SmartLipo versus Traditional Tumescent Liposuction - Houston, Texas
A previous randomized clinical trial comparing traditional tumescent liposuction and Smart Lipo was performed, and this showed the following findings:
Less post-operative pain with SmartLipo.
Cytologic studies showed more damage of the adipocytes (fat cells) in SmartLipo. Thus, fat harvested from SmartLipo is not suitable for fat grafting, such as in Brazilian Butt Lift.
No major clinical differences found between SmartLipo versus Traditional Tumescent liposuction.
Surgical time was longer with the SmartLipo group.
Higher concentration of free fatty acids were found in the SmartLipo group.
Lipocrit is lower in the SmartLipo group.
Lower Lipocrit Volume was obtained with the SmartLipo group as compared to the Traditional Tumescent Liposuction group.
In conclusion: "No major clinical differences for suction-assisted lipoplasty versus laser-assisted lipoplasty were found. Higher concentrations of free-fatty acids after laser-assisted lipoplasty must alert us to possible hepatic and renal toxicity."
Reference: Prado, et al. A prospective, randomized, double-blind, controlled clinical trial comparing laser-assisted lipoplasty with suction-assisted lipoplasty. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006 Sep 15;118(4):1032-45.
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Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon