Laser Lipo in San Diego

Laser Lipo is a procedure to improve the cosmetic appearance of the body by selectively removing subcutaneous fat from key regions of the body, achieving results similar to traditional liposuction.

Procedure Summary:

Laser Lipo (Laser-Assisted Liposuction with SmartLipo Triplex)Indications: Removal of unwanted fat, skin tightening

Downtime: 2 days

Anesthetic Needs: Local anesthetic

Typical Package: Single treatments

Laser Lipo (SmartLipo Triplex) is a procedure to improve the cosmetic appearance of the body by selectively removing subcutaneous fat from key regions of the body, achieving results similar to traditional liposuction. But unlike traditional liposuction, Laser Assisted Body Contouring doesn’t just remove unwanted fat, the laser also provides skin tightening, reducing sagging and creating a smooth contoured surface.

Dermacare uses an advanced laser body sculpting system called SmartLipo Triplex, which features a unique fat “melting” laser that gently liquefies fat. Through a few tiny incisions, the liquefied fat is then removed from the body with a medical suction device. Additionally, the laser is also effective in causing small blood vessels to coagulate immediately reducing bleeding, swelling and bruising. Because of the small size of the fiber optic tip, laser-assisted liposuction has become the standard for treating a greater number of hard to reach areas of the body. Because Laser Lipo is gentle on the body, we use only a local anesthesia, allowing you to stay awake and quickly resume your normal daily activities.

“I would suggest seriously considering Laser Lipo. It’s changed my life not only in the short term to look better in my wedding dress, but it’s given me a new outlook on how I spend my time and what actions I take to better myself and keep my confidence high.”


What are the advantages of Laser Lipo vs. traditional liposuction?

  • More even and smooth result
  • Less pain, less bruising, and quicker recovery
  • Better skin tightening and less loose skin
  • Smaller scars, less trauma and quicker recovery
  • Less risk due to using local not general anesthesia

How long is the recovery?

Typically, the recovery time is a fraction of that of traditional liposuction. Most procedures will take one to three hours and patients will go home the same day. Following the Laser Lipo treatment, patients usually experience bruising, swelling, and slight discomfort. Patients may need to wear a compression garment for a few days to reduce the side effects. Work can usually be resumed the second day after the procedure, but strenuous activity should be postponed for a week or two after the procedure. Overall, recovery is moderately short and painless.

What risks may be associated with Laser Lipo?

Any medical procedure carries a degree of risk, and Laser Lipo is no exception. However, the less invasive method of laser liposuction reduces much of the risk normally associated with traditional liposuction. The most common risks include infection, bleeding, swelling, bruising, and discomfort. In rare cases, irregular skin contours or pigmentation can occur. Even more rare are life-threatening complications such as blood clots and heart complications.

Are all laser assisted liposuction technologies equal?

All laser liposuction machines are not equal. You need to understand the importance of the laser wavelength used to melt fat. Most laser liposuction machines on the market today use a 1064nm or 1320nm laser wavelength (e.g. SmartLipo Triplex).

Dermacare utilizes the most advanced technology, which is 5 times as selectively absorbed by fat and also 5 times as selectively absorbed by blood. This means that the Laser Lipo laser liposuction unit dissolves fat and prevents bleeding much more effectively than any other laser liposuction machine available.

What should I do next?

If you are considering laser liposuction, you really need to know the facts and understand the technology. After understanding the advantages of Laser Lipo, it will be obvious there is nothing else like it on the market. Contact us for a complimentary consultation to learn more and see if this procedure is right for you.

“Dr. Birchall performed a laser liposuction procedure on me. During my first appointment, I had requested additional areas to be done but he cautioned me against it. At that point, I was very impressed with his honesty and decided he would be the right doctor for me. The procedure went flawlessly.”

Prior to treatment, you will have a consultation with Dr. Birchall to determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. On the day of the procedure, the treatment area is marked and pictures are taken. In some cases, you could be provided with a mild sedative to make the experience more comfortable. After local numbing is done at the predetermined sites, small, concealable incisions are made. Through these openings, a long narrow tube will be inserted and used. The first step is to infuse a dilute anesthetic fluid throughout the area of concern. The second tube is for the laser, which liquefies the fat in the targeted area. Finally, the melted fat is eliminated through a medical suction device.

“I can’t tell you how much I love the results of this. It’s like a kid in a candy store everytime I go to my closet because there are so many things I haven’t worn in forever due to my tummy looking so ugly – now I have an entire new wardrobe.”