What is High-Definition Vaser Liposuction?
VASER or “high-definition” liposuction is a minimally invasive body-contouring procedure that uses ultrasound technology to melt fat. It is an advanced body sculpting technique that allows your surgeon to remove the unwanted fat surrounding your muscles to create a toned, athletic appearance.
Vaser Lipo was developed to address the limitations of current liposuction techniques that are restricted to removing deep fat only. The VASER acronym stands for, “vibration amplification of sound energy at resonance” and this technology allows surgeons to remove fat more comprehensively. Today, removal of fat is no longer limited to the deep layer, but also includes the superficial layers as well. To understand, we must evaluate an image of human fat layers.
What Makes VASER Lipo Different?
VASER High-definition Liposuction is considered a “Game Changer” in the body contouring liposuction arena. This is because, unlike deep fat, the superficial fat layer is structured in compartmentalized blocks with strong attachment ligaments that do not allow traditional liposuction cannulas to penetrate. But now, with VASER ultrasonic technology, the superficial fat cells can be emulsified and then removed using specialized cannulas that do not disrupt these tough ligaments.
First, the VASER technology gently melts and suctions away unwanted fat. And then, a Cool Helium Plasma skin tightening procedure is used to literally “shrink wrap” any loose or excess skin. Both of these procedures can performed simultaneously allowing patients to attain their goals in a single, safe and minimally-invasive procedure.
Today, fat cells can be completely removed throughout the deep layers and strategically over the superficial layers to provide HD Lipo. This is what has come to be known as “Liposculpting” due to the artistry involved in contouring the body and achieving optimal muscle definition and natural looking results. This artistic and highly-skilled component of VASER HD Lipo is exactly why it is critical that your Surgeon has many years of experience and an expert understanding of muscle anatomy and areas of fat accumulation.
Browse the amazing before and after photos below to see the results for yourself!
VASER Before and Afters
Do I Need Anesthesia to Get VASER HD Lipo?
I consult with a good deal of patients who are seeking liposuction without general anesthesia. Some have reservations because of fear and some due to the added cost. Regardless, the bottom line is that, yes, you will need general anesthesia during VASER Liposuction. This is because it allows your surgeon to remove all of your unwanted fat without the limitations of pain prevention. Compared to other liposuction methods like Smart lipo (Sonobello), Laser Lipo, Slim Lipo, and traditional liposuction, which can be performed using only a local anesthetic, these methods are very limited in how much fat can be removed. In order to achieve the sculpted six-pack look of HD Lipo, suctioning of all excess fat deposits is required, thereby causing unavoidable irritation of the sensory nerves. But fear not, because here at the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute of Orange County thousands of procedures have been performed safely and comfortably using general anesthetic. And while avoiding general anesthesia might be attractive at first, when you consider a lifetime of sub-optimal results, you may rethink your decision.
How Much Does Vaser HD Lipo Cost?
The cost of a VASER high-definition liposuction procedure is directly related to the time required to perform the surgery. Procedure time is dictated by the number of treatment areas needed and how prominent they are. HD Lipo pricing generally starts at $5,000 per treatment area. Since every procedure is tailored to a patients specific needs, the more treatment areas needed, the higher the cost will be. Click here to learn more about Liposuction pricing.
Am I a Good Candidate for VASER HD Lipo?
Almost everyone is a candidate for VASER liposuction, as long as they have fat accumulation in unwanted areas. Patients who are closer to their ideal body weight will see the best results in etching around their muscles to obtain muscle definition. Patients with moderate to severe skin redundancy may require an additional tucking procedure along with liposuction.
For more information and to determine if you are a good candidate for this state-of-the-art procedure, please schedule a free consultation with Orange County’s premiere Vaser HD Liposuction surgeon, Dr. Laguna.