What is VASERlipo®?
Like the other forms of energy-assisted liposuction (Smartlipo and BodyTite), VASERlipo® pairs traditional liposuction with an energy source to enhance the results of liposuction. VASER stands for vibration amplification of sound energy at resonance. This advanced instrument uses powerful ultrasound (sound waves) to disrupt the bonds between fat cells. Fatty tissue under the skin's surface is liquefied and then suctioned from the body using a small tube (cannula). Since VASERlipo® loosens fat cells from connective tissue, stubborn fat. can more effectively be removed during treatment. Additionally, the ultrasound energy generates heat which can induce skin tightening. VASER liposuction is a useful treatment for those with especially stubborn fat deposits and those looking to tighten their skin to highlight their underlying muscle tone.
What is the difference between liposuction and VASERlipo®?
In a standard liposuction procedure, fat is removed with a long, thin instrument called a cannula through very small incisions. In VASERlipo®, a wand is inserted into these incisions before the cannula. This wand emits ultrasound energy that creates a phenomenon called “cavitation,” which detaches the fat cells from surrounding connective tissue and other fat cells. This makes them much easier to remove. Additionally, VASER generates heat. This heat can be used to cause skin contraction in those with mild to moderate skin laxity.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF VASER LIPOSUCTION?
Dr. Smith is an expert in VASER Liposuction. Treatment only takes about one to two hours in most cases, and initial results are visible soon after surgery. These results improve over time as the body begins to heal. The final results are visible in 3-6 months. Most patients can return to a desk job 48 hours after VASER liposuction. Soreness can last a few weeks but is generally quite manageable, with many comparing it to the feeling of an intense workout.
Vaser is a minimally invasive tool that enhances our ability to perform advanced body contouring. While BodyTite is generally our favorite form of energy-assisted liposuction, VASER does have two specific indications for which it is an unrivaled tool. First, in male breast reduction cases (gynecomastia), VASER liposuction is very useful in breaking up fat associated with male breast tissue, enhancing the results of gynecomastia reduction procedures. Its skin tightening abilities come into play here as well. Next, VASER liposuction is our go-to technology for cases of secondary liposuction or cases of paradoxical hyperplasia. In secondary liposuction cases, a previous liposuction procedure has often left behind significant amounts of scar tissue. In paradoxical hyperplasia, a possible complication of CoolSculpting, fat grows instead of shrinks. The fat resulting from paradoxical hyperplasia tends to be very firm and can be difficult to treat with liposuction. In both cases of secondary liposuction and paradoxical hyperplasia, VASER comes in very handy as it disrupts the particularly strong attachment of fat cells to adjacent connective tissues.
Advantages of VASERlipo® in NYC With Dr. Smith Include:
- Better skin contraction compared to traditional liposuction.
- Enhances results of secondary liposuction procedures and gynecomastia reduction procedures.
- VASER ultrasound selectively targets fat cells for energy deposition to blood vessels generally are not damaged by this procedure.
- Dr. Smith has developed extensive expertise in treating paradoxical hyperplasia after CoolSculpting — VASER liposuction can play an important role in that process.
- VASER liposuction makes it easier to transfer large volumes of fat cells as it can accelerate the fat harvesting process. The removed fat can be used to shape and sculpt other areas of the body, like the breasts, buttocks, face, and pecs.
- Dr. Smith can precisely sculpt treated areas, in good candidates revealing athletic muscle tone and definition that may be difficult to achieve with diet and exercise alone.
WHICH AREAS OF THE BODY CAN BE TREATED?
Dr. Smith can target various areas of the body. Removing fat around large muscle groups makes your body look more defined.
Targeted areas for treatment include:
- chin and neck
- upper back
- waistline and stomach
- hips and thighs
Important Factors to Consider Before VASERlipo® in NYC
VASERlipo® with Dr. Smith may not be suitable for all. Keep in mind that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. Rather, it is a procedure to help you get rid of pockets of stubborn fat cells you can't get rid of with diet and exercise alone. Ideal candidates will be ready to maintain a healthy lifestyle after the surgical procedure. You should have a stable weight and live a relatively healthy lifestyle. If you have certain conditions that may interfere with healing, you may not be a candidate. Pregnant women are not eligible for this procedure. During your initial consultation, you'll go over your medical history with Dr. Smith, who will ultimately work with you to determine if you're a good candidate for VASERlipo®.
After your VASERlipo® procedure, we will fit you with a compression garment to minimize swelling. We recommend that the compression garment is worn for 48 hours straight and then almost full time for the next four weeks. Breaks for swimming and events are permitted. Dr. Smith will give you specific care instructions following the surgery. It's best to rest as much as possible during the first 24 hours of recovery, as long as you are doing some gentle walking around to minimize the risk of blood clots (DVT, deep venous thrombosis). Moderate bruising, draining, or swelling in the first few days may occur, which is perfectly normal. Most of our VASERlipo® NYC patients report a fairly easy recovery process.Dr. Smith will prescribe pain medication to ensure you are comfortable.
It's now time to focus on your recovery. Dr. Smith will likely encourage you to begin walking immediately after VASERlipo®, but it's important to avoid heavy exercise and activities for two weeks. Light workouts can resume 5 days after the procedure, in most cases. Most patients are out of work for just 2 days (often a weekend!) following the procedure. While you will see an improvement after just 1-2 weeks, generally, the final results are visible within three to six months.