VASER Liposuction Surgery Cost & Procedure Guide
1 - 2 hours
0 - 1 Nights
General or Local with Sedation
Return to work: 3 - 7 days; strenuous exercise: 2 weeks, Final results: up to 6 months
VASER liposuction is also called ultrasound-assisted liposuction, VASER lipo or LipoSculpting. It is a body sculpting procedure that removes unwanted, stubborn areas of fat by liquefying it with ultrasound waves. The unwanted fat is then removed via suction, resulting in a slimmer and more toned silhouette. This process is growing in popularity because it is a less invasive and more precise method compared to traditional liposuction.
Why Have VASER liposuction?
VASER lipo removes fat cells from the body. It is suitable for those who wish to improve the contour and shape of their body and remove or reduce unwanted, stubborn areas of fat.
Patients may be a suitable candidate for VASER liposuction if they:
- Have not met physical goals even through lifestyle changes
- Are frustrated by stubborn areas of fat on the body
- Are dissatisfied with other fat removal treatments
- Are relatively fit and healthy
- Have sensible and realistic expectations for VASER lipo
Is VASER Lipo a Good Way to Lose Weight?
No, VASER lipo is not a good way to lose weight. It’s important to know that any kind of liposuction, including VASER, is not a type of weight loss surgery. In fact, hospitals in the UK have a limit of 3 litres of fat that can be removed from a patient during liposuction surgery. This limit is because the likelihood of complications greatly increases when more than 3 litres of fat is removed during one procedure.
If patients want to lose weight, weight loss surgery like gastric balloon surgery might be a better way for them to reach their goals.
Where On the Body Can VASER Liposuction Be Carried Out?
VASER liposuction is a more precise technique than traditional dry or wet liposuction, so it can be done to refine smaller areas of the body. VASER lipo also works well to contour larger areas like the belly or thighs.
Popular areas include:
- Hips and flank
- Inner/outer thighs
- Upper arms
- Upper/lower back
The areas VASER lipo can be performed are highlighted in the image below.
VASER Liposuction Combination Procedures
Yes, VASER lipo is commonly added to many procedures. Surgeons in consultation may, in fact, suggest combining the VASER liposuction with another procedure in order to achieve the best results for the patient. Though combining it with another procedure will increase VASER liposuction cost, the addition will provide more refined results.
The procedures most commonly combined with VASER lipo include:
What is the Difference Between VASER Liposuction And Traditional Liposuction?
VASER is an acronym for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance which is a technical definition of ultrasound.
As the name suggests, VASER liposuction is a new development in liposuction that uses ultrasound energy to break apart fat cells so they can more easily be suctioned away with a traditional liposuction cannula.
The surgical procedure is very similar to traditional wet liposuction as seen in the image below. The only difference is the addition of a VASER ultrasound tool that makes the fat much easier to remove via the cannula.
How Much Does VASER Liposuction Cost?
In the UK, VASER liposuction costs start at £1800 and can reach up to £6500 or more. VASER liposuction costs vary widely because multiple areas of the body can be treated at once if needed. While more areas operated on can give a leaner and more defined look overall, it also increases the VASER liposuction cost.
This range is also for VASER liposuction costs alone without any other combined procedures like a tummy tuck. Other factors like location and the pre-and postoperative services included in the price can also impact VASER liposuction cost.
A patient's bespoke VASER liposuction price always includes the following:
- Hospital fees
- Nursing staff fees
- All postoperative appointments
- Any medications prescribed by your surgeon
The VASER Liposuction Consultation
Consultations for VASER lipo generally last anywhere between 15 minutes to 1 hour. This will be the patient's first opportunity to meet their prospective surgeon.
During the consultation, patients will also have the opportunity to:
- Discuss all expectations for surgery
- Discuss why they want to have VASER liposuction
- Get a better understanding of the procedure itself
What to Expect During a Consultation for VASER Liposuction?
The surgeon will discuss all motivations for surgery and examine the areas of the body the patients would like to have VASER lipo on. To better understand the
patients, the surgeon will ask more specific questions regarding general health and history of weight loss.
These questions may include:
- Previous weight loss and methods used
- Currently at a stable weight?
- Do you have any medical conditions?
- Medications including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, or herbal supplements?
- Any major operations in the past?
- Any other procedures carried out on the area?
- Alcohol, smoke, or use any nicotine products or recreational drugs?
- Any allergies?
To have the best experience possible, patients are advised to always answer the surgeon honestly.
The VASER Liposuction Procedure
VASER liposuction usually takes 1 to 2 hours to perform. The patient must be under either general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia with sedation during surgery.
General anaesthesia involves giving the patient a mediation that puts them into a deep, dreamless sleep. Local with sedation, also known as twilight sedation, involves a medication that numbs the area where the surgery is performed and a sedative that relaxes the patient during the procedure.
The VASER Liposuction Procedure
The basic procedure for VASER lipo is similar to wet liposuction. A tumescent solution made of sterile saltwater called saline mixed with local anaesthetic and medication that limits blood flow is used to reduce bleeding, swelling and bruising. The fat is then further broken down with the help of a VASER ultrasound probe.
