Smartlipo is merely a technique to destroy fat cells using laser energy. The fat is then usually removed by traditional liposuction. While the procedure can and has been performed without liposuction extraction of the fat, it takes months and months for natural healing processes to remove the damaged fat cells. If liposuction was not performed at the time of your procedure, then any results you see will be a long time in appearing. If liposuction was performed, any result from the liposuction will not be event for at least one month following the procedure.