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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
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.
During/After the Surgery
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.
Smartlipo FAQs
Best Areas to Treat?
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?
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?
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?
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.

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