Treatment focus – Vaser Lipo
You may already be aware that Vaser Liposuction or Vaser Liposelection offers the most advanced approach to fat removal and body sculpting available today. It is minimally invasive, delivering smooth and consistent results.
But do you know exactly how it works and what happens with your body when undergoing this type of treatment? With this blog post we will try to explain the procedure and give you some practical advice in preparation for your surgery.
What does VASER stand for?
VASER stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance – the method used to perform the treatment, namely – ultrasound technology. The VASER® is a 3rd generation ultrasound device, which employs a low level of ultrasound. The ultrasonic energy pulses and gently breaks apart the fat cells with minimal damage to other tissue.
How does it work?
A small probe delivers the ultrasonic vibrations to the treatment area which works to gently emulsify the fatty tissue which is then removed by a small cannula or is excreted naturally from the body. What distinguishes this technique is its ability to differentiate body fat from other tissues such as nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues, thereby only targeting and eliminating fatty deposits.
In comparison to the standard liposuction, Vaser Lipo patients show an increased skin contraction and tightening with smoother skin surface and body contour. Additionally, patients also report less downtime and post-operative pain.
The illustration above demonstrates the four key stages during liposuction. The first step of the procedure involves the injection of a fluid into the fatty tissue layer (1) that causes blood vessels to shrink and the fat to expand (2), making it easier to remove and lowering the risk of a complication. VASER lipo involves an additional step, in which the fat (after injection of fluid but before suction) is treated with ultrasound energy, which causes the emulsified fat to be separated from the body (3). After the procedure, the skin retracts without affecting the blood vessels, nerves or tissue (4).
What happens after?
After your Vaser you will be able to return home within a few hours following the procedure. Initial numbness, bruising and general tenderness may occur, which last between 1 and six weeks, depending on the patient. You may be required to wear a special compression garment during your recovery. A series of Deep Tissue massage is prescribed in the weeks following your procedure and a healthy lifestyle is recommended with moderate activity to maximise the results of your treatment.
How can I prepare?
As with any surgical procedure, it is recommended that you avoid smoking and drinking alcohol at least two weeks prior and after surgery. In addition to that make sure that your diet is supplemented with vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc, copper and selenium. Each plays a role in wound healing and in building your immune system thereby reducing the chance of infection. Be aware, however that some supplements (namely echinacea, fish oil caps, garlic, ginger, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, kava kava, ephedra) may cause adverse reactions during or after surgery. Consult with your doctor before the treatment if you are taking any of these to avoid complications, such as prolonged bleeding, interference with anaesthesia, cardiovascular disturbances or interactions with prescription drugs.