Vaser ® liposuction is a relatively new, minimally invasive ultrasound body contouring technology. When performed by an experienced surgeon, it is a very precise body sculpting method that can achieve much more aesthetic body contours by removing stubborn body fat that resists exercise and dieting. For over a decade, Vaser ® technology has been used to achieve premium results in body sculpting throughout the world. The procedure implements a reliable ultrasound assisted liposuction technology to achieve the best results with minimal discomfort.
Vaser ® can help when exercise and diet has not been enough to achieve the look one desires. With the advantages of Vaser ®, such results are achieved often in just one procedure without the discomfort and long recovery times of typical liposuction treatments. The procedure is tissue selective, targeting the fat while minimizing unnecessary damage on surrounding tissues. It’s powerful enough to remove substantial volumes of fat, yet so precise that it can be used to treat delicate areas such as the neck and arms. This level of precision allows the overall result to be more natural and the skin to be smoother.
As in all surgical procedures, patients are expected to be in good overall health and have realistic expectations. Patients who are looking for better muscular definition and a more aesthetic contouring in their body parts are ideal candidates for Vaser ® liposuction.
Choosing a surgeon for Vaser ® treatment requires many considerations. A surgeon’s reputation with good results, happy patients, and ethical standards are very important. Not every surgeon is well trained and experienced in doing Vaser ® liposuction.
Once the patient has decided to undergo Vaser ® liposuction, the doctor will evaluate the suitability of the procedure and thoroughly explain what can be achieved and what can be expected. If needed, an ultrasound scan is done to measure fat thickness in the target areas in order to estimate the volume of fat that will be removed. Then the doctor will plan the surgery and give the patient instructions on how to prepare for the surgery and steps to follow.
In all surgical procedures, patients who smoke are required to quit as early as possible before the surgery which is very important and can dramatically impact the recovery rate and the end result. Alcohol and any blood thinning medications such as aspirin should also be avoided and the doctor should be notified of any medical conditions and any medications that are being taken.
Vaser ® can be performed under general or local anesthesia depending on the circumstances. Local anesthesia is usually adequate for small regions, general anesthesia can be recommended for applications on larger areas. The surgeon uses high technology ultrasonic probes, inserted into the fatty tissue to gently break the fat cells down. The broken down fat is then removed by a small cannula.
The time that the procedure will take depends on the number of regions that Vaser ® will be applied to and the amount of fat tissue that needs removal.
After Vaser ® liposuction, the healing period is relatively shorter. Swelling and bruising is also relatively minor considering the procedure does not damage surrounding blood vessels and involves minimal trauma on the area.
Although some extensive Vaser ® treatments may require the patient to stay in the hospital overnight, in most cases patients can go home within the same day of the surgery. A reliable driver should be arranged to take the patient home in either case.
Patients will be given a compression garment right after the surgery which will provide support, improve blood circulation and reduce the amount of swelling. It’s important to wear these garments for around 3 to 4 weeks which is shorter compared to traditional liposuction.
Vaser ® patients are generally able to go back to work and perform light physical activities such as general household duties and walking one to two days after the procedure. Strenuous physical activities should be avoided until at least 2-3 weeks after the surgery.