SmartLipo: State-of-the-Art Liposuction in Calabasas
Even with routine exercise and a healthy diet, some people run into difficulty shedding excess body fat. Unsightly fatty deposits on the tummy, love handles, back, arms, thighs or beneath the chin can lead to a great deal of frustration. These fatty deposits can be successfully addressed with SmartLipo, our state-of-the-art system for liposuction in Thousand Oaks.
The word "liposuction" often conjures up scary images of hoses, vacuums, and lumpy skin, but new advances in lipoplastic procedures produce far superior results. SmartLipo™ is an updated technique that combines laser therapy and traditional liposuction that produce a smoother, more consistent result and an easier recovery.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a popular cosmetic surgery used to remove stubborn pockets of excess fat from various areas of the body. The procedure is most commonly used to eliminate fat that the individual has been unable to shed through more traditional means, such as dieting and exercising. During liposuction, excess fat cells are loosened before being carefully removed via suction through a narrow cannula. At Brilliance Dermatology, we use an innovative SmartLipo procedure to ensure a smooth, effective process.
Who Is a Candidate for Liposuction?
Adults who are struggling to eliminate pockets of excess fat with diet and exercise could be good candidates for liposuction. To be an ideal candidate for our SmartLipo procedure, you should meet the following requirements:
- Be in generally good physical health
- Be relatively close to your ideal weight
- Have the desire to be rid of stubborn excess fat
- Have realistic expectations for the treatment
- Be a non-smoker
- Have a decent amount of skin elasticity
- Have the ability to maintain a stable weight
Benefits of liposuction
Liposuction performed with our SmartLipo technique can offer patients a variety of significant benefits, including:
- Safely removes pockets of stubborn excess fat
- Helps create a tighter, more toned figure
- Less invasive than traditional liposuction
- Permanently removes fat cells
- Improves athletic performance and mobility
- Improves self-confidence and self-image
- Stimulates increased collagen production
- Increased wardrobe options
- Slimmer, more youthful-looking figure
Brilliance Dermatology: SmartLipo Done Right.
When seeking a skilled provider to perform liposuction, you want to be confident that you are in good hands, and that the procedure will be performed with the highest level of skill, as results can vary. We are proud to have assembled a team of highly-professional healthcare providers with great skill and attention who work with our award-winning, board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Hal Weitzbuch, to create stunning results. Never trust your body, or a liposuction procedure to a less-qualified professional – we focus on producing beautiful, sculpted results. Dr. Weitzbuch is a true “body-sculpture” artist.
Tumescent Liposuction: The Smart Way to Have Your Procedure
Tumescent numbing is an alternative to traditional general anesthesia. In this procedure, a large volume of fluid with a very dilute amount of lidocaine is used to numb the entire body area being treated. This allows our patients to be awake during the procedure, avoiding risks of being put to sleep. Also, patients are able to stand up towards the end of the procedure, allowing Dr. Weitzbuch the ability to reassess how his patients have progressed and touch-up any irregularities, greatly reducing the chance of needing a separate procedure. We always ensure safe levels of lidocaine use and avoid medication interactions that can alter metabolism.
Skin Tightening Along with Fat Reduction: The Perfect Combination
Liposuction in Westlake Village, when performed by Dr. Weitzbuch at Brilliance Dermatology, is the most advanced method by which to reduce the size of fatty deposits. Dr. Weitzbuch uses the SmartLipo laser system to heat the excess fat, while cauterizing the vessels and heating the skin for added skin tightening.
Using his specialized HOTLIPO™ technique, Dr. Weitzbuch, our board-certified dermatologist known for his high level skills, will heat the deeper layers of skin and achieve impressive results in skin tightening as an added benefit to fat removal. HOTLIPO™ is safe, as the system monitors levels of heat on the surface and beneath the skin to help ensure safe heating parameters. It takes extra time to achieve the HOTLIPO™ effect, and Dr. Weitzbuch will spend as much time as necessary to get your skin to the right temperature for the proper amount of time to produce truly unbelievable results!
