RFAL (Radiofrequency-assisted Liposuction) and Smartlipo

Remove stubborn fat bulges

Reclaim your natural, more youthful body shape with in-office laser or radiofrequency-assisted liposuction.

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Go down a pant size (or four) and feel better in photos.

Go down a pant size (or four) and feel better in photos.

You may have a lot in common with our typical body sculpting client: Over 50, feeling good about life, but terrible about mid-life weight distribution changes you just can’t control with diet and exercise. Whether it’s a slower metabolism, hormonal imbalances, injuries or stress, weight creeps up... and in places you didn’t choose! Whether it’s the “menopausal belt” around your midsection (all around it!), thicker thighs, sleeves too tight for you arms, or even that new heaviness under your chin, we can help (when nothing else can).

For our RegeCen clients, body sculpting isn’t “taking the easy way” to regain their natural shape – it’s the only way. Increases in body fat, and where it builds up, are a fundamental consequence of the hormonal upheavals around menopause. Maddening as it is, you can’t win a battle of wills with your body chemistry. At RegenCen, we’ll help you win with a one-two punch: body sculpting removes the excess fat buildup that’s already happened, and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) can halt further buildup in new places. Drop those sizes down and keep them there!

Reduce stubborn bulges

Love your body's shape

No to minimal downtime

Gain body confidence

RFAL (Radiofrequency-assisted Liposuction) and Smartlipo

Getting your shape back, even in mid life, is easier than you think.

The “tire” that forms around the midsection of so many women during the peri-and post-menopause years doesn’t have to stay. So often during times of hormonal fluctuations (child bearing years or the decade surrounding menopause), women gain weight in the midsection. So it’s no coincidence that the most common area for laser or radiofrequency-assisted liposuction is the tummy and “love handles” behind.

Many patients want quick, dramatic results, a low risk treatment to reduce fat, and an easy recovery. Usually we can check all of those boxes: Smartlipo results are much more dramatic than Coolsculpting, and a much easier recovery compared to a surgical tummy tuck. If a patient is within 20 pounds of ideal body weight, we can eliminate 70-80% of the external fat bulge. The radiofrequency or laser energy gives very smooth results with simultaneous skin tightening. Because our liposuction is always performed in office, there’s no general anesthesia risk, side effects, or expense. And recovery is much easier than traditional liposuction (not to mention tummy tucks!)

When patients maintain their weight, they typically go down 1-2 pant sizes with Smartlipo, whether they are 35 or 75 years old. And if they lose weight after Smartlipo, even just a little, the results are more dramatic.

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What is RFAL vs Smartlipo?

Radiofrequency-assisted liposuction (or RFAL for short) is a relatively new, FDA-approved, minimally invasive procedure in which radiofrequency thermal energy is used to remove unwanted fat and tighten the skin. Smartlipo is a very similar treatment that has been advancing since 2009 utilizing laser energy. At RegenCen, we offer both InMode RFAL and Cynosure laser (Smartlipo). Both are commonly used as a tummy tuck alternative.

How do RFAL and Smartlipo work?

Patients looking for a dramatic and permanent way to remove fat schedule a complimentary consultation. After we discuss the treatment options (Coolsculpting, surgery, RFAL, and Smartlipo), if one of our treatments is selected then you will see Dr. Lo for a preoperative appointment. During a preoperative appointment, the plan will be made on what areas to treat and your medical and surgical history will be reviewed.

On your treatment day, you will generally take a mild sedative and narcotic to relax you. Additional comfort is provided with in-office nitrous oxide or “laughing gas.” Once the treatment area is numb, Dr. Lo creates a small skin opening (about the size of a needle) and inserts a radiofrequency-transmitting electrode or fiberoptic laser. He moves it back and forth to evenly heat the area, melt stubborn fat cells, and tighten sagging skin. One session takes about 1-3 hours, from start to finish, depending on how many areas you are treating.

After treatment, patients wear compression on the areas treated around the clock for 3 days on the face and 2 weeks on the body. Results are visible relatively quickly – within a couple of weeks – and improve for up to a year.

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Fat Reduction Treatments: AccuTite / FaceTite / BodyTite

Here’s a quick overview of each treatment:

AccuTite is the smallest minimally invasive RF contraction device out there. Designed by InMode, AccuTite is used to treat delicate areas of the face and neck-like jowls and under the chin. Accutite also provides pinpoint accuracy for reducing fat in tiny areas like the knees and bra bulges.

FaceTite and Laser Lift are described as the “next best alternatives” to a facelift without invasive surgery. These technologies are commonly used to address mild to moderate sagging throughout the lower part of a person’s face and neck. FaceTite can also be used to define the jawline.

BodyTite and Smartlipo, as the names suggest, are minimally invasive procedures used to tighten skin, contour and remove fat on a person’s abdominal area, thighs, and flanks most commonly. They can also be used to shrink male gynecomastia and tighten excess skin.

Our experience sets us apart

Dr. Lo was trained in technology assisted liposuction in 2009 by the pioneers of laser liposuction. He’s worked with Dr. Stephen Mulholland, Dr. Barry DiBernardo, and Dr. John Millard. He’s treated thousands of faces and bodies. Many of the staff at Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center and RegenCen have had either RFAL or Smartlipo and are happy to share their results and experience.

RFAL/Smartlipo vs Tummy Tuck

RFAL/Smartlipo vs Tummy Tuck

RFAL / Smartlipo

  • treats multiple areas
  • minimally invasive
  • minimal to no scarring
  • minimal downtime
  • high satisfaction rate
  • permanent fat reduction
  • if excess skin, it may still be loose

Tummy Tuck

  • major surgery
  • general anesthesia
  • long recovery
  • large scar
  • removes excess skin
  • navel usually removed and recreated