Imagine the toned, lean body of your dreams. With Vaser Liposuction, unwanted fat is a thing of the past.
Vaser Ultrasonic Liposuction, often simply called “Vaser Lipo”, is a break-through liposuction technology that removes excess fat easily with minimal downtime and permanent results. With this cutting-edge technology, ultrasonic sound waves break apart fat cells for gentle, quick removal with minimally invasive micro-cannula technology, all performed under local anesthesia.
- 1 Vaser Liposuction
- 2 BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
- 3 How Does Vaser Liposuction Work?
- 4 Liposuction Under Local Anesthesia
- 5 Recovery and Downtime
- 6 Frequently Asked Questions
- 6.1 Will Vaser Lipo hurt? What kind of numbing or anesthesia is used?
- 6.2 What is an advantage of Vaser lipo over Smartlipo, SAFELipo, Slimlipo, or other laser lipo options?
- 6.3 When can I go back to work? Working out? Picking up my toddler/infant?
- 6.4 Am I a good candidate for Vaser Lipo?
- 6.5 Is Vaser Lipo safe?
- 6.6 How many treatments will I need with Vaser?
- 6.7 How does VASER lipo work?
- 6.8 Does VASER lipo hurt?
- 6.9 How much is Vaser Liposuction?
- 6.10 How many vaser liposuction treatments are needed?
- 7 Pricing
- 8 Results
- 9 Why Choose Reflections for Your Vaser Procedure
- 10 Alternative Procedures
Vaser Ultrasonic Liposuction offers a gentler liposuction technique, resulting in a safer treatment, easier recovery, and smoother, more naturally sculpted results. During this procedure, ultrasound waves soften and loosen the fat before it is removed. Some people equate it with shaking grapes free from a bunch or leaves falling from the branch. By treating the fat cells with ultrasound before using suction to remove them, we are able to leave the supporting structures intact under the skin (fibrous septae) which results in better skin tightening and a smoother result after the procedure.
Vaser Lipo is the only FDA-Approved ultrasonic liposuction system. Vaser Lipo can be used almost anywhere on the body to remove unwanted fat. It creates the best results for patients with small pockets of unwanted fat but can be used to sculpt a leaner silhouette for larger patients as well. Because of its gentler approach to removing fat cells, it is the liposuction treatment of choice for those desiring fat transfer to other parts of the body, such as buttock enhancement or Brazilian butt lift.
Who doesn’t want a flat stomach? It makes all of your clothes look better, including swimsuits, and it boosts your confidence from the bedroom to the boardroom. But losing weight from our midsections is hard work!
And sometimes, it just seems impossible. Vaser is a wonderful treatment for this problem area because once the fat cells have been suctioned out, they’re gone for good.
What’s to love? Love handles are one of the most common treatment areas patients ask us about. For men, this is the #1 place extra fat goes first, and it’s stubborn fat that can be nearly impossible to lose. Vaser makes short work of this tough fat, for a lean look and fitter silhouette.
Back Fat/ Bra Rolls
The fat contained within these rolls tends to be bound in place by dense fibers. This makes it even harder for the body to access this fat for energy, making this problem area incredibly difficult to completely lose, even with a strict diet and exercise program. Liposuction of this area not only allows us to remove that excess fat, but we’re able to break apart some of the problematic creases in this area, for smoother skin, too.
Upper arm fat can be difficult to lose. It’s often hormonally-related in women over age 40, but can also be seen in younger patients with a genetic predisposition to heavier arms. Whatever the case, arm fat is best treated early and aggressively. The skin of our arms is thin and not well-suited to the excess weight, which is why we so often see stretch marks in this area. Removing the fat will help preserve the skin’s elasticity, which is important for preventing bat wings later in life.
Thigh and Leg Fat
Inner thighs, like the arms, have some of the thinnest skin on the body. This thin skin is not as resilient, or elastic, meaning excess fat here can easily do permanent damage, creating cellulite, loose/excess skin, and stretch marks. Removing excess fat as early as possible is the best course of treatment for this area. In cases where fat removal alone will not create the desired result, we use internal and external lasers to stimulate collagen synthesis for additional tightening.
Neck / Double Chin Liposuction
One of the advantages to using Vaser Liposuction for the neck and chin is that this style of liposuction is much gentler than some of the alternatives. The neck tends to swell and bruise, due to the high concentration of blood vessels in this area. So the gentler we can be during the treatment, the less swelling and bruising, which means less time wearing a compression garment (i.e. less time away from social activities and work, for most), and the less discomfort during the recovery process.
BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
How Does Vaser Liposuction Work?
During the Vaser procedure, a wand is used to deliver ultrasonic sound waves below the skin, to disrupt and loosen fat cells, making them more easily removed using a micro-cannula, a special type of small, blunt-tip tube. These destroyed fat cells are then suctioned out using a micro-cannula, a special type of small, blunt-tip tube. Using these gentle techniques, Vaser Lipo produces less swelling and bruising, which makes for a faster, more comfortable recovery.
The entire procedure usually takes between 2 and 3 hours, including the markings, medication, and recovery period. Afterward, a friend or loved one will pick you up and drive you home. You’ll spend the rest of that day relaxing, but you’ll be up and walking the same day of the procedure. Most patients have their treatment on a Thursday or Friday and are back to work on Monday or Tuesday. You can find more detailed info on the recovery process in the FAQs below.
Liposuction Under Local Anesthesia
Since the Vaser Lipo procedure is gentle, patients are kept comfortable using only local anesthesia. This has several unique advantages:
- Safety: avoid the risks of general anesthesia during and after your procedure, as well as the infection risks of a hospital setting, with a comfortable experience in our private surgical suite.
- Results: patients who are under local anesthesia are able to move around, allowing our physicians to view and fine-tune your results from every angle – including standing.
- Easier and Faster Recovery: the numbing medication we use helps to constrict blood vessels in the treatment area, reducing bruising and blood loss – the two largest contributors to soreness following liposuction surgery.
- Reduced Cost and Fees: since the procedure is performed in-office, rather than a hospital or outpatient surgi-center– there’s no need to worry about hidden fees for the surgery center or anesthesiologist.
Recovery and Downtime
Downtime is a big reason our patients tell us that they put off having procedures. We know how busy life can get. That’s one of the reasons we love Vaser so much!
This procedure is a gentler version of traditional liposuction. Gentler means less bruising, less swelling, and less blood loss. This makes for a very speedy recovery. Most patients have their procedure on a Thursday or Friday and are back to work on Monday or Tuesday. You should expect to take a week off from high-intensity workouts. You’ll be up and walking around the day of your procedure. Picking up heavy things (including toddlers) should wait a day or two. But all of this makes it really easy for busy parents to take the time to do something for themselves.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will Vaser Lipo hurt? What kind of numbing or anesthesia is used?
We perform Vaser Liposuction under local anesthesia with oral sedation (relaxing medication given by mouth). This means you are completely relaxed, but awake, throughout the procedure. We use numbing solutions to ensure you are comfortable and feel nothing more than touch or pressure throughout the procedure. We also offer several different options for relaxing medication, which the patient can help choose between, for a comfortable and easy procedure experience.
Avoiding general anesthesia will not only help make your procedure safer, but it will also make your experience more comfortable. That’s because general anesthesia often induces nausea and other unpleasant symptoms following surgery. In addition, the local anesthesia we use helps to reduce blood loss during surgery, leaving you not only feeling stronger and better after surgery, but also reducing the bruising and trauma, which is a main source of pain and discomfort as well as prolonged healing times after liposuction, as well as complications.
What is an advantage of Vaser lipo over Smartlipo, SAFELipo, Slimlipo, or other laser lipo options?
Having access to all of these tools ensures our doctors are able to choose the best tool(s) for the job, even if their impression about which liposuction technique is best changes mid-procedure (which it sometimes does).
Our practice has chosen to invest very heavily in the best liposuction platforms. We offer Vaser Lipo in addition to Smartlipo, SlimLipo, SAFE Lipo, and MicroAire Power-Assisted Lipo (PAL). We know there’s no one best tool for every job.
Here’s one reason: all fat isn’t created equal. Read about this in our blog post about the different kinds of fat – fibrous, fluffy, firm (visceral), and cellulite. Lipo works on fluffy fat and fibrous fat, but as you can guess, one of these is pretty easy to remove and the other, not so much. Fibrous fat usually requires some extra considerations, including pre-treating the fat for easier and more comprehensive removal. Vaser is the treatment of choice for this type of fat. At Reflections, we usually use MicroAire Power-Assisted Liposuction after the ultrasound treatment by Vaser, for the perfect 1-2 punch to improve your shape. This device uses a proprietary vibratory motion to assist with removal of unwanted fat and is a favorite among many surgeons.
If we’re harvesting fat for a fat transfer liposculpting procedure, like Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), we often prefer Vaser lipo. It does offer some of the gentlest fat harvesting, which helps more of the fat survive the transfer process2,3. Each liposuction doctor on our team has their favorite tools and unique techniques, but in the end, it’s all about the results.
Let our skilled and experienced liposuction doctors guide you through the process of creating a liposuction treatment plan that will help you sculpt the body of your dreams.
Call (732) 356-1666 to schedule your complimentary consultation today!
When can I go back to work? Working out? Picking up my toddler/infant?
A lot of our patients tell us the time off for recovery after liposuction was the number one reason they put off having their procedure for so long. Today we’re able to achieve amazing things with liposuction, without a lengthy or difficult recovery. The stuff you see on reality TV about weeks of pain is not typical for our patients.
Instead, you can expect to be up and walking around the same day of your surgery. Though you may feel sleepy, you shouldn’t feel ill (nauseous and groggy) the way you would with general anesthesia. Usually, patients take 2-3 days after their procedure off from work, depending upon how physically active their jobs are. Since our patients most frequently schedule their procedures for a Thursday or Friday, that means they’re back to work on Monday or Tuesday. High-intensity workouts need to wait until at least a week after your procedure, but light cardio such as walks can be resumed almost immediately.
Moms ask us about picking up infants and children quite frequently, and unlike a tummy tuck, you’ll be able to pick up your children with no concern quickly after the procedure. This can vary a little bit by the area treated and how tender you personally are, but we typically say 2 days is long enough recovery to be able to pick up small children and infants again.
Am I a good candidate for Vaser Lipo?
The best candidates for Vaser Lipo have a BMI close to 30, which puts them in a healthy or overweight range. Those who are obese will typically be counseled to lose weight before surgery.
Vaser does offer some skin tightening, with the best tightening effects seen in those with good skin quality – i.e. skin that’s not overly loose and doesn’t have stretch marks. Those with moderate skin quality will still see a benefit, but those with poor skin quality will often not be able to achieve their goals through liposuction alone. Often, people who have lost a significant amount of weight and have loose skin, or those who have had several pregnancies are not the best candidates for liposuction.
Is Vaser Lipo safe?
Vaser Liposuction received FDA-Approved for its safety and efficacy in 20021. This means clinical studies have shown the procedure works, and is safe. It’s been shown to be safe for all body types and skin tones. There are some medical diseases and conditions, however, which may make you unsuitable for treatment with Vaser. However, in those situations, we can often offer an alternative, such as Coolsculpting or Sculpsure, to meet your fat reduction goals.
How many treatments will I need with Vaser?
Liposuction is as permanent and total of a solution for excess fat as you can get. What that means is, you should only need 1 treatment to achieve your goals*, and the results will last for as long as you don’t gain a significant amount of weight. *Of course, your goals should be realistic and based on what you and the doctor discuss as being possible, given your anatomy. Not everyone can achieve the 18″ waist of an Instagram starlet, but the vast majority of people we meet with are able to enjoy truly amazing results from liposuction. Remember that Liposuction is not an alternative to a healthy lifestyle.
How does VASER lipo work?
Vaser lipo is a less invasive and safer procedure than the traditional liposuction. It is performed using local anesthesia and is efficient at removing fat. The procedure helps to remove up to 4 liters of the subdermal fat and it works on various body areas including your neck, jowls, chin, buttocks, arms, abdomen, thighs, knees, flanks, chest, back and ankles.
