More Los Angeles 'Micro' Liposuction Patients Choosing Combination Enhancement Surgeries

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As Los Angeles and Beverly Hills liposuction patients desire more complete results, plastic surgeons are performing more procedures that combine the Smartlipo™ laser lipolysis system with other procedures for enhanced body sculpting.

Cosmetic surgery patients used to rely on Los Angeles liposuction alone to provide them with more desirable body contours. But in the past few months, the plastic surgeons at Marina Plastic Surgery Associates ( say that their patients have been requesting combination procedures that integrate other kinds of plastic surgery with liposuction. The surgeons attribute this shift to the convenience and value of customized approaches like Smartlipo™ laser liposuction.

"Smartlipo works well as a standalone body contouring option, but it is also very effective when combined with traditional liposuction, a tummy tuck, or other cosmetic procedures," says Marina Plastic Surgery Medical Director and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Grant Stevens. "More and more, our Los Angeles and Beverly Hills liposuction patients appreciate the added benefits and smooth results they can achieve with Smartlipo."

Combining Smartlipo and traditional liposuction is already a popular choice at Marina Plastic Surgery, but increasingly Smartlipo is being added to breast reductions, tummy tucks, and other cosmetic surgery options. In fact, candidates for Beverly Hills laser liposuction often are having a breast augmentation, tummy tuck, or facelift to create maximum improvement with minimal downtime.

"Years ago, we saw fewer patients interested in combination procedures because, even when they wanted to address multiple areas, it was often assumed that combining procedures multiplied a patient's surgical risks," explains board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Stoker, another surgeon at Marina Plastic Surgery. "However, several recent studies have shown that combined plastic surgery has risks comparable to those of individual procedures. So the decision is more about convenience, and in most cases combining procedures is more cost-effective than having each procedure performed separately."

With the advent of Smartlipo laser lipolysis, surgeons are able to liquefy fat cells while tightening the inner layers of skin so that they contract to the slimmer body contour. This process can allow both the patient and the surgeon greater flexibility to adapt liposuction for combination procedures, at the same time as it helps speed up the surgical process and minimizes Los Angeles liposuction recovery times.

"Each patient requires a unique approach," notes Dr. Stoker. "Liposuction and abdominoplasty both require different approaches for a patient who has never had children, or for a patient who has had five. I explain to each patient how I will customize a procedure for their unique needs, and they appreciate having procedure options that allow them increased flexibility and a custom result. To a large extent, this is why Smartlipo is such a popular choice to add to other cosmetic procedures."

Marina Plastic Surgery ( in Marina del Rey offers body contouring procedures including Los Angeles liposuction. Dr. Grant Stevens, Medical Director of the practice, is a board-certified plastic surgeon who received his Doctor of Medicine from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis. He was recognized as one of America's Best Physicians by "The Guide to Top Doctors." His partner, Dr. David Stoker is also board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and he received his medical doctorate from the University of California at San Francisco. He was chosen by The New York Times as one of the top cosmetic plastic surgeons in the nation.


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