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Smartlipo TriPlex in Downtown San Francisco
Liposuction is an effective way to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat, but some people do not like the associated risks and recovery time. The laser-assisted Smartlipo TriPlex is a great alternative to liposuction; it is less invasive than conventional liposuction, and therefore less risky and easier to recover from. Harvard-trained physician, Dr. Sheena Kong, is proud to offer some of the best results in liposuction San Francisco and the Bay Area have available using Smartlipo. In addition to laser liposuction, she also offers other advanced medical spa services.
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What Does Smartlipo Treat?
The Smartlipo TriPlex system comes in three different wavelengths, which can be used independently or blended for different results. Our San Francisco Smartlipo procedure liquefies fat, coagulates the tissue and tightens the skin for a dramatically slimmer and smoother contour, with very little bruising and downtime. Smartlipo TriPlex is considered by medical experts to be the standard of care in laser lipolysis systems.
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Our caring and compassionate staff is not only well-educated and expertly trained, but also committed to ensuring complete patient comfort. They are adept at easing any concerns, relieving anxiety and helping our patients to feel great about the way they look. Our team recognizes that image is important, but self-image and confidence is essential. We hope that through treatments like Smartlipo, our San Francisco & Bay Area patients attain a greater sense of confidence. Smartlipo smooths out lumps and bumps, slims areas of excess fat and makes the body look healthier and fitter.
Many people have questions and concerns about body sculpting, including Smartlipo. Dr. Kong is committed to educating her patients on how each treatment works, what to expect, and any risks. Her focus is on providing the least invasive procedures to achieve better results and a faster recovery. If you have questions about Smartlipo, schedule a private consultation with Dr. Kong. For answers to some basic questions, read the below.
Is Smartlipo right for me?
Every person has a unique body shape – and unwanted, unsightly fat deposits. We offer a range of treatments, including Smartlipo, one of the latest generation of body sculpting systems. The difference lies in the fact that the treatment is far less invasive than the traditional San Francisco liposuction procedure. The fat to be removed is emulsified (broken down into smaller particles) prior to extraction, allowing for a greater quantity to be removed. Smartlipo can be performed with only local anesthetic, and recovery is faster than older methods. Typically, the best candidate for Smartlipo treatments is in good overall health, and is living with one or more areas of fat that have not responded to diet and exercise. If you think you could benefit from this treatment, visit Dr. Kong's SF med spa for some of the best results from SmartLipo Bay Area residents can rely on.
Is Smartlipo Safe?
Any procedure can carry some risk, and the most important way to avoid risk is to have the procedure performed by a licensed medical doctor. Dr. Kong is a board-certified doctor of internal medicine, and has many years of experience in body sculpting techniques. She focuses on patient health and safety at every step of the process. People who run into problems have often gotten the treatment at a beauty spa rather than from a licensed practitioner.
How is Smartlipo different from Traditional Liposuction?
Smartlipo and traditional liposuction have different applications in cosmetic procedures. Although both treatments have their uses, Smartlipo offers several advantages, including:
- Performed under local anesthesia for less risk and a faster recovery, while traditional liposuction requires general anesthesia
- Requires smaller incisions than traditional liposuction for barely noticeable incision lines
- Uses a tiny micro-cannula causing less damage to the tissues than larger cannulas used in traditional liposuction
- Laser liquifies the fat for easier removal from the body, while traditional liposuction requires manual removal of fat cells from the tissues
- Treatment cauterizes capillaries for minimal bruising and bleeding, as compared to significant bruising with traditional liposuction
- Compression garments required for only three weeks, as compared to six or more weeks with traditional liposuction
- Downtime lasts only a few days, while recovery from traditional liposuction can take a week or more
- Tightens the skin, a vital added benefit
Does Smartlipo work for weight loss?
A good candidate for Smartlipo is at a stable, healthy weight, as it is not a weight loss procedure. The system was developed to remove fat deposits that won’t leave, no matter how hard you exercise or how carefully you manage your diet. Of course, as fat and body tissue has been removed, there will be some measure of weight loss, but the procedure was developed to sculpt the body into a more pleasing shape by removing excess fat from the targeted areas. Dr. Kong's Smartlipo typically helps you to lose several inches, more than pounds.
What parts of the body can be treated with Smartlipo?
While traditional San Francisco liposuction techniques should not be used on certain body areas, Smartlipo is more flexible. The cannula (a medical device similar to a small, hollow needle) used in the system is far smaller, as the fat is liquefied prior to extraction. Areas that can be treated include cheeks, chin, jowls, neck, knees, ankles, back, and others. As the system uses a laser to liquefy the fat, it has the advantage of sealing the capillaries, which means a much shorter recovery time. Another benefit is that it builds more collagen fibers that provide structure to your skin, for a tighter, healthier appearance.
How does SmartLipo differ from CoolSculpting?
At the end of the day, the difference between SmartLipo & CoolSculpting comes down to two elements: The time it takes to reach final results & being comfortable with minimally invasive surgery. CoolSculpting takes some time, maybe a few months, until all of the frozen fat cells melt away to reveal the beautiful contours underneath. Laser liposuction can show results immediately because it does require minimally invasive surgical methods. While healing & recovery is far less intense in comparison to a traditional surgical liposuction, there is some healing time involved. CoolSculpting does not require a single surgical incision, so you can return to work and every day activities immediately after your procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Kong will help guide you to the right procedure that will help you achieve your cosmetic goals while staying within your preferences.
What Does Smartlipo Triplex Treatment Feel Like?
Smartlipo Triplex in the Bay Area is performed by Dr. Sheena Kong under local anesthesia. Although you are awake and alert throughout the procedure, the treatment area is anesthetized to help ensure your comfort. You may feel light pressure during treatment, but there should be no pain or discomfort.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
How long it takes to perform the procedure will depend on the size and number of areas treated. On average, it takes approximately one and one-half to two hours for Dr. Kong to perform a Smartlipo Triplex procedure.
Does Smartlipo Leave Scars?
Any surgery will leave incision lines. However, the incision sites created in a Smartlipo procedure are very small. With proper care, over time, these tiny access points fade to become barely noticeable.
When Will I See Results and How Long Will They Last?
Most patients see results within one week after treatment. Because Smartlipo stimulates increased collagen production, you can expect continued gradual improvement over a three to six-month period following the procedure.
Smartlipo destroys fat cells in the treatment area, and once they are gone, they are no longer present in the treated area – so no longer accumulate and store fat. However, maintaining a healthy diet and exercise program will keep your body looking trimmer and fitter. Many of our patients are inspired to live a healthier lifestyle after treatment – they love the look of their re-contoured bodies!
Recovery after Smartlipo Triplex
One of the benefits of Smartlipo over traditional liposuction is a much faster, easier recovery. Smartlipo is a minimally-invasive treatment that causes less post-treatment discomfort and requires significantly less downtime. Because the capillaries are cauterized during treatment, patients experience considerably less bruising and swelling after a San Francisco Smartlipo Triplex procedure than with traditional liposuction.
Recovery time after Smartlipo in San Francisco depends on the extent of treatment. Patients who have several larger areas treated can expect to recover longer than those who undergo treatment for a smaller area. Most patients are able to return to work within a few days and resume exercise and strenuous activities within seven to 10 days.
Learn more about Smartlipo
To learn more about Smartlipo TriPlex treatment or schedule a consultation, please contact the practice of Sheena Kong, MD.415-712-0634