*SmartLipo for abdomen, flank, and trunk areas can be done either awake with pain medication or under deeper sleep with IV sedation. Rarely is general anesthesia required for SmartLipo. Small 1-2mm incisions are used to injected tumescent fluid which contain medicine to numb the area and help to liquefy the fat and minimize bleeding. A special laser fiber is then used to melt and sculpt the fat and help tighten the skin. Finally the liquid fat is removed using liposuction. There is some temporary drainage and potential bruising and swelling following the procedure, but most patients are back to work in 3-5 days. How long does it take to see results? With both SculpSure and SmartLipo, there is healing process that must occur before seeing your final results. With SculpSure, you will generally see results after 6-12 weeks after your body naturally eliminates the dead fat cells and you may require 2-3 treatments spaced 6 weeks apart. In the case of SmartLipo, you will see results immediately but there is a period of swelling and scar tissue maturation and gradual skin tightening that has to occur. Therefore it may take up to 6 months to see your final results!