KYBELLA®

Fat Reduction | Liposuction | Cellulite Treatment | Kybella | San Francisco CAAura offers Kybella® – a revolutionary new injection for improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe fullness associated with submental fat, sometimes referred to as “double chin”. It can impact a broad range of adults, including both men and women, and can be influenced by several factors such as aging, genetics and weight gain, and is often resistant to diet and exercise alone.

Aura’s physicians and medical experts in facial aesthetics and cosmetic injectables, provide free consultations to evaluate if Kybella® is the right treatment for you.

How Does Kybella Work?

Kybella® is a specialized injectable treatment used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called “double chin.”

When injected into the fat, Kybella® causes the destruction of these fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.

The active ingredient in Kybella® is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of fat.

The fat that is treated with Kybella® is processed through your body’s natural metabolism.

How Many Treatments of Kybella Will I Need?

Aura’s physicians and medical experts will help determine how many treatment sessions you need based on the amount and distribution of your submental fat and your personal treatment goals. Patients generally need 3 – 6 sessions.

Kybella® works to break down the fat over time, thus multiple treatments may be necessary.

What Can I Expect During and After Treatment?

Each patient can expect the following:

      • Treatments are performed in the privacy and comfort of Aura Skin Spa, by a board certified physician or medical professional.
      • Before and after photos will be taken.
      • An anesthetic may be applied prior to the treatment.
      • A prescription strength pain reliever may be given prior to the treatment.
      • Kybella® is administered via an injection process.
      • The procedure typically takes 30 minutes or longer to perform. This is dependent on the amount of Kybella® used during each treatment.
      • The treatment area may become swollen and red and may persist for several hours to several days. We recommend ice to reduce swelling.
      • You should be able to resume your normal daily activities, however, keep your social plans and work commitments in mind when scheduling your treatment.

Who is a Good Candidate for Kybella?

Men and women are both candidates for Kybella®. If you’re bothered by the fat under your chin (submental fullness) and not ready to undergo surgery or you eat well, diet and exercise, but submental fullness does not go away, you may be a candidate for Kybella®. Aura’s physicians and medical experts provide free consultations to evaluate if Kybella® is the right treatment for you.

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SMARTLIPO™

Aura Skin Spa is a leading provider of SmartLipo™ in San Francisco. Aura features SmartLipo™ MPX technology, which is an FDA-approved laser body sculpting procedure that is designed to effectively liquefy and destroy fat cells while tightening the skin.

SmartLipo™ MPX is ideal for treating areas of unwanted fat on the neck, arms, abdomen, flanks, back and thighs.

The added power and multiple wavelengths of SmartLipo™ MPX makes it one of the most advanced systems in laser assisted lipolysis and one of the safest and most effective treatments in removing unwanted fat.

Call us today to book a consultation for SmartLipo™ in our San Francisco office.

How does SmartLipo™ work?

SmartLipo™ MPX works by carefully using a calibrated laser to liquefy fat deposits through the top layers of the patient’s skin. The laser actually ruptures fat cells, and the resulting oily, liquid substance is then removed through a tiny incision in the skin by the surgeon. The small laser can also coagulate or seal blood vessels as it zaps fat, so there is less swelling, bleeding and bruising than with traditional liposuction methods. Research has shown that very little, if any, fat is reabsorbed back into the body. The energy that is also emitted by the SmartLipo™ MPX laser stimulates the tissue, inducing collagen production, resulting in tissue tightening.

The minimal invasiveness of the procedure allows patients to see faster results and to experience fewer complications. In addition, only a local anesthetic is used for this procedure, whereas traditional methods requires general anesthesia. Because only a local anesthetic is used, SmartLipo™ MPX carries much fewer risks than traditional liposuction, and the recovery time is much shorter. Patients often return to work within 1-2 days of undergoing the SmartLipo™ MPX procedure.

Call us at (415) 788-3800 to learn more about how SmartLipo™ works in our San Francisco office.

The SmartLipo™ Treatment Process

A very small cannula (tube) approximately 1.0 to 2.0 mm in diameter containing a laser fiber is inserted into the skin. The cannula is moved back and forth delivering the laser’s energy directly to the fat cells, causing them to rupture and easily drain away. The laser energy also interacts with the dermis, resulting in skin shrinkage or tightening. After the fat is liquified, it is removed with power-assisted suction.

Due to the cannula’s small size, SmartLipo™ MPX is a minimally invasive procedure and can be performed under local anesthesia. The laser causes small blood vessels to coagulate immediately on contact, resulting in less bleeding, swelling and bruising – and a quicker recovery time than conventional liposuction. Because general anesthesia is unnecessary, the procedure is very safe, with only minimal side effects.

