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Where Does Fat Go After Smart Lipo MPX?

Please explain how the fat is removed once it's "melted" by SmartLipo MPX. I'm considering the procedure and am doing my research at this time.

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One of the primary causes of the pain, bruising and swelling that follows traditional (non-laser) liposuction is the tissue trauma that is caused by the ripping out (avulsion) of the fat cells from the fibrous tissue of the body. The SMARTLIPO TRIPLEX and SMARTLIPO MPX units liquefy the fat cells and coagulate the blood vessels that are attached to the fat cells. This results in less tissue trauma, less pain, less bruising and less swelling following liposuction treatment.

Where do the liquefied fat cells then go??? Into a small hollow suction tube (liposuction cannula) that is inserted into the same 3 mm incision used for the laser. The liposuction cannula does not need to rip out the fat cells like traditional liposuction, but instead, serves as a vacuum to gently remove the liquefied fat cells.

Good luck with your research and I hope that your surgery goes well!

Orlando Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

SmartLipo Best when not used alone


Some practitioners use SmartLipo alone. Your body then must absorb the fatty debris created. The best results are achieved when traditional lipoplasty is used to remove the liquefied(melted) fat and to provide additional improvement in contour(shape). The SmartLipo can also help provide some skin tightening that can't be achieved with traditional lipoplasty alone.

James M. Kurley, MD
Champaign Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Smartlipo also uses traditional liposuction to create the final results


While Smartlipo uses a laser probe to melt or liquify fat, it must use suction to remove it as well. It is a two-part process, melt the fat and then suck it out. While some practitioners merely melt the fat and do not use the suction part, the results will not be the same. The suction or aspiration is an important part of the Smartlipo process.

Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Smartlipo and where does fat go


Smartlipo MPX and conventional liposuction are both effective treatments to remove fat. The difference is that Smartlipo uses a laser that delivers energy directly to fat cells causing them to rupture and liquify. Once the fat is liquified, it becomes easier to remove it with suction.

Richard H. Fryer, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 102 reviews

We suction the fat after SmartLipo


The SmartLipo technology liquefies your fat and is then removed with a suction cannula. Since the fat is liquefied, it’s much easier to be removed.

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Fat removal after melting with SmartLipo MPX


After the fat is treated with SmartLipo MPX, the fat is removed with a liposuction suction cannula, which is a small tube used to suction the fat.  Since the SmartLipo MPX laser has liquefied the fat, the fat is then easier to suction.

Arnold S. Breitbart, MD, FACS
Long Island Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

After SmartLipo, Fat Is Melted or Removed


SmartLipo can melt fat that is later dissolved by the body.  Other fat is liquified by the SmartLipo and aspirated before the conclusion of the surgery.

Keith Denkler, MD
Marin Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Where does the fat go after Smartlipo MPX?


With energy assisted liposuction procedures - SmartLipo MPX (laser), Vaser lipo (ultrasound), etc. - the energy source imparts energy into the fat cells causing them to rupture and liquify.  If the area or volume is small the body can mobilize and resorb this liquified fat though the normal healing process.  If the volume of fat is moderate to large then most plastic surgeons will remove the liquified fat with traditional liposuction.   Removing the liquified fat will help decrease post operative swelling and help speed the healing process.

Vincent D. Lepore, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Fat must be aspirated away before or after the laser part of the smartlipo procedure.


Fat must be aspirated away before or after the laser part of the smartlipo procedure. Fat which is not aspirated may return or cause increased inflammation and possible scarring.

Edward Lack, MD
Chicago Dermatologist
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

What happens to the fat after Smart Lipo treatment?


Some doctors were advocating not suctioning the fat after Smart Lipo.  The body will resorb the lasered fat with the help of macrophages, which are scavengers of foreign bodies.  The problem is that it creates a great deal of swelling and takes much longer to get the final result.  It is also hard to be accurate.

I always perform traditional liposculpture along with Smart Lipo.  This is more precise and more efficient.

Kenneth L. Stein, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

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