Smartlipo is a new advancement in liposuction that makes it easier to shape and tighten the problem areas of the body that diet and exercise cannot change. Smartlipo employs a laser fiber that causes disruption of fat cells, which turns the cells into water and a small bit of protein, and then the debris is removed from the area with minimal bleeding and damage to the underlying tissues. Triple board-certified Newport Beach plastic surgeon, Dr. Douglas Hendricks, is one of the pioneer users of Smartlipo and he is specially trained to work with this new and exciting advancement in cosmetic liposuction surgery. Dr. Hendricks has refined the Smartlipo technique and now trains other doctors to use Smartlipo. Patient in and around the Orange County and Los Angeles areas should contact Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center in Newport Beach today to set up a confidential consultation.
How Smartlipo is Performed@headingTag>
During this procedure, a tiny incision is made into the skin so that a cannula with an attached laser can be inserted under the surface. The surgeon will move this device back and forth under the skin using a red laser light for guidance. The fat cells hit with the laser will swell, pop and liquefy, then will be removed. For smaller areas, the body will naturally absorb the liquid. During this procedure, the laser also triggers collagen production, which helps to tighten and tone the skin.
“I work out daily but couldn't seem to tone my trouble spots. I did a large amount of research and read about all the Surgeons in Newport Beach. But only one stood out to me. I was so impressed that I called in and was scheduled immediately for a consultation. I walked in I was greeted by not just a professional staff, but friendly, polite, and kind. I was so impressed by the staff and by meeting with Dr. Hendricks that I started my surgery process as soon as I got the funds together. They helped me in ever process from start to finish. They explained everything to where it was very simple and clearly understood. 3 weeks ago I had smart lipo on my knees and inner and outer thighs. My whole experience with the staff, Dr. Hendricks, and the surgical staff could not have been any more amazing. They took such good care of me and were there every step of the way. He did an AMAZING job and has truly changed my life. I am more confident than I have ever been in my life and I owe it all to him. I would recommend Dr. Hendricks to my family and friends because I know they will be in the best hands with their team. I will be forever grateful for Dr. Hendricks changing my life.”– C.E. / Yelp / Jan 30, 2011
“After months of research I came across yelp reviews leading me to find dr. Hendricks office. I was really apprehensive at first but on my first consultation I felt like I had arrived at the right hands. It's not everyday you come across a doctor who picks up his phones calls and text messages answering every question you have multiple times a day. That was me! I'm such a control freak I called him a million times before my surgery. I always dreamed of a flat stomach but I inherited some pretty bad genes from my family and my pouch was only getting bigger over the years. Dr. Hendricks was certain he could help me, he was honest and told me upfront what he could and couldn't achieve w the smart lipo so on 7/11/14 I went for the procedure. I came out of the surgery w barely any bruising and was able to go on w my life after only a few days. But after a few weeks of the surgery I felt like he had been a little conservative and didn't take all that I wanted. So after my 4th apt we talked and he agreed w me that it was more he could do. Without hesitations he explained to me that it may never be perfect and it may never be like I always dreamed but he was willing to try it again and after 3 months I went for my second procedure. ( all I paid for the second time was the anesthesiologist and surgery center $1200, dr Hendricks never charged me anything extra for him self) and by the way the surgery center where he performs his surgeries is called Rox surgery center in newport w”– M.F. / Yelp / Nov 05, 2014
“I work with physicians all over the US and I had hundreds to choose from and I choose Dr. Hendricks. His pre op and post op care was fantastic, he went the extra mile to make sure the scar would be less than one inch when other Doctors would have left a scar 4-5 times larger. His techniques are meticulous and his caring bedside manner was refreshing from a surgeon. I would highly recommend Dr Hendricks for any surgical needs and please call me if you want additional information Tod 505-792-5820″– Anonymous / RateMDs / Mar 29, 2011
“Dr. Henricks did a great job with the laser lipo. I'm very pleased with the results and would recommend him to friends and family.”– Anonymous / RateMDs / Jun 08, 2011
“Dr. Hendricks is an amazing plastic surgeon who's work is so good you can barely tell if at all that it has been done. I have seen his work on women very close up and it is absolutely natural and amazing. He is so much more skilled than almost anyone in his field it would be rediculous to go to a less experienced Doctor regardless of price. His work is exceptional and he fixes the work of other Doctors. I highly recommend him and would not go anywhere else.”– C.D. / Google / Jun 18, 2013
During/After the Surgery@headingTag>
All Smartlipo procedures are performed in an accredited surgical facility. The type of anesthesia used will depend on the size of the area being treated. Smaller areas such as the hips may be done using a local anesthesia, which will isolate the body part. General anesthesia may be used if multiple areas are being treated (depending on patient size). In terms of recovery, there is less bleeding and bruising compared to traditional liposuction. Most individuals will begin seeing results within the same week. However, it can take up to 6 full weeks for the optimal results to become visible.
Best Areas to Treat?@headingTag>
Smartlipo is ideal for the arms, neck, hips, love handles (flanks) and other areas where skin laxity has decreased slightly and fat has accumulated. Some areas of the body may have better results with traditional liposuction. The areas to be treated will be assessed during the initial consultation so the appropriate technique can be used and optimal results can be attained.
Will There be a Scar?@headingTag>
There is minimal (if any) scarring with Smartlipo. This is because the procedure does not require any stitches. The incisions used for the laser are very tiny and typically heal without any scarring.
Will the Fat Come Back?@headingTag>
With Smartlipo, fat cells will be permanently destroyed. However, just like with any weight loss, new fat cells can develop if you do not adhere to a consistent diet and exercise regime. This is recommended so the results can be long-lasting.
Will I Lose Weight?@headingTag>
Once all of the targeted fat has been dissolved and removed, then yes – you will lose weight. However, Smartlipo, or any other liposuction technique, is not a treatment for being overweight. Patients should be as close to their goal weight as possible before considering any liposuction procedure.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- Procedure Recovery Location