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 26 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.

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 199 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
4.0 out of 5 stars 16 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 96 reviews

Where does the fat go after melting with Smart Lipo MPX


As with any laser assisted liposuction procedure the fat cells are disrupted and the liquefied fat is then removed by suctioning. The fat doesn't actually go anywhere but is transformed to a more easily removed form. Laser assisted Liposuction helps to liquefy the fat making it easier to remove. The laser also helps to coagulate small blood vessels and therefore reduces the excessive bruising and swelling seen with traditional liposuction. The laser also induces shortening of the collagen fibers and tightens the tissues.

Melted fat after smart lipo goes where?

  • melted fat has two fates
  • most surgeons on the USA will aspirate the fat after melting with a lipo suction apparatus
  • the rest of themelted fat is absorbed into your blood stream and excreted from your body

David J. Goodkind, MD
New Haven Plastic Surgeon
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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 3 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 33 reviews

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