At the L.A. Vein Center, Dr. Larisse Lee offers the cutting-edge SmartLipo procedure to help patients shed stubborn excess fat. Dr. Lee is a top liposuction expert and can answer any questions you have regarding the procedure. If you are interested in determining whether you are a candidate for treatment, please give our office a call at (818) 325-0400 to schedule your consultation at our Sherman Oaks office!
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is the most popular cosmetic procedure performed in the US today. As technology improves and minimally invasive techniques become more abundant, more and more people are making the decision to undergo body contouring procedures.
What Is SmartLipo®?
SmartLipo® is one of the most advanced liposuction procedures available today, using laser energy to melt away fat in a technique known as laser liposuction.
This procedure has been used across the world for over 10 years with much success and was FDA approved for use in the US in 2006. SmartLipo® is a safe, minimally invasive procedure that produces effective results as a new alternative to both traditional and tumescent liposuction.
SmartLipo® is designed to remove localized areas of fat and can be used on the following areas:
Candidates for SmartLipo® in Los Angeles
SmartLipo® is best designed for individuals who are in good overall health and close to their ideal weight. It may be used to remove stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to traditional diet and exercise.
It is important to have realistic results before undergoing the SmartLipo® procedure and to remember that it cannot be used as a means of drastic weight loss, but rather sculpts and smoothes the body.
Before the SmartLipo® procedure, Dr. Lee will mark the targeted fatty areas and confirm each of them with you. Local anesthetic will be applied to each area in order to minimize discomfort.
SmartLipo® uses a 1064-nm Nd: YAG laser that is inserted under the skin through a tiny cannula (tube) and delivered directly to the targeted area. The laser energy simultaneously melts fat cells and coagulates skin tissue, removing stubborn fat and tightening the surrounding skin for slimmed, smoothed results. The melted fat can either be suctioned out or absorbed into the bloodstream
Dr. Lee will be able to treat your targeted area(s) by viewing the laser through the skin to ensure accurate delivery. The laser energy also causes small blood vessels to coagulate as fat is melted, resulting in less bleeding and faster healing and recovery times. There is no need for stitches after the SmartLipo® procedure because only a tiny incision is needed.
Results of SmartLipo® Laser Liposuction
The results of SmartLipo® are often visible immediately after the procedure and will continue to improve for up to four months after. Along with removing localized fat, SmartLipo® also tightens and smoothes the skin, leaving a slimmer and younger looking result. Traditional liposuction often leaves skin loose and sagging, leaving many patients seeking additional treatment.
These results can be permanent as long as patients maintain their healthy weight through diet and exercise. Most patients are able to reach their desired results with just one SmartLipo® treatment. However, if you decide to undergo further treatment, you can do so after four months at our clinic in Los Angeles.
Recovery from SmartLipo® Laser Liposuction
Most patients enjoy a quick recovery from the SmartLipo® procedure with minimal pain and discomfort. Since this procedure does not use general anesthesia, patients can return home an hour after treatment and many even go back to work and their normal lifestyles within days.
There are no stitches that need to be removed with this procedure. Dr. Lee will provide specific instructions on how to care for yourself after the SmartLipo® procedure.
What our patients have to say
“I work out almost every day and I still had areas of stubborn fat, so I came to Dr. Lee for help. I must say that I had an amazing experience! Dr. Lee has a way about her…not only is she highly educated and trained in her craft, but she is kind hearted and truly cares about her patients. I had Laser Liposuction done on my abdomen and arms and I couldn’t be happier! The procedure itself went very smoothly…I did not feel any pain during the procedure and the recovery process was just as smooth. Within 5 days, I was back at the gym (walking on the treadmill) and by day 8 I was back in my Cardiobarre class. I could have easily gone back to work a couple days later, but I had the luxury of having a few days off after the procedure. I’m 2 weeks in now and I feel great! People are noticing my more slender physique and I’m feeling more confident than ever. I can’t say enough about Dr. Lee and her magical hands. She is truly an artist with a huge heart and a genuine dedication to helping people.”
*Individual results may vary
– G.A., Los Angeles, CA
Risks and Side Effects of SmartLipo® Laser Liposuction
As with any procedure, there are certain risks and side effects associated with the SmartLipo® procedure. Side effects are usually mild and temporary and may include bruising, swelling and discomfort. You can talk to Dr. Lee about the risks and any other concerns you may have about this procedure before deciding if SmartLipo® is right for you. Harvard and Stanford trained, Dr. Lee evaluates every patient thoroughly and tailors a treatment plan according to the individual’s needs. Patient safety and results are the most important factors in Dr. Lee’s vein and cosmetic practice.