What Is a Laser-Assisted Facelift?

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Many people who are tired of looking at their sagging facial skin begin to consider cosmetic procedures to help them look younger. 

During a Smartlipo® procedure, laser energy is used to liquefy fat in the face and tighten surrounding tissue.

While some may need to undergo facelift surgery, others may be able to get away with a less invasive procedure. 

Smartlifting™ uses laser (Smartlipo®) or ultrasound (VASERlipo®) technology to supplement traditional liposuction to remove excess fat from the neck while also tightening the skin of the face and neck.

How Does Smartlifting™ Work?

Laser liposuction with Smartlipo® uses light energy to liquefy fat deposits before they are gently suctioned out through a thin tube. The laser also helps with tissue coagulation under the skin. 

This process reduces the risk of dimpling or sagging skin that is present with traditional liposuction. 

The VASERlipo® procedure is similar to Smartlipo® but uses ultrasound instead of laser energy to break up the fat cells before removal. It also helps with skin tightening. 

When applied to the face, these procedures allow your surgeon to manipulate and adjust facial tissues from under the skin. 

Certain treatments, such as laser resurfacing, address skin imperfections from the outside and cannot reach deeper layers that may also need adjustment.

What Are the Benefits of Smartlifting™?

Smartlifting™ has many benefits over traditional facelift surgery. Both Smartlipo® and VASERlipo® minimize trauma to the surrounding tissues, allowing for an easier recovery. 

Most patients are recovered in about a week with less swelling and bruising than would be experienced after surgery.

Smartlipo® and VASERlipo® allow for better accuracy when manipulating the facial tissues. They also allow for the procedure to be done using local anesthesia rather than general, which makes them a safer option. 

Which Option Is Best for Me?

At Denver Cosmetic Surgery, we offer three different Smartlifting™ options. The method that is best for you will be discussed during your consultation appointment. 

Non-surgical Facial Sculpting

Facial sculpting with Smartlipo® or VASERlipo® is the least invasive approach. The techniques are applied to targeted areas of the face. 

Only tiny incisions will be made, so this option is perfect for patients who are concerned about scarring and are younger. This option is also appropriate for patients who wish to address acne scars.


The UltraMiniLift™ is best for patients who have more extensive facial aging than those who receive non-surgical facial sculpting but less than those who require a full facelift. 

This procedure is similar to a mini facelift, but recovery is easier, and the results are better due to additional skin tightening.

Smartlifting™ Assisted Facelift

This option is best for patients who have a higher degree of aging that requires surgical correction. 

There is still less trauma to the skin and underlying tissues. The skin is also tightened from within, unlike a traditional facelift.

Have More Questions?

If you would like to find out more about Smartlifting™ and whether it is right for you, call our office in Denver, Colorado, at (720) 475-8400 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule a consultation!

*Results May Vary

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