immediately noticeable after the VASERlipo procedure and will continue to improve as the body heals. Final results are typically seen in about three to four months.

Fat Transfer Procedures

Many patients chose to have fat removed from one area of the body with a VASERlipo procedure and transfer it to accentuate or contour another area of the body in what is called a Fat Transfer Procedure. Fat cells treated and removed during VASERlipo procedures are typically of high quality, and are viable to re-introduce into the body in a Fat Transfer Procedure. Unlike short lasting synthetic fillers, re-injecting your own fat may give you natural looking results that last longer, with no risk of rejection.


SmartLipo is a new, innovative laser-assisted procedure that can be used alone, or in combination with tumescent liposuction, to achieve superior results when combining fat removal with skin tightening.

Like tumescent liposuction, SmartLipo removes fat through a cannula inserted into small openings in the skin. However, with SmartLipo, a laser is used to first melt the fat, helping with extraction and resulting in less swelling and bruising for faster recovery. In addition to melting pockets of fat, the laser energy also induces collagen growth while tightening lax skin.

SmartLipo is a minimally invasive treatment that only requires local anesthesia—enhancing client safety and reducing the likelihood of side effects. Typically, only one short treatment session is needed, enabling you to get back to a normal schedule quickly.

Body-Jet Liposuction

Body-jet Liposuction (also called water lipo) is a water-jet assisted tumescent liposuction that sculpts and shapes your body more gently and with less downtime and discomfort than regular liposuction.

Body-Jet Liposuction introduces gentle pulses of fluid while simultaneously dislodging and removing fat without the brute force used in traditional liposuction. The spray of fluid separates fat from other tissues. Body-Jet then removes fluids from the patient as quickly as they were introduced. Because less fluid is in the patient at any given time, minimal discomfort and a faster and more accurate procedure is possible.

Frequently asked questions about SmartLipo

What is SmartLipo?

SmartLipo is a new, innovative laser-assisted procedure used in combination with tumescent liposuction to achieve superior results when combining fat removal with skin tightening.

How does SmartLipo work?

SmartLipo liquefies the targeted fat using a laser cannula inserted into small openings in the skin. This is often combined with a suction cannula to remove the melted fat. SmartLipo may also be used to melt residual fat and to tighten the skin after tumescent liposuction. In addition to melting pockets of fat, the laser energy induces collagen growth while tightening lax skin. The cannula used for SmartLipo is so small that the procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, which is also used for tumescent liposuction. This avoids the risks associated with general anesthesia used in traditional liposuction done in a hospital. The minimal invasiveness of SmartLipo may hasten recovery time and reduce the risk of complications. SmartLipo is thought to decrease swelling and bruising for faster recovery.

How is SmartLipo different from traditional liposuction?

SmartLipo offers many advantages over traditional liposuction, including faster recovery, minimal discomfort, and fewer complications. Also, because the laser seals blood vessels as it treats the fat, there is less swelling, bleeding and bruising than with traditional liposuction.

What areas of the body can be treated with SmartLipo?

We offer treatment for many areas, including the neck, face, arms, knees, back, bra strap, mons pubis, male breasts (gynecomastia), hips, thighs, buttocks, and for areas of loose and flabby skin. SmartLipo is a perfect solution for stubborn fat that has not responded to diet and exercise.

Is there any downtime?

SmartLipo is a minimally invasive treatment that only requires oral sedation and local anesthesia—enhancing patient safety and reducing the likelihood of side effects. Many patients are able to get back to a normal schedule quickly. However, one or two days may be needed to rest. SmartLipo may result in minimal pain or bruising. In rare cases, infection, blisters or scars may occur.

How long will it take to see results?

Results may be seen immediately and will continue to improve over several months.

Is the procedure permanent?

Little, if any, fat is reabsorbed back into your body once SmartLipo removes the fat from the treated area of your body, However, if you accumulate fat in the future, it will be deposited somewhere else on your body.

The focus of SmartLipo is body shape improvement, however it may improve cellulite and tighten sagging skin.

If you are considering SmartLipo, it is important to have realistic expectations of the procedure’s results. SmartLipo is primarily intended to treat areas of fat that have not responded to diet and exercise; therefore it is most effective on patients who are generally in good health and who are within 20 pounds of their ideal BMI (body mass index). The following page shows a BMI table that can help you determine your BMI and category.

Is SmartLipo painful?

Patients are treated with a local anesthetic during the procedure, eliminating pain during treatment. After the anesthesia has worn off, there may be aches and pains, similar to what one might feel after a vigorous workout.

Is SmartLipo safe?

The SmartLipo device was approved by the FDA in November 2006.

Who performs the treatment?

SmartLipo treatments are always administered by extensively trained and experienced physicians. Dr. Mark B. Taylor of the Gateway Aesthetic Institute & Laser Center has more than 30 years of experience in cosmetic surgery procedures, and more than 20 years of experience with laser treatments. He was one of the first doctors to use SmartLipo in the United States. Feel assured that when you select the Gateway Aesthetic Institute & Laser Center, you will get the most effective and safest treatment possible.

How do I know if SmartLipo is right for me?

Call Gateway Aesthetic Institute & Laser Center at (801) 595-1600 to schedule a free consultation.  We will help determine which options are right for you. We are located at the south end of the Gateway Mall at 440 West 200 South, Suite 250, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101. We offer extended and weekend hours.

Why Gateway Aesthetic Institute and Laser Center?

Artistic skill combined with sound medical and aesthetic judgment is the key to natural, attractive, and well-balanced results. At Gateway Aesthetic Institute & Laser Center, our board-certified, fellowship-trained dermatologists have over 30 years of experience as pioneers in aesthetic treatments. They take a holistic approach to facial assessment, and take great joy in creating comprehensive, individualized treatment plans that combine a variety of treatment modalities to help patients feel confident and refreshed. When you place your care in the hands of highly experienced, specialty-trained physicians, you can feel confident that your safety, well-being, and beautiful aesthetic outcomes will be meticulously handled.

The Visible Results

Before and After Photos

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