Liposuction

The medical professionals at Solano Plastic Surgery are sensitive to the plight of patients who want more pleasing body contours. Many have tried extreme diets and punishing exercise programs, but still can’t get stubborn pockets of body fat to vanish. It’s a common problem, which is why liposuction has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for women and men at our practice.

Thanks to advancements in laser-assisted liposuction, Dr Brian Klink is able to perform the procedure at Solano Plastic Surgery in our state of the art surgery center. That’s good news for women and men who want liposuction, but have been hesitant because they’ve heard it’s painful and requires a lengthy recovery period.

Why Patients Choose Solano for Liposuction

The benefits of liposuction, like any cosmetic enhancement, are directly related to the skill of the person performing the procedure. At Solano Plastic Surgery, Dr Klink’s background, experience and training help to ensure outstanding, patient-pleasing results.

Dr Klink is a leading plastic cosmetic specialist who has been in practice for more than 20 years. He has earned the respect of peers and the enthusiasm of his patients for transformative cosmetic surgery on the body.

Our procedures are performed in a warm, welcoming, and expertly run practice. You’re in good hands from start to finish. Dr Klink and the SPS nurses are your partners, there to ensure that your well being comes first, from your initial consultation through your recovery and follow-up.

How to Remove Body Fat with SlimLipo

Patients are interested in liposuction to achieve one goal: slimming unwanted bulges of diet and exercise-resistant fat. Laser liposuction allows the expert medical team at Solano Plastic Surgery to help them reach that goal without the lengthy downtime and after-effects commonly associated with traditional liposuction methods.

Traditional liposuction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures. However, according to a 2007 survey from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, laser-assisted liposuction holds out the promise for a better technique, and that means better results. This is due to a laser’s ability to quickly and selectively melt fat and heat surrounding tissue.

SlimLipo Laser Lipolysis vs. Traditional Liposuction for Body Fat

Laser lipolysis is a procedure that uses heat from fiber-optic lasers at various wavelengths to melt body fat and tighten skin. This is different than liposuction, which involves removing fat from the body using only vacuum suction.

Dr Klink and the professional medical staff at Solano Plastic Surgery offer patients this advanced body-sculpting technology. The SlimLipo Body Sculpting Laser by Palomar is a laser lipolysis device that quickly and effectively removes unsightly fat in a procedure less traumatic than traditional liposuction.

Traditional liposuction removes fat through very small skin incisions, with blunt-tipped cannulas. It is a relatively simple procedure that yields excellent benefits. However, traditional liposuction:

  • Doesn’t tighten skin
  • Provides minimal correction of skin irregularities
  • Requires a protracted recovery period

Laser lipolysis is something completely different. It harnesses a thermal effect to fight fat. In an article published by the US National Library of Medicine comparing the effectiveness of laser lipolysis vs traditional liposuction for fat removal, laser lipolysis was shown to

  • Vaporize, melt tissues and coagulate blood vessels
  • Stimulate the formation of collagen in the region
  • Enhance skin elasticity
  • Promote skin contraction in the treated areas

At SPS, we use SlimLipo, a patented device that blends two different wavelengths to achieve both fat reduction and skin tightening. The “Slim” in SlimLipo stands for Selective Laser Induced Melting. Its specially designed laser uses a wavelength of light, which is ideal for melting large amounts of fat in large areas.

SlimLipo is the product of years of research to determine the ideal wavelength of light to melt fatty tissue. Today, this revolutionary laser lipo technology can safely address large areas of excess fat better than any other laser-based treatment. Compared with traditional liposuction, SlimLipo

  • Causes less trauma to the tissues and vessels that surround areas of fat
  • Less bruising
  • Less bleeding

Additionally, the SlimLipo instrument is very small. This allows Dr Klink to make smaller incisions, resulting in smaller, less noticeable scars than traditional methods.

7 Reasons Why Solano Plastic Surgery Patients Choose SlimLipo

Liposuction treats fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise, such as saddlebags or the lower abdomen. In laser-assisted liposuction (LAL), fat is loosened with a laser before being suctioned out, helping to reduce the incidence of unwanted side effects associated with traditional liposuction surgery.

