Patients who have fat on various areas of the body that is hard to remove through regular diet and exercise often turn to liposuction to try and eliminate that fat from the body. In general, liposuction is performed to remove fat deposits from under the skin through the use of a cannula that is placed in tiny incisions made in the skin in the targeted area of the body. There are multiple options available when it comes to liposuction techniques and one of the most popular is VASER liposuction. This is a liposuction technique that breaks fat cells apart and loosens them from the surrounding tissues so they can easily be removed by a surgeon. Let’s examine VASER liposuction and examine how it is performed and the type of results that can be expected after the procedure. Our VASER liposuction spotlight begins with a Cosmetic Town TV “Ask an Expert” segment about the procedure:
The “VASER” in VASER liposuction stands for “vibration amplification of sound energy at resonance.” In other words, it uses sound energy waves to eliminate the bond between the fat cells and the surrounding tissue. VASER liposuction is a form of ultrasonic liposuction that emulsifies (breaks down) the targeted fat deposits. However, it is performed to achieve the same results as traditional liposuction. Some of the most popular areas of the body where VASER liposuction is performed include the neck, chin, thighs, arms, and abdomen.
The procedure starts with the surgeon filling the treated area with a saline solution that works to numb the area as well as shrink the blood vessels. A small ultrasound probe that is able to emit sound energy at a high frequency is inserted into the skin, through an incision, to break apart the fat while causing very little damage to the tissue that surrounds the fat. Once the desired amount of fat is broken apart by the surgeon, it is then removed from the body using traditional liposuction.
VASER liposuction allows the doctor to remove the targeted fat in a precise manner so none of the muscles or underlying healthy tissue is damaged. In addition, VASER lipo provides a better contour to the body.
The total cost of the procedure depends on the number of areas treated by the surgeon as well as any additional fees that are charged by the doctor or the medical facility. Since this treatment is considered to be an elective treatment (not medically necessary), the patient will need to pay for the procedure without the help of insurance. The final cost usually runs anywhere from $1000-$2500 per area on the body.
Even though VASER liposuction is considered to be a generally safe procedure, there are some possible risks and side effects patients need to know about before having the treatment:
A patient can expect to experience some bruising and swelling in the treated area of the body. The person will also need to wear a compression garment for several weeks to help reduce the amount of swelling on the body. The swelling will also prevent a patient from being able to see the results immediately after the treatment.
The results can start to be seen within a month and it can take able three months to see the complete final results. The results can be considered to be permanent as long as the patient follows a regular diet and exercise routine in order to keep new fat deposits from occurring where the previous fat deposits were removed by the surgeon. Large weight fluctuations can impact the appearance of the final results.
The first step in the VASER liposuction process is scheduling a consultation appointment with a surgeon who is experienced and board-certified in the procedure. It is important to discuss the desired final results with the doctor as VASER lipo allows the patient to enjoy more precise results as opposed to the removal of larger deposits of fat.
The surgeon can also discuss the different liposuction options available to remove fat deposits from the body, so the patient is able to make an informed and educated decision about having VASER liposuction.