SmartLipo is the most advanced technique for performing liposuction. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Leonard Gray, has been using the SmartLipo laser technology for several years. He likes the ability of SmartLipo to melt fat and especially likes its skin-tightening capabilities. SmartLipo can be performed under local anesthesia, as well as under deeper anesthesia, depending on what the patient wants. Detailed pre-operative markings of the area to be treated and tumescent fluid pre-injection are always performed.
The SmartLipo laser is then introduced to melt fat and tighten the skin. Conventional liposuction then follows to complete the procedure. At Bay Area Plastic Surgery, we like to combine conventional liposuction with SmartLipo to achieve the most complete body contouring. Recovery can be a bit shorter and easier with SmartLipo, and Dr. Gray always recommends a post-operative compression garment to be worn during the recovery period.
How Smartlipo is Performed@headingTag>
Because Smartlipo uses a mini cannula, the incisions are much smaller. The cannula with the laser attachment is inserted through these tiny incisions and targets the fat tissue under the skin, melting it with its laser heat. We can then control the temperature of the laser and with great precision, focus on the fat while leaving other tissue and internal structures untouched. During this process, the fat cells that are hit by the laser will swell, pop and melt. The broken down fat tissues are removed by a small vacuum suction. For smaller areas on the body, the liquefied fat is naturally absorbed by the body and a vacuum may not be necessary.
"Wonderful team - The staff and surgeon at bay area plastic surgery are amazing. The office has a very professional, yet very relaxing vibe to it. Dr Gray is very open and honest with you and provides exceptional care. I never once felt rushed through any of the process. His RN, Cherisse is so amazing, she answered all of my questions and continuously helped me find time to come in for my post opp..."- O. / RealSelf / May 09, 2017
"I got my breasts, lips and fillers. Great staff. Amazing outcome! Very happy."- D.C. / Google / Apr 16, 2017
"This was a great, professional experience - Dr. Gray was very knowledgeable and thorough when we came in for the consultation. He explained all of the different breast implant types and what they would look like depending on what was the desired outcome. Great bedside manner an he gave great advice, made us feel very comfortable and we love the results."- A. / RealSelf / Apr 08, 2017
"I was referred to Dr. Leonard Gray by a friend who has had work done and he was the second I went to see for consultation. I booked my surgery day a few days after that day. I'm so glad that I find Dr. Leonard practice! I absolutely love his staff. They are extremely nice, patient and helpful! I'm so thankful and satisfied with his work."- S.Z. / Yelp / Mar 21, 2017
"AMAZING!! Dr. Gray and staff are the best! I had a revision breast augmentation that required the best surgeon to repair. Dr. Gray is that surgeon. The results have exceeded my expectations. Not one bruise...proof that Dr. Gray is meticulous during surgery. The staff is very caring and accommodating, I could not have asked for more. Thank you for taking such great care of me."- D.M. / Yelp / Mar 18, 2017
During/After the Procedure@headingTag>
Smartlipo is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed at our fully accredited Operating suite. Local or general anesthesia may be used depending on the size of the area being treated. The treatment lasts less than an hour per area. Due to the nature of the procedure, the recovery period is quicker than traditional liposuction. The laser application promotes tissue coagulation so that there is less bleeding, swelling and bruising. The patient will also notice that the skin will tighten around the treatment area as the laser helps in collagen development. Optimal results can be seen within 4 – 6 months.
Ideal Areas for Smartlipo?@headingTag>
As Smartlipo utilizes a smaller cannula, it can target areas where precision is needed such as the neck or the arms. This still includes the more common areas treated for liposuction such as hips, flanks or abdomen. But there are also cases in which traditional liposuction can approach an area better than Smartlipo. This will be discussed to the patient by Dr. Gray during the initial consultation to see which method is better.
Will I Have Scars?@headingTag>
The incisions made with small, just enough for the cannula to be inserted. These incisions do not need any sutures. Often they heal on their own, aided with topical medications.
Fat Gone Away?@headingTag>
Fat cells destroyed by Smartlipo are permanent. This does not mean that new fat cells cannot develop. Adhering to a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and exercise will ensure that the results attained are long-term.
How Much Weight Will I Lose?@headingTag>
It is important to understand that Smartlipo, or even the traditional liposuction method, is not a one-stop solution to being overweight. While fat removal of any kind will result in less weight on the body, in order to be considered for the procedure, the patient must already be close to or near his or her goal weight.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $3,000 - $15,000
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-8 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 4 Months
- Procedure Recovery Location