WHAT IS VASER LIPOSUCTION?
Vaser stands for (Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance), it is a minimally invasive fat removal and body contouring liposuction procedure, and it is an alternative technique to the traditional liposuction methods. I believe it is easier to sculpt and contour the body. Improving areas such as the back rolls, abdominal definition, and waistline are just a few of the common areas that can be treated with better results.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR VASER LIPOSUCTION?
A good candidate is a healthy person seeking a fast and minimally invasive way to get rid of stubborn fat. Those patients looking for better definition of muscles and better contouring of body parts. Those patients who are looking for more sculpting of their body are good candidates for Vaser as apposed to traditional liposuction.
HOW IS VASER LIPOSUCTION PERFORMED?
The area on which the procedure is to be carried out on is filled with tumescent saline solution which swells the tissue and allow the ultrasound energy to separate the fat cells using a small instrument about the size of a pencil. These fat cells, which are now loosened, can be gently suctioned out with a traditional suction cannula.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY LIKE FROM VASER LIPOSUCTION?
A short period of rest of 12-24 hours is usually recommended immediately after the procedure. Activity is largely dependent upon how you, the patient feels. Like traditional liposuction, there are no large incisions or treatment of underlying tissues such as muscle that need healing. Recovery is mostly base on the level of soreness or bruising that you may experience, however, most activity is unlikely to delay healing or create problems with recovery. Many studies indicate that there is also less injury than the traditional liposuction method resulting in less pain, swelling and bruising. Final results can be seen 2-4 months later as the swelling continues to diminish and contours become more defined. These contours can even improve throughout the year after surgery.
We will generally have our patients use a variety of compressive garments while they heal. More specific body sculpting or hi-definition treatments may require more specific compression to obtain the best result.
HOW LONG IS THE VASER LIPOSUCTION TREATMENT?
It takes from one to several hours depending on the areas being treated and the goals of the operation. As an example, a thin patient desiring sculpting and refinement of their abdominal contours may take more time than a heavier individual requesting generalized fat reduction.
HOW SAFE IS VASER LIPOSUCTION?
Vaser liposuction has been used around the world for more than a decade. As with all surgical treatments, Vaser is safe when performed by an experienced board certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Horowitz.
WHAT TYPE OF ANESTHESIA IS NEEDED FOR VASER LIPOSUCTION?
Vaser liposuction can be done in-office with local anesthesia or more commonly, I perform this procedure in an out patient surgery center with either intravenous twilight anesthesia or a general anesthetic. Regardless of anesthesia, it is generally outpatient surgery with a short recovery at the surgery center before traveling home or to a recovery facility.
WHAT IS THE COST OF VASER LIPOSUCTION?
Vaser liposuction cost varies according the areas of the body being treated and the length of surgery. Hence a good estimate of the cost can be gotten by an in-patient consultation. Treatment generally starts at about four thousand dollars for the first hour.
WHAT AREAS OF MY BODY ARE SUITABLE FOR VASER LIPOSUCTION?
Vaser body sculpting can be carried out on any area of the body, especially those area where fat are easily stored like the thighs, stomach, buttocks, arm, neck, chest, hips, breast, knees, calves, ankles. It is especially good for sculpting delicate areas such as the arms, neck and abdominal muscles.
CAN THE FAT FROM VASER LIPOSUCTION BE USED FOR BUTTOCK AUGMENTATION?
YES, this is known as fat transfer procedure, because the fat removed during Vaser liposuction is usually of high quality and can be easily reintroduced to other parts of the body. Since it is your own fat, there are no concerns of rejection or complication seen with implants. Common uses are for breast augmentation and Brazilian buttock lift.
WHAT ARE THE COMPLICATIONS OF VASER LIPOSUCTION?
In general, the complications are the same that can occur with traditional or any other liposuction including: infection, bleeding, swelling, discoloration. However, problems such as rippling and waviness of the skin seem to be less. Theoretical problems specific to Vaser ultrasound can include burns at the skin edge where the cannula is inserted but, an experienced board certified surgeon will use skin guards to protect the area, and like all of these potential problems, they should rarely occur. Vaser, like other liposuction procedures is a generally safe, commonly performed and well liked by my patients, providing excellent long-term results.
HOW MUCH DOES VASER LIPOSUCTION COST?
Vaser liposuction may cost more than traditional liposuction because it is an advanced technique that requires and experienced surgeons and the use of costly very specialized liposuction equipment. Note many surgeons or surgical centers invest in the money and time required to use this specialized technique. The cost also will very with the age and experience of the surgeon, the facility, anesthesia, and the geographic location. Cities such as Newport Beach, Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami and New York are generally more expensive for most surgeries. Vaser liposuction cost also varies according the areas of the body being treated and the length of surgery; hence a good estimate of the cost will be determined with your consultation. Treatment generally starts at about four thousand dollars for the first hour.
WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS OF VASER LIPOSUCTION?
The complications are similar to all liposuction methods. In the past, burns from the ultrasonic injury occurred rarely however with improvement in the newer Vaser equipment and change in technique, those issues are almost non-existent. The list of problems with any liposuction can be noted under the liposuction information section, but the most common problems reported include: uneven contours, loose skin, pain, swelling, need for revision, asymmetry skin discoloration.
Fortunately, because we have many years of experience, even these problems are rare and will largely depend upon the patients, age, weight, and skin conditions prior to surgery.