Lasers & New Tech


J-Plazty™ is a revolutionary minimally invasive procedure that uses cold plasma energy on the underside of the skin to instantly tighten and rejuvenate anywhere on the face and body. A unique alternative to traditional facelifts, tummy tucks and body sculpting, the J-Plazty™ procedure will shrink and sculpt loose and lax skin without large incisions and downtime.   

Men and women of all skin types, and in age groups ranging from 30-somethings to 80-year-olds, can benefit from this procedure. J-Plazty™ is ideal for those with mild to moderate sagging skin in the lower face, neck, abdominal area, thighs, arms and knees. Patients opt for a J-Plazty™ procedure because they desire  improvement, but don’t want the extensive downtime and expense of a traditional surgery.

What is Plasma Energy?

Cold plasma is created when helium gas is energized by radiofrequency energy and delivered through the J-Plasma® device. Because Helium gas is very stable, it can be ionized at very low energy ensuring flexible, precise and safe delivery. Cold plasma is cooler than laser energy making J-Plazty™ safer procedure with less risk and damage to the tissue, and affording patients a quick recovery. The level of improvement and rejuvenation from cold plasma energy is unrivaled in current technologies. No laser, ultrasound or radiofrequency treatment is capable of tightening and firming skin to this level.


Dr. Lacerna utilizes the most advanced techniques for facial and body contouring with SMARTLIPO® Laser-assisted liposuction and VASERlipo™ liposuction, or ultrasound-assisted liposuction, to achieve the best results.

SMARTLIPO® Laser Liposuction

LA Plastic Surgery and Dermatology in Sarasota and Bradenton offers SMARTLIPO®, the most technologically advanced Laser–Assisted Liposuction device currently available on the market. A device made by Cynosure®, one of the leading and most trusted Laser companies in the country, SMARTLIPO® uses a Diode Laser in the 924 and 975 nm range to specifically target fat cells. Because of this specificity, there is less pain, bruising, swelling and downtime ,as compared with traditional tumescent liposuction techniques.

In addition, there is improved skin retraction associated with the technique, as compared to more traditional techniques. SMARTLIPO® Laser Body Sculpture can sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck.

Dr. Melinda Lacerna is a Cynosure® Certified Trainer & a West Coast Cynosure® Laser Preceptor.

As a Certified Trainer & Preceptor, Dr. Lacerna has been selected to train other physicians in specialized techniques and the proper applications of SMARTLIPO®. This certification places Dr. Lacerna as one of the country’s leading SMARTLIPO® providers.

Who are the Best Candidates for SMARTLIPO®?

The best candidates for liposuction are normal-weight people with firm, elastic skin, who have pockets of excess fat in certain areas. You should be physically healthy, psychologically stable and realistic in your expectations. Your age is not a major consideration; however, older patients may have diminished skin elasticity and may not achieve the same results as a younger patient with tighter skin.

This may be safer alternative for older patients that may not be able to tolerate the downtime associated with a tummy tuck. Areas of the body with stretch marks may not retract well with this procedure. If you have stretch marks, an abdominoplasty may be a better option for you. And if you are a man with a lot of intra-abdominal fat, you may benefit from losing this area of stubborn fat first, which can be achieved with diet, exercise and adjunct hormonal therapy.

Laser Body Sculpture

Since the SmartLipo Laser melts the fat before it is removed, the procedure can be done under local anesthesia or under IV sedation at our own ambulatory surgery center. Most patients are back to work after a couple of days and back to the gym in a week.

In addition, the Laser tip is small (1.5 mm), so the resultant scars from the procedure are barely visible (in contrast to traditional liposuction, where the incisions can be about an inch long). Coupled with diet, exercise and a healthy balanced lifestyle, the results from SmartLipo are often remarkable and longlasting.

VASERlipo™ Precision Body Sculpting

Precision Body Contouring

If you’ve struggled with weight gain, and exercise and diet just haven't given you the dramatic transformation you’d like, VASERlipo™ can help. VASERlipo™uses a precise, minimally invasive liposuction technology that produces eye-catching results in just one procedure, without the discomfort and long recovery times of typical liposuction treatments. The procedure is tissue-selective, targeting fat while protecting other tissues from damage. It’s powerful enough to eliminate substantial areas of fat, but gentle enough to treat delicate areas such as the neck and arms. VASERlipo™ is clinically proven to produce even results in treated areas, leaving your skin smooth and your body beautiful.

