Vaser Liposuction Surgery FAQs

Vaser Liposuction Surgery FAQs

Is Vaser liposuction safe?

Vaser liposuction is a relatively new procedure and so currently there is no long term data about its safety. However, it is normally safe if it is performed by a highly-qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. It is highly advisable for you to research the surgeon who will be performing your treatment to ensure they have the necessary qualifications and experience. You should also pay attention to the hospital or clinic you will be having the procedure in, to make sure they meet the safety standards set by the CQC (Care Quality Commission).

It is important to also consider, that as with any procedure, Vaser liposuction does come with risks. This means that even the most highly-qualified and skilled surgeon cannot guarantee that nothing will go wrong. This is why it is so important to read through all of the risks and complications before you choose to go ahead with any body sculpting procedure.

Does Vaser liposuction actually work?

When performed correctly on eligible patients, Vaser liposuction treatment does work. This does not mean however, that it is a suitable procedure for anyone who is unhappy with the shape of their body. For example, it won’t work as well on:

  • Anyone who quickly puts on a significant amount of weight
  • Those who want to lose fat from their entire body
  • Anyone diagnosed with body dysmorphia
  • Those who cannot or do not want to follow their surgeon’s aftercare advice.

It is important to remember that although you may notice some differences immediately after surgery, it does take time to see the final results of Vaser liposuction.

Are the results of Vaser liposuction permanent?

It is important to understand that no cosmetic surgery is truly permanent as the body will always be affected by age and gravity over time. If however, you remain at a stable weight after your Vaser liposuction surgery, the results should last for many years.

If you gain weight after the procedure, the results will of course be affected. This is why surgeons usually recommend that patients are at a stable weight before they proceed with their treatment.

Will the NHS pay for my Vaser liposuction?

No, Vaser liposuction procedures are not available on the NHS as they do not normally pay for cosmetic treatments.

Are there any alternative treatments to Vaser liposuction?

Yes, the least invasive way to lose fat is by diet and exercise. Of course, you may have already tried this and decided a procedure is the best way of getting rid of any stubborn fat.

There are also alternative methods of body sculpting and fat removal available such as:

It is a good idea to speak to your GP or surgeon if you are considering Vaser or another form of liposuction. They will be able to advise you on which procedure may be the most beneficial for you.

I’m thinking of going abroad to have my Vaser liposuction, is this Safe?

Many people consider going abroad for liposuction treatment, often because they perceive it to be cheaper.

Although this might seem to be a cheaper option, the costs of flights, accommodation and aftercare may mean that this is not the case. Many surgeons advise against going abroad to have any sort of cosmetic treatment. This is due to a number of reasons but it mostly concerns your safety. The things that you should consider that may hinder your safety include:

  • Your chosen surgeon’s qualifications and experience
  • The ability to be able to meet your surgeon before you have treatment
  • The possibility of language barriers that may prevent very clear and important communication with your surgeon
  • The risks associated with flying and travelling shortly before or after your procedure
  • How easy and safe it is to access aftercare
  • Whether you need a special type of health insurance to cover medical costs if anything were to go wrong

If you decide to go ahead with having Vaser liposuction abroad despite the above points, make sure you educate yourself on all of the risks and plan well to ensure that you are as safe as possible.

Are there any side effects of having Vaser liposuction?

It is common to experience some tightness, aching or swelling in your treatment area for a few days after your procedure. You are likely to also experience some bruising in and around the treated area. More serious risks of Vaser liposuction include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Burns
  • Skin changes (e.g. dimpled, wavy or saggy skin)
  • Anaesthetic associated risks

These more severe side effects are however, quite rare.

Published: Monday 3 January 2022

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