What is Vaser Liposuction? Is it worth it?

Some articles are praising this procedure and I guess there should be a good reason for that. Is it similar to regular liposuction or to laser lipo?


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I assume you've probably hit a certain level of satisfaction with your weight loss program and are now looking to see how you can remove some unwanted fat. Vaser liposuction uses ultrasound waves to liquefy body fat for easier removal. Laser liposuction is similar in nature, except this technique utilizes laser technology to break up fat cells for removal. Traditional liposuction has been around for a number of years and requires physical manipulation by the surgeon. This is the most common method for people looking to lose excess fat around the midsection (think love handles, etc.).

The method of fat removal your doctor recommends will largely depend on your goals and body type. You’ll find that some surgeons are proponents of the newer technologies (Vaser technology or laser technology), while others favor traditional liposuction. Some may use a combination of both new and traditional methods. Depending on the method used, the plastic surgeon will advise you of the level of bruising and swelling associated with the different procedures, as well as the expected amount of recovery time based on the area(s) being treated.

The procedure you ultimately choose should be based on your plastic surgeon’s experience with both procedures. During your consultations, you should ask to see the results of other liposuction procedures they’ve performed.

Dr. Jonathan Heistein has 4 Liposuction before & afters:

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If you do research on these procedures, you are likely to come up with some very different answers. There are several types of liposuction techniques. Some plastic surgeons prefer one over the other, while other surgeons may use them together. Traditional lipo (tumescent liposuction) uses a cannula (a small wand-like device) and requires physical manipulation by a plastic surgeon to suction fat from beneath the skin. Vaser and laser liposuction have their differences and similarities. Vaser liposuction uses ultrasound technology to liquefy the fat before removal by suction. Laser lipo, such as the SmartLipo system, uses a laser to liquefy the fat before removal. Both procedures use a small cannula to suction the fat from your body.

Before moving forward with any plastic surgery, I suggest you consult with a few board-certified plastic surgeons and find out which body contouring procedures they recommend for you. Ask them how your body will react to these procedures and if they use general anesthesia, light sedation, etc. These conversations will help you to understand and select the body sculpting solution that provides you with optimal results.

Vaser liposuction combines heat and sound waves for the purpose of liquifying the fat and the heat provides a component of skin tightening.The fat is removed using conventional suction cannulas. This is especially effective in situations where there is a slight excess of skin or areas that are more fibrous such as back and flanks. I personally have not issues of burns. I feel it is technique dependent and experience dependent.The results are dramatic.

From my personal experience, I do not recommend or use Vaser Liposuction. Higher risks of very severe internal burns. But there are other boarded PSs whom only use Vaser. It is a personal experienced item. I prefer superficial layered liposuction with small caliber cannula. Regards Dr B 

Darryl Blinski has 1 Liposuction before & after:

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it is similar to laser lipo in that it helps break up some fat cells to make the extraction easier for the surgeon. claims made on better skin contraction after a Vaser liposuction are highly exaggerated. Vaser uses ultrasound energy to disrupt the fat cells

Vaser liposuction or laser liposuctiknis not any better than the other liposuction techniques. The most important thing to do is find a well trained board certified plastic surgeon in your area that you feel comfortable with and feel confident they can get you the result your looking for. Good Luck!