Liposuction consistently remains in the top five most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for both men and women as it’s often the only solution to fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise.
Vaser stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance and is a form of ultrasound-assisted liposuction that liquefies the fat cells before they are removed. It has emerged in recent years as a technologically advanced improvement on traditional liposuction and in our latest post we review the Vaser liposuction pros and cons.
Pro: Less invasive
Liposuction is an umbrella term and varies depending on the technique or device used to remove fat. Alongside ultrasound-assisted liposuction, is tumescent liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction (LAL) and power-assisted liposuction (PAL).
Traditional liposuction relies on the back-and-forth motion of the cannula to dislodge the fat cells before they are removed with suction and can cause significant trauma to the body.
Con: You may need lymphatic drainage to reduce swelling
After Vaser, the body responds by producing a cushion of fluid to protect the treated area. Dr Mooz will advise you to wear a compression garment after your procedure to reduce this swelling, but if the lymphatic system becomes overwhelmed with the excess swelling, you may be advised to undergo lymphatic drainage to prevent hard pockets developing.
Pros: Shorter downtime
During a Vaser procedure, probes are inserted that resonate at a high ultrasound frequency. This process ‘shakes’ loose the fat cells before it is removed by suction. As there is less damage to the surrounding tissues, there is usually a shorter recovery process than after traditional liposuction. Most patients are able to return home immediately after and experience less pain, bleeding and bruising.
Pro: Can be performed under local anaesthetic
Some patients are reluctant to undergo a general anaesthetic and it is possible to perform Vaser under local anaesthetic combined with sedation.
Con: Can’t remove as much fat as traditional liposuction
For patients with significant amounts of fat to remove, traditional liposuction might be better as you can typically remove more fat cells in one session than with Vaser.
Pro: Vaser equals better body sculpting
As the fat cells are dislodged before they are gently removed, it’s possible for Vaser surgeons to work more closely around targeted muscle groups, meaning more muscle definition. Vaser is also clinically proven to offer 53% more skin retraction than conventional liposuction, making it the ideal body contouring procedure.