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SmartLipo Isn’t Always So Smart – You Need To Be Smarter

It frequently amazes me how patients can be wowed by technology and advertising hype. The attraction of newer technology in particular helps part many people from their money at times. The Smartlipo system is one of the laser-assisted liposuction systems on the market. I have blogged on it before having used it quite a bit a few years ago.

The system is being marketed with phrases like “almost anyone can be a good candidate for Smartlipo.” That is simply BS.

I saw an attractive young woman in the office who had had Smartlipo on her lower back. It looked like the Geiko Gecko had done it. Her smooth contour had been made irregular and discolored despite the fact that the surgery had happened quite a while prior. Her ribs had been a bit exposed by the loss of some of the fat that would normally have laid over them. Early lipo results do change, but this wasn’t something that was going to improve over time. I have seen worse but this was so unnecessary.

SmartLipo Left A Dent

SmartLipo Led to a Dent

Why did this happen?

Marketing has oversold the Smartlipo unit in a huge way to both doctors and the public in general. Patients come to the office convinced that it will cure that which ails them. Unfortunately they many times assume the fancy laser system does the surgery like in some high tech Sci Fi movie from years gone by.

At times prospective clients don’t have enough fat to treat and a surgeon is faced with two not-so-attractive alternatives:

(1) Advise a patient against surgery. This by the way, is the worst nightmare for many a surgeon as we are paid to operate not to talk.

(2) Operate and accept the risk that surgery might not improve the patient or worse yet might leave a dent.

This of course assumes that the patient sees a doctor who knows the difference. Many doctors offering Smartlipo are not trained plastic surgeons. Some picked up a Smartlipo system to replace revenue lost in their original practices outside of plastic surgery. For all you know last week your Smartlipo doctor might have been delivering babies.

The bottom line is that when you go to a less than smart doctor and have liposuction, the fancy Smartlipo laser-assisted system will not save you. You pay for experience and skill first and foremost, so I just hope my consult patient here hadn’t paid too much.

Preventing Bad Plastic Surgery:

** Know what you are seeking – a qualified and skilled ethical surgeon – not a smart looking advertisement promising the impossible

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

Originally posted 2011-05-03 07:30:48.

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DIY Cosmetic Surgery Stories from ABC News

Source: abcnews.go.com/2020/cosmetic-procedures-womens-disaster-stories/story?id=9240571

ABC News features a bit showing some scary outcomes from some DIY cosmetic procedures.

In one case here a woman has some pretty significant scarring on her cheek from a filler injection that may be infected. Another shows a pigment problem from a DIY facial peel.

With the advent of the internet, you can buy products online, but you won’t have the medical education or the technical expertise to do the procedures safely in many cases. It is your risk.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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Originally posted 2009-12-07 10:00:29.

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E-mailed Question: Lifestyle Lift Rip off?

E-mailed Question:

Dear Dr,
I had my lifestyle lift in 3 months ago and I am very unhappy with the results and what I experienced. To get the lift corrected how much would it cost, I have already spent $5000.00

This type of comment regarding Lifestyle lift is quite common. Lifestyle Lift is a commercial effort, not an operation offered by one particular surgeon or practice. The company has had some scandals as well having been busted in New York for posting fake internet reviews.

Considering their low 28% positive review count (at the time of this writing) at Realself.com, these fake reviews make you wonder. The unfortunate part about this e-mail is that the lady is 3000 miles away from me and has most likely already spent the money she can afford to spend. The correction of bad plastic surgery results frequently costs more than the original surgery particularly when you seek correction elsewhere. Some things may not be correctable.

You really need to choose your plastic surgeon well the first time and watch out for advertising sourcing as a basis for that choice.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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Originally posted 2010-01-22 07:30:45.

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Tara Reid and Basic Plastic Surgery Math

Source: dlisted.com/category/say-something-nice

Tara Reid who went out of her way for Hyperbaric Oxygen Scar Therapy to improve healing after her re-operative plastic surgery could have saved some green.

Basic Plastic Surgery Math I:

Cigarette Smoking + Plastic Surgery = Poor Wound Healing

Stop the cigarettes and things will likely improve.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

Originally posted 2006-12-29 09:42:00.

