Stubborn fat deposits can affect our overall body image and self-esteem, especially when hours at the gym are not producing noticeable results. While PSS offers CoolSculpting as a non surgical option for fat loss, liposuction is targeted and removes 100% of the fat in the area treated. It is usually the next step one considers when natural weight loss efforts have proven ineffective.
PSS is proud to offer SmartLipo, the new and improved version of traditional liposuction; it literally melts fat away. This minimally invasive procedure requires limited downtime and provides amazing results.
To learn more about how this advanced technology can work for you, please contact our office and schedule a consultation with either Dr. Poulos, Dr. Douglas or Dr. Hvistendahl today!
What Is SmartLipo?
SmartLipo is an advanced version of traditional fat reduction methods. This popular procedure uses state of the art technology, making it one of the most effective minimally invasive body contouring procedures on the market today. The advanced procedure uses 3 different lasers to melt deep and superficial fat deposits and tighten skin at the same time. Because the technology uses heat to melt the fat, this procedure minimizing bruising that can occur with traditional liposuction.
SmartLipo is best used to target and treat smaller areas of unwanted fat.
The procedure is performed by inserting tiny laser fibers into the area of concern through small incisions in the skin. These incisions are very small, leaving minimal scarring which will continue to fade and become imperceptible over time. SmartLipo can be performed under local anesthesia because it is a quick and very comfortable procedure. The recovery stage can be as short as a few days, depending on your body’s ability to heal. Here at Plastic Surgery Specialists, we like to use SmartLipo as a minimally invasive alternative to traditional liposuction in Marin County.
- Over 50,000 procedures performed
- Over 75 years of combined experience
Our experienced team of surgeons combine an aesthetic perspective, the ability to listen closely to your needs, and the skills to achieve those desires. This combination of talent is a hallmark of a world-class plastic surgery clinic, located in Marin County, CA.
SmartLipo can be used on multiple areas of the body, providing effective treatment for troublesome fat in even those “hard to reach” areas. The most common areas that can be treated with SmartLipo are listed below:
As we age, our upper arms can begin to sag and look flabby. SmartLipo uses laser technology to remove the fat deposits within the upper arms and create the appearance of a lift without a highly invasive surgical procedure or the scarring that comes with it. If severe skin sagging is a concern, an arm lift can also be performed for dramatically contoured, slimmer arms.
Fat can begin to accumulate in the chest and skin may start to sag. Gynecomastia is a condition that frustrates men who are otherwise fit and trim. This condition occurs for a number of reasons, but reducing male “breasts” is a very satisfying procedure for men who struggle with fat deposits in the chest area. SmartLipo can be used to remove these deposits and provide a more masculine physique. As an added bonus, this treatment also provides skin tightening benefits that will help to reduce skin laxity on the chest.
SmartLipo is a safe and effective alternative to traditional abdominal liposuction. Through the use of laser technology, fat throughout the abdomen is melted and then suctioned, leaving a defined attractive contour. This treatment is especially beneficial if you have mild to moderate midsection skin sagging but do not have enough excess skin to need a tummy tuck.
Back rolls, otherwise known as bra rolls, can be very troublesome and unflattering in clothing. This particular area can be hard to treat through diet and exercise alone; a cosmetic procedure is often needed. SmartLipo can target this problem area in a very effective manner without the need for lengthy surgery.
Love handles are a very common place for both women and men to store fat. The fat in this region can seem impossible to remove through diet and exercise alone. With SmartLipo, you can trim and contour your waist in no time.
SmartLipo is also very effective at treating the chin, neck, thighs, buttocks, knees, calves, and ankles. During your consultation, your options and treatment areas will be discussed in greater detail.
Best Candidates for SmartLipo
The best candidates for a SmartLipo procedure are men and women who have small areas of localized excess fat that are not responsive to working out or a healthy diet.
To undergo this treatment, it is important that you are in good health, maintain a stable weight, and have realistic expectations of the procedure outcomes. SmartLipo and other body contouring procedures are not a substitute for a healthy diet or exercise but should be used when all weight loss methods have been unsuccessful.
The procedure provides the best results for patients who are within 30 lbs of their goal weight, depending on the area of concern.
In general, the same standards for liposuction will apply, in that success depends on the elasticity of the surrounding skin and the patient’s ability to maintain the area’s new contour. We include at least one session with Venus Legacy after your procedure, to stimulate blood flow and healing to the area, create new collagen and tighten skin. If you have a large amount of excess skin, additional procedure(s) may be required to provide your desired results. During your consultation with either Dr. Poulos, Dr. Douglas or Dr. Hvistendahl, you will be given the best treatment recommendations for your particular concerns.
