Is the SmartPro MPX Used to Remove Lipomas? Have Them on Arms/ Back but Now One is Starting at my Jaw Line.

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Lipomas can recur

For a lipoma to be "gone", it has to be fully removed.
Liposuction or SmartLipo have trouble fully removing all of the lipoma.
They can be performed first and it might work, but they can recur and need further treatment.

Marin Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction for Lipoma Treatment

I would certainly agree w/ the other surgeons here. Liposuction of any type (with or without a laser) will only partially remove the mass, and recurrence risk is fairly high. Additionally, suctioning does not provide the opportunity to biopsy the mass just in case it could be something more significant.

Paul J. Leahy, MD
Leawood Plastic Surgeon
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Lipo for lipomas

  • not a great idea
  • does sound enticing
  • lipo will not remove entire lipo
  • will lead to lumpy area
  • will lead to recurrance

David J. Goodkind, MD
New Haven Plastic Surgeon
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Lipomas can be treated with Smartlipo

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The use of traditional liposuction has been around for a long time. Smart lipo could be used as well. The advantage fo using any lipo is the small icision. However the disadvantage is the high recurrance rate. In order to get a permanent fix the capsule of the lipoma mustst be removed. This hard to do with liposuction but, easy with surgery, Surgery requires a longer incision.

David A. Bray, Sr., MD
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No such thing as smart pro mix

You may wish to elaborate and specify exactly what you are asking as there is no such thing as smart pro mix. You are most likely referring to Smartlipo. Any type of liposuction can reduce or debunk a lipo but will not cure it or permanently remove it. Lipomas tend to recur especially with liposuction. You should definitely have at least one biopsied to confirm correct histology and once confirmed, I would recommend consulting with a plastic surgeon for management options.

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