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Smartlipo / RFAL

In-office, permanent fat reduction.

Smartlipo (laser-assisted liposuction) and RFAL (radiofrequency-assisted liposuction) remove fatty deposits that are nonresponsive to diet and exercise.

“Let’s face it: Our fat distributes differently as we age, even if our weight stays the same. Combining bioidentical hormone replacement with gentle liposuction has really helped me maintain my body shape and weight through menopause.”

– Lee, RN & Injection Specialist

Our experience sets us apart. Dr. Gustav Lo has transformed more than 4000 patients’ bodies with Smartlipo.

Within RegenCen, Dr. Gustav Lo uses Smartlipo’s laser technology and gentle liposuction techniques to remove unwanted fat and leave the body in better proportion.

  • Abdomen
  • Love Handles
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Knees
  • Neck

What is Smartlipo?

Smartlipo is an FDA-approved form of laser-assisted lipolysis or cosmetic surgery used to alter the shape and appearance of a person’s body. Unlike traditional liposuction, Smartlipo is an in-office procedure that combines heat and laser energy to break fat cells apart and smooth and tighten the skin. Smartlipo is performed with tumescent or local anesthesia which offers a quicker recovery. Multiple body areas can be treated at once with laser liposuction.

The RegenCen Advantage

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When you come in to RegenCen, our regenerative medical division, for a consult on laser liposuction, here’s what you can expect:

  • Experience. Dr. Lo has performed over 4000 Smartlipo procedures on the body and a few thousand on the face.
  • Overall consult. Weight gain and body changes are common as we age due to depleted testosterone and thyroid levels. And after menopause, lack of estrogen leads to weight gain. At RegenCen, we can balance your thyroid and hormones levels to help maintain your success.
  • Smooth, dramatic results. Check out our liposuction before and after photos and we have many more in the office to share.
  • Real testimonials. Many of our team members have had laser liposuction treatments and can show you their results and tell you about their liposuction treatment and recovery.

How does in-office liposuction work?

1. Consultation

We’re here for you! Schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss goals, expectations, potential benefits, and possible risks of the Smartlipo and RFAL. At the same consult, we can go over common alternatives like Coolsculpting or surgical tummy tucks.

A person who has mild to moderate skin laxity (loose or sagging skin) or unwanted fatty tissue on their abdomen (sometimes called menopause belly), or fat on the hips, thighs, or love handles is often times a good candidate for Smartlipo or RFAL. We commonly do gentle liposuction on fatty deposits along the bra line, under the chin and around the knees as well. And RFAL and Smartlipo are used to treat gynecomastia.

A person’s treatment eligibility is determined by a number of factors, including: 

  • general medical history 
  • current medications 
  • medical issues/pre-existing conditions 
  • drug allergies
  • previous surgeries 

Prospective patients may be photographed, as well. These photos will serve as a reference point for follow-up appointments. 

2. Pre-Procedure Instructions
3. Procedure
4. Post-Procedure

Pros and Cons of Smartlipo / RFAL

✔ Pros

Smartlipo and RFAL liposuction offer a number of advantages over traditional liposuction and tummy tucks

  • in office procedure
  • minimal recovery
  • dramatic fat reduction (70% average)
  • no drains, stitches, or long incisions
  • natural skin tightening
  • no general anesthesia

✗ Cons

Any procedure has risks and Smartlipo / RFAL is not excluded. Potential risks include:

  • side effects of anesthesia and meds
  • infection (very, very, very rare)
  • temporary swelling
  • temporary bruising
  • wearing a compression suit for two weeks

Smartlipo vs. Traditional Liposuction

smartlipo vs traditional lipo

Smartlipo / RFAL is similar to traditional liposuction in that it’s a procedure meant to get rid of excess fat. However, unlike traditional liposuction, Smartlipo and RFAL are much less traumatic - traditional liposuction uses a larger cannula to remove fat whereas Smartlipo and RFAL liquefy fat cells prior to removal for a smooth, less invasive procedure. Smartlipo and RFAL also have regenerative benefits. The heat promotes the growth of collagen for tighter, smoother skin, and both have a shorter recovery time than tradition liposuction.

Frequently Asked Questions

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