So-called modern liposuction has been around since the 1970s and is now the most popular form of cosmetic surgery. Of course it’s changed a lot since the early days and it continues to be refined today. One of the major advances has been the introduction of the VASER Lipo system which we’ll take a brief look at now.
What is VASER Lipo?
If you’ve never heard of it, you’re probably wondering exactly what VASER Lipo is. For me, it’s name immediately brings to mind images of lasers but despite this, it actually uses ultrasound to remove the fat and sculpt your body. The ultrasound waves break down the fat which is then extracted from your body using suction.
How does VASER Lipo work?
The name VASER is actually an acronym for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance. The fat cells in your body (in fact, all your cells) vibrate continuously. VASER lipo simply uses ultrasound to increase the amplitude of that vibration.
As the fat cells vibrate at a different speed (or frequency) to the other cells, they can be independently targeted. With the increased vibration, the fat cells are emulsified (which basically means they are turned into a liquid) and can then be removed using a suction cannula.
The VASER lipo treatment process usually only takes between 1 – 3 hours or so.
Is VASER Lipo safe?
Like all surgical procedures, the ultimate safety of it lies in the hands of the person operating the equipment. Assuming your surgeon is board certified, then VASER lipo is a very safe and non-invasive procedure.
What are the advantages of VASER Lipo?
The great advantage of VASER Lipo is that it’s non-invasive and doesn’t damage the tissue around the area being treated. As well as this, there are a few other major advantages it has when compared to traditional liposuction. Here’s a list of the advantages:
- No general anesthetic is required, only a local anesthetic.
- Only a very small incision is required to remove the liquified fat cells. So small in fact, that stitches aren’t even needed afterwards.
- Your post-op recovery is much quicker and the process is less painful than traditional liposuction.
- It leaves less scarring and bruising as less tissue is damaged. This means you can see the end results of your lipo much sooner than with traditional liposuction.
- As well as removing the fat tissue, VASER lipo also sculpts your body.
- The fat that’s removed is high quality fat that can be transferred to other parts of your body. Using your own fat rather than synthetic fillers gives a more natural look to the treated areas. Many patients have this “fat transfer procedure” done at the same time as their VASER lipo.
VASER Lipo outcomes
You will often see an immediate improvement in the treated area following VASER lipo treatment, but the full improvement will take a few months to become apparent as your body fully heals.
VASER lipo also results in a much better general appearance than standard liposuction – it results in much tighter skin because the production of collagen is stimulated during the treatment.
Which parts of my body can be treated?
VASER lipo is a very targeted procedure and is usually used to treat those areas that are more prone to fat, including the stomach, the arms, the chin, the breasts, the legs, and the flanks of your body (i.e. those pesky love handles!).
You can usually get multiple areas treated at the same time.
VASER Lipo cost
The cost of VASER lipo varies depending on the area where you live and which particular areas of your body you’re getting treated but you can expect to pay anywhere between $2,000 – $12,000.
Remember that while VASER lipo is great for removing that stubborn fat that you just can’t seem to shift, it’s not a substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle. As usual, you should consult with your surgeon first to make sure that VASER liposuction is the best and most beneficial option for your particular circumstances, and you should always choose a board certified plastic surgeon.