How To Eliminate Fat With Vaser Lipo: Prices, Risks & Side Effects

Vaser lipo is a form of liposuction that uses sound waves to help break up fat cells. It is less invasive and less painful than conventional liposuction. Vaser lipo treats most parts of the body, including the neck, jowls, arms, back, abs, breasts, thighs, and buttocks. Most patients see initial results in a few weeks.


Vaser lipo changes the shape and contour of the body with Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy (or Vaser) ultrasonic frequency waves. It removes surface fat deposits to make your body look smoother and tighter.


Vaser breaks down the fat cells, and the surgeon can suction the cells out of the treatment area during the liposuction portion of the treatment.


Vaser liposuction removes surface fat. It does not affect the visceral fat around your body organs. Visceral fat increases your likelihood of cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Only a healthy lifestyle, weight loss, and a wholesome diet can help you lose visceral fat. FDA-approved Vaser liposuction should be performed by a board-certified, experienced plastic surgeon.


This procedure was introduced in 2002 by Sound Surgical Technologies, LLC.

Am I A Good Candidate For Vaser Liposuction?

Vaser liposuction is a procedure that can be used on both men and women. This liposuction treatment works for people already at the average weight for their age, height, and frame.


You should have a healthy lifestyle before getting vaser lipo. You should continue living a healthy lifestyle and exercising after getting the treatment. The Vaser procedure won’t prevent you from gaining weight if you overeat, drink alcohol or avoid exercise.


You need to be in good health before the treatment. (Your doctor will ask for your medical history before committing to the surgery.) You should have a good skin tone to have this procedure.

You Will Benefit From Vaser Liposuction If:

  • You need to tighten loose skin after considerable weight loss
  • Reduce a few inches of fat around the hips, waist, and thighs
  • Define and streamline your mid-section without losing weight

Men and women can receive Vaser liposuction for knees, ankles, calves, hips, love handles, neck, chin, jowls, thighs, buttocks, back, hips, abs, and breasts. Your surgeon can treat multiple body areas during a single session.

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Don’t have a Vaser procedure if you have a medical history of deep vein thrombosis, cardiac arrhythmias, seizure disorders or other conditions that may cause surgical complications. People who take aspirin, NSAIDs (Motrin, Advil, etc.) or the anticoagulant drug Coumadin aren't good candidates for this type of liposuction. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding shouldn't have Vaser liposuction.


People with stretch marks, scarring, connective tissue disorders, endocrine disorders, diabetes, and heart, lung or circulation disorders should not undergo this procedure.


The local anesthetic Lidocaine is used in Vaser liposuction. If you take a medication (such as Prozac or Paxil) that interferes with Lidocaine, you’ll need to discontinue using the drug for two weeks before the procedure.


You should have excellent skin elasticity for this treatment to be successful. Some people who have poor elasticity still elect to have the surgery and are happy with the results, even though their skin may be slightly wrinkled after the procedure.

Vaser Versus Traditional, Power And Laser Liposuction

There is hardly any damage to the surrounding tissues during the Vaser liposuction. The surgeon makes a smaller incision, and the fat is liquefied by soundwaves before it's removed. When fat is liquefied, it increases liposuction's accuracy and makes the fat easier for the doctor to remove.


Vaser liposuction can help people who've had trouble getting the trim body they want even after diet and exercise. This procedure is minimally invasive, and most patients see results after one treatment.


The sound wave technology can target certain tissues, unlike traditional liposuction, and make sure other tissues aren't damaged. Vaser technology can treat the arms and neck but is also appropriate for the stomach, thighs and other large areas.


This treatment will make the target area smoother in one office visit. It will also refine the way muscles look and remove lots of fat from problem areas, including the buttocks and abdomen.


Because Vaser liposuction uses sound waves to break up fat, it is gentler and less painful than other liposuction methods. It’s less invasive, and there’s less scarring.


Your surgeon has precise control over the soundwave technology and the vaser apparatus, so he or she can make sure only the target area receives high-frequency waves. There is less bleeding and bruising than with conventional liposuction.


