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Liposuction vs. Lipo HD: How Are They Different?

Liposuction vs. Lipo HD How Are They Different

If you’ve delved into the world of liposuction even a little bit, chances are you’ve seen terms like lipo HD, HD Vaser liposuction, hi-def lipo, high-definition liposuction, lipo 360 HD, and similar.

But what do all of these terms mean?

You know that liposuction can produce outstanding results. But does it matter what type of lipo you get?

Well yes, actually.

In fact, for many patients, HD VASER lipo can produce superior results when compared to traditional liposuction. Each patient is different, however, which is why it’s important to educate yourself on each type of liposuction before making a final decision.

What Is Liposuction in the First Place?

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that physically removes fat from the body — in particular, unwanted excess fat that tends to be resistant to diet and exercise. Whether because of aging, genetics, or lifestyle, many of us have fat in unwanted places.

Even with persistent and consistent dieting and routine exercise plans, it can be difficult to get this fat off naturally. Liposuction can be a solution.

Traditional Liposuction

Liposuction was developed in the 1970s, and traditional suction-assisted liposuction is basically performed by making a small incision near the treatment area, inserting a thin tube called a cannula, and suctioning the fat out. What’s key here is that, essentially, the fat is being “ripped” out of its natural place.

While this may sound a little dramatic, this is really what’s happening with traditional liposuction. It is an effective procedure and has helped many individuals lose unwanted fat. On the other hand, there are a few downsides to traditional liposuction.

Traditional Liposuction Drawbacks

First, because the fat is essentially being ripped from its place, the process can also end up removing blood vessels and tissue. This results in more bruising and swelling and a longer recovery. Ultimately, the procedure can also end up being imprecise, which may negatively affect the outcome for some patients — especially those who only need a very small amount of fat removed to achieve their goals.

Again, traditional liposuction does work for some patients. It’s just not for everyone, which is why we also have VASER-assisted hi-def liposuction, also known as Vaser high-definition liposuction or HD VASER liposuction (not to be confused with laser liposuction).

What Is VASER Lipo? What Is Lipo HD (Hi-Def Lipo)?


VASER liposuction (Lipo HD) is a new breakthrough technology that changes the way liposuction is performed. VASER stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance. It is a different way of performing liposuction, and it requires a special instrument.

Essentially, when we use VASER liposuction, we are adding a step between numbing the areas to be treated and physically removing the fat. The step that we’re adding is the use of ultrasonic energy.

This energy resonates through the treatment area and dislodges the fat cells so that they are more easily removed. The process basically changes the fat to be removed so that it has a composition similar to soft butter.

In this way, we are able to suction out the excess fat more easily, and this leaves the surrounding blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue intact. During recovery, this will mean less swelling, bruising, and discomfort. You’ll be able to return to your normal activities more quickly and enjoy your results faster as well.

What Does HD Lipo Do?

When we use the term,“VASER High Definition Liposuction” or “VASER HD Lipo”, we’re actually referring to two different techniques. The first technique is the VASER technology, which allows for easier-to-remove fat and a faster, more comfortable recovery. The second technique is the hi-def liposuction technique.

HD lipo or high-definition liposuction is a way of liposculpting, which removes fat in problem areas while exposing and highlighting important muscle groups at the same time. This produces natural contours and really makes your results more attractive and unique to you and your goals.

Ultimately, when VASER and hi-def lipo are combined, you get less pain and swelling, more precise sculpting, an easier recovery, and outstanding results.

How Long Is Recovery From HD Lipo?

Everyone will have a different experience with liposuction recovery, and this includes with HD liposuction.

Most patients need to take at least one week off from school or work. During this time, you’ll need to refrain from exercise, wear a compression garment, sleep in a prescribed position, and attend all of your follow-up appointments.

Who Is HD VASER Lipo For?

This form of lipo is best for patients who only want to remove a small amount of fat. It’s great for athletic patients who lead an active lifestyle and who want to accentuate their muscle tone. And of course, anyone who wants precise results and an easier recovery would benefit from this procedure.

What Is 360 Lipo HD?

Lipo 360 HD is an advanced technique that can remove unwanted fat from all around the midsection. The “360” in lipo 360 refers to the entire circumference of the midsection.

If you have unwanted fat on your stomach, sides, flanks, and mid-back and you’re trying to choose between traditional lipo vs lipo 360, liposuction 360 may be right for you. The addition of the “HD” would mean that the fat would be taken off, and important muscle groups would be exposed and highlighted at the same time.

What Type of Lipo Is Right for Me?

If you have been oscillating between traditional liposuction, VASER-assisted liposuction, lipo HD, 360 liposuction, or any combination of these approaches to liposuction, you need to book a consultation appointment.

Plastic surgeons understand the intricacies of fat removal techniques based on various types of liposuction procedures. Whereas high definition body contouring can certainly benefit many patients, some patients would benefit more from traditional liposuction techniques using VASER (ultrasound energy) technology.

The best and only way to know which of these liposuction procedure approaches is best for your situation and goals is to discuss your options with Dr. Sieber. Body sculpting cosmetic procedures like liposuction are complicated, so it’s important to work with an experienced professional.

FAQ: HD Lipo

What does HD lipo cost?

Your HD lipo cost will vary based on the areas you have treated and the scope of your surgery. A consultation is needed for an accurate estimate.

Can HD lipo be combined with fat transfer procedures?

Yes, in most cases, if enough fat removal is achieved with HD liposuction, the fat can be processed and reinjected to other body parts. Ultimately, it depends on how much fat the patient has to relocate and the patient’s desired contours.

How long does HD lipo last?

HD lipo’s ability to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat is outstanding, but the longevity of your HD lipo results will depend largely on maintenance. A healthy lifestyle helps maintain results of removing fat via liposuction. Any weight gain or loss may change the contours of your natural curves.

The same goes for the effects of fat transfer procedures. When HD liposuction is combined with fat grafting (to add volume to the breasts instead of using breast implants, for example), it’s up to the patient to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, which will help maintain results and an attractive natural shape.

What are the side effects of high definition liposuction?

The most common HD lipo side effects are similar to the side effects of other body contouring procedures: swelling, bruising, and temporary discomfort. Complications are rare after liposuction, but if you have any alarming side effects, always consult your surgeon’s office immediately.

Is HD lipo the best type of fat removal?

While HD lipo does provide superior body contouring outcomes and can be more precise when used with ultrasound assisted liposuction or power assisted liposuction, it’s not for everyone. HD lipo offers precise sculpting for individuals who don’t have a lot of excess body fat.

To find the best body contouring procedure for you, speak with plastic surgeons who have experience performing various types of liposuction. A consultation should show you which procedure can benefit you most.

Schedule a Lipo HD Consultation Today!

Interested in learning more about Hi-Def lipo? Dr. David Sieber of Sieber Plastic Surgery would be happy to sit down with you to discuss your liposuction options, including VASER and HD lipo.

After learning about your goals, reviewing your medical history, and performing a short physical exam, Dr. Sieber can tell you what form of liposuction might be best for you.

Contact Sieber Plastic Surgery San Francisco today to schedule your initial consultation.



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Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*


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