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SmartLipo – A Smart Way To Contour Your Body
SmartLipo body contouring is a minimally invasive, laser-assisted surgical procedure that targets specific areas of the body, and permanently eliminates fat.
Those stubborn areas that don’t respond to exercise and diet? With Smartlipo, they improve dramatically with greater results, minimal downtime, and less pain than other methods. Additionally, SmartLipo also tightens the skin, so you don’t have to worry about unsightly bumpy or sagging skin.
With SmartLipo, you’re in our clinic one day and turning heads the next. Are you ready? It’s time to reshape your body and reshape your life!
How it works
• The procedure is done by an experienced physician.
• Local anesthesia is used at the treatment area (you’re awake during the procedure).
• A tiny incision is made, about the size of a grain of rice.
• The Smartlipo laser is inserted through a very small tube into your body.
• The laser ruptures the fat cell membranes.
• The fat cells are permanently destroyed.
• The liquefied fat is gently removed.
• New collagen is produced resulting in coagulation of skin, thus tightening of the surrounding skin.
Typically, one treatment is all it takes to see the desired results. However additional treatments may be recommended for treating multiple areas. Results are best seen within one week of your Smartlipo procedure, with continued improvement over three to six months.
Did you know that you can finance 100% of your SmartLipo procedure?
Our goal is to make cosmetic procedures affordable for anyone who has the financial capacity to pay for it over time. Our Patient Consultants will connect you to our nationwide lending network of banks, credit unions and specialty lenders in order to find you a loan program that suits your needs. We work hard to find you the lowest payment possible.
• Payment options for almost every budget
• Approvals on less than perfect credit
Joseph Ku, MD.
Dr. Joseph Ku is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, and holds privileges at Riverside Community Hospital, Corona Regional Medical Center and Parkview Community Hospital. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Ku has been extensively trained in San Diego, at the prestigious University of California San Diego. A native of Southern California, he attended Damien High School where he graduated with honors. He completed his undergraduate training at UCSD with a major in Biochemistry/Cell Biology and a minor in Spanish Literature, all this in just three years. While at UCSD, Dr. Ku was elected into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa organization for his academic achievements. He went on to complete his medical education at UCSD, obtaining his M.D. degree in 2000.
Dr. Ku was recruited to continue his post-graduate education at UCSD Medical Center, where he completed a five-year general surgery program and proceeded to become a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery. His ambitions lead him to seek additional training in what he considered to be the most challenging of professions, plastic surgery. He moved to Salt Lake City, UT, where he completed a full residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery, including a Chief Resident year. His love of Southern California brought him back to Riverside, where his hard work and dedication to all his patients have made a positive impression on both his patients and medical professional colleagues.
Dr. Ku is fluent in Spanish and Korean.
Mervin Low, MD.
Dr. Low is a gifted fellowship trained plastic surgeon known for his innovation, attention to detail and outstanding naturally appearing results. He received his Undergraduate Education at Simon Fraser University. He attended Medical School at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Low completed Plastic Surgery Residency Training at the University of Manitoba. Following residency training, a Breast Surgery and Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship was completed at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. A Facial Surgery and Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship was thereafter completed at the Plastic Surgery Center of the Pacific in Honolulu, HI. These prestigious fellowships were highly sought after and were directed by world renowned experts in the field of plastic surgery.
Dr. Low has published numerous articles on aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery in peer reviewed journals. Along with other leaders in plastic surgery, he has authored textbook chapters on breast augmentation with breast lifts and laser assisted liposuction. In addition, he has been selected to speak at national plastic surgery symposiums and conferences. He is on the medical editorial review board of numerous prestigious university teaching hospitals and a national medical publisher that provides online patient education in all aspects of plastic surgery.
Recently, Dr. Low was featured in a national magazine as an expert in aesthetic plastic surgery. He has also co-hosted a syndicated radio show and appeared on television discussing recent advances in plastic surgery. He has garnered a reputation for his experience, expertise and commitment to excellence and in the process, has been recognized locally as one of the Best Doctors in California and nationally as one of the Top Plastic Surgeons in America. He has also been the recipient of multiple Patient’s Choice Awards.
Dr. Low’s regular participation in continuing medical education all over the world allows him to provide comprehensive state of the art plastic surgery to his patients. An artist’s touch, a passion for his work and an exceptional bed side manner have resulted in an extensive and loyal patient following. He is highly sought after for his knowledge and expertise in plastic surgery, his professional and caring attitude towards patients and his outstanding surgical outcomes. Subsequently, his patients regularly provide universally favorable reviews in person and online.
