When it comes to body contouring, liposuction has remained on top, allowing patients to significantly reduce stubborn fat from their body! But now, patients also have the option of smartLipo, the latest liposuction technique that can offer some significant benefits. So how do the two procedures compare?

The Traditional Liposuction Procedure

The traditional liposuction procedure uses small incisions where fat will be removed. A tube-like device called a cannula is then inserted and used to break up fat cells in a back and forth motion, removing them with gentle suction. This technique can be used virtually anywhere that fat is present such as the abdomen, thighs, upper arms, flanks, and back.

How SmartLipo Differs

The SmartLipo procedure process is very similar to the traditional procedure, but instead of using the cannula to break up the fat cells, a pen-sized laser is used to liquify them. This allows for an easier removal process, resulting in less trauma on the body tissue. The laser used also has some skin tightening benefits during the procedure process, so patients with mild skin laxity can achieve a firmer contour at the same time.

The Benefits of Choosing SmartLipo

There are many benefits to choosing SmartLipo over traditional liposuction, especially during the recovery process. Because there is less trauma on the body during the procedure, there is less discomfort and downtime after! You can also choose to have SmartLipo while under local anesthesia, allowing you to return to normal activities sooner than if you had gone all the way under. This also allows for the procedure to be performed right in Dr. Erella’s office, saving you money on hospital expenses.

To learn more about liposuction and SmartLipo and which is right for you, contact our office today! We can schedule your consultation with Dr. Erella to go over your custom treatment plan.

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Summer is quickly approaching, but if you’re feeling self-conscious about showing more skin due to poor body contour, there’s still time for a surgical procedure! There are many body contouring procedures available to target your specific concerns and help you achieve a slim figure. Find out which procedure can help you get ready for summer.


SmartLipo is an innovative liposuction technique using laser technology to liquefy fat cells prior to their removal with a cannula. This offers many benefits over traditional liposuction such as less discomfort and a quicker recovery. You’ll still receive the effective results of traditional liposuction, but with less trauma on the body and even additional benefits of skin tightening!


It’s difficult to achieve a slim contour when stubborn fat is standing in the way. Unlike regular fat, stubborn fat deposits can be impossible to get rid of without treatment. There are many noninvasive fat removal options available today, however, known of them can give you the significant results like liposuction can! Liposuction can remove stubborn fat from the abdomen, flanks, back, thighs, upper arms, under the chin, and more. Not only is fat removed, but the body is sculpted to give you your desired figure.

Tummy Tuck

If your concerns are with your abdominal area, you might consider a tummy tuck. The tummy tuck procedure can address sagging tissue and excess skin, often present after pregnancy, weight loss, or with age. Once you are in your ideal weight range, the procedure can give you a flatter, more toned abdominal area. Incisions are typically placed below the waistband, allowing you to conceal any scarring.

Arm and Thigh Lift

Excess skin and tissue can also be present in the arms or thighs. While working out and eating right is usually enough to lose weight in these areas, a surgical procedure is often needed to address loose skin and tissue. An arm and thigh lift can tighten the area to give you a more toned look. The two procedures can be performed together, or you might just need one or the other.

Mommy Makeover

If you’ve had children, you understand the effects it can have on your body such as loose abdominal tissue, a loss of breast volume, and pockets of stubborn fat. With a mommy makeover, you can address these concerns with the use of a tummy tuck, breast enhancement, liposuction, and more for full-body recontouring. You can save time and money by opting to combine these procedures at once.

A surgical body contouring procedure takes some recovery time before you can enjoy your results. To learn more about how you can contour your body before summer, contact our office today! We can schedule your consultation with Dr. Erella to discuss your treatment plan.

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Like most plastic surgery procedures, people tend to think of how they can benefit the body of women but not how they could benefit a masculine physique. Men can receive similar benefits to women with liposuction, but with the male form in mind. Keep reading to learn more about common male cosmetic concerns that can be helped by liposuction.

SmartLipo for Men

Along with traditional liposuction, men can choose to have SmartLipo, the latest in liposuction technology to remove their stubborn fat. Instead of a cannula being used to break up fat, a noninvasive laser targets fat cells. The procedure can be used in the same ways that liposuction can, but offers many benefits such as less invasion, less downtime, less discomfort and even the additional benefit of skin tightening.


For men who have large breasts classified as gynecomastia or just have stubborn excess fat collecting on the chest, liposuction can be used to remove the excess fat for a more masculine look. For best results, Dr. Erella may choose to use SmartLipo™ in order to sculpt around the pectoral muscles for a toned look. By using SmartLipo men can have a quicker recovery with smaller incisions that result in little to no scarring.

Love Handles/Flanks

A trouble area for many men is the flanks and love handles. This area tends to get in the way of pants fitting properly and can be a source of frustration when trying to slim down. Liposuction can take away some of the bulk in this area for a more contoured look if a balanced diet and regular exercise haven’t worked. The flanks or love handles is a good area for regular liposuction or SmartLipo.


The abdomen, midsection or belly is probably the most common ‘problem’ areas whether you’re a man or woman. For men who have come a long way in the gym and have maintained a healthy diet but still have stubborn belly fat, liposuction may be the answer. Liposuction allows for the most permanent solution as long as a healthy lifestyle is maintained.


Submental fullness, or excess fat under the chin, can create the appearance of a double chin and a poorly defined jawline. Men can achieve a more masculine jaw and neckline with with traditional liposuction or SmartLipo under their chin to break apart and remove fat.

Schedule a Consultation

The best way to know if liposuction is right for you is seeing Dr. Erella for a consultation. He will explain the different techniques and the areas he can treat to help you receive your desired results. Call our Austin, Texas office today to schedule an appointment.


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Liposuction techniques continue to advance with each passing year. SmartLipo is currently one of our favorite techniques, with its precise touch and minimally invasive approach. Depending on your aesthetic goals and your unique situation, Dr. Erella may recommend SmartLipo for your body contouring procedure.

What Makes SmartLipo Different?

Traditional liposuction uses a thin cannula using a back and forth motions to loosen and remove any excess fat while also shaping the body for a more defined contour. Traditional liposuction is a more invasive procedure that is also manual for the surgeon. As for SmartLipo, instead of the traditional cannula, Dr. Erella uses a tiny pen-sized laser that breaks down the fat for easy removal. This technologically advanced method of fat removal is gentler and therefore involves less downtime and bruising. Since the procedure isn’t as invasive, it can be performed in-office under local anesthesia, so you are awake during the process but still completely comfortable. SmartLipo combines techniques from laser therapy to break down fat, with the traditional liposuction cannula to remove the fat. SmartLipo also provides the additional benefit of tightening the skin of the treated areas. This allows for optimal results!

What Areas Can SmartLipo be Used on?

SmartLipo can be used on all the same areas as regular liposuction, as well as some smaller areas. With traditional liposuction, you tend to have less control when it comes to small details due to the manual nature of the treatment. Also, a large cannula is too aggressive for small treatment areas such as chin and jowls.

In most cases, SmartLipo can be used on the following areas:

  • Arms
  • Midsection
  • Chin & Jowls
  • Hips & Flanks
  • Knees & Thighs

Is SmartLipo Right for Me?

If you are looking for smaller incisions and faster recovery or have smaller areas that you would like to treat, SmartLipo may be a good option for you. The quicker recovery can be attributed to the gentler removal of fat cells that causes less trauma to the body. However, the best way to know if SmartLipo is right for you is by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Erella.

If you are interested in learning more about SmartLipo, contact us today to schedule a consultation!

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