Vaser liposuction

Vaser has been the buzzword for liposuction for some years now. Vaser is a term used to describe a particular method of liposuction called “Vibration amplification of sound energy at resonance”.

Vaser liposuction is thought to be kinder to tissues and a more controlled procedure. The aim of vaser liposuction is to achieve a more contoured result and produce less bruising and swelling than in conventional liposuction.

You can have vaser liposuction in any of the following areas, abdomen, hips and thighs, chest, buttocks, upper back and neck.

Vaser Liposuction: Before the procedure

If you smoke try to stop six weeks before your surgery. Make sure you have booked some time off work and that you have arranged for someone to take you home after the surgery.

You will be asked about your medical history at the appointment with the Plastic Surgeon. It is very important that you give a frank and honest account of your medical history including any medications that you may be taking.

Medications such as blood thinners will need to be stopped for a set period of time before the operation. Its a good idea to avoid alcohol for a few days prior to surgery.

You will be given some pre-operative instructions which will advise you when you can eat and drink before the surgery. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully to avoid any delays or cancellations of the procedure.

Take your post-operative garment to the hospital with you and wear comfortable clothes (no tight fitting jeans)

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Vaser liposuction: The procedure.

With vaser liposuction it is possible to target a number of areas of stubborn fat that won’t respond to diet and exercise. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and will take between one and two hours, depending on the number of areas to be treated.

The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and takes between one and three hours, depending on the number of areas to be treated. In most cases you can go home on the same day. If you are having several areas treated at once, the Plastic Surgeon may advise an overnight stay . You will be advised of the required hospital stay at the consultation of course.

During the procedure excess fat deposits are broken down using an ultrasonic vaser liposuction technique that produces heat, enabling the breakdown of the fat. This fat is removed in a suction process.

This process of vaser liposuction is targeted to specific areas ,with a focus on sculpting the body shape.

Following  a short recovery you will be able to go home (some one will need to come to the hospital to collect you).

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Vaser Liposuction: The Recovery

You should arrange to take some time off work after the procedure. Most patients will take around a few days to one week off, but if you have had multiple areas treated then you may need a little longer. Most patients recover more quickly with vaser liposuction than traditional liposuction because the procedure is considered not to create as much trauma to the tissues.

After vaser liposuction is it normal to have some bruising and swelling to the treated area and you will have been given pain relief medication and antibiotics to take from the hospital. Take it easy in the first few days.

Allow six weeks before you return to strenuous activities such as gym and contact sports.

In the first week you may notice fluid leaking from the treated site. This is normal and nothing to be alarmed about. This fluid takes on an orange or pink colour.

Make sure you keep well hydrated by drinking plenty of water in the first week or two.

An important part of the recovery process is the earing of a compression garment. This helps the recovery process because it reduces swelling and helps with skin retraction after removal of the fat.

You will wear the garment day and night for around one week after the procedure. Your Plastic Surgeon will advise you as to the length of time that you need to wear the compression garment.

Try to avoid alcohol for the first week after surgery , until you have completed the course of antibiotics. Stop smoking if you can for six weeks after surgery (its also a good idea to stop smoking six weeks before surgery too.)

You may need to change your bedding more frequently in the first week or two after surgery due to leakage.

Your Plastic Surgeon will monitor your recovery in the following months.

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Vaser liposuction: Risks and Complications

Many thousands of vaser liposuction procedures have been carried out across the world over the years, and most procedures are uneventful without any complications. Of course, all surgical procedures carry some element of risk, and although most patients done experience them, you should be aware of them. For vaser liposuction the key risks are

  • Infection, as with any surgical procedure.
  • bruising and swelling of the treated area ( to be expected to some degree )
  • Pain and discomfort ( you should expect some pain and discomfort but you will have medication to help with this )
  • Post-operative bleeding
  • Scars from the entry points used to aspirate the fat
  • Skin irregularities such as loose skin , skin necrosis.
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Your Patient Journey

If this is your first experience of reaching a cosmetic surgery or aesthetic medical procedure, we understand it can be a bit daunting. In this short guide we outline the steps from start to finish of your procedure, so you can see the pathway to a new you!

1. Step One

Everything starts with a simple phone call or website form enquiry. Our patient co-ordinators are on hand to give you all the information you need and then arrange a free consultation for you with one of the Plastic Surgeons. This stage enables you to find out the facts such as likely costs, what the surgery fees include, available dates for surgery, what aftercare is included etc.

2. Step Two

This is your consultation with the Plastic Surgeon. This is where you find out exactly what can be achieved for you. Here you will discuss implant types, sizes, your hopes and fears for the surgery. You also get to ask questions directly to the Plastic Surgeon and of course he will carry out an examination. At this stage you may also book your surgery or confirm a pre booked date. At this stage any pre operative checks will also be done, and any pre op tests needed will be arranged for you.