Dr. Low’s interests include the full spectrum of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery with emphasis on breast surgery, body contouring and facial plastic surgery. He has extensive experience in traditional tumescent, awake tumescent, power assisted, laser assisted and ultrasound assisted liposuction. His busy practice is devoted entirely to aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery and non surgical aesthetic treatments such as botox, dermal fillers and lasers.
Shailaja Menon, MD.
She received her Laser Lipolysis training from the world renowned Plastic Surgeon Robert Stephen Mulholland.She has been interested in aesthetics since her teenage years when she had suffered from severe Acne. This has caused a lot of undue stress and pain for her. She has since been educating herself regarding skin care and various modalities of treatments. She began training with the leading anti-aging physicians and clinics in the country. Dr. Menon is certified in cosmetic use of Botox, the cosmetic use of fillers, medical grade Microdermabrasion, chemical peels and the aesthetic use of lasers.She is very passionate about acne treatments as she understands the effects of acne aesthetically, emotionally and psychologically. She is constantly training herself in newer modalities for skin rejuvenation and anti-aging treatments.Obesity is an epidemic that is getting out of control. She has firsthand experience with this due to her genetics. She comes from a family of healthy individuals who have slowly become obese and developed diseases related to obesity. This was a major cause for concern and alarm for her. This got her treating her family members and herself to lose the extra weight causing health issues with gratifying results.Based on this experience and her own constant fight against obesity and related diseases she has developed a medial weight loss program which is very successful. She helps patients “Bypass the By-Pass” with a no brainer, easy to follow program with lots of support. She believes that every individual is different with a different metabolism and lifestyle. So, she believes in customizing her weight loss program for every individual and uses more than one modality for treating her overweight patients. She has extensive experience with the latest medical therapies to promote safe and effective weight loss.An advanced injector of Botox Cosmetic and dermal fillers, Dr. Menon is highly qualified to provide the latest and most efficacious treatment to her hundreds of satisfied patients.
Marcia Davis, MD
Dr. Davis began her career in the medical field by graduating from the University of North Dakota with a BSN in Nursing in 1975. After 8 years of nursing, she elected to advance her degree and attended UND School of Medicine, graduating in 1988. She completed her Residency in Family Medicine in 1991 and joined the USAF. She served active duty for 3 years at Mather AFB, CA and an additional 2 years in the USAF Reserves as a Flight Surgeon. She worked for 5 years for the UCD Primary Care Network and in 2000 joined the Emergency Room team at the Veterans Hospital in Sacrament Ca, where she is still employed.Dr Davis is a fair skinned Irish woman who, like many teenagers, sun damaged her face as a youth. Her interest in Dermatologic procedures was cemented after she underwent a “full on” CO2 laser ablation of her face. It was a miracle to witness the disappearance of wrinkles, basal cell carcinomas and freckles to boot!!!!
When asked by her friend and colleague, Dr. Menon, to work at Physicians Skin and Weight center, she immediately accepted. She attended the Keller Institute for her training in Smartlipo™ and had the good fortune to work an additional month side by side with Dr. Menon.
Dr Davis feels that sculpting the body and helping people attain an enhanced self image is a very rewarding venture. She calls her Smartlipo™ job her “fun job” and she, and her assistant in the procedure, try to make the experience for the client as fun, rewarding and painless as possible
Anamika Sharma, MD
Dr Anamika Sharma completed her residency from university of Drew, Los Angeles where she earned her MD degree. In addition to that Dr Sharma has had opportunity to do Internship in Otolaryngology and clinical rotation at UCLA and UCI (university of Irvine)Dr Sharma was always inclined towards surgery and procedure related to beauty. Dr Sharma is highly experienced in laser liposuction. She enjoys the artistry involved in body contouring. Dr Sharma specializes in SmartLipo the most advanced form of sculpting and body contouring through laser assisted lipolysis which is permanently removal of unwanted fat from many parts of body for example abdomen upper, lower, hips, flanks, bra rolls, arm and chin. She is popular among her patients for her personal touch and gentle nature.
In her spare time she enjoys writing scripts, yoga and spending time with her son and family.
Blynn Shideler, MD.
