LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- There's a new alternative to traditional liposuction that promises less down time, minimal scarring and better results.
"Smart Lipo" is a procedure that uses a laser fiber enclosed in a thin tube that is inserted through a small incision in the skin to remove unwanted fat.
It only takes 45 minutes and most people can return to work the following day.
"The beauty of this procedure is the fact that we can do it under local anesthesia," said Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Nicholas Nikolov.
Smart Lipo costs about $5,000 per area of the body.
Patient Seana Ryan said she was happy with the procedure.
"I'm not really interested in doing anything with the knife per se," Ryan said. "I just want to do little things that will make me look natural."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times