VASER liposuction is performed as seen in the diagram above:
- The tumescent solution is injected into the fat via a small incision no longer than 1 centimetre located in a discrete area near the treatment area
- Then a VASER instrument is inserted and emits ultrasound waves that instantly liquefy fat and help to separate it from the other structures in the skin
- The surgeon then inserts a thin hollow surgical instrument called a cannula into the fat
- The liquefied fat and saline solution is suctioned from the body via the cannula
- Immediately after surgery, the area has much less fat and provides the patient with a sleek and defined silhouette
Any remaining fat or saline is absorbed by the body in the days and weeks following surgery. When all the fat and saline is removed, they remove the cannula and close the small incisions with stitches or medical glue.
Results & Recovery After VASER Liposuction
Many patients are able to go home the same day as their procedure, though the surgeon may require the patient to stay one night in the hospital for observation.
Patients will likely need to wear a compression garment in the first weeks of the recovery. This helps reduce swelling and bruising while also reducing the time it takes to heal completely. While results are mostly visible immediately after surgery, it may take up to 6 months for any underlying swelling to completely settle.
Potential Risks & Complications Related to VASER liposuction Surgery
No matter how rare, it is important to have an understanding of the potential risks associated with any procedure on offer, including VASER liposuction. This makes sure patients make an informed decision about their surgery The best way to reduce the likelihood of any complications from the VASER lipo procedure is to carefully choose the surgeon. Patients will be able to discuss the risks and any concerns they may have whilst in consultation with the surgeon.
The risks of VASER liposuction include, but are not limited to:
- Complications or allergic reaction to anaesthesia
- Allergic reaction to other surgical elements such as tape or latex gloves
- Temporary bruising
- Temporary swelling
- An altered sensation at the treatment area
- Temporary fluid balance issues
- Unwanted or keloid scarring
- Burns or skin damage from the ultrasound wand
- Unwanted lumps or bumps at the treatment site
VASER Liposuction Aftercare
What is the Recovery Process After VASER liposuction?
The recovery process for VASER liposuction will depend on which areas of the body are being treated, and how large those areas are. Recovery differs from patient to patient but in any case, it is incredibly important that patients follow the specific aftercare instructions that the surgeon gives. This will help ensure that they will recover safely.
It can be quite common to experience pain after a Vaser liposuction procedure. It is normal for the area where the lipo was carried out feels tight, sore and swollen for the first few days. the surgeon may prescribe some painkillers to help manage any pain and make the recovery as comfortable as possible.
After the procedure, the surgeon may place a compression bandage or garment around the treatment area and give specific instructions on how long the patient has to wear this for. This compression will help to reduce any swelling or bruising. If the surgeon uses a local anaesthetic for the procedure, the patient may feel that the treatment area is still numb or tingly for a few hours after the procedure. This feeling is only temporary and should wear off after a few hours.
The First 24 Hours
Many patients will be able to go back home on the same day that they have had their Vaser liposuction procedure. However, if multiple or very large areas were treated, patients may be required to stay overnight. The surgeon will have discussed this during the consultation.
If the surgeon uses a sedative or a general anaesthetic, patients may feel groggy or disorientated when they wake up after the procedure. The effects of these medications can take up to 24 hours to wear off. This means that it will not be safe for patients to drive and they should ask a family member or friend to pick them up and take them home.
Time Off Work
Most patients can return to work fairly soon after having a Vaser liposuction procedure. Usually, surgeons recommend that patients return to work after about 5 to 7 days. However, this again does depend on:
- Which areas were operated on
- The surgeon’s specific instructions
- How strenuous the patient's work is
- How they feel after the procedure
Exercise and Sport
The surgeon may recommend that patients take it easy before resuming any of the usual sports or exercise. They may recommend that patients avoid the following for at least the first 2 to 3 weeks after the Vaser liposuction procedure:
- Strenuous activity
- Heavy lifting
- Contact sports
The surgeon may also advise that patients refrain from sexual activity for around 10 -14 days. Patients should ask the surgeon for specific time frames of when they will be able to resume sports, exercise, and sex. These will depend on the area that was operated on and how the recovery process is going.
Patients may go back to see their surgeon after a Vaser liposuction procedure so they can assess how they are recovering. During this appointment, a nurse or surgeon will check how well the patient is recovering, remove any non-dissolvable sutures and replace or remove any dressings. They will also be able to answer any further questions. The surgeon may schedule more follow-up appointments over the course of the next few weeks to ensure everything is healing correctly but this varies depending on the individual. They may also recommend that patients arrange to see other healthcare professionals to aid your recovery such as for massage therapy.
It is important to realise that everybody reacts differently to the procedure and so the time-frame varies from person to person. How dramatic the results of VASER liposuction are will also differ for every individual.
It is likely that patients will see some results immediately, although most people take around 6-8 weeks to see the greatest improvement. Due to the nature of the procedure, it can take up to 6 months to achieve the final result. It is hard to give a precise time-frame but the surgeon will be able to give an estimate based on their experience and which areas have had the VASER surgery.