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Tara Reid and Basic Plastic Surgery Math II

Source: plasticcelebritysurgery.com

This tummy has had liposuction at least twice. There is “ripply” skin. The only fix is a tummy tuck and she smokes, so that is dangerous territory.

Basic Plastic Surgery Math II:

Liposuction + Flabby Skin/Skin Excess = Possibly “Giggly” Outcome

And who says we can’t learn from celebrity plastic surgery?

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

Originally posted 2007-01-02 08:53:00.

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Surgical Tourism…a Bad Trip?

Daily Mail

Sally Farmer was entranced by the slick e-brochure she received in 2005. Filled with enticing photos of Prague, it promised ‘cosmetic surgery of the highest quality, while taking in the historic, beautiful cities of the Czech Republic’.

Like thousands of women, Sally was unhappy with her face – a small bump in the bridge of her nose had bothered her since childhood.

Plastic surgical tourism is a popular alternative to the more expensive domestic option.

She booked a £2,000 package that included rhinoplasty (a nose job) and ten days at a local hotel for her recovery. In the UK, the operation would have cost about £3,000.

Price is the main allure. In this case a free vacation of sorts was added.

Yet, when the bandages came off, the bump had gone. She was thrilled. Even the fact that the tip of her nose felt soft to touch and almost hollow failed to dampen her mood.

‘Everything will settle,’ Dusan Vlcek, Sally’s Czech surgeon had said when she queried the peculiar sensation. ‘I was due to fly home that day so had to take his word for it,’ recalls Sally.

But it was to be the start of a four-year ordeal that would leave her disfigured and needing two repair procedures – as well as a sizeable bill.

When you go to the cut rate guy, there is risk. In this case, cheap got really expensive. It looks like she needed some tip work that wasn’t really done. Redos can be hard.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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Reader Question: Why Do Porn Stars Get Bad Plastic Surgery?


Dr D – Why is it that every porn star boob job I see is gross? Don’t these girls see that they are ruining their bodies and their worth in the marketplace?

Funny you should ask. I wrote a bit on this for my web site years ago. There are a number of reasons and you are welcome to read if you wish:

Dr D’s Piece on Adult Entertainer Breast Implants

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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Tara Reid Interview in People and Plastic Surgery

Source: people.com/people/article/0,,20236224,00.html

Tara Reid bemoans her “body image/lipo dents” fame in People magazine. It is true that she is one of the most famous “Plastic Surgery Poor Outcomes” Celebrities. That is a good thing as her continued presence in the blogs and magazines provides the buzz upon which she makes a living producing independent films and working on her first clothing line, etc. Her actual acting has been limited as of late.

She has improved upon her abdominal dents as recent images show. Her backside is another story. It would be interesting to know what surgery may have occurred back there.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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Original Tara Reid “Lipo Lessons” Post

Tara “Booty Slide” Post

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Tara Reid – Booty Slide?

Source: drunkenstepfather.com/index.php/2008/10/20/the-sun-is-setting-on-tara-reids-permanent-spring-break-of-the-day

Ouch, this pic from DSF (link above) shows that Tara’s backside has incurred a nasty “slide” of sorts.

Back to the:

The Morals of Lipo:

(*) Smoking throws a monkey wrench into how you might heal.

(*) If you have loose skin liposuction will not correct it. It pretty much treats fat and the skin only to a very modest extent.

Her skin tone is not so great for lipo to work well. I really wonder who did it and how much it has been repeated. How she looked at the time it was done would be important to know as well.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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Original Tara Reid “Lipo Lessons” Post

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Tara Reid – Lessons in Liposuction

Tara Reid’s upper tummy has been pictured on every blog under the sun as an example of “lipo gone bad.” The pics in the link above show that that tummy looks better now. I’d bet that she’s gained a little weight.

The Morals of this Lipo Story:

(1) Have your liposuction when you have fat to remove (Tara has been kinda thin for the most part.)

(2) Have your weight stable before surgery. Losing or gaining much afterward can make things look funky.

(3) Smoking throws a monkey wrench into how you might heal.

(4) If you have loose skin liposuction will not correct it. It pretty much treats fat and only skin to a very modest extent.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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