What Procedure is Better for Skin Tightening & Fat Transfer...smart Lipo or Vaser? Had Lipo 7 Yrs Ago.

Hello, I had traditional lipo done 7 years ago by a doc who had to shut down shop...he was no good! I have some lumps/uneven "fat" on my upper abs. I would like fat transfer to the butt. One doctor wants to use vaser & the other smart lipo. I definitely need my skin tightened but what about the fat being destroyed? I'm confused. Please help

Doctor Answers 3

Fat Transfer Viability

Great question.  Fat viability after Vaser has been studied and shown to positive.  Fat transfer after laser lipo has not been studied to my knowledge. Lasers melt some of the fat by targeting the fat cell for destruction.  Obviously not all fat cells are destroyed by the laser, some are aspirated with suction.  Having said that,  I would lean towards standard lipo or Vaser and away from Laser in terms of fat viability.  All the best.

Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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Smart Lipo vs. Vaser

Vaser technology will not destroy the fat cells.  Vaser will leave your fat cells viable for transfer.  You can also use traditional liposuction to harvest viable fat cells for transfer also.  Skin tightening, depending on the integrity of your skin (i.e. lack of stretch marks), will occur to a certain extent with smart lipo, slim lipo and vaser by heating the collagen layer and stimulating a healing response. 

Elizabeth Kim, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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What Procedure is Better for Skin Tightening & Fat Transfer...smart Lipo or Vaser? Had Lipo 7 Yrs Ago

Much more important that the technology is the surgeon. Choose the one in whom you have more confidence. Look at patient photos. The biggest names in fat transfer use first generation liposuction--a cannula attached to a suction machine, and get great results.

All the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

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