If you’re like a lot of people with a little extra fat in areas such as the thighs and midsection, you may be considering a Detroit liposuction procedure to improve your body contour. While traditional liposuction approaches continue to be a good choice for many of Dr. Sampson’s patients, he is also pleased to offer a new lipo innovation: Smartlipo™ laser lipolysis.

With offices in Jackson and Dearborn, Dr. Sampson is available to consult with patients about Smartlipo liposuction from Lansing, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo and other nearby communities. When you’re ready to learn more, request an appointment with Dr. Sampson at his office in Jackson or Dearborn for a Smartlipo evaluation today.


Smartlipo delivers high-quality results and is ideal for people who have smaller deposits of fat which they would like to target. Dr. Sampson can treat fat deposits in almost any area of the body with this treatment. His Jackson, Detroit and Lansing liposuction patients choose Smartlipo to enjoy a less invasive surgery and faster recovery compared to traditional methods. In addition, the procedure can enhance and smooth skin tone and tighten the skin by encouraging collagen production. Very little bruising and swelling occurs for most patients during recovery following Smartlipo.

How Is The Procedure Performed?

Smartlipo can be used to remove fat almost anywhere on the body, including the thighs, hips, stomach, upper arms, and chin. Smartlipo may require only local anesthesia in the treatment areas, so patients can remain awake throughout the procedure. Through a small incision at each treatment site, Dr. Sampson inserts a slender, laser-tipped medical device that effectively ruptures fat cells.

The use of laser technology causes very little trauma in the blood vessels, nerves, and tissue that surround deposits of fat, helping Jackson and Detroit liposuction patients recover faster and more comfortably. It also allows Dr. Sampson to treat fat deposits that are too small for traditional techniques. Most patients are finished with their procedure in about an hour, with a larger number of treatment areas requiring additional recontouring time.

Recovery After Laser Liposuction

A quick and comfortable recovery is one of the main benefits of the Smartlipo procedure. Dr. Sampson’s patients are often ready to return to work or other routine activities in as little as 1 to 2 days after treatment. Because general anesthesia is not required, the nausea and disorientation that often occur after general sedation is avoided.

Dr. Sampson will give you detailed post-surgical instructions, along with a compression garment that helps create a smooth result and guard against the risk of blot clot formation. Swelling and bruising are common for a few days after your procedure but should resolve themselves with proper care. You will return to Argyle Plastic Surgery for a follow-up visit to check on your results and make sure your body is healing properly.

Potential Risks and Complications

Dr. Sampson chooses his patients carefully in order to reduce the risks and complications of the procedure. Anyone considering Smartlipo should remember that all liposuction procedures are used solely for body contouring and are not meant to achieve weight loss.

Like all surgical procedures, complications may occur in rare cases following Smartlipo treatment. Infection or excess swelling and bleeding are the most common complications, but even these do not occur in the vast majority of cases. Dr. Sampson can address infections with prescription medication and will follow up immediately with any patients having complications. Other risks that occur in rare instances include blood clots, hematoma (a collection of blood underneath the skin) and seroma (a collection of fluid under the skin).

People considering cosmetic surgery can minimize their risks by choosing a highly-trained, experienced surgeon for their procedure. Ann Arbor plastic surgeon Dr. John Sampson is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has over 25 years of surgical experience.

Answers to Common Questions

Who is a good candidate?

Smartlipo is ideal for people with smaller fat deposits that linger even with a proper diet and plenty of exercise. It can treat excess fat on almost any area of the body, including the hips, thighs, stomach, upper arms, and neck.

Will Smartlipo help me achieve my weight loss goal?

This procedure is used strictly for body contouring, not weight loss. While patients may lose a few pounds of fat following their procedure, the primary objective is to improve overall body shape.

Does the fat removed ever come back?

Many fat cells will be eliminated following the procedure, and after puberty, your body does not re-grow fat cells. However, not all fat cells will be removed – if you don’t eat properly, these cells can expand dramatically and ruin your results. Patients must continue to take care of themselves to enjoy a slimmer body appearance.

Is a hospital stay required?

No. Dr. Sampson performs Smartlipo as an outpatient procedure, meaning that you should be able to return home to begin your recovery the same day.

When will I be able to see results?

Smartlipo requires very little recovery time. Results can be seen in as little as a week, once swelling and bruising resolves itself. A slimmer, more shapely body contour is possible after this procedure.

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