Can Smartlipo Fat Be Used for Fat Transfer to the Butt?

I am 5'9, 200lbs. I am scheduled to have Smartlipo AND fat transfer to my butt using the fat from Smartlipo. I was told by my doctor that there is a special procedure done with the Smartlipo suctioned fat that will make it useable. Is this possible and is there another form of lipo that is done with Smartlipo in order to have living fat celles to use?I am lipoing upper, lower and love handle. I want to be sure I will have good usable fat for my transfer.

Doctor Answers 6

SmartLipo and fat transfer

I would recommend against the use of SmartLipo when harvesting fat for transfer. It is possible to perform the laser treatment with the SmartLipo equipment after the harvest for transfer has been made. The heat of the laser treatment with SmartLipo will damage the fat cells and the transfer won't be reliable. Make sure you clarify this with your surgeon before you proceed. Best to you!

Not a good idea

The function of the laser lipo is to destroy fat cells. Your surgeon can use laser lipo after harvesting the fat.

Kamran Khoobehi, MD
New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 124 reviews

Smartlipo and Fat Transfer for Brazilian Buttlift

    Liposuction by itself will have to be performed to preserve fat architecture.  Any heat transmission through the fat will destroy fat integrity.  Find the plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of liposuction procedures and Brazilian buttlifts each year.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Smartlipo Aspirate Is Not Advised To Be Used For Fat Transfer

Any fact extracted from the area where Smartlipo is performed will be adversely effect and should not be used for fat transfer. It has a high risk of fat cell damage (heat injury) and low probability of transfer survival. I am not aware of any special process of taking fat treated by Smartlipo and making it as a good a donor material as fat that has not been so treated.

Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 72 reviews

Fat transfer

Not likely  The whole purpose of using the laser is f to break up the fat cells for better removal. Fat transfer is greatly affected by the health of the transferred fat. If the fat cells are injured they will not survive.

David A. Bray, Sr., MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Using the fat from smartlipo for fat transfer

There are several techniques available for fat transfer. Harvesting is one of the steps involved and is critical to the overall success of the fat transfer procedure. Since your surgeon is using Smartlipo technology with the contouring, you need to discuss about the details of harvesting the fat. If extensive laser lipolysis is done prior to harvesting, the fat may be damaged. The sequence between harvesting the fat and using laser lipolysis definitely can affect the quality and quantity of fat harvested.

Best Wishes,


Stewart Wang, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

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