Dr. Gabriel H. Patino offers SmartLipo™ in Oakland, Berkeley, and surrounding areas of California.
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Laser-assisted liposuction, also known as SmartLipo™, is one of the most important recent advances in cosmetic surgery technology. This advanced system offers a safer, less painful alternative to traditional, suction-assisted liposuction, for those stubborn fat deposits that are difficult to eliminate through diet and exercise. At the Cosmetic Surgery Center of El Cerrito, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gabriel Patino performs laser liposuction using the SmartLipo™ system.
How Much Does SmartLipo™ Cost in Oakland?
Pricing and financing for SmartLipo™ in Berkeley will vary depending on the areas of the body chosen for surgery. Our staff will discuss all of your pricing and financing options at your initial consultation. View our patient financing page for further details.
What Are the Advantages of SmartLipo™?
SmartLipo™ laser liposuction possesses several key advantages over traditional, suction-assisted liposuction.
While any surgery does have some risk involved, SmartLipo™ uses a very small incision and does far less damage to internal tissues, greatly reducing the risk of bleeding and other complications. SmartLipo™ laser technology also boosts collagen production in the treated area, helping skin tighten after the fat is removed.
The second advantage of SmartLipo™ laser liposuction over traditional liposuction is comfort to the patient. After surgery, traditional liposuction patients can expect swelling to continue for a month or more, accompanied by discomfort and soreness. During this month-long recovery period, patients must avoid exercise and strenuous activity.
The recovery time from SmartLipo™ laser liposuction surgery is much shorter with less discomfort. While there will be some minor discomfort, SmartLipo™ patients can return to work within one or two days and do not experience the swelling of traditional liposuction surgery. The exercise restrictions will be similar but last, on average, about half as long.
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How Can SmartLipo™ Help Me?
SmartLipo™ is a cosmetic procedure that can help you finally get rid of fatty deposits that seem impossible to lose through diet and exercise alone.
The most common areas on which our patients choose to have SmartLipo™ performed include the following:
Traditional liposuction may be more appropriate for patients that don’t have excess skin, so be sure to ask your Oakland cosmetic surgeon Dr. Patino which option is best for you in your initial consultation. If you have problem areas or stubborn fat deposits, you know how frustrating it can be when even diet and exercise cannot help you get rid of them. Dr. Patino wants to help you look and feel your best and SmartLipo™ laser liposuction surgery can be one way to get the figure you have always wanted.
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While traditional liposuction uses a vacuum-powered system to remove unwanted stubborn fat from your treated areas, Smartlipo™ uses an advanced laser system. The Smartlipo™ laser system helps to more accurately target your pockets of unwanted fat while reducing damage to the surrounding healthy tissues and stimulating collagen production for long-lasting results that keep improving over time.
Generally, yes. Once the fat from your desired area is eliminated via Smartlipo™, it is never replaced with new fat. That being said, it is still possible to gain weight and have the appearance of new fat in your treated areas following surgery. For this reason, Dr. Patino and his team recommend leading a healthy and active lifestyle to maintain the results of your liposuction procedure.
The answer to this question depends on your budget, your desired recovery, and your desired results. While traditional liposuction will provide you with similar results to Smartlipo™, the Smartlipo™ procedures are typically more accurate and stimulate collagen production for results that keep improving over time. The best way to find out which treatment is best for you is to ask Dr. Patino during your private consultation.
The Smartlipo™ procedure itself is not very painful as Dr. Patino will use anesthesia throughout the procedure to ensure you remain as comfortable as possible throughout your surgery. Following your Smartlipo™ procedure, you will likely experience swelling, bruising, and tenderness around your treated areas. Most patients are able to return to their normal daily activities including work and mild exercise within one to two weeks of surgery.
It’s not uncommon to see some patients lose up to 20 or 30 pounds following their Smartlipo™ treatment. That being said, Smartlipo™ should not be seen as a weight-loss procedure or weight loss alternative. Dr. Patino and his team recommend leading a healthy and active lifestyle to maintain the results of your Smartlipo™ session.
At The Cosmetic Surgical Center of El Cerrito, we specialize in surgical and non-surgical cosmetic surgery, skin rejuvenation, and hair restoration to achieve youthful and natural results for the residents of Oakland, Berkeley, and surrounding areas of California. Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation.
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