Dr. Shideler is a General Surgeon with several years of experience doing Liposuction procedures. He was originally trained by Professor Jeff Klein, M.D., who is considered the founder of modern day liposuction techniques, and has since taken his training and experience to advance the procedure even further with the use of SmartLipo technology and other advancements.
Dr. Shideler started his career as a serviceman in the United States Army, United States Coast Guard and United States Army Reserves. He has always been fascinated with history and politics and recently traced his family genealogy back seven generations. It turns out that six of his ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War, and two ancestors fought and died in the 1066 Invasion of Normandy.
Dr. Shideler has received extensive medical training through his years in the military and in various university hospitals and medical practices. He graduated with his BA from Washington & Jefferson College, and went on to study medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he received his medical degree. He was trained as a general surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in two separate residency programs at the United States Public Health Service Hospital in Staten Island, NY.
He has also finished fellowship programs in general and orthopedic surgery at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the University of Texas. He has worked in Vietnam as the Chief Surgeon for the United States Navy and United States Coast Guard. He was also the Chief of General Surgery at the United States Army Hospital and has been the Associate Professor of Surgery at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco.
Gabriel Borges, D.O
Dr. Borges began his medical career in 1999, graduating from the University of California Davis/Mercy Medical Family Practice residency and is Board Certified. He has been practicing in Sacramento in the field of Primary Care/Emergency Medicine.Dr. Borges was trained at the Keller Medical Institute for Smartlipo™ and is certified with the American Academy of Cosmetic Family Medicine. He is fluent in Portuguese.
He joined Physicians Skin and Weight Center for their reputation and the multitude of cosmetic services provided to their patients. He feels Smartlipo™ can improve self image by successfully removing unwanted fat in patients who practice proper nutrition intake, exercise adequately and are near their ideal body weight.
Dustin Newell, MD
Dr. Dustin Newell enjoys the privilege of practicing the profession he loves while providing patients with the most enjoyable surgical experiences and best surgical outcomes possible. Dr. Newell attended medical school and completed his internship in Internal Medicine at the University of California Irvine. During this time he developed an interest in medical imaging and the application of minimally invasive techniques. Minimally invasive techniques are those which invoke the least invasive methods possible to achieve a goal and tend to minimize patient discomfort, morbidity and inconvenience. Dr. Newell’s enthusiasm for minimally invasive techniques, along with his interest in cosmetic medicine, nutrition and health led to his desire to pursue additional training in liposuction.Dr. Newell lives, practices and trains in Santa Clara County. Outside of work he enjoys music, running, soccer and yoga.
Greg Hachigian, M.D.
Dr. Greg Hachigian attended medical school at Emory university school of medicine in Atlanta Georgia. He then finished residency at University of California Davis School of Medicine. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He was Assistant Clinical Professor at the UC Davis School of Medicine Emergency department for 25 years. He enjoyed teaching residents as well as treating complex medical cases referred to UC Davis. Currently he works at the VA Medical center emergency department in Sacramento.Dr. Hachigian enjoys fitness, nutrition and health. One of his passions is cycling. He also enjoys horticulture and has an extensive collection of hard-to-grow orchids.
Throughout his life Dr. Hachigian has been interested in cosmetic surgery. He found his passion after being introduced to liposuction and after a rigorous training course became certified in liposuction. Dr. Hachigian enjoys the art of esthetically sculpturing his patients and making a positive change in their lives. Dr. Hachigian focuses on making the patient’s experience as painless, stress free and gratifying as possible.
Thomas Gardner, D.O.
Dr. Gardner is originally a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He received both athletic and academic scholarships to attend Marshall University in Huntington W Va. where he graduated with Cum Laude Honors in 1980. He studied 4 years at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine where he obtained his medical degree. After graduation, he completed a total of 6 years of Post Doctoral training. Three of those years were devoted exclusively to the study of Anesthesiology while an additional two years were spent in the field of Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery. Prior to moving to California, he held the position of Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He is a member of the National Society of Cosmetic Physicians.In his spare time, Dr. Gardner can usually be found riding a bicycle either on mountain trails or on the road. He also enjoys skiing in the winter and hiking and camping in the summer.
When asked why he joined Physicians Skin and Weight Centers, Dr. Gardner replied, ” I enjoy working in an environment with friendly people who enjoy their work and are both capable and ready to answer any questions that patients may have. Physicians Skin and Weight Centers, with their experienced and compassionate staff, is the type of office where most patients feel right at home.”