Pittsburgh Plastic Surgeon Julio Clavijo-Alvarez of Renova Plastic Surgery Now Offers Smartlipo, a Minimally Invasive Fat Removal Treatment

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Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez, a board-certified plastic surgeon near Pittsburgh, PA is excited to offer Smartlipo, a less invasive fat reduction treatment, as a liposuction alternative.

Pittsburgh area plastic surgeon Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez is pleased to announce that he now offers Smartlipo body contouring, a less invasive alternative to liposuction that reduces fat and provides a sleeker contour in the treatment area.

What is Smartlipo?

Smartlipo is a state-of-the-art body contouring technology that uses laser energy to target the body’s “trouble areas” where excess fat is stored, for a slimmer and tighter body shape. Not only does this innovative treatment remove excess fat, it also tightens the remaining skin so that there is no dimpling or sagging, and you are left with a smooth, supple silhouette. Best of all, this alternative to liposuction is minimally invasive, involves less bleeding and swelling and a quicker and easier recovery.

At ReNova Plastic Surgery, the Smartlipo treatment can be used to target and destroy fat cells in any area where unwanted fat resides, including the stomach, back, hips and thighs. Because the fat cells in the area are destroyed, the body metabolizes them naturally. The patient is left with less fat and a more toned-looking contour in the treatment area. Once destroyed, these fat cells are gone for good! And any future weight gain will not go straight to that area; instead, it will be more evenly distributed throughout the body. That means you can say goodbye to these trouble areas forever!

How Does the Smartlipo Work?

The Smartlipo Triplex system used in the Smartlipo treatment can be set at three different laser wavelengths, based on the patient’s individual needs. The Smartlipo Triplex system delivers controlled laser energy from a tiny cannula with a laser fiber that is placed through a small incision in the treatment area. The laser energy being delivered ruptures the fat cell membranes so that the fat cells are destroyed and the liquefied fat is then suctioned out of the body. The energy administered to the treatment area also promotes collagen production, so that the remaining skin coagulates and tightens.

What to Expect from a Smartlipo Procedure

The Smartlipo procedure typically takes between one to two hours to complete, depending on the size of the treatment area. Instead of being placed under general anesthesia, like more invasive surgical procedures often require, a Smartlipo patient will only need a local anesthesia. Because of this, there is minimal discomfort during the treatment, and yet the patient can remain awake so that there is less recovery time afterwards. Patients generally report feeling no pain, but only a slight pressure during the procedure. There is also significantly less bleeding and swelling than a liposuction treatment, as the incisions are smaller. Afterwards, there is usually only mild bruising in the treatment area, and patients can resume normal daily activities within one to two days.

Who is Smartlipo For?

Suitable candidates for Smartlipo are typically:

  •     In good overall health
  •     Struggling with one or more “problem areas” on their body despite proper diet and exercise
  •     Within 30 percent of their ideal body weight
  •     Seeking a slimmer body contour
  •     Not wishing to remove a large amount of weight from their body

More about Dr. Clajivo-Alvarez

As Pittsburgh’s best reviewed plastic surgeon, Julio Clavijo-Alvarez, MD, was born in Colombia and received his medical degree from the Military University and his PhD from Spain’s Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. When he moved to the U.S., Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez completed research programs in such prestigious institutions as Harvard University. He received his Master’s in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh and opened his private practice, ReNova Plastic Surgery, shortly thereafter. During his long career, Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez has received many accolades for his surgical skill and patient care, including the Top 10 Doctor award, the Patient’s Choice award and the Compassionate Doctor award. His adherence to the highest quality of patient care and safe practices has earned him membership in respected organizations such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez practices out of his two office locations near Pittsburgh, in Wexford and Greensburg, as well as his two surgery centers in Wexford. He also has hospital privileges at UPMC Cranberry Passavant Hospital and UPMC East Monroeville. To learn more about Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez, please visit http://www.renova-plasticsurgery.com.

Julio Clavijo-Alvarez
1000 Stonewood Drive, Suite 320
Wexford, PA 15090

1 Aesthetic Way
Greensburg, PA 15601

Phone: (412) 638-2391

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