SmartLipo & Cellulaze San Diego

Laser Liposuction in San Diego

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SmartLipo is the very latest advance in body contouring technology. SmartLipo is a minimally-invasive, laser-assisted body sculpting procedure that removes excess body fat. It is a perfect alternative for patients who may be considering liposuction but are apprehensive about undergoing a complex surgical procedure with lengthy recovery time. SmartLipo is ideal for treating multiple body areas, including the neck, arms, knees, love handles and male breast enlargement (gynecomastia). The procedure is designed to improve the body’s shape and tighten sagging skin.

Laser Liposuction

Dr. Abhay Gupta answers questions about Laser Liposuction. He offers this cosmetic surgical procedure as well as many others at his office in San Diego, CA.

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SmartLipo is a laser that is inserted via a small cannula (tube) and ruptures fat cells within all layers of the patient’s skin. The laser liquefies the fat deposits and the oily substance is then gently suctioned by Dr. Gupta through very small incisions. Patients experience immediate results with continued improvement over the next few months. During the procedure, the laser also seals blood vessels, which leads to minimal swelling, bruising and bleeding as compared to standard liposuction. SmartLipo is performed under local anesthesia in our office, and lasts about 45 minutes to one hour for each body area.

SmartLipo is ideal for individuals who already lead a healthy lifestyle, but are having difficulty eliminating excess fat through exercise and diet. SmartLipo is an affordable way to achieve a pleasing physical appearance and eliminate extra pounds, permanently. Dr. Gupta will review both the benefits and the risks of SmartLipo with each patient during the consultation appointment.


SmartLipo requires minimal recovery time. Dr. Gupta recommends that patients take one to two days to recover; however, most patients are ready to return to their daily activities immediately following the procedure. Patients may have to wear some post-surgical garments and bandages to aid in the healing process for one to two weeks. Generally, the skin returns to normal within three months following SmartLipo. Patients are sent home immediately after local anesthesia wears off.


SmartLipo can be made very affordable through our partners at CareCredit. We would be happy to answer any of your questions or assist you with the necessary paperwork.

Cellulaze is the first FDA-approved laser system for the treatment of cellulite. Cellulite is unsightly dimpling of the skin and it affects more than 85 percent of women over the age of 20. Dr. Abhay Gupta is excited to introduce the new Cellulaze system to his San Diego plastic surgery patients seeking effective and permanent treatment of cellulite.

Cellulaze is a non-surgical treatment that does not require the use of needles, general anesthesia or significant downtime. Unlike topical treatments and other remedies that claim to reduce cellulite, Cellulaze uses laser energy to penetrate the skin, eliminating cellulite at its core by breaking down its structural components. The “cottage cheese-like” appearance of cellulite is caused by a combination of trapped fat pockets, fibrous bands that become rigid and pull down on the skin and poor skin quality that lacks elasticity. By treating all three components simultaneously, Cellulaze delivers excellent results, leaving the skin smooth and cellulite-free.

What is Cellulite and How Can it Be Treated?

Dr. Abhay Gupta answers patient questions, including “how do you treat Cellulite?”

​​​​​​​Cellulaze treatment is performed using topical anesthesia or a numbing solution. Several small incisions are made on the surface of the skin through which a small tube (cannula) is inserted to deliver laser energy. The laser energy heats up fat cells until they melt, and Dr. Gupta then removes the resulting oily liquid. The laser energy also loosens the fibrous bands that stiffen and trap fat, and stimulates collagen production, thereby increasing the skin’s depth and elasticity for a smooth appearance. Treatment time is generally less than one hour.

The most suitable candidates for Cellulaze are women who maintain a healthy weight, but struggle with cellulite deposits on the thighs, buttocks and abdomen.

Cellulaze does not require significant downtime and patients usually achieve full recovery within one to two days. Mild bruising and swelling is common and subsides quickly. Small amounts of fluid may leak from the incision sites for a few hours after treatment. Some patients may be asked to wear a compression garment to facilitate healing. Treatment results are visible right away and continue to improve for the next three to 12 months.


Cellulaze can be made very affordable through our partners at CareCredit. We would be happy to answer any of your questions or assist you with the necessary paperwork.

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