SmartLipo Vs. CoolSculpting
Depending on your particular goals, we offer both minimally invasive and non-invasive fat reducing treatments. If you are looking to avoid surgery completely, we offer patients CoolSculpting, a non-invasive treatment that destroys 20-25% fat cells through freezing. This procedure is performed by placing the CoolSculpting applicator on top of the skin. The technology works by pulling the fat close to the cooling pad through suction, like that of a vacuum. Fat is more sensitive to high and low temperatures which allows the fatty cells to be targeted without causing harm to any of the surrounding tissue. The cells will freeze and die, eventually leaving the body through the natural elimination process. The results of this treatment are not seen immediately; however, as time goes on the results will become more apparent. This non-invasive treatment is a very effective way to reduce fat in multiple areas of the body such as the tummy, chin, arms, bra roll, thighs and knees..
In comparison, SmartLipo is our minimally invasive option that uses controlled heating rather than freezing. If you are looking to treat a small to midsized area of the body and want results instantly, SmartLipo is the ideal treatment. You may be unsure which treatment to choose or which one is best for you. There is not one treatment that is better than the other, it simply depends on what you are looking to achieve, your anatomy, and how soon you would like to see results. During your consultation, one of our board-certified doctors will discuss your options and recommend the best treatment option for your particular concerns.
During your initial consultation with either Dr. Poulos, Dr. Douglas or Dr. Hvistendahl, you will be asked about your particular concerns and aesthetic goals. The doctor will then review your medical history and medications currently being taken to determine if SmartLipo will be a safe treatment option for you. The doctor will conduct a physical examination to identify your particular concerns and determine your candidacy for this procedure.
If they find you to be a good candidate, you and the doctor will work together to build a treatment plan tailored to your exact needs. You will be given an individualized procedure quote, and if deemed fit by the doctor you will have the option to schedule your SmartLipo procedure. Depending on your particular goals, we offer both minimally invasive and non-invasive fat reducing treatments.
If you are looking to avoid surgery completely, we offer our patients CoolSculpting, a non-invasive treatment that destroys fat cells through freezing. This procedure is performed by placing the CoolSculpting applicator on top of the skin. The technology works by pulling the fat close to the cooling temperature through suction, like that of a vacuum. Fat is more sensitive to high and low temperatures which allows the fatty cells to be targeted without causing harm to any of the surrounding tissue. The cells will freeze and die, eventually leaving the body through the natural elimination process. The results of this treatment are not instant; however, as time goes on the results will become more apparent. This non-invasive treatment is a very effective way to reduce fat in multiple areas of the body.
First, the surgeon marks the treatment areas on the patient’s skin. Then, the anesthesiologist injects the areas with a local anesthetic and a tumescent solution to minimize bleeding and enhance the emulsification process. Different laser wavelengths are used in the superficial and deep fat layers to emulsify the fat and help tighten the skin. The surgeon uses small surgical tubes called cannulas to suction the fat. Usually, the procedure takes about 1 to 2 hours and patients are discharged shortly after surgery.
Our experienced Bay Area team combines an aesthetic perspective, the ability to listen closely to your needs, and the skills to achieve those desires. This combination of talent is a hallmark of a world-class plastic surgery clinic, located in Marin County, CA.
Recovery and Results
After surgery, most patients wear a compression garment for 1 to 3 weeks. SmartLipo usually affords less bruising and a quicker recovery, especially if no general anesthesia is involved. Depending on the size of the treatment area, patients can often return to normal activities or work in just a few days.
Results continue to improve for several months as the skin contracts and contours are enhanced. Patients interested in SmartLipo may also consider traditional liposuction, tummy tuck surgery, or a Mommy Makeover. If you are considering SmartLipo or liposuction and live in Sonoma, Napa, Novato, Mill Valley or surrounding areas, please schedule a consultation with Plastic Surgery Specialists today. Contact us at (415) 886-0777.
Yes, although perhaps not to the treated area. We recommend that patients stay close to their preoperative weight for best results. Weight loss can sometimes enhance the result of Smartlipo, however.
Other than the artistic skill of your surgeon, the most important factor is the elasticity of the skin. If we remove fat, the surrounding skin must be able to contract or loose skin will be a tradeoff for the smaller volume. Your surgeon will discuss your anatomy and the expected results.
The most common treatment areas are discussed in detail above. However, this treatment can also be used to treat small fat deposits are the central neck and jowls, localized areas of the tummy where there is not a lot of skin laxity, hip rolls, and arms, as well as localized deposits on the inner or outer thighs.
Post-surgery treatments with the Venus Legacy™ device, available in our practice, can in many cases speed the recovery process. Additionally, Venus Legacy tightens the skin and stimulates collagen to improve and laxity.