ViVa Skin Care Now Offering SmartLipo™ and SmoothShapes®; Dr. Albert Ko Joins Staff

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Latest technologies offer excellent results and "Bring Light" to remove unwanted body fat and cellulite.

Viva is well known as a center of excellence in clinical care and is very selective in only offering the delivery of safe and proven technologies such as SmartLipo™ and SmoothShapes™.

ViVa Skin Care Center is now offering SmartLipo™ and SmoothShapes® as treatments in removing unwanted body fat and cellulite. SmartLipo™ is the first and only laser-assisted lipolysis system to offer a revolutionary and minimally invasive procedure for the removal of fat. The SmoothShapes® System uses a proprietary technology called Photomology™, which brings a unique combination of laser and deep, penetrating light, to treat cellulite and improve the skin's appearance.

SmoothShapes®™, as seen on The Today Show, is a new FDA cleared device designed to improve the appearance of cellulite. The SmoothShapes® treatment, when compared to conventional treatments, provides longer lasting results from dimpled and cellulitite stricken skin. Studies show that up to 98% of women have cellulite. You are not alone and SmoothShapes® may just be the treatment you have been looking for. Many doctors have turned to SmoothShapes® out of frustration and disappointment with the same old treatments that at best yielded very temporary results. To treat the affected area the SmoothShapes® System uses a proprietary technology called Photomology™.

As the doctor maneuvers the instrument over the area to be treated this new technology combines a proven combination of laser, light, and vacuum energy to remodel the tissue that is responsible for the appearance of cellulite. This results in tighter, smoother, and more youthful looking skin. SmoothShapes® represents a significant improvement in the way cellulite is being treated and both doctors and patients are singing its praises.

If you have tried diet and exercise and have parts of your body that will not tone up no matter what you do, then Smart Lipo™ may be right for you. Smart Lipo is a revolutionary, minimally invasive treatment that safely melts your fat away and tightens your skinUsing a high-powered laser, Smartlipo™ is a new Laser Body Sculpting procedure with less down time and side effects than traditional liposuction. During the procedure a very small laser fiber, no bigger than the diameter of a pencil lead, is inserted into the skin. The laser is used to "pulverize" the fat cells. When the laser makes contact with the fat cells they burst and drain away easily and effortlessly. The laser energy also interacts with the dermis, shrinking old collagen and regenerating new collagen, and results in a more youthful appearance. Due to the small size of the laser fiber, Smartlipo™ is a minimally invasive procedure and can be performed under local anesthesia. No more hospital operating rooms and no more general anesthesia.

At Viva, SmartLipo™ is performed on an outpatient basis and you can drive yourself home. All this adds up to a quicker recovery time than conventional liposuction. Because hospital anesthesia is unnecessary, the procedure is very safe with only minimal side effects. Almost anyone with unwanted fat can be a good candidate for Smartlipo™. If you don't have a lot of time to spend in recovery, Smartlipo™ may be what you are looking for as patients are typically back to work within 1-2 days following the procedure.

Board Certified world renowned Plastic Surgeon and hands on Medical Director Elliot Lach, MD FACS reports, "Viva is well known as a center of excellence in clinical care and is very selective in only offering the delivery of safe and proven technologies such as SmartLipo™ and SmoothShapes™."

In addition to these exciting new procedures, Viva is proud to announce that Dr. Albert Ko, plastic surgeon, has joined the ViVa Skin Care Center staff. Dr. Ko will be performing Belpharoplasty Surgery for for sagging, baggy, or puffy eyelids. At ViVA Skin Care Center, Dr. Ko will also be performing Smart Lipo ( Laser Lipolysis) and Body Sculpting.

Dr. Ko was born and raised in New Jersey. As early as high school he knew he wanted to become a physician. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the Pennsylvania State University. He then attended Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia for his Medical Degree. He remained in Philadelphia and completed a full General Surgery residency at the Graduate Hospital in affiliation with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Doctor Ko then traveled to UMASS Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts for his training in Plastic Surgery.

Since the completion of his training Dr. Ko has been a full time member of the Medical Staff at the Cambridge Hospital. He is fully trained and board certified in both general surgery and plastic surgery, but now limits his practice to plastic surgery. He has served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at the Cambridge Hospital since 2001.

ViVa Skin Care Center is a Burlington/Boston medically based, skin care center offering a comprehensive range of services and specialized products for your every skin care need.


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