Liposculpture is art. The Riopelle family is filled with well-known artists including Jean-Paul Riopelle, famous French-Canadian artist, Jerry Riopelle, famous singer, and Jeffrey Riopelle, acclaimed liposculpture artist. Dr. Riopelle carefully and skillfully sculpts each individual as if working to create a fine masterpiece. Permanently re-contour your body while fully awake with our Advanced Laser Microtechniques.
Smartlipo® uses an FDA-approved microscopic laser to melt fat, simultaneously coagulate blood vessels, and tighten loose skin and cellulite. This major technological advancement allows minimal downtime with most patients returning to work the next day. There is local numbing which provides a comfortable treatment with patients walking in and out. Incisions are hidden and are so tiny that no stitches are needed, therefore no unsightly scars occur. Smartlipo® offers smoother results than what occurs with traditional Liposuction with less swelling and bruising and virtually no blood loss.
VASERlipo® uses an advanced, patented fat removal technology that has become the trusted method in a society saturated with fat procedures. Demanded by physicians and patients alike, the results are smooth and consistent with fast patient recovery. VASERlipo® is performed between the layer of skin and the layer of muscle. While the procedure emulsifies and extracts fat, it leaves other tissue intact. By preserving this important connective tissue, the VASERlipo® System promotes smooth and predictable results.
LipoDissolve (non-surgical Liposuction)
LipoDissolve uses a series of tiny injections of two naturally occurring substances with BOTOX-sized needles to permanently remove areas of unwanted fat and tighten skin or to smooth dimply irregularities in the skin often called cellulite. Usually done in a series of 1-4 treatments with ultrasound, this is an innovative and highly-effective non-surgical method of removing fat and sculpting body shape.
Tumescent Liposuction (Traditional Liposuction)
This traditional awake Liposuction technique is reserved for those patients who require larger areas of fat removal. It can be combined with other procedures to remove the deeper fat first and then Smartlipo® is added nearer the skin to achieve the desired smoothing effect.
Smart Lipo Ultra
Smart Lipo Ultra is a combination of VASERlipo® and Smartlipo® laser. This proprietary technology is designed for slightly larger areas of fat or for patients with skin that needs extra tightening. The vaser is used first to melt large areas of fat and then the Smartlipo® laser is used to contour and heat the skin to tighten it. Very few physicians in the US have both technologies and can combine the best of both worlds as we can.
Where can Smartlipo®, VASERlipo®, and Smart Lipo Ultra be used? We use these great forms of liposculptour to reduce the size and contour the abdomen, the sides, the love handles, the hips, the back, the arms, the inner thigh, the outer thigh, the neck, and the jowls. In the neck, Smart Lipo Ultra is great for reducing neck fat and it can do a wonderful job of tightening loose neck skin. We even use it occasionally for loose neck skin alone when there is no fat to remove.
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These solutions can be a convenient, safe alternative for certain patients and the doctors at Riopelle Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center can help you decide what the right approach is for your body. Give Riopelle Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in San Ramon a call at (925) 275-9333 if you are ready to learn about how the above treatments can help you!
Smartlipo® is a medical device designed exclusively to perform laser-assisted lipolysis, commonly referred to as laser liposuction. A very thin tube containing the Smartlipo® laser fiber is inserted in targeted fatty areas through a small incision. The laser fiber delivers thermal energy directly to fat cells and disrupts the fatty tissue for easy removal. The laser literally melts the fat, which is removed with gentle suction. At the same time, tissue around the area tightens through coagulation, contributing to a smoother shape overall.
The best candidates for Smartlipo® are women and men who are not significantly overweight but have accumulated fat deposits such as love handles, flabby upper arms, excess neck or facial fat, or fat on the lower torso. A consultation with a Smartlipo® physician can provide you with the best information.
Smartlipo® is the most widely used and extensively studied, used and validated laser-assisted liposuction or lipolysis system available today. It was the first laser introduced for this purpose. With a decade of studies, Smartlipo® has been shown to involve less pain, less bruising and swelling, and provide a faster recovery time than traditional liposuction.
Because the area is anesthetized, there is minimal discomfort during the procedure. You may feel a light pressure but it is a mild sensation. Following Smartlipo®, you may experience some aches, much like after a physical workout. A compression garment may be worn for a short period after treatment, depending on the body area treated and the recommendation of your physician.
On average, the procedure will take 1.5-2 hours. This is dependent on the number of areas to be treated and the size of the areas.
No. Smartlipo® is an in-office procedure performed under local anesthesia.
For most patients, results are achieved in just one Smartlipo® treatment. Results can be seen within a week, with continued improvement over three to six months.
Smartlipo® permanently destroys fat cells in the treated area. However, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen to enjoy long-lasting results.
The incision site will be very small. With proper care, any scars will be barely noticeable. Your physician is best to evaluate your skin type and provide you information.
Smartlipo® is a minimally invasive procedure which usually requires only local anesthesia. Some light bruising can occur, but you’ll be able to return to normal activities within a day or two.