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Overview

What is Vaser liposuction?

Vaser liposuction (also known as Vaser lipo or LipoSculpting) is a body sculpting procedure that can improve the contour and shape of the body by removing unwanted, stubborn areas of fat. It works by using a probe that emits ultrasound waves to first "liquefy" the unwanted fat, and then later removing the fat using a vacuum. The procedure can also tighten the skin and can be used to treat many different areas of the body.

You may consider having Vaser liposuction if you:

  • Have stubborn areas of fat that are not shifting with diet and exercise
  • Want a body contouring procedure that can help sculpt the shape of your body
  • Have weighed up the risks and the benefits of having a surgical procedure

What's the difference between Vaser liposuction and traditional liposuction?

Both traditional liposuction and Vaser liposuction techniques have the same goal. They are both body contouring procedures that sculpt the body by removing stubborn fat. The main difference between them however, is that Vaser lipo uses ultrasound energy to break apart stubborn fat, whereas traditional liposuction methods rely on moving a cannula back and forth to manually break apart the fat before removing it.

By using ultrasound energy, Vaser liposuction can target areas of fat more precisely, and therefore tends to be more useful for patients with smaller areas of stubborn fat that need sculpting.

Can Vaser liposuction help me lose weight?

No it cannot. It is important to understand that all liposuction procedures, including Vaser lipo, are not intended to help patients lose weight. They do not remove fat to help with weight loss, they remove it to help define the shape of your body.

The only surgical procedure that can help you lose weight is a bariatric surgical procedure such as a Gastric Balloon or a Gastric Bypass.

Candidates

Vaser liposuction candidates

Why have Vaser liposuction?

Carrying excess fat can have a negative impact on many people’s self-confidence and mental health. When diet and exercise aren’t giving them the results they desire, many people start looking into other fat removal options.

There are a number of different types of fat removal techniques available. Many people consider Vaser liposuction as it is a less invasive method that can help them to achieve their desired results.

Can I have Vaser liposuction?

Vaser liposuction is suitable for those who wish to improve the contour and shape of their body and remove unwanted, stubborn fat.

You may be a suitable candidate for Vaser liposuction if you:

  • Are struggling with emotional or psychological distress due to your appearance
  • Are dissatisfied with other fat removal treatments
  • Are otherwise relatively fit and healthy
  • Have sensible and realistic expectations for Vaser treatment

Before deciding whether or not to go ahead with Vaser liposuction, it is important that you have an honest conversation with your surgeon during your consultation. It is important that your surgeon understands what you expect to achieve from the procedure and they will be able to tell you if this is possible or not.

Is there an age limit for Vaser liposuction?

Although there are no strict age restrictions for Vaser liposuction, every surgeon and clinic has individual age limits for the procedures they offer.

Generally, patients must be at least 18 years old before having this type of surgery.

In terms of an upper age limit, this is usually determined by your general health. If you meet the surgeon’s specific criteria and are otherwise relatively fit and healthy, then your age may affect your eligibility for Vaser liposuction.

Procedure

Vaser liposuction procedure

How does Vaser liposuction work?

Sometimes excess fat can be removed with diet and exercise over time, without needing treatment. In other cases, however, the fat and/or loose skin may be difficult to shift and you may want to explore alternative treatment options. There are many different approaches that you can take to try to reduce the fat in specific areas of the body and to try and tighten up sagging skin.

When seeking any type of treatment for fat reduction, it is important to be patient during your treatment journey and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This is because if you gain a lot of weight after the procedure, the fat may return.

There are many different forms of fat reduction treatment available, but the Vaser liposuction procedure is performed as follows:

  1. Consent – on the day of your procedure you will meet with your surgeon and anesthetist to answer any final questions and confirm that you are still happy to go ahead with the procedure. You will sign the consent form after discussing which type of anaesthetic is to be used. This is often a local anaesthetic with sedation, but a general anaesthetic can also be used.
  2. Anaesthetic – a local anaesthetic solution is applied to the area which is to be treated. This helps the Vaser ultrasound break down the fat cells and also reduces the amount of bleeding and bruising from the procedure.
  3. Ultrasound treatment – This is the body sculpting part of the Vaser liposuction procedure. The surgeon uses ultrasound probes to disrupt and break down the fat underneath the skin. This treatment is unique as it is able to target very specific areas and minimizes damage to other tissues.
  4. Fat extraction – the fat that has been broken down turns into a liquid. In order to remove this, the surgeon places small hollow tubes through the skin to allow the liquid fat to drain away. These tubes (known as cannulas) are very small and should not leave noticeable scars. During this part of the Vaser treatment, suction is also used to help remove the fat cells. Any fat not removed during this step is processed by the body and will disappear in the days and weeks following Vaser liposuction.
  5. Recovery – after the end of the Vaser liposuction procedure, you will be taken to a recovery ward whilst the anaesthetic wears off. Usually, people go home on the same day, although if multiple large areas were treated your surgeon may wish for you to stay in hospital overnight.