In traditional liposuction, or suction-assisted, liposuction, a doctor puts a suction probe in the treatment area through a small incision. The probe pushes and pulls through layers of fat to break up the fat cells. A suction pump then draws the fat out of the body. This is the most common and widely available type of liposuction.


There is more blood loss in traditional liposuction than Vaser liposuction. Love handles and other fibrous tissues are harder to treat successfully with traditional liposuction.


In power-assisted liposuction, the fastest type of liposuction, a special tube, and automatic movements break up fatty tissue. Unfortunately, the device may be hard for the doctor to control and it may result in a lumpy appearance or irregular contouring in the treatment area.


Thermal energy obliterates fat cells and seals off nearby vessels in laser liposuction. The tissue is taken out of the body with a liposuction tube. Laser lipo can treat only small areas of fatty tissue and fat can’t be harvested for fat transfer. The thermal heat may damage tissues. Laser liposuction is only slightly better than traditional liposuction.

How It Works

During the Vaser Liposuction procedure, the treatment area is injected with tumescent saline fluid. This fluid shrinks surrounding blood vessels and numbs the area. The target area volume expands, which makes fat easier to eliminate.


After small incisions are made in the treatment area, a probe is inserted. The probes use a strong ultrasound frequency to loosen fat cells while leaving adjacent tissues alone.


The fat cells and fluid mix, and the doctor has special cannulas to remove fat from the body while still preserving the tissue.


Vaser lipo treatment is performed in an outpatient surgery center, doctor’s office or hospital. You can have general anesthesia, or remain unsedated during the procedure, depending on the area being treated and your personal preference.



The treatment takes between one hour and a few hours, depending on the areas being treated and how much fat is being removed.


Some patients have fat removed by Vaser liposuction transferred to contour another part of their body. This option is referred to as a Fat Transfer Procedure. The fat cells removed during the Vaser procedure are introduced into another part of the body.


Re-injecting fat from your own body into another area of the body gives you more natural results than using synthetic fillers. Contouring and accentuating parts of your body with a Fat Transfer Procedure will last longer than synthetic injections, without any risk of rejection.


There is an additional procedure called VaserSmooth, which uses probes to emulsify fat and cut selected tough septae. When septae are too fibrous, they can cause dimpling and irregular contours.

After Lipo

You’ll wear a compression garment after a lipo treatment to ensure that skin contracts to your body’s newly defined contours. Your surgeon will let you know how long you should wear the garment (usually no longer than four weeks).


The garment improves circulation, reduces swelling and supports the treatment area. Have someone help you change the garment for the first few days as you might become light-headed, but after you get used to the garment, it will be easy to put on and off without assistance.


You should rest and relax for a half-day after the procedure, and refrain from intense physical activity for two to three weeks during recovery.  You’ll see some results immediately after the procedure, but it takes three to four months for most people to see the full improvement.


Patients usually recover from vaser liposuction faster than conventional liposuction.


You should walk every few hours after surgery to reduce venous stasis risk, and drink plenty of water. Some doctors recommend massage therapy to accelerate recovery and improve circulation in the weeks following treatment.


The treatment area may leak for the first day or two. The liquid is clear, orange or light pink and is a sign that your body is recovering and not holding fluid.


Use a mattress cover and old sheets on your bed for the first few days following treatment. Wear dark, loose clothing the first few days after surgery. Leaked fluid from the treatment area is more noticeable on light clothes.


Once the fat is eliminated during a Vaser liposuction treatment, it won't come back or migrate to other areas on your body. A certain amount of fat is necessary for a healthy body, so some of the fat in a target area will remain after treatment.


If you lose or gain weight after treatment, the weight will not settle in one area, it will be distributed across your entire body.


Vaser liposuction won’t prevent the normal aging process. If you’re an older adult, you will tend to gain weight more easily, especially in your mid-section, even after treatment. Exercise and a healthy diet will help keep the unpleasant facts of aging to a minimum.

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