The key benefits that Dr Klink and our patients point to when it comes to SlimLipo laser lipolysis include:

  1. Removal of fat in problem areas that are resistant to diet and exercise
  2. Tighter skin
  3. Smoother skin tone
  4. Reduction of skin irregularities
  5. Smaller incisions
  6. Reduction of bruising and blood loss

SlimLipo is an FDA-approved device, and we are very proud to offer this effective solution to unwanted body fat at Solano Plastic Surgery. Many patients are unfamiliar with this approach to body contouring, so Dr Klink takes the time to explain all aspects of this procedure during a preliminary one-on-one consultation. He also talks with patients to determine whether their body contouring goals can be achieved with SlimLipo, or whether another approach is more appropriate.

Most Popular Body Contouring Spots for Men & Women

Women who visit Dr Klink at Solano Plastic Surgery for body contouring with liposuction are generally focused on:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Inner Knees
  • Upper Arms
  • Back

In men, treatment often focuses on

  • Abdomen
  • Flanks
  • Chest
  • Breasts (Gynecomastia)

Is Liposuction Right For You?

For certain individuals, diet and exercise will never get rid of stubborn pockets of fat. If you are in good general health and have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.

Other considerations include:

  • You have a minimal amount of excess skin and good skin elasticity. Loss of skin elasticity with age can compromise liposuction results.
  • You have localized deposits of fat which may be the result of heredity and do not disappear with exercise and diet.
  • You are physically fit, no more than 20 pounds overweight, and your weight is stable. Dr Klink recommends that patients who are planning to lose a significant amount of weight do not undergo laser-assisted liposuction until after they achieve their goals.

Dr Klink meets individually with each patient to discuss at length whether their cosmetic and even their emotional goals are reasonable and achievable. SlimLipo laser-assisted liposuction can most assuredly trim stubborn inches off your body and help improve self-esteem, but it is not a magic bullet for all problems.

Solano Plastic Surgery’s Laser-Assisted Liposuction FAQ’s

How does SlimLipo contour the body?

SlimLipo is a laser-assisted fat removal procedure. It combines liposuction and laser techniques to melt and remove unwanted fat from areas of the face and body while also helping to tighten the surrounding skin.

What areas of the body can be treated with SlimLipo?

SlimLipo is appropriate for contouring many areas of the face and body where stubborn body fat lingers. The most commonly treated areas include the neck, arms, love handles, stomach, thighs and knees.

How is SlimLipo different from other laser or traditional liposuction techniques?

SlimLipo offers greater precision, less risk, and less downtime than other laser-assisted liposuction procedures. SlimLipo also produces a skin-tightening effect that is impossible to achieve with traditional liposuction techniques. Finally, SlimLipo is performed with tumescent anesthesia, which facilitates fat removal and decreases bruising.

Is SlimLipo laser-assisted liposuction safe?

When performed by a plastic surgery expert such as Dr Klink at Solano Plastic Surgery, laser-assisted liposuction is an extremely safe, minimally invasive procedure that produces outstanding results. Risks or complications are generally rare or minor and may include bleeding, swelling, bruising and discomfort.

Who is a good candidate for laser lipolysis?

Candidates for SlimLipo include men and women who are in general good health and who would like to remove unwanted, localized pockets of fat from specific areas of the body. Because every patient is different, the best way to know if SlimLipo is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr Klink at our practice.

Where is the SlimLipo procedure performed?

Dr Klink performs laser-assisted liposuction on an outpatient basis at our practice rooms. This gives our patients an added level of comfort and ease during their procedure.

How long does the SlimLipo procedure take to perform?

Typically, a SlimLipo treatment typically takes between one and three hours to complete, depending on the area being treated.

What type of anesthesia is used during a SlimLipo procedure?

Dr Klink typically performs this surgery with general anesthesia. Smaller areas may be appropriate for a local anesthetic with intravenous sedation. Sedation may be provided if necessary to ensure that each patient is comfortable and relaxed.

What happens during laser-assisted liposuction at Solano Plastic Surgery?

During the SlimLipo treatment, Dr Klink inserts a laser through very small incisions to liquefy stubborn body fat for removal. The laser also helps to tighten the skin in the treatment area.

Are there scars after undergoing SlimLipo?

One of the reasons Dr Klink and his patients are so enthusiastic about laser-assisted liposuction is that the very small incisions made in the treatment area result in minimal scarring.

What is recovery like after laser-assisted liposuction?

Thanks to Dr Klink’s expert technique, recovery after a SlimLipo treatment is generally mild and shorter compared to other traditional liposuction methods. Many of our patients experience some bruising and swelling. It takes about a week for the bruising and swelling to dissipate, and during this time, a compression garment will need to be worn.

Can I go back to work after a SlimLipo treatment?

