Smartlipo®

For many years at Dr. Richard Chaffoo's La Jolla practice, liposuction has remained an ever-popular way for men and women to reduce stubborn fat. Although it's effective, traditional liposuction isn't the best choice for everybody — particularly those who are in search of a faster recuperation. Smartlipo is an alternative that extracts fat just as traditional liposuction does, but it uses the assistance of a laser to dislodge and melt fat first for easier removal.

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When you decide to undergo cosmetic surgery, it's important to feel comfortable and confident about the plastic surgeon you choose. Patients appreciate triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo because he makes their goals a priority and strives to exceed their expectations with natural-looking improvements. To learn more, request your complimentary cosmetic consultation online or call (858) 997-0096 for an appointment.

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  • Smartlipo With a Body Contouring Specialist

    Dr. Chaffoo is among a rare number of triple board-certified plastic surgeons. His patients rely on him for his extensive training, years of experience, and his natural eye for aesthetics for a wide range of procedures. Because of their nature, Smartlipo treatments require a honed artistic sense and familiarity with the proportions of an appealing body. Dr. Chaffoo has developed these skills and is uniquely qualified to sculpt and tone the bodies of many patients.

    When you meet with Dr. Chaffoo for a complimentary consultation to discuss fat reduction, he will evaluate your body and describe what makes for a good Smartlipo candidate. Just as with traditional liposuction, people considering Smartlipo in La Jolla and nearby communities should keep in mind that the procedure isn't intended for weight loss. Instead, good candidates are people who are at or near their ideal weights but are still bothered by localized areas of fat on the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms, neck, or elsewhere. For those who are more bothered by cellulite than excess fat, Cellulaze™ may be a more suitable option. Dr. Chaffoo helps you decide which procedure, or combination of procedures, is best for you.

    Although Smartlipo typically requires less downtime than traditional liposuction,1 candidates should also be able to devote a few days to caring for themselves at home. During your complimentary consultation, Dr. Chaffoo gives you a better idea of what you can expect from your Smartlipo procedure.

    The Smartlipo Procedure

    Dr. Chaffoo may use general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation during your Smartlipo procedure, depending on which areas of the body you'd like to treat. Once you are anesthetized, Dr. Chaffoo marks the treated area to guide him during surgery. A tumescent solution that minimizes bleeding and helps cause the fatty tissue to swell is injected.

    Once that occurs, the next steps include:

    • Dr. Chaffoo makes a tiny incision, about the size of a pen tip.
    • He inserts the laser fiber through a small tube and into your body.
    • The laser ruptures fat cell membranes, permanently destroying the cells.
    • Dr. Chaffoo suctions the liquefied fat from the target area using a thin tube called a cannula.

    There is minimal discomfort during the procedure. Depending on the size of the area or areas being treated, a Smartlipo procedure may take between 1 and 2 hours. The minimally invasive nature of Smartlipo results in a shorter recovery time than what most patients experience after traditional liposuction surgery.1

    Because Smartlipo uses laser energy to emulsify unwanted fat, the technique also helps tighten skin in the treatment area.1 Heat from the laser helps stimulate the production of new collagen, a protein and essential component of tighter skin.

    Recovery and Results

    After Smartlipo, it's common for patients to experience mild swelling, bruising, and soreness, but these symptoms typically persist for a much shorter time than with a traditional liposuction procedure.1 Dr. Chaffoo advises patients to rest for a few days and gradually return to more strenuous activity such as exercising over the course of the following weeks.

    While patient experiences vary, most Smartlipo patients are back to work and enjoying their improved contours within just a couple of days. Sticking to your healthy diet and exercise habits will help you maintain your new, more proportionate contours for many years.

    Next Steps

    If you're considering body contouring, Dr. Chaffoo can help you determine the right path for you during a complimentary consultation at his conveniently located office, in La Jolla. Request your complimentary cosmetic consultation online or call (858) 997-0096 for an appointment.


    1 McBean, Jason C., Katz, Bruce E., Laser Lipolysis: An Update, Journal of Clinical Aesthetic Dermatology: 2011; 4(7): 25-34. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3140909/