What is Vaser Liposuction?

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Vaser liposuction is a modern form of ultrasonic assisted liposuction in which there is less risk of nerve damage. The difference between vaser liposuction and ultrasonic assisted liposuction is the probe that is used to target the fat with ultrasonic frequency waves. In vaser liposuction, the probe used allows for more accurate guidance of the sound waves making the treatment safer. It differs from traditional liposuction in the breaking down of the fat cells. Vaser liposuction uses high- frequency sound waves to break down the fat allowing it to be sucked out of the body easily. It is believed that this gives the surgeon more accurate control over the procedure and that the results are smoother and more even.

How Vaser Liposuction Works

Vaser liposuction works by inserting ultrasonic frequency waves into the fat cells to remove them from the surrounding vessels, nerves, and tissue. A tumescent fluid is used as a local anaesthetic and also closes the blood vessels minimising the bleeding caused by the procedure. The ultrasonic tubes are then placed inside the treatment area through small cuts and release high- frequency sound waves, which loosen the fat cells from the surrounding area. These fat cells are then vacuumed out of the body alongside the tumescent fluid using the cannula.

You will have to wear compression clothing after the treatment to shape your skin to your new shape. You will also require a day of rest after the procedure and will need to avoid heavy physical activity for up to three weeks; the results will be apparent straight away and will improve as your body heals within three months of the procedure.

Benefits of Vaser Liposuction

Vaser liposuction breaks the fat down into a liquid, which reduces the amount of damage to the blood vessels, tissue, and nerves. This reduces the chance of complications, and limits the amount of pain and bruising that you will suffer after the treatment. This allows more sensitive areas such as the neck to be treated.

As tumescent fluid is used as a local anaesthetic, there is no need for a general anaesthetic. General anaesthetic comes with more risks than a local anaesthetic. Because of the low pain and the fact that you will only require a local anaesthetic it is likely that you will be able to have vaser ultrasonic liposuction on an out- patient basis.

Vaser liposuction is more precise than other forms of liposuction. The ultrasonic frequency waves can be targeted at a certain area allowing the surgeon to better control the area affected by the treatment. This allows them to only remove the fat that you want removing without damaging the surrounding area.

Disadvantages of Vaser Liposuction

Some surgeons believe that the difference between ultrasonic assisted liposuction and vaser liposuction is too small to compensate for the cost of vaser liposuction and the learning of a new technique.

Being a new technique vaser liposuction is still under development. This means that experienced surgeons are hard to find as the equipment and procedure is adaptable.

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