Are VASER liposelection results better than conventional liposuction?
Result of liposuction depends on the surgeon behind the machine. Surgeon’s experience, artistry and assessment is more important for results than the technology he/she uses. In a vast majority of cases similar results can be achieved with any kind of liposuction machine in the hands of experienced surgeon. In cases of large volume liposuction, for high definition liposuction and for difficult areas VASER liposelection can offer better results.
Is VASER liposelection same as LASER liposuction?
No, Vaser uses ultrasound which is a form of sound energy. LASER is light energy.
How is VASER liposelection different from UAL( ultra sound assisted liposuction)?
Older first and second generation UAL cannulas were thicker and delivered excessive energy- this led to increased complications like skin burns, seromas etc. VASER is 3rd generation US technology. Cannula is narrow and delivers less energy- therefore it is safer.
Where can I have the VASER Lipo procedure?
Ultrasound energy is safe. It is used for various purposes in medical field like fetal scanning, dental cleaning etc.
What will happen during the VASER Lipo procedure?
Several micro-incisions about 3mm in length are made and an anesthetic is ‘infused’ into each target area. Once the anesthetic has taken affect, your surgeon will insert the thin ultrasonic treatment head into the fat layer. The micro-vibrations from the treatment head will emulsify the fat, taking about 15 – 20 minutes per target area. The emulsified fat is then aspirated or suctioned out. The VASER Lipo head does minimal damage to connective tissues and blood vessels, resulting in only minor bruising and post-procedure discomfort. Contrast this with traditional Liposuction which effectively scrapes the fat using a 3-6mm metal cannula leaving a visible scar, subcutaneous hollows, internal bleeding and loose skin.
What areas can be treated with the VASER Lipo?
VASER Lipo procedures can be used to improve virtually any pocket of fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. This includes areas traditional Liposuction could not treat, such as the backs of the arms, the inner thighs, the upper part of the abdomen and the neck/jawline. VASER Lipo is able to treat these areas because it is minimally invasive and less traumatic, so the delicate nerves and blood vessels undergo significantly less trauma.
Will I notice anything else during the VASER Lipo procedure?
Most clients hear a high-pitched sound in their ears. This is normal, and it is simply the ultrasonic vibrations resonating in your ear drums. It is an unusual sound, but perfectly normal and not harmful in any way.
What happens to the fat emulsified by VASER Liposelection?
Most of it is aspirated (suctioned) out as a last step in the procedure. The fat cells are emulsified by the VASER Lipo and they are converted into a thick, oily liquid. The liquid that is not aspirated on the day is eliminated naturally through your lymphatic and blood systems over the subsequent few weeks. Traditional Liposuction scrapes the fat and vacuums it out, leaving subcutaneous hollows and loose skin.
How long does the VASER Lipo procedure take?
Since it is minimally invasive and done under a local anesthetic, VASER Lipo procedures usually take less than an hour per area treated. We ask clients to allow anywhere from one and half to three hours from arrival time at the clinic until they are on their way home. You are awake during the entire process and all you will feel is some tugging and pressure as your surgeon sculpts the fat emulsifying VASER Lipo around the treated area. Note, however, that because of sedatives and local anesthetic, you may feel a bit nervous after the procedure and so you should not drive a car within 24 hours.
How quickly can I return to work after VASER Liposelection?
While we advise clients to not have any commitment for a couple of days after your procedure, many clients actually return to work a day or two after VASER Liposelection procedure.
Does the VASER Lipo procedure hurt?
The least comfortable part of the procedure is infusion of the anesthetic. Your surgeon will select the surface of your skin at the entry area, and then inject an anesthetic into the fat layer that will be treated. This stage stings somewhat and lasts about 2 minutes for each area that will be treated. Once the anesthetic has taken affect, you feel very little apart from the occasional twinge of discomfort and a dull, tugging sensation. Those clients that have experienced resistance to local anesthetics (e.g. when having dental work) may experience a similar resistance to the local anesthetic we use for the VASER procedure. The VASER Lipo acts on the fat cells without affecting the nerve endings, so discomfort is significantly reduced relative to Liposuction.
Is there any reason I could not be treated with VASER Liposelection?
Yes. You need to be in generally good health, ideally carry out regular exercise, have good eating habits and your weight should not exceed 25% of your ideal weight. Your blood, heart, liver and kidneys should be free from any disorders and you should not be taking any anticoagulants or be diabetic. You should not be taking steroids or anti-inflammatory medications for more than a few days. Your full medical history will be discussed with your surgeon during your consultation to confirm that you’re suitable for a VASER Liposelection procedure.
What ages can be treated with VASER Liposelection?
All ages can be treated. Provided you are reasonably healthy, age is really no restriction. People aged 18 – 80 have benefited from VASER Liposelection. Good results depend more on your level of physical activity, health and skin tone than biological age.
How quickly will I see results after my VASER Liposelection procedure?
The bulk of the results are visible in two weeks once your swelling has subsided. Immediately after your VASER Liposelection procedure, you will be a bit swollen from the anesthetic and trauma to the fat cells. This will go away in 24 – 48 hours after VASER Liposelection. Any residual emulsified fat will be absorbed and eliminated through your body’s natural metabolic processes over a period of two months after VASER Liposelection. We recommend that you have several sessions of lymphatic drainage massage after your procedure, to help speed the results and reduce the swelling.
How long will I need to be in bandages after VASER Lipo Liposelection?
You will need to wear support garments or bandages for about two weeks after VASER Liposelection procedure. Normally your surgeon will recommend you wear the supplied support garment for 24 hours/day during the first week, and during the evenings for the second week. Traditional Liposuction ruptures veins creating haematomas (blood clots) that require compression bandages to be worn for four weeks or more. This is highly inconvenient for the client. VASER Liposelection is much less traumatic to the connective tissues, nerve endings and blood vessels, so bruising and swelling is also significantly reduced.
Is the fat removal permanent following VASER Liposelection?
Yes. Your body will not produce any new fat cells to replace the ones emulsified by VASER Liposelection. However, you still need to maintain a healthy diet since excess calories will result in a swelling of other remaining fat cells in the body.
Can I be treated with VASER Liposelection on the same day as my consultation?
No. Though VASER Liposelection is minimally invasive and low risk, it is still a serious medical procedure and we require our clients to consider all the alternatives and risks before proceeding. If both you and your surgeon are happy to proceed following your consultation, your VASER Liposelection procedure can be booked in for the next available slot after your consultation.
How much of a scar will I be left with after VASER Liposelection?
You will probably be left with a very small scar about 4mm in length for each incision point. For most people, this scar completely fades or becomes invisible with time, although this depends on each individual client’s reaction to scarring.