SmartLipo™ FAQ

What are the benefits of SmartLipo™ MPX?

The benefits of SmartLipo™ include:

* Treats unwanted fat and fat tissue irregularities
* Promotes tissue coagulation resulting in skin tissue tightening
* Improves flabby or lax skin and areas of high vascularity
* Minimal edema and bleeding due to the laser’s hemostatic properties
* Minimal bruising
* Causes less trauma and faster healing time than traditional liposuction
* Improves the appearance of cellulite

Does SmartLipo™ procedure have FDA Clearance?

The SmartLipo™ MPX has been cleared by the FDA for laser-assisted Lipolysis. Book your free consultation for SmartLipo™ in San Francisco with Dr. Anthony Waechter.

Does laser-assisted Lipolysis produce lasting results?

Yes! The SmartLipo™ MPX produces lasting results by destroying the treated fat cells. Adults do not create new fat cells. When a person gains weight, that person’s fat cells simply expand.

Who is a good candidate for the SmartLipo™ procedure?

If you have areas of fat that will not respond to diet and exercise, then you’re a candidate for SmartLipo™ MPX. Ideal candidates are in good health, of normal body weight and have realistic expectations for the results. You can also call or email us to learn if you are a good candidate for SmartLipo™ in our San Francisco office

What body regions can be treated with SmartLipo™ MPX?

SmartLipo™ MPX is a great adjunct to traditional liposuction procedures, although it does not replace conventional liposuction. It is ideal for treating small areas of the face, neck, arms, breasts (gynecomastia), and areas of loose skin. Excellent results can also be seen in the upper and lower abdomen, flanks, thighs, knees, and back.

How Many Treatments Are Required?

Most patients only require one treatment. Laser assisted lipolysis produces long lasting results since the SmartLipo™ MPX procedure works by destroying fat cells and typically adults do not create new fat cells.

When Can I Expect To See Results Of SmartLipo™?

Results can be seen immediately with continued improvement over several months.

Is There a Recovery Period After SmartLipo™?

Recovery with SmartLipo™ MPX starts the moment the surgeon turns off the laser. It used to take weeks, or even months, of painful healing and limited mobility to recover from traditional liposuction. But with SmartLipo™ MPX, recovery time is now fast and relatively painless. Patients often return to work within 1–2 days of undergoing the SmartLipo™ MPX procedure. A pressure garment is typically worn after the procedure for several days to several weeks depending on the body area being treated. Exercise is resumed after a few weeks.

Does SmartLipo™ MPX Treat Cellulite?

The procedure will improve the body’s shape and may improve cellulite to a certain degree.

LIPOSONIX®

Aura Skin Spa now offers our patients help with that stubborn fat on their waistline with LipoSonix®. This non-surgical method of fat reduction utilizes advanced ultrasound technology to destroy unwanted fat.

What are the benefits of LipoSonix®?

This new innovation in fat reduction is used to reduce stubborn fat around the abdomen and waist. Patients notice improvements after a single one-hour session and are enthused by the procedure because it is totally non-invasive and has no recovery time.

How does LipoSonix® work?

Using high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) energy, subcutaneous fat cells are disrupted and then eliminated, improving body contour. Here is how the LipoSonix® system works:

Fat Reduction | Liposuction | Cellulite Treatment | San Francisco CA | Oakland
1. The head of the device is placed over the treatment site.
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2. HIFU energy is targeted to the treatment area, beginning a process that leads to the destruction of fat cells underneath the outer surface of the skin.
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3. Once hit with the HIFU energy, the targeted fat forms a lesion while the surface skin is unharmed.
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4. The body then eliminates these fat lessions through its natural elimination and healing mechanisms. The result is a thinner waistline and a more contoured figure.

What is HIFU technology and how does it work?

Other non-invasive fat reduction techniques use lasers and radio frequency energy. The energy emitted with these technologies can be absorbed by the cells on the skin surface. This creates two problems. First, it limits the energy that penetrates the targeted fat tissues below the skin surface. Second, it can inflame and damage the surface skin. In contrast, LipoSonix® treatments use high-intensity, focused, ultrasound energy to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin and reach the targeted fat tissue without affecting the surrounding tissues or the skin layers.

Am I a good candidate for LipoSonix?®

Although LipoSonix® has promising results, not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure. If you are close to your ideal weight, but have unwanted fat around your waist that you’ve been unable to get rid of with diet and exercise, then LipoSonix® may be the right procedure for you. Generally, you are a good candidate for the procedure if:

1. You are able to pinch about an inch (2.5 cm) of fat at your waistline.

2. Your body mass index is less than or equal to 30.

3. You are in good overall health.

4. You are realistic with your expectations of the outcomes of the treatment.

What results can I expect from my LipoSonix®procedure?

