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 make it one of the most advanced systems in laser-assisted lipolysis and one of the safest and most effective treatments in removing unwanted fat.
“I had Smartlipo performed by Dr. Waechter for my upper and lower abs and flanks and my results are amazing! It’s been a few years since my treatment and I’m so happy that the results have lasted. I exercise regularly and try to eat healthy(ish) since I made this investment and it’s definitely paid off.”
How Does SmartLipo™ Work?
SmartLipo™ MPX, also known as laser liposuction works by carefully using a calibrated laser to liquefy fat deposits through the top layers of the patient’s skin. Laser lipo 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 require 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 laser liposuction procedure.
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 lipo 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, laser liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure and can be performed under local anesthesia. Laser lipo causes small blood vessels to coagulate immediately on contact, resulting in less bleeding, swelling and bruising – and quicker recovery time than conventional liposuction. Because general anesthesia is unnecessary, the procedure is very safe, with only minimal side effects.