VASERlipo is a less invasive alternative to traditional liposuction. It slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits and tightening loose skin. Pairing ultrasound technology with a small liposuction tube, fat cells are loosened from other skin tissues and then suctioned through the tube. VASERlipo utilizes local tumescent anesthesia instead of general anesthesia, so patients remain awake during this pain free procedure. A combination of diluted lidocaine and epinephrine is continually injected under the skin during the procedure, numbing the area and causing the targeted tissue to become swollen and firm. VASERlipo is an easier, less painful alternative to traditional liposuction.
You’ll meet with a VASERlipo specialist during a one on one consultation. They will examine your body, discuss your desired aesthetic goals, and make sure VASERlipo is right for you. Your surgeon will be sure to outline the full pre and postoperative process so you know exactly what to expect before, during, and after surgery.
Why choose VASERlipo over traditional liposuction?
VASERlipo uses a specialized form of anesthesia, allowing patients to stay awake during the procedure. It is also a much less invasive surgery, with less down time and a quicker recovery process. It’s a good choice for patients who’d rather have a simpler procedure. However, traditional liposuction removes 10%-40% more fat than VASERlipo. Both options have pros and cons, so be sure to discuss which procedure is right for you with your surgical team.
Is VASERLIPO customized for different body types?
Everyone’s body is different, so your VASERlipo specialist will work with you on the best treatment plan tailored to your needs. It may take as little as one procedure to achieve your goals. For some people, a customized treatment plan may include more than one VASERlipo session. Your specialist will provide a clinical recommendation of which areas should be treated and how many treatments you will need.
Since you will be awake during the procedure, you may be given an oral medication to help you relax. Small incisions will be made to insert a liposuction tube into fat deposits. Ultrasound energy is used to treat unwanted fat, loosening the cells from other tissues so they can be gently removed through a small tube. Depending on the number of areas being treated, the procedure can take as little as one hour or up to several hours.
After a VASERlipo procedure, patients wear special compression garments to help skin contract smoothly to the body’s new contours. Small, temporary drains may be placed in existing incisions beneath the skin to remove excess blood or fluid. 12 hours of bed rest is recommended immediately after the procedure, followed by three weeks of general recovery when strenuous activities should be avoided.
Results are immediately noticeable after the VASERlipo procedure and will continue to improve as the body heals. Final results are typically seen within four months.