What is Vaser Lipo?
Every body type has areas that are predisposed to fat storage and, even with rigorous diet and exercise, those unwanted bulges often persist. Patented VASER® Technology and the advanced LipoSelection® technique now offer a safe alternative for eliminating unwanted fat, revealing a smooth new shape with fast recovery.
The next generation in body contouring, VASER Lipo uses ultrasonic energy to selectively break apart fat deposits while preserving other important tissues. Whether you need help with a small problem area or a major transformation, VASER Lipo allows your doctor to do his or her very best work.
Ultrasonic energy has been used for years in a wide array of medical applications – from catching that first glimpse of a baby to cleaning your teeth. Now the gentle power of ultrasound has evolved to fat removal. VASER Lipo uses an ultrasonic technology that is tissue-selective. The ultrasound energy targets unwanted fat, but preserves other surrounding tissues – such as nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue – to promote smooth contours and rapid healing. Maximum results and minimum downtime are what you can expect with VASER Lipo.
Vaser Lipo Facts
- Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the US with around 500,000 procedures performed each year.
- Many patients are looking for safer, less painful alternatives to traditional liposuction.
- VASER® Lipo, or LipoSelection®, is an advanced body contouring procedure that uses gentle ultrasonic energy to selectively target unwanted fat, while preserving other important tissue structures such as blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue.
- VASER stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance.
- Over 100,000 procedures have been performed to date with no serious complications attributed to the VASER Lipo System.
- In a recent study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, patients treated with VASER Lipo had 7.5 times less blood loss than those treated with traditional liposuction.
- The VASER Lipo System received FDA Clearance for body contouring in September 2002.
- VASER Lipo is a trusted body contouring method in a society saturated with fad procedures.
- Physician users report the following VASER Lipo benefits:
* Smooth, predictable results in all areas of the body
* Improved skin retraction
* Reduced number of re-treatments
* Fast patient recovery
* Reduced physician fatigue
- Physicians can treat a wide range of body areas and volumes with the VASER Lipo system. Typical areas include abdomens, hips, waists, thighs, backs, buttocks, arms, male chests, female breasts, knees, calves, chins and face.
- VASER Lipo can be performed in-office while the patient is awake, or in a surgery center/ hospital under general anesthesia.
Vaser Lipo vs. Traditional Liposuction
Traditional liposuction removes unwanted fat through a process called avulsion. This is a physically demanding surgical technique on both the surgeon and the patient. It uses a suction device to tear apart surrounding tissues in order to break up fatty deposits. Any tissues, such as nerves, vessels, or collagen structures in the fatty layer that get pulled into the suction cannula will be torn or damaged. This can lead to increased pain and bruising, and a long recovery time.
VASER Lipo uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology designed to gently reshape your body. Ultrasound is actually sound energy that travels in waves. What makes this approach unique is that these waves can be targeted specifically to fatty tissue. The high energy waves cause the VASER probe to vibrate and liquefy the fatty tissue on contact. A specially-designed suction device is then used to gently remove the liquefied fat, while preserving the surrounding connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves.
Why is it important to leave these other tissues in place? If blood vessels and nerves aren’t damaged, you experience minimal bruising and pain. Preserving connected tissues enhances healing and promotes good skin retraction. With its minimally-invasive approach, VASER Lipo provides smooth, predictable results and fast patient recovery.
The Vaser Lipo Procedure
Tumescent Fluid Infusion
To begin the procedure, the physician will inject what is known as tumescent fluid into the treatment area. Tumescent fluid is a mixture of lidocaine and epinephrine. The solution helps expand the tissue layer, while the lidocaine numbs the area, and the epinephrine works by shrinking the blood vessels. This will not only help to control bleeding during the procedure, but will help to minimize bruising during your recovery.
Emulsification of Fatty Tissue
Once the physician has injected the tumescent fluid, they will insert a small probe that emits ultrasonic energy. The energy travels in high-frequency waves that are dispersed evenly from all sides of the probe. This energy causes the VASER probe to vibrate, selectively breaking apart the fatty tissue on contact. The ultrasonic energy actually works by emulsifying, or liquefying the fatty tissue. As the energy is targeted only toward fat, the surrounding connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves are preserved.
Removal of Fatty Tissue
After the physician has emulsified the fatty tissue in the treatment area, the fat is removed from the body using a gentle suction device or massage. This specialized suction device removes the liquefied fat while minimizing trauma to the surrounding tissues. The VASER Lipo technique preserves these important tissues to promote an enhanced patient experience.
During the healing process, your skin will retract to give you a smooth, natural-looking result.
Vaser Lipo Recovery
Doctors report that patients are able to go back to work within days after their VASER Lipo procedure. One patient reported the following of her recovery experience after her VASER Lipo treatment, “Two previous traditional liposuction treatments left me in pain and with considerable bruising, as well as weeks-long recovery. What a difference with my recent VASER Lipo treatment…I had no bruising or swelling…and returned to work the Monday following my Friday procedure.”
You should begin to see results within the first few weeks. Your results will continue to improve with time as the tissues in the treatment area heal, with final results revealed between 3 and 6 months.
Vaser Lipo FAQ’s
What is VASER Lipo? How does it differ from traditional liposuction?
