VASER (Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy) liposuction (also known as VASER lipo, LipoSelection Ultrasonic liposuction)an advanced body contouring technique for unwanted fat removal which offers a safe alternative to traditional liposuction. It is the most effective minimally invasive method for removing unwanted fat from your body, thus creating a defined and sculpted look. In this technique of liposuction, the surgeon breaks up and emulsifies the fat prior to removal by an ultrasound probe which facilitates the liposuction process and reduces pain. VASER liposuction combines ultrasonic waves (inaudible sound wave) liposuction technology where ultrasonic waves precisely breaks up and liquefies/emulsifies targeted fat without disrupting connective tissue, nerves or blood vessels followed by liposuction to safely remove the stubborn body fat with minimal damage to the surrounding tissue resulting in a limited bruising and a shorter recovery time.
Am I a Candidate for VASER liposuction?
If you are a healthy person with an active lifestyle having a stubborn area(s) of accumulated fat (without loose skin) which cannot seem to shift despite repeated attempts through diet and/or exercise.
If you are looking for an athletic appearance and would want to get back to normal activities as soon as possible with a faster recovery period.
If you are looking for minimally invasive and low pain treatment option to contour your body.
Types of VASER Lipo-
Because the treatment is so advanced and demanding, there are several different ways the VASER technology is used to give precise results, depending on your desired final result. Standard Vaser, Hi-Def (High Definition) and VASER 4D are the evolution of body sculpting. VASER Hi-Def and VASER 4D are particularly popular with an individual looking to achieve athletic toning. Let’s understand what each of these means.
Standard VASER lipo– It simply removes the bulk of unwanted fat.
VASER Hi-Def– It is also sculpting/contouring but creates more of a static look.
VASER 4D– It is generally performed to create an athletic or more contoured silhouette that takes muscle motion into consideration. The most popular are abdominal etching creating the coveted ‘six pack’. VASER 4D is suitable for generally healthy people who struggle to get rid of fat in specific areas including the hips, thighs, abdomen, lower back, arms and chin.
The VASER lipo procedure –
VASER lipo is usually carried out under local anaesthesia in our own clinic but in some cases, sedation may also be used depending on patient and surgeon preference. Just before surgery, a medicated tumescent saline solution (Klein’s Solution) is injected into the treatment site to numb and expand the area so that there is less damage to surrounding tissue. This fluid also helps to shrink the blood vessels which minimize blood loss and reduce bruising.The saline solution goes into the area, that needs treating, which then makes it easier to break up the fatty tissue.
After this, a very thin ultrasound probe is inserted into that area which emits the high-frequency sound energy to break up and dislodge fat from the nearby soft tissue. The fat then becomes liquified and is gently removed with a thin metallic tube called cannula via suction through keyhole incisions. Lastly, the tiny incisions are closed and the corset (support garment) is applied.
The length of the procedure can vary depending on the treatment area and the amount of fat to be removed, but each session usually takes around 1-3 hours.
Due to this technique, many patients are now able to treat those traditionally hard to reach areas such as the face, chin, neck, breasts, hips, thighs, plus those unsightly love handles.
What areas of the body can be improved by VASER lipo?
It is safe for most of the body areas with stubborn fat deposits which most commonly include:
Face, Neck, Chin
Male breasts (Gynaecomastia)
Downtime and recovery-
VASER Lipo procedure involves minimal downtime with a faster recovery period (generally within one to two weeks) as the incisions are small and blood loss is minimal during surgery. However, you will still experience some soreness, bruising and swelling, which will heal over the first few weeks of recovery. The keyhole incisions made during the procedure heal well with minimal visibility as they are very small.
You can resume your daily routine almost immediately or after 2-3 days of surgery, depending on which area you have targeted. We advise avoiding any rigorous physical activity like swimming, gym or exercise for at least a couple of weeks.
To ensure patients receive the most optimal results, doctors recommend they plan to have manual lymphatic drainage massage regularly for the two weeks following the procedure. Patients may rarely need to have a surgical drain fitted before leaving. This is easily removed and is only required for up to five days post procedure. There is a requirement for patients to wear compression garments for between two to four weeks after the operation.
Risks and complications –
VASER lipo is a minimally invasive cosmetic surgery which is FDA-approved and causes little or no damage to surrounding tissue. VASER liposuction technology greatly reduces risks and complications as compared to traditional liposuction.
The most common risks include: pain, swelling, bruising and scarring.
The less common risks include: irregularities, bleeding, seroma (fluid collection), skin damage, numbness, or poor results.
Some heat is produced during the procedure, hence there is a very small possibility of erythema ab lipo or superficial skin discolouration.
There are extremely rare risks such as infection and circulation problems. Some of the risks can be reduced by following the recommended aftercare outlined by the surgeon.
More serious risks can be caused by an inexperienced surgeon. Choosing a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon greatly decreases these risks.
Features and Benefits of VASER lipo:
Vaser Lipo is an excellent method for body-sculpting and contouring as it has following features and benefits:
Relatively less invasive as compared to traditional lipo
The emitted sound waves only target stubborn fat deposits, thus extreme targeting precision is guaranteed
There is minimal to no damage to surrounding tissue such as nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues
Suitable for both large and small areas
Can be performed under local anaesthetic
Can be performed as an outpatient procedure, i.e. does not require an overnight stay in hospital
Relatively low operation time, approximately 1-3 hours depending upon the areas to be treated
Minimum downtime and quicker recovery than traditional lipo
Minimal scarring, bruising and bleeding
Less painful than traditional lipo because the sensitive nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue beneath your skin will remain largely undisturbed during surgery.
Good skin retraction which can be maintained with healthy lifestyle
Smoother and predictable results with continued improvement for up to six months after surgery
Safe and effective procedure
The VASER lipo results-
You can see the result after the procedure when the initial swelling has settled but for the final result, you have to wait longer than 3 months until all the underlying tissue has healed. VASER Lipo is a sculpting procedure that can remove stubborn fat deposits from problematic areas and reveal the natural looking and smooth contours of your body. It is important to note that VASER Lipo is not a weight loss solution. This procedure is intended to remove areas of fat in a person who is otherwise fit and healthy to create a slimmer looking appearance. You can gain the weight back after surgery and to maintain results, you must continue to pursue a healthy lifestyle.
If you have excessive amounts of loose skin with excess fat underneath, it is advisable to go for abdominoplasty or mini-abdominoplasty with liposuction.
At Aesthetic Beauty Centre, your progress is reviewed on a regular basis through appointments with your surgeon, Dr Ashish Dutta. But if you have any queries in the meantime, you can rely on telephone support.
If you suffer from resistant fat in body areas that do not respond to diet and exercise and you are seeking a relatively safe and predictable result, then LipoSelection procedure is the answer. But we always recommend patients to call in for a consultation first. During the consultation, we can assess your own individual requirements and discuss the various options available to help you achieve your personal goals.
We have clinics in London, Sunderland and Newcastle. Sunderland is popular for non-surgical treatments such as fillers, whilst Newcastle centre acts as their principal, fully functional operating centre which undertakes every procedure imaginable from liposuction and face-lifts to hair transplants and breast augmentation. Finally, London is where the revolutionary VASER and body sculpting procedures are practised, under Dr Dutta’s watchful eye.
Qualified doctors and nurses will discuss the procedure before any treatment, explaining any possible side effects.
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