Where on the body can I get Vaser liposuction?

There are a number of different areas where Vaser liposuction can be performed. These range from small delicate areas to large areas of the body. Some of the more common areas for Vaser liposuction are:

  • The stomach
  • The buttocks
  • Around the hips and flank
  • The inner/outer thighs
  • Around the chest
  • The arms
  • The upper and/or lower back
  • The legs, such as calves, knees or ankles
  • Under the chin and/or the neck

Your consultation

Vaser liposuction consultation

What happens during a Vaser liposuction consultation?

Your Vaser liposuction consultation will be the first time that you will meet your surgeon. It can usually last anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour. During this consultation, you will get to know your surgeon and also have the opportunity to:

  • Discuss your worries and expectations
  • Discuss why you want to have Vaser liposuction
  • Get a better understanding of the procedure itself.

After you have had a chance to talk about these points, your surgeon will examine the areas that you want treated. They may then ask some more specific questions such as:

  • What other methods of fat loss have you tried?
  • Is your weight stable?
  • How is your current general health?
  • Do you have any medical conditions?
  • Are you currently taking any medications? (this includes prescription, over-the-counter and herbal medications)
  • Have you had any major operations in the past?
  • Have you had any other procedures done to the area you wish to have treated?
  • Do you currently drink alcohol, smoke or use recreational drugs?
  • Do you have any allergies?

You should answer the questions that your surgeon asks you honestly, as this will help ensure your safety if you decide to go ahead with the procedure. Being open and honest with your surgeon throughout your consultation will also help them recommend the most suitable treatment option for you.

What questions should I ask during my consultation?

Your consultation is the best time for you to ask any questions you may have about Vaser liposuction. It is a good idea to spend some time thinking about what you would like to ask before you see your surgeon. Make sure you write these questions down and take them with you so that you do not forget to ask the things that are most important to you!

Below are some examples of questions you could ask your surgeon:

  • Is Vaser liposuction the best option for me?
  • Do you have any before and after photos of Vaser liposuction patients?
  • Will I be in pain afterwards?
  • Is the treatment always a success?
  • Will Vaser ultrasound treatment also tighten my skin?
  • Will I have any scars?
  • How long will it take before I see the final results?
  • Will I gain fat again in the future?
  • Is what I want to achieve realistic?

Risks & Complications

What are the risks and complications of Vaser liposuction?

Many of the risks and complications associated with Vaser liposuction are rare. However, it is important to have an understanding of these potential risks, so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not you want to proceed with the treatment. The risks of this procedure include, but are not limited to:

Anaesthetic risks

Vaser liposuction procedures will require the use of either a local or a general anaesthetic. In most cases, surgeons tend to use a local anaesthetic with sedation. Your anaesthetist will talk to you about the potential side effects of this before you have your Vaser liposuction procedure.

Overall, the use of anaesthesia is very safe and local anaesthesia has less risks than general. However it is important to be aware of common side effects that you may temporarily experience afterwards. These can include:

  • Shivering and feeling cold
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Confusion or memory loss
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Dizziness
  • Bruising and soreness where the drip was inserted
  • Sore throat
  • Damage to the mouth or teeth

More serious side effects of general anaesthesia are very rare, but they can include:

  • A serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)
  • Breathing and heart problems
  • Waking up during the procedure
  • Death or brain damage

Allergic reactions

There are a number of allergic reactions that may occur during a Vaser liposuction procedure. These allergic reactions may be mild, such as a skin rash in reaction to latex gloves. However, severe reactions can occur such as having difficulty breathing when the anaesthetic is administered. This severe allergic reaction to anaesthesia can result in a serious but treatable condition known as anaphylaxis.

Infection

Infections are a risk that comes with any type of procedure. Your surgeon will do everything possible to minimise this risk, but you can also take actions to help reduce your risk. For example, you should stop smoking and using nicotine products for at least 6 weeks to 3 months prior to your Vaser liposuction procedure, and you should follow all of your surgeon’s specific aftercare instructions.

Key signs of an infection can include:

  • A fever or temperature of 38° C or more
  • Redness at the incisions that spreads after the first 48 hours
  • Fluid coming from the incision that is yellow, pus-like or foul-smelling
  • Increased pain or discomfort that your pain medication does not relieve

Mild infections should settle down with antibiotics. However, there is a small chance that an infection could affect the final results of your Vaser liposuction procedure. If the infection is very severe, you may require another procedure. It is therefore important to inform your surgeon if you notice any signs of infection.

