What Is Smartlipo?
This relatively new procedure is state of the art in minimally invasive body contouring. Its advanced technology uses 3 different lasers to melt away deep and superficial fat deposits and tighten skin while minimizing bruising. Tiny laser fibers are inserted through small incisions in the skin that leave no scars behind. Best of all, Smartlipo can be performed under local anesthesia if desired, discomfort is minimal, and recovery can be as short as a few days. We use Smartlipo as an innovative alternative to traditional liposuction in Marin County.
The best candidates for this procedure are those with small areas of localized excess fat. Smartlipo and other body contouring procedures are not a substitute for a healthy diet or exercise. The procedure works best in patients who are close to their optimal weight range. The same standards for liposuction in general apply, in that success depends on the ability of the surrounding skin to contract to its new contour.
First, the surgeon marks the contour changes on the patient’s skin. Then, the surgeon injects the areas to be treated 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 cannulae to suction away the fat. Usually the procedure takes about 1 to 2 hours, and patients are discharged shortly after surgery.
- Over 40,000 procedures performed
- Over 40 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.
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. Most patients can 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) 925-2880.
Can the fat come back?
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.
What determines the success of the procedure?
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.
What areas of the body can be treated with Smartlipo?
The most common areas for 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.
Are there any procedures to speed up recovery?
Post-surgery treatments with the Venus Legacy™ device, available in our practice, can in many cases speed the recovery process.