When it comes to dealing with excess fat around your midsection or elsewhere, there are plenty of so-called solutions. From super-strict diets and meal plans to exhausting workouts and claims from personal trainers, doctors, and nutritionists … it can be hard to know where to turn.
But while diet and exercise certainly play a role in your health and overall body shape, sometimes stubborn fat just doesn’t want to budge. When you’ve tried everything and nothing works, this is when you consider liposuction.
But is liposuction really worth it? And what about “Vaser liposuction” — the innovative procedure that claims to remove fat faster and with less pain and collateral tissue damage?
We see many patients who have heard about Vaser liposuction but simply aren’t sure if it’s really worth it for them. So, in this article, we’d like to go over the pros and cons of this highly popular cosmetic procedure. Once you understand the process and take a look at some Vaser liposuction before and after photos, we think you’ll agree Vaser is 100% worth it.
What Is Vaser Liposuction?
Vaser liposuction is a type of liposuction that removes stubborn fat with ultrasound energy. Probes are used prior to suctioning, which emit high ultrasound frequencies. This energy emulsifies the fat you want to remove from your body, making it far easier to suction out with a cannula (the thin hollow tube your surgeon will use to remove fat).
Throughout the process, your surgeon will be able to remove fat without damaging the tissues that surround it. This means less bleeding and reduced swelling and overall damage.
When compared with traditional liposuction, there’s very little to complain about with Vaser liposuction. Not only does Vaser lipo remove fatty tissue more gently than traditional lipo, but the ultrasound energy used to liquify the excess fat allows your plastic surgeon to contour your body more precisely. This means the results are better.
Patients tend to truly love their Vaser liposuction results. It’s one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures available today.
Vaser Liposuction Pros
- Fat is removed easily
- Procedure creates very little discomfort
- Allows for better, more precise body contouring
- Technology can be used with high definition liposuction for more sculpted, athletic results
- Provides moderate skin tightening effects
- Recovery times are faster and less cumbersome
- Scars are barely noticeable (if at all)
Vaser Liposuction Cons
- Procedure typically takes longer than traditional lipo procedures
- As with all forms of lipo, bruising, some swelling, and slight discomfort will accompany recovery
- May not be best for patients with high BMI numbers
Assessing Vaser Liposuction Before and After Pictures
When looking at before and after Vaser liposuction pictures, it’s worth looking for patients who have a similar build and similar “trouble areas” in their before pictures. This allows you to see, more clearly, what your results will look like after surgery.
We also recommend seeking before and afters that depict the same position of the patient and the same lighting in both pictures (each before and after set). This creates fewer variables that might otherwise skew the appearance of the patient’s results. As you study the pictures, you’re able to see exactly how the patient’s body has been changed and improved.
FAQ: Vaser Liposuction
Can Vaser lipo be combined with fat grafting?
Yes, fat grafting (fat transfer) requires liposuction to remove unwanted fat from trouble areas, so it is often used with Vaser lipo. After removal, the fat is processed and re-injected into areas where the patient would like more volume.
It’s a common type of moderate breast augmentation, for example (called breast fat grafting). Or, it can be used to sculpt the buttocks and hips to create an hourglass figure.
What is Vaser hi def liposuction (high definition lipo)?
High definition Vaser liposuction is a form of Vaser lipo that aims to reveal the patient’s musculature in finer detail. Athletic patients and those who want to emphasize each individual muscle and curve tend to opt for high definition liposuction. The same ultra sound energy used with any Vaser procedure is used with high definition lipo.
How long do you have to wear a compression garment after Vaser lipo?
Patients should wear their compression garments as directed by their surgeon. For most patients, this means 24 hours a day for the first four weeks following surgery. After that, most patients can switch to wearing their garments for just 12 hours a day for another eight weeks or so.
Call Today to Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Sieber
Vaser liposuction is an excellent solution to stubborn fatty tissue that won’t go away with diet and exercise. Get the body you’ve worked hard for! Vaser lipo could be the answer.
Please contact us today to schedule an appointment with double board-certified plastic surgeon in San Francisco Dr. David Sieber. We look forward to your call.