Burns and skin damage

It is possible for Vaser liposuction procedures to cause burns to the skin. These may be partial or full thickness burns and may require some medical treatment.

In addition, the Vaser liposuction treatment tends not to tighten loose skin in the area and so you may also require another procedure to correct this. Finally, there can also be discolouration of the skin from the procedure which may mean that it takes longer for you to be happy with the final results.

Bleeding and bruising

It is normal to experience some minor bleeding and bruising after having Vaser liposuction. If however, you start to notice any excessive bleeding, you should seek medical attention immediately.

If you do experience a larger amount of bleeding, a blood clot called a “haematoma” may also form in your treatment area. If the haematoma is small, it will usually disappear on its own over time. If it is larger however, it may have to be removed by your surgeon using a small needle, or with another operation.

Swelling

Swelling is another very common risk to think about when considering a Vaser liposuction procedure. The reason compression garments are so important after the procedure is to reduce swelling and improve the final results. It is normal to experience some swelling after having Vaser liposuction but it tends to disappear in the first 2 weeks after treatment and should not ultimately affect the results. If however, you notice that the swelling is starting to get worse, it is important to alert your surgeon as soon as possible.

Scarring

Scarring after a Vaser liposuction procedure is not normally noticeable as the only breaks in the skin are where the cannulas are inserted to drain the fat. These are tiny hollow tubes and therefore do not usually scar. If they do, the scars tend to be only a few millimetres in size. The degree of scarring however, will be based on how well your skin heals.

Numbness

As Vaser liposuction requires some small holes to be made in the skin, the nerves in the treatment area are at risk of being damaged. Minor nerve damage can cause numbness or other sensory changes to develop such as a tingling sensation. Usually, this is temporary and will disappear over the first few weeks after the procedure. In some rare cases, however, these changes may become permanent.

Fluid balance

In order to function properly, your body needs the amount of fluid going in and the amount going out to be balanced. During a Vaser liposuction procedure, a lot of liquid is removed when the fat is drained. Your surgeon may also give you some fluids but there is a risk of either retaining or losing too much. An imbalance in bodily fluid can lead to problems with the kidneys and lungs. You may find that your fluid balance is monitored in order to avoid these complications.

Aesthetic

There is always a risk that you are unhappy or dissatisfied with the final aesthetic result of your Vaser liposuction procedure. This is why it is really important to choose your surgeon carefully and make sure that he or she fully understands your expectations. Communicating this as honestly as possible to your surgeon will allow them to tell you if what you want to achieve is feasible.

Please be aware, that dissatisfaction with your final aesthetic result is often not considered to be a complication by many surgeons. This may mean that if you want to have a further procedure to improve this result, you may have to pay for it.

Preperation

Vaser liposuction preparation

How can I prepare for my Vaser liposuction procedure?

Making sure you are well prepared for your procedure can not only reduce the risk of complications occurring but can also help you during your recovery.

Before you have Vaser liposuction, your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how best to prepare for the procedure. It is vital that you follow these instructions to ensure your safety and smooth recovery.

Speak to your GP

If you are struggling with weight loss, it is worth considering speaking to your GP before you go in for a consultation with a Vaser liposuction surgeon. Your GP may wish to examine you and offer advice about diet and exercise for weight loss before you go ahead with a Vaser liposuction procedure.

General preparation tips

Some general tips that may be useful for your Vaser liposuction procedure preparation include:

Household chores

So that you can have as stress-free a recovery as possible, we advise that you try to think ahead about some of the bigger household chores. Either allocate some of these big household jobs to another household member or try to get them out of the way yourself before your procedure. For example, you may like to do the laundry, take the bins out and do a big grocery shop on the day before your Vaser liposuction.

Clothing

You should try to wear loose-fitting clothing for the first few days following your procedure as not to irritate the treated areas. Also, remember that you will be wearing a compression garment after the surgery so it is important that your clothing will not interfere with this.

Children & pets

You should try to take it easy for the first couple of days of your recovery. You may, therefore, like to ask your friends or family to help you look after any children or pets during this time. You will not be able to pick them up for at least a few days after you have had Vaser liposuction and depending on the treatment area, may not be able to bend down either.

Driving

For safety reasons, you will be unable to drive yourself home after your procedure. It is therefore important to arrange for a family member or friend to collect you from the clinic or hospital you are having your procedure in.

Diet

Your surgeon might recommend that you eat healthy low-sodium foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables before and after your procedure. You should try to stay hydrated with water and caffeine-free beverages. Try to also avoid consuming high amounts of salt and sugar during your recovery time.

You should also try to maintain a healthy diet before the procedure and throughout your recovery. This is to help your body maintain a healthy weight and optimize the results of the Vaser liposuction procedure.

