Liposuction is an extremely common cosmetic procedure, and the vaser technique improves upon traditional liposuction in terms of safety and results. Vaser liposuction has been proven to be safe and causes minimal side effects. It also causes less blood loss than traditional liposuction, especially with larger or more complex areas.
The best way to minimise the risk of VASER lipo side effects is to use a highly skilled cosmetic surgeon. It’s their experience and skill, as well as cutting-edge equipment, that will ensure you get outstanding results and a lower risk of complications.
VASER liposuction is far less invasive than traditional liposuction, and we’ll do all we can to set you at ease and make you comfortable. When we get underway, your surgeon will mark your body in the areas that are being treated. After this you lie down and we administer a local anaesthetic (or sedation if required). Once the anaesthetic takes effect, we make tiny incisions near the marks and inject tumescent fluid to expand the tissue layer. Once this is done your surgeon will insert a small ultrasonic emitting probe which targets fat cells and breaks them apart. A small hollow tube (cannula) is then used to gently suck the fat away. The procedure is concluded with the incisions being closed and dressed with bandages and a compression garment placed over the top.
VASER liposuction normally takes between one to four hours. The exact time will depend on the size and number of areas treated. Typically, each area will take around an hour to treat.
You will be able to go home on the same day as your vaser liposuction procedure. We use either local or twilight anaesthetic meaning reduced recovery time and lower associated risks than with general anaesthetic.
You’ll be able to get on with most things you normally do the day after treatment – or as soon as you feel ok. But with VASER liposuction, it’s good to allow yourself around two to three weeks to fully recover. If you can go for a few walks in those early days that will really help with the drainage of fluid, just avoid any strenuous activity for about a month to let your body get back to normal.
The time you’ll need to take off work really depends on the amount of areas you have treated and what work you do. If you work in an office, you should be fine to return within one to three days after treatment – but you might want to take off a week to let the swelling go down and for your wounds to stop leaking.
There is usually very little pain following vaser liposuction, and this can be managed easily with painkillers. Minor swelling around the area will usually remain for around 5-6 weeks and you may also experience some bruising or numbness during this period.