Smartlipo MPX - Pros and Cons

If you’ve been considering liposuction to get rid of a few ‘vanity pounds’ or streamline your figure, you may have been turned off by the amount of recovery time and scarring involved. That’s all beginning to change thanks to the advances in liposuction and laser-assisted lipo techniques where the procedure takes far less than usual, and leaves the patient with very few scars. The Smartlipo MPX machine has recently made its way into the U.S. market, and so far, is showing promising results.

The Smartlipo system works by liquefying the fat cells before extraction, which means less trauma to the surrounding tissues, and a more precise and accurate procedure. Here’s a close look at the benefits and drawbacks of Smartlipo MPX:

Overview of Smartlipo MPX

Smartlipo MPX was developed by Cyonsure, the company behind the Affirm skin tightening systems, and Smartlipo. The MPX system is slightly different than the conventional laser body sculpting procedure because it uses two wavelengths of energy to break down the fat cells and tighten the skin simultaneously. This gives the surgeon more control over the fat removal process, and also produces more aesthetically pleasing results.
Most people who undergo liposuction are left with loose and sagging skin in the areas where the fat was removed. There are no exercises or diet practices available that can help tighten the skin after such a procedure, and some patients undergo subsequent bodysculpting surgery to streamline their silhouette, or pursue noninvasive procedures such as Velashape that help smooth out the skin temporarily.
Smartlipo MPX eliminates the need for this additional treatment by tightening the skin as it works.

Key Benefits of Smartlipo MPX

Some of the key benefits of the Smartlipo MPX procedure include:
  • Reduced risk of bleeding and bruising after surgery
  • Helps tighten the skin immediately, reducing the need for bodysculpting surgery
  • More effective at removing fat from small ‘trouble spots’ such as the love handles, extra weight around the hips, and even areas around the face
  • More control for the doctor; the cannula can be maneuvered more easily when the fat is coagulated and easy to extract; this also reduces procedure time

Drawbacks of Smartlipo MPX

While Smartlipo MPX offers several benefits, there are also some drawbacks to be aware of. These include:
  • Risk of excessive scarring
  • High power treatment that may cause adverse side effects such as burns or lesions in some patients
  • General discomfort that accompanies surgery
  • Low to moderate risk of ‘bumps’ or uneven patches of skin after fat is removed. Some people need additional treatment, massage therapy or a non-invasive body contouring procedure to achieve their ideal silhouette.

Despite the drawbacks, Smartlipo MPX does offer many benefits for patients who are comfortable undergoing laser-assisted liposuction. The skin tightening aspect is the biggest draw for this innovative procedure, and in some cases, the entire process can be completed under general anesthesia which makes it much more comfortable for the patient.

Learn more about Smartlipo and laser-assisted liposuction in our information guide, or consult with a plastic surgeon in your area to find out if you are a good candidate for this innovative procedure.