Key benefits of VASERlipo™:

  • Single procedure results with speedy recovery times.
  • Improved body contouring over traditional liposuction.
  • Easily removes very large amounts of stored fat.
  • Smoother skin, even in delicate areas like the arms and neck.
  • Refines and accentuates the appearance of muscles for a more sculpted look.
  • Gentle enough to fat cells, like “picking grapes from the stem”; used in the harvesting of healthy, viable fat for grafting to the face, breasts and buttocks.
After Your Liposuction Surgery

After liposuction, you will likely experience some fluid drainage from the incisions. To control swelling and to help your skin better fit its new contours, you will be fitted with a snug elastic garment to wear over the treated area for a few weeks. Dr. Lacerna may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection. Pain will be controlled with medications prescribed by Dr. Lacerna, though you may still feel stiff and sore for a few days. Adjunct therapies such as Deep IR laser treatments, lymphatic massages and endermologie may be recommended to speed up recovery and enhance your results.

Your New Look

You will see a noticeable difference in the shape of your body quite soon after surgery. You will be delighted to see yourself “shrinking” in pant sizes for the next few weeks as your swelling subsides. Wearing your garments per Dr. Lacerna’s instructions will help maximize your results. Improvement will become even more apparent after about four to six weeks, when most of the swelling has subsided. After about three to six months, the final contour will be visible. If your expectations are realistic, you will be very pleased with the results of either your SMARTLIPO® or VASERlipo™ procedure.

Laser Services

Dr. Lacerna utilizes the Cynosure Icon™ Aesthetic System and the Cynosure Smart Skin™ C02 laser to resurface and rejuvenate the skin. She uses the Cynosure SculpSure™ for non-surgical fat reduction. At LA Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, we have the right laser to remove wrinkles, dark spots, red spots, stretch marks and  scars, as well as lasers to address tightening skin, fat reduction, permanent hair reduction, vessel and pigment clearance and leg vein clearance. These procedures are performed safely and effectively, with minimal downtime.

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Our LASER systems can improve the following safely and with minimal downtime:

Hair Removal for the Face and Body


Sun Spots, Rosacea, Spider Veins, Capillaries for face

Age Spots: for Face, Neck, Chest, Hands, Arms and Legs

Stretch Marks

Acne Scars for the Face and Body

Surgical Scars for the Face and Body

Burn Scars

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Sun Damage

Improve Skin Tone and Texture

Facial Wrinkles

Periorbital Eye Wrinkles, Frown Lines, Lipstick Lines and Smokers' Lines

Loose, Saggy Skin

Localized Pockets of Fat, such as the Neck, Arms, the Abdomen and Flanks

Benefits of Laser Treatments

Permanent hair reduction:
IPL Photorejuvenation
Laser skin resurfacing
Laser Scar treatments:
Permanent hair reduction:

great for reducing hair from larger areas, fast treatment sessions, excellent long-term results, no more shaving!

IPL Photorejuvenation

No downtime, fast easy treatment sessions, decrease the appearance of skin pigment and vessels for more even skin tone, a non-surgical approach to skin renewal that can transform your looks for the better, no downtime

Laser skin resurfacing

treatments are tailored, from a light “lunchtime laser peel” to more extensive resurfacing; works on light and dark skin, can knock out the deepest, most difficult wrinkles and lines around the eyes, mouth and face, improve acne and surgical scars for face and body; will help regenerate new skin that’s healthier and smoother with long lasting results, plus delivers some skin tightening that chemical peels can’t achieve

Laser Scar treatments:

works on any skin type from light to dark skin, uses “fractional” laser technology to break down scar tissue and generate healthy new tissue. Quick non-invasive treatment with excellent aesthetic results little to no down time.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Dr. Melinda Lacerna is widely regarded as one of the best plastic surgeons in Sarasota/Bradenton. She is pleased to offer the very latest and safest treatments, including J-Plazty™, SMARTLIPO®, VASERlipo™ and Laser Skin Care Treatments. If you have been considering a procedure, contact Dr. Lacerna to schedule your consultation. Call (941) 954-4500 or send an email to