3. Step Three

This will be the day of your procedure. You will go to the hospital at the admission time and meet your Plastic Surgeon once again , together with his medical team. The Anaesthetist will come to see you before the procedure and discuss the anaesthetic with you. Then the nursing will take care of your right through the day to ensure a pleasant and smooth experience.

4. Step Four

This is the period of your aftercare. Your Plastic Surgeon will see you for follow up in the hospital and on video to ensure a smooth recovery. You will also have access to our patient care support team whenever you have any general questions. We want you to be totally supported after your surgery and pride ourselves in the aftercare and support we provide our patients.

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    Am I suitable for vaser lipsosuction ?

    A consultation with the Plastic Surgeon will be able to determine what vaser liposuction can do for you. Ideal candidates for vaser liposuction are those with specific areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is not a weight loss procedure. You need to be fit and well for the surgery as it is performed under general anaesthetic in most cases. If you have lots of loose skin then vaser liposuction may not be the right procedure for you.

    What kind of anaesthetic is used ?

    Most procedures are performed under general anaesthetic so you will not feel any pain during the procedure

    How long does vaser liposuction take ?

    The length of time in surgery depends on the number of areas to be treated and the amount of fat to be removed. Most procedures take between one and two hours. Your Plastic Surgeon will advise you of the likely duration of your surgery at the consultation

    Can I get vaser liposuction on finance ?

    Finance is available for the procedure, subject to status. Ask us for more information about finance and different ways to pay for your procedure.

    When can I go back to the gym after vaser liposuction ?

    Allow four to six weeks before strenuous exercise. You will be able to go for a short walk after a few days but don’t overdo things at first as this could delay your recovery

    When can I drive again after vaser liposuction ?

    It will be a week or so before you feel comfortable to drive. Do not drive until you do feel comfortable to do so and in any event you should allow a few days after a general anaesthetic.

    How much does vaser liposuction cost ?

    The cost of vaser liposuction will depend on the number of areas to be treated. After your consultation with the Plastic Surgeon, we will give you an exact quotation with options for payment.

    When can I go swimming after vaser liposuction ?

    Allow four to six weeks before strenuous exercise.

    When can I sunbathe after vaser liposuction ?

    Its very important that you do not expose scars to the sunlight for 12 months after the procedure. When you do sunbathe use sun block on the scars.

    Are the vaser liposuction results permanent ?

    Results from vaser liposuction can last provided you adopt a healthy lifestyle. If you do put on weight it is possible to put fat back on the operated area. In many cases though patients report that  this extra fat tends to be more evenly distributed over the body.

    Can I have vaser liposuction repeated ?

    It is possible to have vaser liposuction repeated. Some patients come back for other areas to be treated, and it is possible to have vaser liposuction again in the same area. If you would like vaser liposuction in the same area then it’s a good idea to wait around one year before doing so. Your Plastic Surgeon will advise you on examination.

    Is vaser liposuction painful ?

    Vaser liposuction is kinder to your tissues than traditional liposuction,  but nevertheless you will have some pain and discomfort after surgery. This is usually well controlled by the pain relief medication that you will be given upon discharge from the hospital. You will feel sore, because you will still have some bruising and swelling after surgery.

    How much fat will be removed in the vaser liposuction procedure ?

    The amount of fat removed will depend on the amount of fat in the area being treated, and the number of areas to be treated. Typically between two and five litres of fat can be removed in one procedure. Your Plastic Surgeon will advise you at your consultation. The emphasis is on removing as much fat as possible but making sure that you are safe.

    How long do I need to keep the compression garment on for after Vaser Liposuction?

    The compression garment is an important part of your recovery and it contributes to the overall result of the procedure.

    Typically your Plastic Surgeon will ask you to wear the garment day and night for at least one week. In the next four to five weeks you may only need to wear the garment at night. Again, depending on your progress the surgeon will advise you in terms of duration.

    Can vaser liposuction tighten my skin ?

    Vaser liposuction does have a skin tightening effect together with removal of the excess fat. However, if you already have lots of redundant skin it may not be enough to retract this level of skin laxity. At your consultation the Plastic Surgeon will assess the quality of your skin as part of your suitability for the procedure.

    Is vaser liposuction worth the cost ?

    Vaser liposuction can be a good option if you have stubborn areas of unwanted fat that wont shift with diet and exercise. It is  not a substitute for healthy eating and living, and you should be aware that the fat can come back on the same area if you do not pay attention to your diet and lifestyle afterwards. Most Patients who have vaser liposuction are very driven to improve their lifestyle and get back into good shape. After vaser liposuction they are happy with their new shape which gives them renewed confidence

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