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What is the difference in between VASER liposuction and other treatments?

Traditional Liposuction

In the Traditional Liposuction the fat is directly aspirated following the infiltration of the tumescent solution. There is no melting of the fat before the suctioning phase and as a result the fat tissue is more difficult to harvest.

Imagine having a straw, trying to suck broken pieces of ice out of a cup. Now imagine if that ice is melted into water you would be able to suck the water out with a straw in a much better and easier way. A similar technique that involves the use of a tumescent infiltration solution is called Liposoft and is now rarely practiced.


Example of traditional liposuction being more traumatic and bloodier than VASER liposuction

Using the VASER probe’s heat and ultrasound energy we are able to melt the fat before suctioning takes place.

As this doesn’t occur in traditional liposuction, the procedure becomes way more traumatic for the tissue, prolonging the healing time and increasing the chances of post operative aesthetic complications such as lumpiness, unevenness and changes in skin color.








Laser Liposuction

Laser liposuction can be either external or internal.

In both cases it uses a laser to break up the fat.


Fiber optic cannula

The external type uses a laser that is applied on the area of the body that we wish to treat.

The internal type involves using a laser that is attached either to a fibre-optic probe or to a suction cannula.

Both types can achieve decent results on small areas such as the sub-mental area, the knees, or the banana roll, but they are not able to provide a good result on big areas of the body.



Bodytite

Bodytite uses radio frequency and aspiration at the same time.

The heat produced by the Bodytite probe can be too aggressive for some areas.

Main difference from VASER liposuction:

The surgeon can achieve better results with more definition when using VASER liposuction as there is a wide range of cannulas sizes from which the surgeon can chose based on each

Bodytite handpick. The black line represents the cannula that goes underneath the skin from which RF energy is released.

individual patient need, the heat and ultrasound energy is also better spread across the treated areas and the surgeon is also able to constantly assess the position of the VASER probe under the skin with his hands.

All this results in minimized risks and a shorter recovery time.




What is VASER liposuction?


VASER (Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance) is an ultrasound-based technology that uses a process called acoustic streaming to remove fat.

By taking advantage of this technology we can separate and “melt” the fat layer before suctioning it out, ensuring a less traumatic procedure.

This translates into fewer aesthetic complications such as skin unevenness, lumpiness, and asymmetries when compared to a traditional liposuction.

When undergoing a Vaser Liposuction you can expect three stages.


1) The tumescent solution containing a numbing agent is infiltrated into the areas that we want to treat.

2) Using the VASER probe we melt the fat and the heat and ultrasound energy produced stimulate the improvement of the skin quality.

3) Using a small cannula we gently aspirate the melted fat while providing definition to the area.


Stages of VASER liposuction

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