How does fat leave the body if melted but not sucked out?

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Smart liposuction melts fat

The laser does destroy the fat cells and they break up  and the body's immune system has white blood cells that basically remove the destroyed cells and liquefied fatty acids. This is a slower process than intended with smart liposuction. During smart liposuction the laser is used to rupture and destroy the fat cells and then a smaller liposuction cannula is used to remove these broken up cells and fatty acids. This leaves a smoother result a lot faster than just leaving the damaged tissue in place for your body to take care of slowly.

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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The laser destroys the fat cell that is then reabsorbed however this needs to be combined with liposuction for the best results.

Christopher Balgobin, MD
Minneapolis Physician
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Body metabolizes the fat

Fat tissues that are melted, but not suctioned out are metabolized by the body over time.
Sculpsure is non-invasive laser fat melting from the outside, and no fat is suctioned away.
It just takes more time for the body to metabolize the destroyed fat.

I always suck out the fat

There is no reason, not to suck out the melted fat. However any residual fat, not sucked out, will be absorbed safely by your body.
remember it will take 6 months to see your maximum improvement.

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David E. Berman, MD
Sterling Plastic Surgeon
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Smartlipo Laser Liposuction

Thank you for this interesting question.

Traumatizing the vascular supply of fat anywhere in the body can result in partial resorption (apoptosis and death of the fatty tissue). There are accounts that automobile trauma to the abdomen or facial area has resulted in permanent dents. Smartlipo Triplex uses 3 wavelengths of laser to disrupt the vascular supply and also physically (using sound waves) to break the fat cells apart. This liquefied fat is then suctioned out. Some of the fat remains behind and the body resorbs and metabolizes this fat over the ensuing few months.
I hope this was helpful. Yours, Dr David R

A. David Rahimi, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologist
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Laser liposuction

Thanks for your question. The fat cells that are destroyed by the laser light/heat will eventually be absorbed and discarded by the body. This process takes a few months generally. The heat generated can also help to minimize pain, bruising, and edema, and provide the possibility for a small amount of skin tightening too. Best wishes.

Paul J. Leahy, MD
Leawood Plastic Surgeon
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Fat Melting

If fat is melted, the body resorbs it without any issues or increase in your body cholesterol.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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