Laser Lipo in San Diego

If you have lost weight through diet and exercise but still have extra, unsightly pounds that refuse to respond, then you might want to consider a laser liposuction treatment. While diet and exercise are healthy ways to lose weight — and to achieve and maintain a healthy weight — they are often not the best tools to achieve the sculpted body you want. This is because not all fat will respond to diet and exercise equally, leaving you with extra fat you can’t lose and ruining your look despite your best efforts.

Laser Lipo is a procedure to improve the cosmetic appearance of the body by selectively removing subcutaneous fat from regions of the body where fat loss through other means can be difficult to achieve. During a Laser Lipo procedure, Dr. Birchall will specifically target and remove the fat you want to lose, slimming you and giving you better tone and contours. Coupled with a healthy lifestyle, Laser Lipo can give you the look you want and that you’ve been working hard to achieve.

What is laser liposuction?

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 smoothly 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.

All laser liposuction machines are not equal. 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 five times as selectively absorbed by fat and also five times as selectively absorbed by blood, making it significantly more effective than other laser liposuction alternatives.

What are the advantages of laser liposuction vs. traditional liposuction?

Laser Lipo gives individuals all the advantages of a traditional liposuction treatment — including a slimmer, more toned body with better contours — while also giving them a qualitatively better procedure and recovery. The specific advantages of Laser Lipo also include:

  • a more even and smooth result
  • less pain, less bruising, and a faster recovery
  • better skin tightening and less loose skin
  • smaller entry point scars, with less trauma and a quicker recovery
  • less risk to patients since only local, not general, anesthesia is used

What risks may be associated with laser liposuction?

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 rarer are life-threatening complications such as blood clots and heart complications.

Am I a candidate for laser liposuction?

Before treatment, you will have a complimentary, in-person consultation with Dr. Birchall to determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. If you are considering laser liposuction, you really need to know the facts and understand the technology. Like all medical procedures, Laser Lipo has a few contraindications which may exclude you from having the procedure. Contraindications for Laser Lipo include:

  • currently pregnant or nursing women
  • patients under the age of 18
  • patients with a pacemaker or implanted electrical medical device
  • patients with a history of epilepsy
  • patients with extreme cases of diabetes
  • patients with severe thyroid, liver, heart disorders or cancer
  • patients with lymphatic disorders

If these factors form a part of your medical history, talk to Dr. Birchall about whether you can have Laser Lipo or possible alternatives.

What will happen during my laser liposuction 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.

How long is recovery from laser liposuction?

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.

Trust Dermacare for your Laser Liposuction Treatment

Dr. Birchall strongly value its patient relationships and offer only the most effective skin care treatments along with quality, patient-focused care. These values — stemming from Dr. Birchall’s years in family practice — correspond well to the needs of all Dermacare’s cosmetic patients. Your cosmetic team at Dermacare will spend a great deal of time understanding your specific needs and goals to ensure you get the right treatments — and the right amount of treatment — to reveal your best self.

Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics proudly offers Laser Lipo — an effective and better body sculpting solution — at both our Carlsbad and Rancho Bernardo locations. If you have more questions about Laser Lipo treatment and want to see if the treatment is the right for you, call one of our offices today at 858-487-3376 (Rancho Bernardo) or 760-448-8100 (Carlsbad) to schedule your in-person consultation. Trust your skin to Dermacare.


“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.” — E.B

“I can’t tell you how much I love the results of this. It’s like a kid in a candy store every time 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.” — J.S.

“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.” — K.A.