VASER Lipo FAQs

How does VASER Lipo work?

Prior to VASER Lipo treatment, the area to be sculpted or reduced is filled with a special saline and local anaesthetic solution through small incisions (3-6 mm). This helps numb the site and shrink the blood vessels (to minimize blood loss and reduce bruising). This solution also wets and fills the area to be treated, making it easier to break up fatty tissue with the VASER Lipo System’s ultrasound energy.

The VASER ultrasound is a small probe that transmits sound energy to break up and emulsify fatty tissue on contact while preserving the other important surrounding tissues. The VASER probe is especially good for treating deep and superficial fat which helps achieve a smooth finish.

After the VASER process, the liquefied fat is removed through an aspiration process designed to minimise damage to surrounding tissues. Finally Dr Comins sculpts the area using an array of specific suction canulas. We do offer additional IV sedation for anxious patients.

Is VASER Lipo is right for me?

Vaser Lipo is not a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise programme but it can help slim down areas of stubborn fat. Although there are limits to the amount of fat that can be removed, we can assist you with your decision about potential areas for VASER Lipo sculpting, anticipated results, and the recovery process.

What body areas can be treated with VASER Lipo?

We have experienced great success VASER Liposuction in all of the following areas: abdomen, thighs, knees, buttocks, hips, back, arms, male breasts, love handles, chin, neck areas and just about any other body part you need treated.

Are there any side-effects with VASER lipo?

Most people report soreness around the VASER treatment area for 2-5 days. This is helped with painkillers and we do recommend you try and take 2-5 days off work after the procedure. Thereafter you may experience a dull background ache for 1-4 weeks. You may also have bruising. You will experience some swelling which does take time to settle. Swelling will be helped by following our comprehensive aftercare instructions and advice.

All common side effects and complications will be discussed during your pre-treatment consultation.

Sometimes you may require further treatments with Velashape 3 to tighten and smooth the skin after VASER Liposuction.

How much fat can be taken with VASER lipo?

There are limits to how much fatty tissue can be safely taken from the body within one VASER Lipo session. This depends on your general health, weight and your body fat percentage. There is also a limit as to how much local anaesthetic ( Lidocaine) can safely be uses in a single treatment session. Lidocaine toxicity is a serious complication and needs to be taken very seriously.

We normally advise no more than about 3.5-4 litres or 4-5% of your body weight removed during one session. If more fat needs to be removed or the treatment is limited by a maximum lidocaine dosage another VASER Lipo treatment can be performed 1-6 weeks later. Excessive and overly aggressive removal of fat  can be dangerous to your health and lead to seromas, burns, contour irregularities and abnormal looking results that are near impossible to correct. Treatments require experience and an understanding of the body’s response to such treatments so if necessary, we believe it is better to have a  touch up treatment to optimise your results, rather then risk serious health consequences or permanent deformities due to excessive or overly aggressive liposuction.

VASER Liposuction is not intended as a weight loss solution. The goal is to create a slimmer silhouette. You may not notice a significant amount of weight loss, but you should be pleased with your slimmer new shape.

What about other types of liposuction?

There are many types of liposuction treatments using various devices, these include traditional liposuction, laser liposuction, MPX laser, body jet liposuction and others. As yet there is no robust clinical  evidence to suggest one is better or safer then another and most modern forms of liposuction are generally considered equally safe and effective when performed by an expert surgeon/doctor on properly selected patients. RealSelf, a well known community driven website for cosmetic medical and surgical treatments has Vaser liposuction ( March 2019) as one the highest rated types of liposuction with 90% of clients saying it was ‘worth it’, this is closely followed by MPX smartlipo (89%), traditional liposuction (88%), laser liposuction (85%) and body jet at 57% .  Dr Comins favours the vaser device but you should always keep in mind that its really the skill and experience of the operator and the aftercare that determine the results.

Vaser lipo should not be confused with Vaser Mid or Hi def.  Vaser Hi Def is a technique not a tool. This type of procedure is much more meticulous and requires skill, expertise and specialised training and is different than other types of liposuction. Not everyone that does Vaser liposuction is trained in Vaser Hi and Mid Def.  Hi and Mid def can be associated with more downtime and a higher risk of minor complications such as seromas. Adherence to our robust post operative protocols and  follow ups/ monitoring is essential  so that any such issues can be avoided or dealt with straight forwardly, quickly and effectively.

 

How many treatments will I need?

The Vaser liposuction treatment is usually performed over one session with an additional touch up treatment to maximise results after around six months if required. Touch up treatments are usually small and reasonably quick procedures designed to make sure your results are the best that can be achieved. If multiple areas are to be treated then you may need to have your treatment split over 2 sessions 1-6 weeks apart.

 

What about future weight gain/migration?

Following your VASER Lipo procedure you will lose weight as a certain amount of fat is removed. Unless you experience weight gain of more than 5% of you body weight or unless you are prone to putting on weight in another specific area, any new weight you gain will tend to be proportionately distributed over your entire body.
For example if you are prone to put weight on both the abdomen and outer thighs and only have the abdomen treated with VASER Lipo, you may notice change to the outer thighs if you gain weight.

What about saggy or loose skin after my VASER Liposuction treatment?

During your consultation you will be thoroughly assessed by Dr Comins. As part of the examination he will assess your skin. Generally speaking, excessive overhang, excessive stretch marks or severe skin laxity may mean you are unsuitable for VASER Lipo.

Dr Comins may recommend a ‘tummy tuck’ or another surgical options as the treatment of choice for you. However VASER Lipo can lead to some skin retraction and tightening. This is why some clients, who may not have been suitable for traditional Liposuction because of skin issues, may suit VASER Lipo.

Clients with mild to moderate skin laxity Dr Comins may suggest a course of INTRAcel or Velasahpe 3 after the VASER Lipo Treatment, if the VASER Lipo treatment does not lead to satisfactory skin retraction.

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