Liposuction is currently the most popular form of cosmetic surgery in the United States because of its' ability to contour the body and remove stubborn fat that seems immune to diet and exercise. However, there are several different types of liposuction, including SmartLipo, the Super Wet technique, and Vaser liposuction that patients can choose from.
Vaser Liposuction is a modern version of liposuction that utilizes ultrasound waves. Like other tweaked versions of the original surgery, Vaser reportedly provides several advantages over its' older version. It may be one of the best versions of liposuction available because it is gentle, relatively fast, and does not pose the same health risks as SmartLipo, a similar procedure.
What it Is: Vaser liposuction, also known as liposelection, is a patented technique that uses ultrasound waves administered through small probes to soften fat before removal. Like other newer types of liposuction, Vaser liposuction is different only in the pre-fat suction phase.
Vaser is somewhat similar to the SmartLipo technique, which uses lasers to liquefy fat. The lasers deconstruct the fat cells, turning the fat into an oily liquid before it is removed from the body. The ultrasound waves in Vaser liposelection do the same thing, turn fat into a liquid-like substance that is easier to suction out of the body than solid fat.
Purported Advantages: Vaser reports providing more contoured results than other types of liposuction, even in difficult areas such as the face, breasts, arms, thighs and buttocks. This is because liquefied fat can be removed more evenly than solid fat. The cannulae used in Vaser are smaller than those used in traditional liposuction, so scarring is very minimal. Vaser also boasts of faster recovery time and minimal bruising. Also, unlike SmartLipo, ultrasound waves do not pose a burn risk; SmartLipo has come under serious medical fire for burning patients.
Like all newer types of liposuction, Vaser also has the advantage of requiring only local anesthesia and causing very minimal blood loss. This means a more comfortable recovery as well as no risk of the unpleasant side effects of general anesthesia,
What to Expect: During a Vaser liposuction procedure, the area to be treated will be marked of by the surgeon and the usual cocktail of liposuction liquids (saline, a dilutor; epinephrine, a blood vessel constrictor; and lidocaine, a local anesthetic) is administered into the area via an IV. Then the surgeon makes tiny incision(s) and inserts the ultrasound wands into the fat. The ultrasound vibrations convert the fat into a syrupy substance, which the surgeon then removes using a cannula.
After: After a Vaser surgery, the patient will usually rest for a while at the clinic or hospital before returning home. He or she will have to wear compression pads on the treated area for up to three weeks to minimize swelling and take medications to decrease chances of infection or undue pain. The patient also has to have to abstain from physical activity for a week and from hot showers for three days.