For many men and women in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, liposuction makes sense. When certain areas of the body do not respond to diet and exercise, it’s natural to seek other solutions. The Smartlipo® system uses laser energy to make fat removal easier and promote skin tightening. As a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in leading-edge techniques, I offer this advanced option to help patients achieve optimal liposuction results.
Liposuction Before & After Photos
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This 27-year-old woman already had a nice figure, but she was bothered by small fatty bulges that were obvious in certain clothing. Losing weight didn't make sense for this patient because she was comfortable at her current weight and felt that if she lost more weight through diet that her face and neck would look too lean. Instead, she began... Read More
This 23-year-old woman from Europe wanted to refine her figure, but since she is a model, she was worried that her face and neck would appear undesirably too thin if she were to lose more weight through diet and exercise. She came to Dr. Stoker's practice to find a Los Angeles plastic surgeon who could help her achieve the look she wanted wit... Read More
For more than a decade, I performed clinical research on leading edge liposuction technologies, which included tumescent, ultrasound, power-assisted, water-assisted, and laser-assisted systems. Because of my role as a leader in the field of body contouring surgery, I dedicate a substantial amount of time to investigating promising new technologies for my specialty. Smartlipo laser liposuction is from Cynosure, one of the originators and leaders in this field. The technology has been shown to work effectively and produce dramatic results. However, as is the case with all fat removal systems, the surgeon’s experience and skill are the most important determinants of a patient’s results.
What Is Smartlipo?
Smartlipo uses 1 or 2 laser energy wavelengths to melt fat and cauterize blood vessels. The energy is delivered through a tiny 2 mm fiber that is inserted through the skin. The surgeon controls the level of laser energy, the length of treatment, and the areas to be treated. The fatty tissues are melted and then suctioned away to facilitate healing and avoid problems.
He’s written 2 textbook chapters on liposuction, sharing his knowledge with future plastic surgeons.
He regularly teaches liposuction courses at meetings of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS).
He was named as a top surgeon in liposuction by The New York Times.
He’s pioneered some of today’s most popular liposuction techniques, such as power-assisted liposuction (PAL).
The benefits of Smartlipo that the manufacturer claims include:
Less bleeding and swelling
Faster healing time
There is some early clinical evidence to substantiate the manufacturer’s claim that the skin is tightened following the procedure. I have used the Smartlipo system for some time now and I find it’s somewhat helpful to me in treating fibrous tissues. Power-assisted liposuction or a similar system is still necessary to remove substantial amounts of fat and achieve optimal results.
Educated at some of the most elite institutions in the country, Dr. David Stoker uses his highly advanced knowledge to ensure that each patient achieves beautiful, harmonious results — whether it's through a simple non-surgical procedure or a more advanced surgical transformation. Learn more about his unique credentials and his approach to plastic surgery.
A broad range of people can be good candidates for Smartlipo, from those in their late teens to people in their 70s. Laser-assisted liposuction is particularly useful for fibrous areas of the body such as regions previously treated with liposuction or the chest area for males. Ideally, the skin’s elasticity should cause it to tighten after fat is removed; the laser may supplement this skin tightening.
As patients age and their skin naturally loosens, the number of areas of the body that are good targets decreases. If patients need substantial skin tightening, it’s usually advisable to supplement Smartlipo with another procedure, such as a tummy tuck or facelift, that is more effective at smoothing the skin. An in-person consultation is the best way for me to help my patients understand which areas can benefit most.
How Is Smartlipo Performed?
The first step in laser-assisted liposuction is to treat the fatty tissues with an anesthetic solution to minimize discomfort and improve the precision of fat removal. The laser fiber is then introduced under the skin and passed through the tissues, melting the fat but leaving the nerves and blood vessels relatively unaffected. For most patients, I remove the melted fat using a gentle suction technique. The heat from the laser and the suction contribute to tightening the skin.
Learn about professional credentials and see almost 1,000 patient pictures and descriptions by Dr. Stoker.
Recovery After Smartlipo
Recovery from Smartlipo is rapid, just as it is with traditional liposuction. One or 2 days away from work are enough for most patients. Improvement is visible immediately and continues to get better with time; final results take a few months to see.
Risks of Laser Liposuction
Liposuction has one of the lowest complication rates of any cosmetic surgery operation. Smartlipo has a very low complication rate as well, especially when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon. The most common problem may be lumpiness or skin wrinkles. It is also possible for the laser energy to cause skin damage. Risks such as infection, bleeding, or seroma are very uncommon.
Our expertise extends beyond plastic surgery. We offer an extensive range of non-surgical treatments administered by our talented, experienced team of aesthetic providers under the guidance of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Stoker.
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