Results from the procedure usually become noticeable after 8 to 12 weeks, which is typically the amount of time needed for the body to process and eliminate the targeted fat.

Schedule an appointment with us at the Aura Skin Spa to see if LipoSonix® is right for you! It could be the perfect way to get rid of that stubborn waistline fat, without surgery.

LipoSonix® in Action

Watch a demonstration and hear information at how Liposonix® works!

VelaShape™

VelaShape™ is the only FDA cleared treatment that contours, shapes and slims the body by shrinking cellulite and reducing the circumference of the treated areas.

VelaShape™ provides dramatic results without downtime or significant discomfort. VelaShape™ can firm and smooth trouble spots that diet and exercise cannot address alone.

How VelaShape™ works

VelaShape™ features the revolutionary elōs™ combination of bi-polar radio frequency (RF), infrared light energy, plus vacuum and mechanical massage.

Precise heating with VelaShape™ ensures a safe, effective and fast treatment with no downtime. The vacuum and specially designed rollers for the mechanical massage smooth out the skin to facilitate safe and efficient heat energy delivery. The net result increases the metabolism of stored energy, increases lymphatic drainage and reduces or shrinks the size of the actual fat cells and fat chambers.

The results:

• Gradual smoothing of the skin’s surface with a noticeable reduction in cellulite.
• Circumferential reduction with noticeable reshaping of the treated area.

With VelaShape™ it is easy to enhance your body, improve your lifestyle and feel better about yourself! Take a look at how VelaShape™ works below:

View a Demonstration Video of Velashape™

Treatment Benefits of VelaShape™

VelaShape™ is the first and only safe, effective and virtually painless FDA-cleared non-surgical medical solution for body reshaping and the treatment of cellulite.

VelaShape™ enables you to comfortably and safely achieve a toned, contoured and well shaped body in as few as 4 treatment sessions; making you look and feel more youthful.

Most patients see gradual and cumulative results throughout the treatment regime.

Treatment Areas

The VelaShape™ procedure is a safe, effective and virtually painless non-invasive solution for cellulite and for body reshaping via circumferential reduction.

With VelaShape™, you can be treated for circumferential reduction on the thighs as well as cellulite treatment on the thighs, buttocks, love handles and abdomen.

What is elōs™ Technology?

Elōs™ is the first and only technology that simultaneously harnesses the power of bi-polar radio frequency (RF) and optical energy.

The elōs™ Difference:

• Radio Frequency is a highly controllable energy heat source, works synergistically with optical energy
• Enables the use of light energy at a level that is safe for all skin types
• No additional risk to the epidermis
• Precisely targets areas “preheated” by optical energy
• Contact cooling on skin’s surface provides increased comfort and safety

The VelaShape™ procedure featuring the revolutionary elōs™ technology enables you to comfortably and safely achieve a toned, contoured and well sculpted body without enduring downtime.

VelaShape™ for Cellulite

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is the unsightly lumpy, dimpled skin appearance, also known as the ‘cottage cheese’ or ‘orange peel’ appearance. Cellulite consists of fat deposits that appear mainly on the hips, thighs and buttocks.

Cellulite is probably one of the most aesthetically troubling concerns of women – it is estimated 80% of women over the age of 20, regardless of their weight or size are affected by cellulite.

VelaShape™ Cellulite Treatment

VelaShape™ features the unique elōs™ technology combination of bi-polar radio frequency (RF), infrared light energy, plus vacuum and mechanical massage to deploy targeted heat to adipose tissue. The combination of these energies increases the metabolism of stored energy, increases lymphatic drainage and reduces or shrinks the size of the actual fat cells and fat chambers. The net result is gradual smoothing of the skin’s surface with a noticeable reduction in cellulite.

VelaShape™ treatments are safe, effective and virtually painless with no downtime – patients can return to his or her daily activities immediately following treatment.

VelaShape™ for Circumferential Reduction

Now it is very easy to reshape your body with the first and only non-surgical solution for circumferential reduction.

VelaShape™ features the revolutionary elōs™ technology combination of bi-polar radio frequency (RF), infrared light energy, plus vacuum and mechanical massage. The combination of these energies increases the metabolism of stored energy, increases lymphatic drainage and reduces or shrinks the size of the actual fat cells and fat chambers. The net result leads to circumferential reduction, with noticeable reshaping of the treated area.

VelaShape™ treatments are safe, effective and virtually painless with no downtime – patients can return to daily activities immediately following treatment. It has never been easier to achieve a toned, contoured and well shaped body.