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!

SmartLipo Best when not used alone

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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
4.8 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Smartlipo also uses traditional liposuction to create the final results

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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

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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
4.9 out of 5 stars 297 reviews

We suction the fat after SmartLipo

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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
3.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Fat removal after melting with SmartLipo MPX

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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
4.8 out of 5 stars 160 reviews

Where does the fat go after melting with Smart Lipo MPX

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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.

Joel B. Singer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon

Fat removal with SmartLipo

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SmartLipo uses a laser to melt the fat in the affected area. If it's a larger area the fat is suctioned out. If it's a smaller area we use the laser to melt the fat and then the fat liquefies and is excreted naturally by your body's lymphatic system. It's a safe and very efficient system, it just takes a little time for the treated fat to be removed from your body. I've been using SmartLipo in my practice for years and it offers great results to get rid of fat and tighten the skin. I hope you had good results from your treatment.

Cheryl Karcher, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Melted fat after smart lipo goes where?

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  • 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

After SmartLipo, Fat Is Melted or Removed

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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.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.