Smart Lipo: Most Advanced Treatment for Your Body


Stomach, Hips, Chin, Arms, Thighs – The possibilities of change are exciting!

Advanced Specialty Care (Advanced Vein Care in Bend) offers a unique treatment plan for helping you shed that last few pounds that you’ve been unable to lose around your middle or thighs or shrinking the skin under your arms and neck.

Cynosure’s Smartlipo Laser Liposuction is the newest, most advanced liposuction treatment available in Central Oregon, a minimally invasive one-of-a-kind procedure that can tone your entire body. The procedure is the first and only laser-assisted lipolysis system to offer a revolutionary and minimally invasive method for the removal of fat. Using a high-powered laser, Smartlipo is a new laser body sculpting procedure with less down time and side effects as compared to traditional liposuction.

Dr. Rod Buzzas, a general surgeon who also treats patients that suffer from varicose vein disease using the latest in cutting-edge technology and proven techniques, is leading the way in liposuction.  

“This treatment is quite revolutionary,” explained Dr. Buzzas. “Because of the laser component and the way we’re able to do local anesthetic, we are able to keep patients out of the operating room and avoid expensive medical bills. It’s a major change to previous liposuction procedures.”

The method is also deemed safer and more effective as he uses the laser to melt the excess fat, followed by a small cannula to suction it out, which is less damaging to surrounding tissues. In traditional liposuction, a nerve or a blood vessel could get removed. The Smartlipo laser will cauterize the area and there is much less risk of bleeding and loss
of sensation.

“You’ll realize a lot less bruising and swelling to the area because of the minimal damage to the surrounding tissues,” added Dr. Buzzas. “And another benefit is the way it naturally tightens the skin, decreasing the loosening
of tissues.”

Dr. Buzzas started with varicose vein treatment in 2002 and was the first to offer laser vein treatment along with the latest radio frequency ablation technology, which allows for an increased success rate in treating venous reflux over the traditional laser and vein stripping methods.  

“We took the treatment out of the operating room under general anesthesia and brought it into the office and clinic where people can walk in and go home after getting their veins treated.”

Through this process over the years the doctor has become very comfortable using the laser and about three years ago became aware of the Smartlipo laser system, which he found was the only system capable of doing the job while providing the necessary safety feedback mechanisms to satisfy his need for safely melting fat deposits.

The procedure can be used for a number of areas and is most beneficial where you have fatty deposits that exercise and diet haven’t helped, such as those love handles that just won’t go away.  It also works well on multiple other areas.

“In addition to the abdominal, flank and bra fat area, we can use it for the above knee area, the lower buttock area we call the ‘banana roll’ as well as upper arms that hang loose or the neck area that can really give you a more youthful appearance. You can get great results with a lot less trauma with Smartlipo.”

Because of the small incision size, there is very little scarring. It would be very hard to find the insertion points or tell by looking at the skin that any liposuction has ever been done. Skin contracts with the healing process which minimizes the time wearing support garments.

A recent patient who underwent the procedure was surprised at how fast her body healed only requiring a couple days off her daily routine to recuperate. “I think the amazing part is how thorough the team at Advanced Specialty Care is,” she remarked. “I didn’t feel a thing during the procedure, no pain at all. After the anesthesia wore off I had a few aches and pains but nothing like I expected. Within a week all the bruising was nearly gone. Every detail from my medications to my post-op treatment was carefully explained and monitored. I felt like I really was getting not only a state-of-the art treatment, but the best care possible.”

Everybody, men and women alike, have some area of their body they don’t like. As lipo-sculpture grows in popularity, liposuction is becoming one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed today.

You believe you’re eating all the right things to keep your perfect body weight. You exercise regularly, everything from Yoga to jogging. But if the fruits and vegetables, the sit-ups and the running are not enough, this may just be the treatment for you.  A free consultation is always available.

Advanced Vein Care is a division of Praxis-Advanced Specialty Care and is located at 2084 NE Professional Ct. in Bend. or 541-322-5753.


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