The majority of Dr Klink’s patients return to work and other normal activities within 2-5 days after their SlimLipo treatment. In order to promote healing, patients are advised to postpone strenuous activities for several weeks.

When will I see results of my SlimLipo treatment?

The results of SlimLipo are initially masked by swelling and bruising. Once these after-affects subside (in a week or so), changes will start to become noticeable and improvement will continue over several months.

Is laser-assisted liposuction painful?

Dr Klink is extremely skilled and experienced using SlimLipo and has developed his technique so that there is typically little discomfort associated with this procedure.

Are results permanent?

Patients who follow a sensible diet and exercise program can expect the results of liposuction with SlimLipo to be permanent.

How to Prepare for a Liposuction Treatment

The first step towards body contouring at Solano Plastic Surgery is a preliminary consultation with Dr Klink. During that time, he answers your questions, takes a detailed medical history and performs a physical exam. He also shares a list of pre-operative instructions that include:

  • Stop smoking to promote better circulation and healing.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal medications that can increase bleeding.
  • Stay hydrated before and after surgery for safe recovery.

What To Expect During Laser-Assisted Liposuction

The first thing you can expect is to be treated like the V.I.P. (Very Important Patient) that you are to us. As soon as you contact Solano Plastic Surgery, you’ll be in the hands of skilled, caring, and compassionate professionals. We work together to ensure that all your medical and emotional needs are met.

On the day of your pre-operative appointment, you’ll fill out a few final forms and have some pictures taken for before-and-after comparison. You’ll again meet with Dr Klink and go over all the details of your procedure. You will also have a chance to ask any last minute questions.

The SlimLipo procedure involves a revolutionary 3-step process to banish stubborn, excess body fat:

  • Separation – In step one, Dr Klink loosens, emulsifies and separates out the unwanted fat cells.
  • Aspiration – In step two, Dr Klink gently removes fat cells through suction, without damaging supporting structures such as nerves, blood vessels and skin.
  • Fat Equalization – In the final step, Dr Klink smooth’s out the remaining fat layer, leaving behind a uniform layer that prevents contour deformities from forming.

With its shorter, more focused wavelength, the SlimLipo procedure only targets fat cells and doesn’t put the rest of your body’s tissue at risk. It also uses a flexible wand that can affect more fat cells per pass.

Solano Plastic Surgery Explains What to Expect After SlimLipo

Patients are our practice are pleased to learn that they will be able to return home the same day as their procedure. The precision and power of laser-assisted liposuction, combined with Dr Klink’s experience and expertise, means that few of our patients are troubled by any of the after-effects associated with this procedure.

The entire recovery time after laser-assisted liposuction with SlimLipo is typically no more than 5 days. This is far less than the recovery time associated with traditional liposuction. All patients are given a list of post-procedure instructions to promote healing and contribute to the best possible outcome.

After the SlimLipo procedure, patients may feel some pain and discomfort for the first 24 to 72 hours. There will be swelling, and the areas treated will be most swollen during the second day after the procedure. Typically, a compression garment is placed on the treated areas (where possible) to reduce the swelling.

Bruising is usually mild, but if present, may persist for up to 7-10 days.

While you can return to most normal activities within a day or two, it’s important to avoid activities that could have a negative impact on healing. Dr Klink asks patients to refrain from strenuous activities for approximately two to three weeks after the procedure.

The #1 Question About Laser-Assisted Liposuction: Does It Really Work?

The short answer is: YES! If you are looking for a non-surgical, non-invasive and pain-free way to lose unwanted pockets of fat from your body, laser fat removal is a great solution.

During a recent double-blind and placebo-controlled FDA study, more than 70% of the participants said they experienced, “significant inch loss.” According to an article on laser lipolysis published by the National Institutes of Health:

“Since (FDA), studies have continued to corroborate early clinical observations of decreased adiposity, shorter recovery times, and improved skin tightening. Throughout the last five years, we have discovered that laser lipolysis liquefies fatty tissue, coagulates small blood vessels, induces collagenases with remodeling, and promotes tissue tightening.”

SPS Looks at the Average Cost of Liposuction

The men and women who visit our practice have varying degrees of unwanted excess body fat. As a result, there is no such thing as an average cost for laser-assisted liposuction. The larger the area you wish to have treated, the more expensive the procedure will be.

If you would like to know more about how Dr Klink and the body contouring experts at our practice can help you transform your appearance, please contact Solano Plastic Surgery on (707) 448 3436 or send us an email to schedule a visit to our friendly, welcoming practice.

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