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Frequent Questions

Below are a few of the most common questions our surgeons get from their Smartlipo™ patients in Los Angeles. Laser liposuction is growing in popularity and more and more people in Southern California are exploring this non surgical liposuction technique. If you don’t see an answer to your question on this page, we’re here to help. Just request a FREE Smartlipo consultation at our Marina del Rey office, or call us to set up an office visit with one of our surgeons.

What is Smartlipo?

Smartlipo is a body contouring method that uses laser technology to break up and liquefy small pockets of unwanted fat. This dissolved fat is harmlessly absorbed by the body or can be removed at the time of the procedure.

Smartlipo is less invasive than traditional liposuction methods and is able to target very small fat deposits. It is an excellent procedure to combine with traditional methods when both larger volume fat removal and carefully-tailored results are required.

How Do I Know If Smartlipo Is for Me?

Almost anyone who has areas of diet and exercise-resistant fat may be a good candidate for Smartlipo. The best way to determine if Smartlipo is right for you is to request a FREE Smartlipo consultation with one of our surgeons. At the consultation, you can discuss your goals and learn more about laser liposuction in Los Angeles.

How Does Smartlipo Work?

After you receive a local anesthetic (or general anesthesia if you prefer), a very small laser-tipped cannula (surgical wand) is inserted directly into the targeted area of fat. As the laser dissolves fat cells, our surgeons gently guide the cannula back and forth through the fat layer. In addition to treatment of fat deposits, the laser’s energy heats the dermis, causing collagen to contract and the skin to tighten. The laser also coagulates small blood vessels on contact, causing less trauma and helping to speed recovery. The result for our laser liposuction patients: improved body contour and skin tone in an easy, fast-recovery procedure.

What Can I Expect after Treatment?

This procedure is less invasive than traditional liposuction, with many patients experiencing only minor discomfort for a day or two afterwards. Many patients return to work the next day or in 2 days. Discomfort is controlled with prescription pain relievers as needed. Swelling will begin to subside in about a week and your results should continue to improve over the next month or so. Smartlipo permanently eliminates fat cells in the treated area. This means that if you gain weight in the future, fat deposits will be concentrated in untreated areas.

What Areas of the Body Can Be Treated with Smartlipo?

This procedure can be used to eliminate unwanted fat from almost any area of the body. Our Los Angeles and Beverly Hills laser liposuction patients commonly target their abdomens, thighs, love handles, and upper arms.

What If I’ve Already Had Liposuction?

Many people who have had liposuction want to touch up their surgical results. Instead of undergoing a second liposuction procedure, these patients may be able to achieve their desired results with Smartlipo, offering them additional toning and tightening. Our surgeons have a high level of control with this body contouring technique, so they are able to subtly sculpt and contour, putting the finishing touches on your liposuction procedure. Many people who have had previous liposuction complain of irregular lumps and bumps. These are treated well with Smartlipo.

Does Smartlipo Treat Cellulite?

This procedure is used to eliminate fat cells in a targeted region in order to improve body shape. While it does not specifically treat cellulite, in some cases patients report slightly decreased skin puckering and improved skin smoothness.

Will I Have Scars from the Procedure?

The Smartlipo device is much thinner than traditional liposuction devices, so only a very small incision needs to be made during this procedure. With such small incisions, scars should not be noticeable. If you are thinking of combining this procedure with traditional liposuction, Smartlipo will not add to or enlarge the incisions required.

Ready to streamline your jaw line? Time to get a handle on your love handles? To find out if you are a candidate for Smartlipo laser liposuction in Los Angeles at Marina Plastic Surgery Associates, request your FREE Smartlipo consultation, available exclusively online, or call us at 877.298.9915 in Marina Del Rey.

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