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What is Vaser Liposuction?

VASER liposuction is a gentler and more controlled form of traditional liposuction, which uses ultrasound technology to weaken the natural bonds between fat cells. It is also a more delicate procedure than traditional liposuction is, so finding a board-certified plastic surgeon to administer it is important.

VASER stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance, and in certain cases, it can be more appropriate and more effective than other forms of liposuction. We will help you determine if this method of liposuction is best suited to your cosmetic concerns and goals for the procedure.

Benefits of Vaser Liposuction

  • Smoother results
  • Minimally invasive
  • Easier on the body
  • Melts fat prior to extraction
  • Can usually be done in an hour
  • Immediately noticeable results
  • Provides moderate skin tightening
  • Can, in some cases, be done under local anesthesia
  • Treats a wide range of common problem areas of stubborn fat
  • Easier and more precise removal of fat deposits both large and small
  • Initial recovery typically requires 12 hours, with full recovery done in 2 to 3 weeks
  • When healthy fat needs to be harvested for use elsewhere, VASER liposuction is a better option
  • Targets only fat cells and leaves other nearby tissue unharmed, reducing the chances of contour deformities

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Am I a candidate for VASER liposuction?

Patients who are healthy and are within about 15 pounds of their ideal body weight, and who do not smoke usually make ideal candidates for VASER liposuction. Certain bleeding conditions contraindicate VASER liposuction.

What to expect during treatment with VASER liposuction

Treatment sessions typically last about an hour. VASER liposuction can be done under local anesthesia, but general anesthesia or conscious sedation are also options that your surgeon will carefully consider. A saline solution or tumescent fluid and anesthetic is first injected into the skin in the treatment area. A special surgical cannula is then used to vacuum out the fatty tissue. Most of the injected solution will come along with the fatty tissue, and the rest of it will be absorbed over the next few days.

Some results are seen immediately afterward, however bruising and swelling will also be present, obscuring some of the results that are to come. By 2 to 3 weeks after the procedure, recovery will be complete, and by no later than 6 weeks, the full results of the procedure will be evident.

What areas can be treated with VASER liposuction?

VASER liposuction can be used to treat these areas of the body:

  • Arms
  • Chest
  • Chin
  • Neck
  • Upper back
  • Stomach
  • Love handles
  • Waist
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks

How to prepare for VASER liposuction

Well in advance of your VASER liposuction treatment, a personal consultation is done with Dr. Ken Oleszek, who will ensure the procedure is a good fit for you and that it will indeed help you reach your goals. During this consultation, you will be provided with information on preparing for and recovering from the procedure. This will generally include the following:

  • Adjusting or ceasing certain medications including blood thinners for 2 weeks before surgery
  • Avoiding alcoholic beverages for 24 hours prior to surgery
  • Having a friend or family member on call to drive you home after surgery

What is recovery like after Vaser Liposuction?

Patients should expect to return home on the day of their procedure, with mild bruising and some discomfort in the treated area. Pain medication is usually prescribed for use during the first days following treatment. Most patients will be able to return to work within 2 to 5 days of their procedure, but full recovery takes 2 to 3 weeks. Patients can enhance their recovery experience by wearing compression garments, maintaining a healthy diet, getting plenty of rest, and engaging in a very light daily exercise, such as walking.

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