Smoking, alcohol and drugs

It is vital that you follow all of the instructions your surgeon gives you on:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Taking medications, vitamins and supplements
  • Using recreational drugs

Smoking, in particular, reduces the amount of blood that reaches your treatment area, causing your body to take longer to heal, and also increasing the risk of you developing an infection. Stopping smoking and using nicotine products can help reduce this risk. Most surgeons recommend that you do not smoke, vape or use any nicotine products for a minimum of 6 weeks to 3 months before and after a Vaser liposuction procedure.

Aftercare

Vaser liposuction aftercare

What is the recovery process like after Vaser liposuction?

The recovery process for Vaser liposuction will depend on which areas of your 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 you follow the specific aftercare instructions that your surgeon gives. This will help ensure that you will recover safely.

How will I feel straight after the treatment?

It can be quite common to experience pain after a Vaser liposuction procedure. It is normal for the area where you have had treatment to feel tight, sore and swollen for the first few days. Your surgeon may prescribe some painkillers to help manage any pain and make your recovery as comfortable as possible.

It is also normal for some of the anaesthetic fluid to leak from the treated area in the first couple of days after a Vaser liposuction procedure. This fluid may be clear or it may contain some blood but this is to be expected. However, if you are concerned about too much drainage, or particularly bloody drainage, it is important that you alert your surgeon immediately.

After the procedure, your surgeon will place a compression bandage or garment around the treatment area and give you specific instructions on how long you have to wear this for. This compression will help to reduce any swelling or bruising.

If your surgeon uses a local anaesthetic for your procedure, you may feel that your 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.

When can I go home?

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, you may be required to stay overnight. Your surgeon will discuss this with you during your consultation.

If your surgeon uses a sedative or a general anaesthetic, you may feel groggy or disorientated when you 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 you to drive and you must ask a family member or friend to pick you up and take you home.

When can I go back to work and exercise?

Work

Most patients can return to work fairly soon after having a Vaser liposuction procedure. Usually, surgeons recommend that you return to work after about 5 to 7 days. However, this again does depend on:

  • Which areas were treated
  • Your surgeon’s specific instructions
  • How strenuous your work is
  • How you feel after the procedure

If your role at work is more physically demanding than an office job, you may need to take more time off.

Exercise

Your surgeon may recommend that you take it easy before resuming any of your usual sports or exercise. They may recommend that you avoid the following for the first 2 to 3 weeks after your Vaser liposuction procedure:

  • Strenuous activity
  • Heavy lifting
  • Contact sports
  • Swimming

Your surgeon may also advise that you refrain from sexual activity for around 10 -14 days.

You should ask your surgeon for specific time frames of when you will be able to resume sports, exercise, and sex. These will depend on the area that was treated and how your recovery process is going.

How long do I have to wear the compression garment for?

In order to achieve the best possible results from a Vaser liposuction procedure, it is key that you wear the compression garment that your surgeon will provide you with. As a general rule, it must be worn for 4-6 weeks but your surgeon will give you a personalised time frame. The compression garment helps the body’s natural healing process and reduces swelling in addition to helping to provide the best definition and results from the procedure.

Post-operative appointments

You may go back to see your surgeon after a Vaser liposuction procedure so they can assess how you are recovering. During this appointment your nurse or surgeon will check how well you are recovering, remove any non-dissolvable sutures and replace or remove your dressings. They will also be able to answer any questions that you may have.

Your 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 you arrange to see other healthcare professionals to aid your recovery such as for massage therapy.

When will I see the final results of vaser liposuction?

It is important to realise that everybody reacts differently to the treatment and so the time-frame varies from person to person. How dramatic the results of vaser treatment are will also differ for every individual.

It is likely that you 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 your surgeon will be able to give you an estimate based on their experience and which areas you have had treated.

FAQs

How much does Vaser liposuction cost?

The average cost of Vaser liposuction in the UK can cost anywhere from £1,500 to £10,000. The price that you will be quoted depends on:

  • Which surgeon you choose to go with
  • Which city in the UK you are in
  • Which hospital or clinic you have treatment in
  • The specific area you are having treated
  • The size and number of areas being treated

Does Medbelle offer finance options for Vaser liposuction procedures?

Yes we do! We work closely with our finance provider, Chrysalis, to help you pay for your Vaser liposuction procedure. We offer a 9.9% APR loan that can be taken out over a period of 1 to 5 years. You can check to see if you are eligible for our financial services by calling our patient care advisers on 02034119171 or emailing care@medbelle.com.

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 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.

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:

  • Traditional liposuction
  • Laser liposuction
  • Cryotherapy

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.

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.

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.

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.