VASER Liposuction – finesse meets power in liposuction.
Liposuction is a procedure that removes stubborn fat that many of us find we can’t lose — even with a good dose of diet and exercise. VASER lipo does not replace traditional liposuction but is instead an enhancement to traditional liposuction. VASER lipo uses ultrasound energy to gently but aggressively release the fat from the surrounding tissue. The liquified fat is then removed with traditional liposuction, Dr. Yates prefers PAL.
What is the difference between VASER lipo and traditional liposuction?
All liposuction surgeries have in common; injection of tumescent fluid followed by fat removal through liposuction cannulas. The cannulas are attached to a negative pressure device; this is the “suction” in liposuction. Many surgeons will use additional technology to loosen, burn, or emulsify the fat before removing fat.
VASER lipo uses ultrasound energy to emulsify and release fat cells from their surrounding connective tissue framework. The plastic surgeon can then remove the fat with less tissue trauma resulting in a more comfortable recovery. Because the emulsified fat is more liquid in nature, the surgeon can remove fat smoothly and there is less risk of skin irregularity.
How does VASER liposuction work?
Before proceeding with liposuction, the fat is prepared for removal with the VASER ultrasonic energy device. The energy is delivered through probes, which are similar to liposuction cannulas but they are solid, rather than hollow. The energy delivered to the end of the probe eumulsifies the fat, thus releasing the fat from its connective tissue framework into free, smaller clusters of cells.
What are the advantages of pretreating fat with VASER?
The fat that has been treated with VASER is structurally altered in a way that the expert plastic surgeon can take advantage of.
- Fat RELEASE from surrounding tissues. Efficient removal with less tissue trauma
- Fat SMOOTHING effect. The fat is changed structurally from a solid to a liquid. This liquid fat helps blend and smooth liposuction outcomes.
- HIGH DEFINITION (HD Liposuction) results. Improved fat quality and uninjured structural framework allow the expert plastic surgeon to be more aggressive with improved tissue control
- SKIN TIGHTENING. Improved fat quality and uninjured structural framework allow the expert plastic surgeon to be more aggressive close to the skin allowing for natural skin tightening effect.
- Smaller fat droplets are better equipped for FAT TRANSFER procedures such as BBL and breast fat transfer.
Can the fat after VASER lipo be used for fat transfer?
The fat removed after VASER is beautiful, viable, and ready for transfer. So long as the surgeon understands VASER lipo’s nuance and keeps the energy level at a gentle setting, many studies have demonstrated better viability than liposuction alone. The most common use of this fat is in BBL or fat transfer to the breasts
What is the difference between VASER lipo and CoolSculpting or other nonsurgical fat removal techniques?
VASER lipo is a surgical procedure and is expected to have aggressive surgical results. VASER lipo requires small incisions, anesthesia, and downtime. CoolSculpting requires no downtime but would not be expected to have the aggressive, immediate results that we see with VASER lipo. CoolSculpting is best for patients who want to see localized fat reduction but are willing to accept less aggressive results to avoid surgery.
What is the difference between VASER lipo and laser liposuction (Smartlipo)
The major difference between laser and VASER is the type of energy delivered to the fat before removal with liposuction. With laser liposuction, the energy is delivered as extreme heat created by a laser. The fat can literally be melted away with the laser, but the connective tissue can be damaged as well. VASER lipo uses a gentler type of energy that spares the connective tissue and does not generate as much burning or heat. Dr. Yates has seen many patients present after laser liposuction elsewhere who have internal deformity and scarring created by internal burning from the laser. He is not a fan of laser liposuction in general.
What is the difference between VASER lipo and power-assisted lipo?
Power-assisted liposuction uses mechanical vibration at the end of the cannula. This rapid vibration of the cannula disrupts the fatty tissue and can separate it from the connective tissue creating smaller droplets of fat then removed with liposuction. There are cases where Dr. Yates prefers PAL, cases where he chooses VASER, and cases where he prefers to use both.
VASER Liposuction is a powerful tool when used in combination with traditional or power-assisted liposuction. It gives a plastic surgeon additional tissue control for high definition results and potentially better skin retraction and quality. VASER lipo has few disadvantages but is particularly advantageous in cases of secondary liposuction or in fibrous tissue, such as the male chest.
What is the recovery like after VASER lipo?
Most people need 1-3 weeks of downtime after VASER lipo. The recovery after VASER lipo is similar to liposuction in general but can be a little faster. There is a period of bruising, swelling, and discomfort. Sometimes we will see more swelling after VASER liposuction than other liposuction techniques. The theory is that the liquified fat “clog up” the lymphatic drainage pathways. For this reason, we will typically recommend massage after VASER lipo procedures. Compression garments are used, and the activity level is minimized to prevent excessive swelling. Patients with multiple treatment areas or large volumes of liposuction can expect more swelling and a longer recovery.
For helpful step-by-step information on recovery after liposuction, review our recovery after liposuction page.
Is VASERlipo a good option for weight loss?
Liposuction, including VASER lipo, is not a treatment for obesity or for the patient that simply wants to lose a few lbs. Rather, liposuction is a contouring procedure, literally changing the shape of a body.
How much does VASER liposuction cost?
Similar to liposuction in general, VASER liposuction costs depend on:
The experience and service level of the plastic surgeon
- The number of areas treated
- The expected time of treatment
- Whether or not the fat is used in fat transfer