SmartLipoSmartLipo® is an amazing, innovative leap in cosmetic surgery. This fat removal procedure has the same goal as traditional liposuction, to reduce unwanted fat deposits, but it is done with laser assistance. This makes it a less invasive procedure with often less recovery time afterward. Mountain View, Carmel, San Francisco and San Jose patients love the svelte figure they are left with following their SmartLipo® procedure, and that they are able to show off their results soon after.

What is SmartLipo?

DSmartLipo is a quick, effective form of liposuction that uses advanced laser technology to liquefy stubborn fat deposits prior to suctioning them. This minimally invasive, FDA approved fat reduction treatment can be used on just about any part of the body. The liquefaction of the fat prior to suctioning makes it much easier to remove, and much more comfortable for the patient. Dr. Korman is able to perform SmartLipo on the hips, thighs, arms, buttocks, abdomen, face, and just about anywhere else, producing outstanding and sleek results. In addition to fat removal, the laser technology also acts as a skin tightening agent, initiating an abundance of collagen growth to firm the treatment area skin.

If you are interested in this amazing, efficient body sculpting procedure, contact us at our Mountain View, Carmel, San Francisco, or San Jose practice to schedule a consultation.

SmartLipo Treatment Areas

Because of its highly advanced fat reduction technology, more often than not SmartLipo does not require stitching. If necessary on rare occasions, the scars are only a few millimeters long and fade over time. This makes people feel more comfortable receiving treatments on areas of the body that are ordinarily exposed such as the arms and legs.

The following are areas of the body that Dr. Joshua Korman can use SmartLipo to effectively and beautifully sculpt:

  • Chest
  • Breasts
  • Arms
  • Axilla
  • Abdomen
  • Flanks
  • Waist
  • Buttocks
  • Upper/Lower back
  • Thighs
  • Knees
  • Calves

In order to determine candidacy for different treatment areas, Dr. Korman will perform an initial consultation exam to inspect the areas of concern and assess the areas that could greatly benefit from SmartLipo.

Benefits of SmartLipo

SmartLipo’s advanced technology allows for more ‘sculpting’ of the body than other fat reduction procedures. It soars past the simple fat removal process and into the sphere of muscle sculpting. This minimally invasive treatment presents less risk than traditional liposuction and involves very little downtime. In addition to fat removal and muscle sculpting, SmartLipo’s laser energy stimulates collagen growth which tightens the skin of the treatment area, helping in creating a slim contour and definition.

SmartLipo vs Liposuction

Both SmartLipo and traditional liposuction eliminate localized fat deposits but achieve fat reduction by different means. Traditional liposuction uses the power of suction to remove fat from various parts of the body. SmartLipo also uses suction but liquefies the fat first using focused laser energy. This makes it easier to suction the fat, and only requires a few tiny incisions since the melted fat fits through a small, narrow cannula about the size of a pen tip. Traditional liposuction requires a larger incision since the fat is suctioned in its natural, bulky form. This larger incision means more chance of bruising and a longer recovery period.

SmartLipo can be performed with conscious sedation (twilight), meaning patients can remain awake for the duration of their treatment. In addition to fat reduction, SmartLipo’s advanced laser technology stimulates collagen growth and tightens the skin on the treatment area. This is extremely beneficial because skin can become lax from the reduction of fat; traditional liposuction, unfortunately, does not address skin laxity to the same extent, and often times needs to be accompanied by a tummy tuck to remove excess skin and reveal slimmed results.

Dr. Korman combines various technologies for maximum results, so the one that would benefit you most will have to be determined by Dr. Korman at your consultation examination.

Ideal Candidates

To learn if you are a good candidate for SmartLipo, contact Dr. Korman at any of his 4 practices today.

SmartLipo is great for men and women who are in good health but have resistant localized fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise. Some of the most common areas of the body where this occurs are the abdomen, thighs, and arms. Ideal candidates are non-smokers or are capable of quitting for a 3 week period, are close to their ideal weight, and have realistic expectations since this treatment addresses small, localized fat deposits. Patients interested in fat reduction are often drawn to SmartLipo’s non-surgical, minimally invasive, and skin tightening state-of-the-art technology.


During the private consultation with Dr. Joshua Korman at his Mountain View, Carmel, or San Jose office, patients will have the chance to express concerns with localized fat deposits anywhere on the body. He will perform a detailed examination of each area of concern and determine if they could benefit from a SmartLipo treatment. If Dr. Korman deems a patient to be a good candidate, Dr. Korman and the patient together will create a custom treatment plan that will provide them with optimal results.

Dr. Korman welcomes any and all questions during the consultation and gladly addresses them so patients come in on their procedure day well-informed, confident, and excited.

He will provide before and after pictures of previous patients who received similar treatments to provide patients with an idea of potential results. Results do vary between patients, so this is only meant to display potential end results. Patients should be prepared to mention their routine medications, past procedures, and medical history.

Preparing for Treatment

Dr. Joshua Korman will provide a preparation list during the consultation which will include things to complete and things to avoid. Each patient will receive personalized instructions to aid in their specific case, but the majority of cases require the discontinuation of any diet pills, smoking, drinking alcohol, anti-inflammatory, and herbal medications 3 weeks prior to the treatment. Patients will also be asked to complete medical exams and tests that Dr. Korman assigns. Please pick up any medications prescribed, take the ones designated for pre-treatment consumption, and adjust routine medications appropriately per Dr. Korman’s request. On the day of surgery please wear loose fitting clothing. If a patient begins to feel under the weather prior to treatment, please inform the office immediately.

SmartLipo Process

SmartLipo treatments, depending on the number of areas being treated, it can take roughly 1-3 hours. It is performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Dr. Korman starts by marking the incision locations; the incisions are minuscule so scarring will fade, if there are any at all. After the incisions are made, the SmartLipo laser fiber is then inserted with a narrow, hollow tube. Fat is targeted by the emitted laser energy, and while the laser is being used to liquefy the fat, the small tube in the incision will remove excess oil and liquid. The feeling of a SmartLipo treatment has been equated to very light pressure. Majority of patients who receive a SmartLipo treatment return to work in just a couple of days after their treatment.

SmartLipo is just one of the numerous body sculpting procedures we perform in Mountain View, Carmel, and San Jose. Please feel free to give us a call or contact us online for more information on body sculpting procedures.

What to Expect Following SmartLipo

Compression bandages are usually recommended to speed the healing process, following SmartLipo. There may be slight swelling or numbness immediately following the procedure, but this should dissipate soon. Recovery is fairly quick, and patients are soon able to show off their new, sleek figure. To learn more about the recovery process following SmartLipo, contact one of our 4 state-of-the-art offices today.

How Do I Maintain Lasting Results?

Maintaining stunning, defined results is simple, but following all post-treatment instructions is important for keeping the body trimmed and toned. The first necessary step is taking time to relax and de-stress. This can be as simple as a day at the spa, going out for a nice dinner, or hanging out with friends. Stress causes blood pressure to rise and hinder sufficient blood flow to the treatment area. Stress can also cause cortisol levels to spike, which has been linked to increased abdominal fat.

SmartpLipo results are long-lasting because the fat cells in the treatment area are not shrunk but actually destroyed by the laser energy. However, surrounding fat cells that aren’t targeted still have the ability to accumulate fat and expand. SmartLipo treatments are not a substitute for working out or eating well. In order to maintain trimmed results, diet and exercise are extremely important. Routine workouts and proper diet will keep the treatment areas tone and smooth.

What is the Cost of SmartLipo?

The cost of SmartLipo depends on the amount of area being targeted. To assess a cost for your procedure, contact Dr. Korman’s Mountain View, Carmel, or San Jose office today to schedule a consultation. You can be on your way to removing the unwanted fat that is hiding your true figure.