VASER Lipo is an advanced body contouring procedure that selectively removes unwanted body fat. An alternative to the harsh techniques of traditional liposuction, VASER Lipo uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology designed to gently reshape your body. What distinguishes the VASER Lipo procedure is its ability to differentiate targeted fat from other important tissues – such as nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. Innovative VASER technology breaks up fat while preserving these other important tissues to promote smooth results and rapid healing.
How does VASER Lipo work?
First, the area to be reshaped is filled with a tumescent saline solution that helps numb the site and shrink the blood vessels (to minimize blood loss and reduce bruising). This solution wets and fills the area to be treated, making it easier to break up fatty tissue with the VASER Lipo System’s ultrasound energy. Then a small probe transmits sound energy to break up (liquefy) fat on contact while preserving other important tissues. Finally, the liquefied fat is removed through a gentle suction process designed to minimize trauma to surrounding tissue structures such as nerves, blood vessels and other connective tissues.
What body areas can be treated with VASER Lipo?
Doctors have experienced great success in treating all of the following areas: abdomen, thighs, knees, ankles, calves, buttocks, hips, back, arms, male and female breasts, love handles, chin, face and just about any other body part you need treated.
How much fat can be taken? Can you treat multiple areas at once?
VASER Lipo allows physicians to treat multiple body areas at one time. A doctor will be able to give you a better idea of what is right for you and how much fat will be taken out during your procedure. Bear in mind that this procedure is not intended as a weight loss solution. The goal is to create a slimmer silhouette. You may not notice a significant amount of weight loss, but you should be pleased with your slimmer new shape.
Where is VASER® Lipo performed?
VASER Lipo is performed in a clean or sterile environment. Some possible options are in a doctor’s office, an outpatient surgery center or a hospital. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia (awake), IV sedation, or general anesthesia. You and your physician will decide the best type of treatment for you.
How soon will I see my results? What is the recovery time?
This varies with the extensiveness of the procedure – the amount of fat removed, the number of areas treated, and so on. Many patients report that they see results immediately after the procedure with the final result showing around 3 to 6 months. It is important that you establish realistic expectations through discussion with your doctor.
What about future weight gain / fat migrating to other areas?
This is a common misperception. Following your VASER Lipo procedure, should you experience weight gain or loss, it will tend to be proportionately distributed over your entire body. Once you have fat removed, it is gone and, assuming a healthy lifestyle of proper diet and exercise, it will not return or migrate. However, because fat is necessary to a healthy body, some essential fat layers in any given area remain untreated. If you do gain a significant amount of weight, the remaining fatty tissue will expand. Normal aging changes can also be expected.
How can I be certain VASER Lipo is right for me?
If you are frustrated by the resistance of certain body areas to diet and exercise, VASER Lipo can provide a solution. If you are healthy and seeking a fast, low-pain solution to losing stubborn fat deposits, the VASER Lipo procedure could be your answer. Although there are limits to the amount of fat that can be removed, your doctor can assist you with your decision about potential areas for sculpting, anticipated results, and the recovery process.
How much does the treatment cost?
VASER Lipo is an advanced procedure and without an in-person consultation and evaluation of the areas to be treated, it is impossible to provide an accurate estimate for the procedure. The total cost of your treatment will vary depending upon the number of body areas treated and the extensiveness of the procedure.
What is VASER Hi DefTM?
VASER Hi Definition Liposculpture is an advanced body sculpting technique. The procedure creates a sculpted, athletic appearance in males and females by precisely removing both superficial and deep fat around muscle groups in order to enhance the visibility of the underlying musculature. Similar to 3-dimensional sculpting, VASER Hi Def takes into account the shape and form of structures underneath the skin that create body contours.
VASER Hi Def is performed using the VASER Lipo System to selectively sculpt and remove fat in the desired treatment area. VASER Hi Def is designed to be a sculpting procedure rather than a debulking technique. Therefore, the procedure is intended for generally fit men and women who have good muscle tone without excessive amounts of fat or excess skin. The typical patient maintains a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise, but is unable to achieve the desired definition. VASER Hi Def can be performed on multiple body areas including the abdomen, female breast, male chest, back, arms, thighs, buttocks, hips and waist.
Patient and plastic surgeon testimonials
“I would never have considered traditional liposuction, but VASER Lipo made me finally decide to address those problem areas on my body.” – Caroline (Colorado)
“I had VASER Lipo on Friday and was back to work on Monday.” -Nancy (Wisconsin)
“I would definitely recommend VASER Lipo for anyone who is not able to achieve the fat reduction they want by diet and exercise alone.” -Chris (Colorado)
“My self-confidence has risen dramatically – there’s just no describing how good it feels to get rid of that one thing you really dislike about your body.” -Michael (California)
What Plastic Surgeons are saying about VASER Lipo
- Predictable results
- Smooth contouring
- Minimal trauma
- Demonstrated safety
- Fast recovery
- Minimal pain and bruising
- Uses gentle, ultrasonic energy
- Tissue selective – preserves important tissue structures like nerves, blood vessels and collagen
- Improved skin retraction reported
- Designed to precisely sculpt both common, as well as delicate areas such as arms, chins and inner thighs