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What is Smart Lipo?

Smart Lipo is a form of liposuction that uses laser technology to destroy fat cells. The energy from the laser liquefies the fat, and the surgeon suctions out this material through a small tube called a cannula.

Athenix does not offer patients in Orange County Smart Lipo using laser techniques. While the technology has benefits that traditional liposuction doesn’t, our surgeons recommend VASER® and the Body-Jet® instead for the advantages these approaches offer.

Benefits of Smart Lipo

In a typical liposuction procedure, a surgeon makes an incision and inserts a saw-like cannula. He or she uses the cannula to tear away and suction out fat. This process can damage the surrounding tissues and create bruising, swelling, and bleeding during recovery. It also gives the surgeon less control over the final outcome of the body’s contour.

Because laser technology is less invasive, Orange County Smart Lipo patients may have a shorter recovery than with typical liposuction:

  •     Instead of tearing away fat, surgeons liquefy and melt the tissue.
  •     Smart Lipo can target fat better than traditional liposuction.
  •     Surgeons can more accurately sculpt liposuction target sites.

However, just because Smart Lipo offers advantages over traditional liposuction doesn’t mean you should settle for this approach, especially when there are other technologies that can improve your results.

Vaser Liposuction & Body-Jet

Instead of Smart Lipo, Athenix offers patients new and more advanced approaches to liposuction: VASER® and Body-Jet®.

With VASER, your Athenix surgeon uses a small cannula and ultrasound frequencies to remove fat cells gently and selectively. Similarly, Body-Jet is water-assisted liposuction that delicately dislodges and eliminates fat.

VASER and Body-Jet:

  •     Don’t have the same risk that Smart Lipo has of burning the surrounding skin and tissue (since neither use lasers).
  •     Produce smoother results. Our surgeons prefer VASER and Body-Jet for the degree of control they offer in body contouring procedures.
  •     Make it possible for your Athenix surgeon to transfer your fat to another area of your body. This allows him or her to sculpt fuller, more natural features for the face, buttocks, or breasts. Unlike VASER and Body-Jet, Smart Lipo destroys fat cells, eliminating the possibility of using them for natural fat transfer.

Not every liposuction procedure is equal. Choose the approach that can give you greater flexibility in fat transfer, an easier recovery, and more effective results.

If you have been exploring Smart Lipo providers and want to learn more about the benefits of VASER and Body-Jet, contact us at any of our following locations: Bellevue, Fresno, Irvine, Pasadena or Portland.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 Your safety is our top priority.

To our valued patients,

I hope that you and your families have stayed healthy and well during this difficult time. We want to thank all of the essential workers that provided us with critical services during this period and also to all of you that remained at home preventing the further spread of the virus.

As we re-open our facilities our priority remains the safety and well being of our patients and staff. To that end, we have implemented a number of important safety measures at all of our facilities.

  1. All patients, staff, and caregivers will be screened via a questionnaire and temperature for Covid-19 symptoms at the front entrance.
  2. Only those individuals that pass the screening will be allowed into the facility.
  3. Patients can only bring 1 other person with them to the appointment.
  4. All patients (and caregivers) need to wear a mask while in the facility. Please bring a cloth or other mask with you to the appointment.
  5. Physical distancing will be in effect in the office waiting room and throughout the office.
  6. Once the physical distance capacity has been reached in the waiting room, patients will be asked to wait in their vehicles and will be called to come in at their appointment time.
  7. All surfaces in the office will be cleaned and disinfected at least on an hourly basis.
  8. All patient rooms will be cleaned and disinfected after each patient use.
  9. Caregivers waiting for patients after surgery will be asked to not wait in the facility.
  10. All staff will be wearing PPE in accordance with CDC guidelines.

We understand that these continue to be uncertain and difficult times however we remain committed to your health, well being, safety, and ensuring you the best outcome possible.

All Athenix locations are now open. However, as we continue to practice physical distancing, we are still available for virtual consultations at any of our locations. You can reach us by calling 1-888-276-1535 or email [email protected] to get scheduled.

We thank you for your continued support and trust in Athenix and look forward to seeing you soon.


Gavin M. Dry, M.D. Chief Medical Officer