As top San Francisco plastic surgeons, Dr. Liu and his team believe SmartLipo is ideal for treating multiple body areas, including face, neck, arms, knees, love handles and male breast enlargement (gynecomastia). The procedure is designed to improve the body's shape, reduce cellulite and tighten sagging skin. Our team is skilled with the SmartLipo system and have been designated as Cynosure Clinical Instructors as well as training physicians throughout Northern California on how to use this innovative laser lipolysis system.

How Does SmartLipo Work?

SmartLipo is a meticulously calibrated laser that uses a small cannula (tube) to rupture fat cells through the top layers of the patient's skin. The laser also liquefies the fat deposits and the oily substance is then removed by the surgeon through small incisions. This also allows him to prevent the fat from seeping back into the cells and patients experience immediate results with continued improvement over the next few months. During the procedure, the laser also coagulates blood vessels, which leads to minimal swelling, bruising and bleeding. SmartLipo is generally performed under local anesthesia, and lasts about 45 minutes to one hour for each body area.

Who is a Candidate for SmartLipo?

SmartLipo is ideal for individuals who already lead a healthy lifestyle but are having difficulty eliminating excess fat through exercise and diet. Most patients who undergo the procedure are generally 20-25 pounds overweight. Candidacy is determined based on the patient's medical history, current conditions (if any), aesthetic goals, and expectations. Dr. Liu and his team will review both the benefits and the risks of SmartLipo with each patient during the consultation appointment.


SmartLipo is often referred to as "Lunch Hour Lipo," because it requires minimal recovery time. Our team 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.

Infection at the incision sites is the only serious risk associated with SmartLipo, however with careful monitoring and follow-up care, most patients reach a complete recovery with minimal complications.

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Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery has been designated as Cynosure Clinical Training Center in the Greater San Francisco Bay area.

SmartLipo is also an effective touch-up treatment for plastic surgery patients who may have undergone liposuction and/or a tummy tuck procedure. Dr. Liu and his team are also known as a San Francisco Zerona specialists who have helped a number of patients treat excess body fat with this revolutionary, non-invasive, body-slimming laser.

A word about financing…

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

Insurance Notes:

SmartLipo treatment is usually considered an aesthetic procedure and as such is not covered by insurance. We would be happy to assist you with any pre-certification if your insurance covers the procedure.

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