Q. I have heard about a new technique to remove fat called vaser liposuction. What is it all about ?
A. Vaser liposuction has been in the news recently and is does seem to have sparked the public’s imagination. the idea behind vaser liposuction is that it is kinder to the body tissues therefore you tend to get less bruising and swelling than conventional liposuction. Patients undergoing vaser liposuction are usually able to go home on the same day. Because the procedure is said to be less traumatic to tissues, the recovery time is shorter than for ordinary liposuction. Vaser Liposuction uses ultrasound technology to break down the excess fat, it is removed with much less trauma to surrounding tissues. This is why recovery is faster as there is less swelling and bruising of tissues afterwards.
Q. I have fat on my tummy and thighs, will they be able to be treated in one vaser liposuction operation ?
A. This may be a reasonable request. The decision of course will be that of your Specialist vaser Doctor. The most important consideration is your safety and if both areas can be treated safely at the same time, then this is a distinct possibility. The Vaser Doctor is always mindful that if the areas can be treated in one operation then it is best to do so to avoid another operation. Tummy and thighs are a popular request from Patients as multiple treatment areas.
Q. I am afraid of general anesthetic. I have heard that most vaser liposuction operations are done under local is this true ?
A. Certainly with the development of new techniques over recent years more and more fat removal procedures are being performed under local anesthetic. Vaser liposuction is designed to be performed under local anesthetic. Many vaser Doctors also utilise some sedation for maximum comfort during the procedure.
Q. Will I have bruising with the vaser liposuction ?
A. You must always expect some bruising and swelling of the tissues in the area that has been treated. This is perfectly normal. The amount will depend on , the size of the area to be treated and your own body’s reaction to the surgery. It is difficult for the vaser Doctor to assess who will bruise more than others, but with modern day vaser liposuction equipment bring so advanced, it’s certainly moving in the right direction in terms of recovery period.
Q. Will the fat come back after vaser liposuction ?
A. This is a very common question. Modern liposuction , advanced though it is with the advent of vaser and laser assisted fat removal procedures , cannot prevent you from eating too much and not taking any exercise afterwards !. If you eat too much and don’t exercise then the chances are that you will get fat again and have problems with stubborn areas of fat. Most people who have liposuction are very motivated to keep the fat off. Also they are generally speaking quite fit and active people with small pockets of fat that are resistant to their diet and exercise regime.
Q. Will I need to take time off work ?
A. Yes, even with vaser and laser liposuction some time off work is very wise. You will feel sore and bruised afterwards and it is best to give yourself a little recovery time. Your Vaser Doctor will be able to give you an indication as to the time required off work. This will depend on the amount of surgery you are undertaking amongst other things. Usually with Vaser Liposuction most Patients take two or three days off. This is in stark comparison to conventional liposuction where Patients may be off work for anything up to two weeks.
Q. How quickly will I see results ?
A. Don’t expect too much too quickly. Although many Patients report a change as soon as the surgery is over, you will have swelling to the treated areas and that has to settle down. Most of the bruising and swelling will have settled in around six weeks time, however it can take up to one year for everything to settle and for the Vaser Doctor to evaluate the results properly.
Q. How soon can I get back in the gym ?
A. Great to hear that you are so keen to get back to physical activity !. Again its difficult to be specific as there are a number of factors at play here. Usually the Plastic Surgeon advises up to six weeks before strenuous activity is started. The key is to ease yourself back in gently after your liposuction.
Q. Are there scars after the operation ?
A. In vaser liposuction the Vaser Doctor uses small puncture wounds to insert the cannula. Everyone heals differently of course, but these usually heal up to a small mark on the skin. The nature and location of the scars should be discussed with your Vaser Doctor. In vaser liposuction more than one incision is normally required as the cannula is inserted from more than one point on the body.
Q. My skin elasticity is not that great according to one Doctor I have seen. Could this affect the result ?
A. Good skin elasticity is important in fat removal surgery. this is because the Vaser Doctor will not want to remove fat and then leave you with another problem of redundant skin. However it is fair to say that as we age our skin does lose its elasticity anyway , and this may be a factor in your procedure that you have to consider. Your Vaser Doctor will be able to give you some idea of the likely effect on your skin and if the procedure is worthwhile in your particular case.