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Smartlipo® Body Contouring in Pasadena

Exercising and maintaining a healthy diet are great for eliminating fat, improving your body shape, and helping you be more physically fit. While hard work and commitment can pay off, sometimes even the most stubborn fat may need to be addressed by other methods to achieve your desired results. 

Smartlipo® (laser liposuction) is a revolutionary procedure that melts away pockets of fat in specific areas of the body for a more toned and sculpted figure. Dr. O’Toole is one of the few physicians in the San Gabriel Valley to incorporate this technology into his practice. He can help you achieve your aesthetic goals using this cutting-edge procedure.

How Can Smartlipo® Help Me?

Smartlipo® is a laser-assisted lipolysis technique that offers several advantages over other body sculpting procedures. This procedure is less invasive, offers skin tightening and fat removal, and requires less recovery time than most surgical body contouring procedures.

What Can Smartlipo® Achieve?

Fat Removal

Smartlipo® can remove excess fat in areas of the body that are often hard to target. Your overall body shape should improve significantly as these fat deposits are addressed.


The removed fat cells will never grow back.

Improved Body Contours

Patients who undergo laser liposuction can achieve sculpted and youthful body contours. 


You will be able to enjoy your new figure without having to worry about getting rid of that last bit of flab in the gym.

Tighter Skin

Your Smartlipo® procedure can stimulate collagen growth and tighten lax skin as it removes unwanted fat in the target areas. This can help you look younger and more fit.


However, this procedure cannot correct significant skin laxity and is not a replacement for a surgical lift.

How Does Smartlipo® Work?

How Is Smartlipo® Performed?

The Smartlipo® device uses a small tube (called a cannula) with an attached laser tip. It is inserted through a small incision under the skin. Your surgeon will use concentrated laser energy (aimed into the unwanted fat) to heat and rupture the fat cells. This kills them permanently.


The dead fat cells are then suctioned out, along with a majority of the fat they contained. Your body will flush out the remaining melted fat over the next few weeks.


The laser energy also affects the skin above the fat deposit. It stimulates collagen growth and promotes skin tightening. The skin over the former fat deposit will contract over your new body contours in the weeks following your procedure. This helps your new body contours look more natural.

What Areas can Smartlipo® Treat?

Smartlipo® can address excess fat and loose skin in the following areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Arms
  • Back
  • Breasts
  • Buttocks
  • Face
  • Flanks
  • Neck
  • Thighs

What Can Smartlipo® Be Combined With?

Smartlipo® can be used alone or in combination with other body contouring procedures such as:

Combining surgical procedures into a single operation is often less expensive than doing each one separately.

What Should I Expect After Smartlipo® Treatment?

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Am I a good candidate for Smartlipo®?

    Ideal candidates for body sculpting with Smartlipo® are in good overall health and at a stable body weight. Anyone who struggles with specific areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise is a potential candidate. 

  • How long does Smartlipo® take?

    This procedure can take between one and two hours. This depends on the type and number of treatment sites addressed.

  • What are the benefits of Smartlipo®?

    Since excess fat is liquefied during the procedure, Smartlipo® causes much less stress on your body than traditional liposuction. Smartlipo®’s advanced laser technology also provides skin tightening, which traditional liposuction does not. The laser also triggers the production of more collagen, which helps your skin become smoother.

  • How much is Smartlipo® in Pasadena?

    The cost of Smartlipo® depends on several factors, including how many areas are treated and the extent of correction needed.

    Dr. O’Toole and his staff will be able to provide you with an accurate cost estimate during your scheduled consultation.

  • Is Smartlipo® better than liposuction or a tummy tuck?

    Traditional liposuction is an invasive procedure that only targets excess fat. Minimally invasive Smartlipo® can remove localized fat and tighten your skin.

    Smartlipo® usually leaves less visible scars than liposuction or tummy tuck surgery since the incisions are smaller.

    You can learn more about comparing liposuction and Smartlipo® here.

  • Are there any risks with Smartlipo®?

    All surgical procedures come with some degree of risk, but Smartlipo® procedures are generally quite safe. Complications, though rare, can occur.

    Some potential complications may include:

    • Infection
    • Excess bleeding
    • Excessive scarring
    • Burns below the skin


“Dr. O’Toole and his staff are amazingly warm and comforting. I felt comfortable asking as many questions as I wanted and left feeling completely confident in my plastic surgery treatment. Dr. O’Toole was my breast implant surgeon and after 20 years, I wouldn’t go to anyone else for future body beautification needs. In fact, I love his work so much, that I have referred my mom and she has happily booked her appointment already. He is truly the best plastic surgeon! Love you all!”
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