About VASER Liposuction
VASER® is the cutting edge of liposuction technology. Dr. Allen has worked with every form of liposuction technology and she has chosen VASER® to be her technology of choice as she has found it to be the most effective and versatile tool. VASER® technology allows Dr. Allen to perform the most advanced liposuction and fat transfer surgeries. VASER® uses ultrasound energy to target trouble areas. The ultrasonic waves break up and separate fat cells so they can be removed with minimal to no damage done to the surrounding vital tissue.
VASER® is gentle enough that it can be used to precisely sculpt fine areas such as the neck, jowls and arms. Yet it provides enough power to dramatically change large trouble areas such as the abdomen, flanks or thighs in one treatment.
From minor touch-ups to major transformations VASER® Liposuction provides excellent results.
Here’s what you can expect from VASER® Liposuction:
- Realistic curves and more muscle definition, even in hard-to-fix areas
- Easy removal of large quantities of fat
- Precise sculpting of delicate areas of the body
- Less pain and bruising in the post-op period
- A minimally invasive procedure which can be performed in a comfortable clinical setting
- Quicker recovery
- Smooth and tight results
- Immediately visible results with final shape in about 3 months
Dr. Allen uses VASER® liposuction because it gives her a tool to provide precise and dramatic results for her patients whereas traditional liposuction can result in lumpy or uneven areas.
How Does VASER® Lipo compare to other Liposuction Methods?
There are many options when it comes to body contouring. Dr. Allen has spent time working with all of them and has selected VASER Lipo as the best tool to provide the most precise and dramatic results for her patients.
To help you understand the basics of the different treatments available they are compared here:
VASER is ultrasound-assisted liposuction that uses specially designed probes to deliver ultrasound waves into the fat and selectively target and break up the fat into individual cells.
The ultrasound is tissue-specific. Other body tissues like nerves and vessels are left intact. A specially designed tool called a cannula is inserted through a small incision to remove the treated fat using suction.
Pro: Selectively targets only the fat tissue, which encourages smooth, predictable results with fast recovery. Fat remains viable for fat transfer surgeries.
Con: As a newer technology VASER liposuction is still being adopted by surgeons.
Laser Assisted Liposuction/Laser Lipo
They are many trade names in this segment of the industry. Among them, they are sold as SmartLipo™, CoolLipo™, SlimLipo™, AccuSculpt™ and LipoLite™. All of these forms of laser assisted liposuction use heat (not ultrasound) energy to melt fat and cauterize surrounding blood vessels. The melted tissue is then removed with a traditional suction cannula.
Pros: Fat is destroyed and vessels are cauterized prior to removal, so recovery is faster than with traditional liposuction
Cons: This may be best for only small pockets of fat and with the use of heat, thermal injury can occur to the surrounding tissue resulting in burns. Tunneling can result in surface irregularities. Fat is destroyed so it cannot be used for fat transfer.
Suction-Assisted Liposuction (Traditional Liposuction)
In this form of liposuction a larger cannula (suction probe) is inserted through an incision. The physician pushes and pulls the cannula through the fat layer to break up the fat. The cannula is connected to a suction pump that pulls the fat out of the body.
Pros: Most common form of liposuction performed, is an older method of doing liposuction so more physicians are familiar with it. It does not require newer and sometimes more expensive technology.
Cons: Is destructive to tissue and tears out surrounding vessels, nerve endings and collagen. This can lead to a “lumpy, bumpy” results and longer recovery times.
This is similar to suction-assisted liposuction, except that it is performed using a specialized cannula that has mechanized movements that help to physically break up the fat tissue.
Pros: This is the fastest form of liposuction
Cons: Is destructive to tissue and tears out surrounding vessels, nerve endings, and collagen leading to bumpy results and extended recovery times.
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