What is Vaser Liposuction and What are the Risks?

Vaser liposuction is an advanced form of liposuction utilizing ultrasound technology to liquefy and remove fat cells with improved accuracy, reduced risks and shorter recovery times

What is Vaser Liposuction?

Vaser liposuction, also known as ultrasonic-assisted liposuction (UAL), is a type of body contouring procedure that uses ultrasound energy to break down fat cells and remove them from the body. It is a minimally invasive surgical technique that can help improve body shape and reduce stubborn pockets of fat, such as those found on the abdomen, hips, arms, thighs, neck, and chin.

Definition

Vaser liposuction is defined as an advanced form of liposuction which utilizes ultrasound technology to liquefy fat deposits before being removed from the body. This method allows for greater precision in removal while preserving connective tissue framework and other important structures. The procedure typically lasts between one and three hours depending on the desired outcome and the amount of fat to be removed.

History

The use of ultrasound technology in liposuction dates back to the mid-1980s when it was first used in Europe. It has since become increasingly popular due to its ability to provide more accurate results than traditional methods such as tumescent or suction-assisted liposuction (SAL). In recent years, there has been a shift towards using lower levels of ultrasound energy with vaser liposuction techniques which has helped mitigate some of the issues associated with earlier versions of ultrasonic liposuction.

Benefits

Vaser liposuction offers many benefits over traditional methods including improved accuracy in removal whilst preserving connective tissue framework and other important structures. Additionally, it can help reduce potential risks associated with aggressive forms of liposuction such as damage to surrounding tissues or nerve damage. It also offers shorter recovery times compared to traditional methods and can help improve body shape by removing stubborn pockets of fat from areas such as the abdomen, hips, arms, thighs, neck, and chin.

Vaser liposuction uses lower levels of ultrasound energy than traditional methods, providing precision with fewer risks. PAL/SAFELipo uses vibration to break up fat cells, reducing trauma to surrounding tissues. Both require an experienced plastic surgeon to ensure a successful outcome. Non-plastic surgeons offering cheaper prices can lead to unfavourable outcomes.

What Sets Vaser Liposuction Apart from Traditional Methods?

Vaser liposuction is a type of liposuction procedure that uses ultrasound technology to help remove fat from the body. It is a relatively new form of liposuction, but it has quickly become popular due to its ability to provide more precise results with less risk of complications than traditional methods.

Ultrasonic Liposuction in the Mid-80s and 90s

The first ultrasonic liposuction device was developed in the mid-1980s, and it quickly gained popularity among plastic surgeons. However, this early version used high levels of ultrasound energy, which could cause significant damage to surrounding tissue. This led to an increased risk of complications such as skin burns and nerve damage.

Lower Levels of Ultrasound Energy

In response to these issues, newer versions of ultrasonic liposuction devices were developed that used lower levels of ultrasound energy. This allowed for more precise removal of fat while reducing the risk of tissue damage and other complications. Vaser liposuction is one example of this newer technology, and it has become increasingly popular over the years due to its ability to provide more precise results with fewer risks than traditional methods.

Mitigating Issues with Earlier Versions of Ultrasonic Liposuction

One way in which Vaser liposuction differs from earlier versions is that it uses lower levels of ultrasound energy than previous devices. This allows for more precise removal while reducing the risk of tissue damage and other complications associated with higher levels of energy. Additionally, Vaser liposuction also utilizes a saline solution during the procedure which helps reduce trauma to surrounding tissues and minimize bruising and swelling after the procedure.

Potential Risks of Vaser Liposuction

Although Vaser liposuction is generally considered safe, there are still potential risks associated with any type of surgical procedure. These include infection, bleeding, scarring, nerve damage, skin burns, asymmetry, and contour irregularities. Additionally, patients should be aware that some risks may not be immediately apparent until months or even years after the procedure has been completed.

Power-Assisted Liposuction with SAFELipo

In addition to Vaser liposuction, power-assisted liposuction (PAL) with SAFELipo is another option for removing unwanted fat from the body. This method uses a specialized cannula that vibrates at high speeds to help break up fat cells before they are suctioned out through small incisions in the skin. The advantage of this method is that it can help reduce trauma to surrounding tissues while providing greater accuracy in fat removal compared to traditional methods such as tumescent or manual liposuction.

Greater Accuracy in Removal Whilst Preserving Connective Tissue Framework

Unlike traditional methods which can be imprecise when attempting to remove targeted areas of fat from specific areas on the body without damaging surrounding tissues; both Vaser and PAL/SAFELipo offer greater accuracy in fat removal whilst preserving connective tissue framework due their use low level ultrasound energy or vibration respectively which helps reduce trauma caused by manual manipulation or suctioning alone during a procedure.

The Skill, Experience, and Expertise of the Plastic Surgeon Performing the Procedure

It is important for patients considering either type of liposuction procedure to ensure that their plastic surgeon has adequate skills and experience performing these procedures safely and effectively; as well as having access to an experienced team who can assist them throughout each stage ensuring a successful outcome for each patient.

Avoiding Potential Complications with SAFELipo

When performed correctly by an experienced plastic surgeon; SAFELipo offers several advantages over traditional methods such as reduced risk for contour irregularities as well as improved accuracy when removing unwanted fat deposits; however patients should still be aware that there are potential risks associated with any surgical procedure.

Aggressive Marketing to Non-Plastic Surgeons Lacking Skills and Expertise in Carrying Out Liposuction

Unfortunately, non-plastic surgeons have begun aggressively marketing themselves offering cheaper prices for vaser/power assisted lipsuction procedures ; however they often lack both skills & expertise required when performing these types surgeries increasing potential risks associated with these procedures.

Unfavourable Outcomes Following Vaser Liposuction Elsewhere

Patients considering either type if lipsuction should always research their options thoroughly before making any decisions; as unfavourable outcomes have been reported elsewhere following vaser/power assisted procedures carried out by non-plastic surgeons lacking experience or expertise required when performing these surgeries.

Conclusion

Vaser liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that uses ultrasound technology to break down and remove fat from the body. This makes it an attractive option for those looking to reduce fat in areas such as the thighs, hips, abdomen, arms, and neck. While traditional liposuction methods can be more aggressive and cause tissue damage, vaser liposuction is gentler and more precise. It is important to note that the success of the procedure depends on the skill and expertise of the plastic surgeon performing it.

When considering Vaser Liposuction, it is important to research a qualified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience performing this procedure. This will help ensure optimal results with minimal risks or complications. Furthermore, SAFELipo can provide even greater accuracy in fat removal while preserving connective tissue framework.

References

The information provided in this article was sourced from various medical journals and websites devoted to cosmetic surgery procedures.

Websites

American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). (2020). Liposuction. Retrieved from https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/liposuction

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). (2020). VASER Lipo. Retrieved from https://www.surgery.org/consumers/procedures/body-contouring/vaser-lipo