SmartLipo: Body Sculpting the Modern Way
Although excess body fat is very common, the good news is that it can be effectively treated by Dr. Weitzbuch at Brilliance Dermatology. One of the newest and most successful ways to treat excess fat is called SmartLipo.
What is the Difference Between SmartLipo and Traditional Lipo?
Unlike traditional liposuction, SmartLipo is assisted by laser energy to ease the process of extracting excess fat. The laser has the added function of tightening skin to reduce the risk of sagging skin after the fatty deposits are reduced in size.
Not only is SmartLipo much safer than traditional liposuction, the final results are also more visually appealing. The best part is that there will be dramatically less bruising and discomfort following the procedure. The fast recovery time enables patients to return to their daily lives far sooner. SmartLipo also enables Dr. Weitzbuch to use a much smaller cannula, which creates a much smaller mark on the body, leaving you with the best liposuction Thousand Oaks has to offer.
New Advancements with SmartLipo™
Typically, liposuction (lipoplasty) involves removing fat cells from specific areas of the body using a suction device and a tube that is inserted through an incision in the skin. The dermatologist performing the procedure uses the tube to break up pockets of fat, which are then removed via suction. While effective, traditional liposuction has a serious drawback – while excess fat has been removed, the patient can be left with unsightly, saggy skin and a lumpy, uneven appearance post-surgery.
Advanced Alternative to Traditional Liposuction: SmartLipo in Calabasas
SmartLipo™ is an alternative to traditional liposuction. In this procedure, lasers are used to help liquefy fat deposits beneath the skin. The fatty liquid is then removed through an extremely small adit via a suction device. The laser also tightens skin and seals damaged blood vessels, and the procedure involves less bleeding, inflammation, and bruising, and leads to a more even, uniform appearance, and a faster recovery time, in addition to tighter skin.
What is the Recovery Time After SmartLipo™?
Recovery from SmartLipo™ is usually uneventful. Patients who come to our Calabasas office for the procedure typically need to wear compression bandages to help keep fluid from accumulating around surgical sites, encourage drainage, and avoid skin folds. Planning for the procedure is important as you will need a few days to relax post-operatively.
How Much Does Liposuction Cost?
The cost of liposuction varies from patient to patient because the procedure is customized to individual needs. The cost depends on the specific technique performed, the amount of areas treated and the amount of fat that needs to be removed.
Rest and Recover
Most patients will need to rest for about two to four days before returning to work or other activities, but this varies, based upon the number of body areas treated. You will need to avoid exercise or any strenuous activities for one to four weeks, and ensure you follow all aftercare instructions. We are always here to answer any questions or concerns and will be monitoring your recovery to ensure you heal properly.
If you are considering liposuction in Malibu, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, or the surrounding areas, perfectionist Dr. Hal Weitzbuch at Brilliance Dermatology will work closely with you to help you determine if SmartLipo™ is right for you. To learn more information about the SmartLipo procedure, contact our office and schedule a consultation with our outstanding healthcare providers – where creating beautiful, aesthetic results is what we do, every day.
Why Choose Dr. Weitzbuch?
Dr. Hal Weitzbuch is an award-winning, board-certified surgeon with extensive training, experience, and expertise in dermatology and aesthetic medicine. As both a surgeon and a photographer, Dr. Weitzbuch has an artistic eye and an appreciation for the subtleties of the beauty of the human form, which allows him to combine his passion for the arts and his dedicated training in cosmetic and aesthetic surgery to provide his patients with results beyond their expectations. His approach with patients is understanding, professional, and effective. That’s why patients have such trust in his expert care, and satisfaction with the outcomes Dr. Weitzbuch helps them achieve.
Liposuction Frequently Asked Questions
How long do SmartLipo results last?
Generally speaking, the results of SmartLipo are permanent, as the eliminated fat cells will not return. However, you will have to make the effort to maintain a stable weight; otherwise, new fat could develop in the area down the road.
How many inches do you lose with SmartLipo?
On average, patients will lose approximately one to two inches with SmartLipo.
Will skin sag after SmartLipo?
Typically, as long as you follow your doctor’s recovery instructions and wear your compression garment as directed, you will experience little or no skin sagging after SmartLipo.