Vaser lipo: Why is it different from traditional lipo?

Thinking about undergoing liposuction? You have heard a lot about Vaser lipo, but you haven’t decided if it is best for you? It’s important for you to know that both procedures (traditional and Vaser lipo) do not treat obesity. They are designed to get rid of that annoying stubborn fat that is no longer responsive to exercise and diet. Here, some info that I hope will help you to clear up your doubts. In this blog, you will find: what Vaser liposuction (Vaser lipo) is; its most important characteristics; and why it is different from traditional liposuction. Let’s start with the basics…

What is Vaser liposuction or Vaser lipo?

It is a type of liposuction that uses ultrasonic frequencies to break up and emulsify (turn into liquid) fat cells. After that, this fat is removed from the body without damaging any surrounding cells or tissues, like vessels, etc., which is key to healing faster and reducing side effects like fibrosis. This procedure is minimally invasive for that reason, it just needs local anesthesia. Vaser lipo is a walk-in walk-out procedure. 

What areas can be treated with Vaser lipo?

  • Arms 
  • Abdomen 
  • Buttocks 
  • Hips 
  • Neck 
  • Chin 
  • Thighs 
  • Chest 

What you should know about Vaser lipo: Why is it different from traditional lipo?

  • Technology: Vaser liposuction utilizes ultrasound energy to selectively target and emulsify fat cells while leaving other tissues relatively unharmed. 
  • Fat Emulsification: the ultrasonic energy emulsifies the fat, making it easier to remove. This can potentially lead to smoother results compared to traditional liposuction.
  • Precision: Its technology allows more precise fat cell  targeting. As a result, you will have less side effects, (e.g. seroma, fibrosis, bruising, etc.) better contouring and sculpting outcomes. 
  • Recovery Time: As happens in traditional lipo, Vaser lipo Recovery time can vary between individuals and also and how effective your post surgery treatment is. Post surgery experts say that, in general, Vaser lipo patients heal faster than traditional lipo ones (but each case is different). Remember that the sooner you start your post surgery treatment, wear your faja (24/7) and follow your surgeons and post surgery therapist instructions the faster you will heal. In addition, you will get the best outcomes.
  • Skin Tightening: Another benefit of Vaser liposuction is that it promotes skin tightening due to the thermal energy produced during the ultrasonic process. This can help reduce the risk of loose or sagging skin after fat removal. 
  • Cost: Vaser liposuction tends to be more expensive than traditional liposuction due to the specialised technology and techniques it uses.
  • Cellulite: This type of lipo improves the appearance of cellulite, but it does not eliminate it.

Has Vaser Lipo any risks or side effects?

As in all these types of cosmetic procedures, Vaser lipo has a risk (lower than other types of procedures) of:

  •  infection
  • bruising 
  • swelling
  • discomfort
  • skin irregularities

What is Traditional liposuction?

Traditional liposuction or  suction-assisted liposuction (SAL), is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess fat deposits from specific areas of the body. During the procedure your surgeon will:

  •  Use general anesthesia.
  • Make small incisions in the skin near the targeted area. 
  • Inserting a cannula (thin, hollow tube). 
  • Make back and forth movements with the cannula to break up and remove fat cells.
  • The cannula is  connected to a vacuum device that suctions out the fat cells.
  • Close the incisions that need it.

Where can traditional lipo be performed?

  • Upper arms.
  • Buttocks.
  • Calves and ankles.
  • Abdomen.
  • Chest and back.
  • Hips and thighs.
  • Chin and neck.

Risks or side effects of traditional lipo

After the procedure, Patients may experience:

  •  bruising, 
  • swelling, 
  • pain and discomfort in the treated and surrounding areas, 
  • skin irregularities,
  • higher risk of fibrosis and seroma,
  • contour irregularities,
  • blood clots (as blood vessels can be damaged by the cannula repetitive movement during the procedure),
  • anaesthesia risks.

Don´t forget the post surgery treatment

 Last, but not least, keep in mind that both procedures need to start the post surgery treatment as soon as possible. Time is pivotal in your healing process (the faster you start the treatment, the sooner you will recover and have better results). So if you are having surgery in Turkey (or any place), you´ll need to start your sessions as soon as you arrive in London. 

 The post surgery treatment uses  different manual/massage techniques (manual lymphatic drainage and others) and mechanical techniques (ultrasound, radiofrequency, etc.). The minimum number of sessions are 10 and that amount will increase according to your healing needs, some patients need 30 or 40, each case is different. Also, it’s important that you know that, at the beginning,  the sessions must be performed on close dates  or daily if necessary,  in order to reduce post surgery risks. Before your first session, I´ll give you a list with all you will need during the treatment.

 If you have doubts, don´t hesitate to contact me; I´ll answer your questions. I´m always glad to help!

A final word

Ultimately, the choice between Vaser liposuction and traditional liposuction depends on your needs, budget and desired outcomes. Talk to your surgeon and post surgery therapist, they can help you to have a wider view of both procedures and how to fulfill your needs.

We hope this information is useful for you. If you need advice or have any questions about our treatments, please contact us. You can find us in Mill Hill Broadway and Islington. We are always happy to help. If you like this blog, please share!

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