When to Choose Smartlipo Over Weight Loss Surgery

When it comes to weight loss, the abundance of options can make it confusing to find the one that’s right for you. Even basic nutrition isn’t so basic. Should you follow a diet like keto or become vegan? How often should you exercise? When is it time to consider surgical intervention? 

Dr. George Mutafyan helps patients answer those kinds of questions every day. Weight loss is a highly individual undertaking, and when it’s time to consider having a medical procedure, he guides you through the decision-making process. Whether you need bariatric surgery, Smartlipo®, or a different approach altogether, Dr. Mutafyan can help. 

Major differences

There are big differences between Smartlipo and bariatric surgery. As you may have guessed, Smartlipo is a type of liposuction, while bariatric surgery is a surgical procedure. The two have different purposes and are appropriate in different circumstances. 

Bariatric surgery

There are several different kinds of bariatric surgery, including: 

Each of these procedures is designed to help you lose a significant amount of weight. Good candidates for bariatric surgery should have a body mass index measurement between 35 and 40, and a condition that is related to obesity. 

Bariatric surgery addresses the underlying cause of obesity, and it either restricts the amount of food your stomach can hold, or it prevents the amount of calories your body can absorb. The procedure can be an effective way to decrease the health risks that are associated with obesity. 


Smartlipo is laser-assisted liposuction. When you have liposuction, fat cells are removed from your body. The goal is to change the shape of your body, and the result is almost instantly visible. 

The difference between Smartlipo and traditional liposuction is the use of a laser. Dr. Mutafyan uses a laser to heat up and liquefy the fat cells before removing them. The process is less invasive, there’s less swelling, and the recovery is faster. 

If you’ve been working out, eating healthfully, and you still have areas on your body that don’t seem to respond, Smartlipo could be the best option for you. You may have more fat on your abdomen or thighs than you want, and Smartlipo could remove it. 

An added benefit of Smartlipo is that the laser also improves the elasticity of your skin. The heat from the laser stimulates collagen and elastin production, which helps your skin tighten.

If you have bariatric surgery and lose a significant amount of weight, you may then benefit from Smartlipo to complete your transformation. 

The most important step in deciding

Consultation with a highly qualified and skilled professional like Dr. Mutafyan is the key step in making a decision about how best to approach your weight loss journey. Besides bariatric surgery and Smartlipo, the option of medically supervised weight loss may be right for you. 

Dr. Mutafyan makes recommendations based on you — your medical history, current needs, goals, and your overall health. Book a consultation with him today to begin investigating your options. 

Simply call our office at 818-201-2932 Monday through Friday, and we’ll be happy to schedule your appointment. You can also send a message to Dr. Mutafyan and the team here on our website. 

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