Your body can recover faster from the vaser lipo procedure since there is less trauma on the skin. You must expect some level of swelling, numbing and bruising since it is a surgery after all. The technology behind vaser lipo uses sound waves to loosen up the fat. A saline solution and tumescent liquid is injected into the body and instead of using a cannula, it uses vibration from ultrasound to break down the fat cells. The ultrasonic probe vibration gently disengages and loosens up the fat cells and helps to emulsify the fat along with the tumescent fluid. After this, a small cannula will be used to remove the liquid with the fat cells.
Vaser lipo is a gentler procedure and this allows the surgeon greater control. The way the procedure is designed, it loosens up the fat but protects and preserves the surrounding tissue with the saline solution leading to lesser bleeding and bruising.
You must consult an experienced cosmetic physician before choosing to undergo vaser lipo since it is not to be used as a weight loss procedure. A good candidate for vaser lipo has a BMI under 30 and is only struggling with certain stubborn areas.
Does VASER lipo hurt?
Vaser liposuction uses pulsated ultrasound technology and is efficient when it comes to removing the liquefied fat. The procedure is not too invasive and less expansive. Not only are vaser lipo results stunning, but the recovery is also shorter as well. Since the procedure is performed under local anesthesia with oral sedation and not general anesthesia, you remain completely relaxed and awake throughout the procedure.
When you undergo a surgical procedure, the pain and discomfort usually are symptoms of the general anesthesia given for the procedure. Since local anesthesia is given for your vaser lipo surgery, it reduces the associated risks like nausea and discomfort. With local anesthesia, you will only feel a slight pressure or touch during the procedure. It also reduces blood loss, bruising and trauma, making you feel better and stronger. In addition to these, your healing time gets longer. When the recovery period is easy and devoid of complications, your vaser lipo results will also be stunning and long-lasting.
How much is Vaser Liposuction?
Vaser lipo is a precision contouring treatment that uses state-of-the-art ultrasound energy. The procedure is designed for reshaping your body by reducing fat. The ultrasound energy delivered during the procedure works to dissolve fat, but also bounces off other structures like nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. This means that the surrounding tissue remain safe. The dissolved fat is then naturally eliminated from the body over time. It is a safe and predictable procedure which gives smooth results. Vaser lipo results are stunning with minimal downtime and discomfort. Your provider may use a local or topical anesthetic to reduce any discomfort you may feel during the procedure.
The cost of your vaser lipo procedure varies depending on the area of treatment. You can choose vaser lipo for treating various areas like the abdomen, flanks, and inner thighs. However, since a single area could mean the removal of varying amounts of fat, the amount of time required will be different too. In addition to the cost of the procedure itself, vaser lipo pricing also includes the cost of the operating facilities, anesthetists, nurses, and providers. Some vaser lipo centers also use a matrix with guidelines based on your skin type, fat volume, and precision rather than the number of treatment areas. You’ll receive a full estimate of your costs during a consultation with our cosmetic physicians.
The quality of your vaser lipo results also depend on the quality of the post-operative care you receive, which includes follow up visits with your vaser lipo center. When you go for your liposuction consultation, you should take into consideration all of these factors.
How many vaser liposuction treatments are needed?
Vaser liposuction uses pulsated ultrasound technology to effectively remove liquefied fat from your body. It is a minimally-invasive procedure that offers shorter recovery with stunning and long-term results. It is performed under local anesthesia and oral sedation, which means you are relaxed and awake throughout your vaser liposuction procedure.
Vaser liposuction is used to effectively break apart fat cells, which can then be removed with a micro cannula. The most commonly treated areas include the abdomen, love handles, bra rolls, arms, thighs, legs, chest, flanks, neck, and chin area. It can be used to remove up to 4 liters of subdermal fat. It’s important to note that vaser liposuction is not a weight loss program and cannot substitute a healthy lifestyle. You should discuss your goals with your surgeon and have realistic expectations so that your surgeon can determine what is achievable with the procedure depending on your anatomy. A majority of patients are fully satisfied with their vaser liposuction results and enjoy their slimmer and more toned appearance.
Your session takes about an hour for each treatment area and could require longer depending on the area. Even though you will see your results within a week from your treatment, your body will continue to improve over the next 2 to 6 months. Since your results are permanent, you only need one vaser liposuction treatment to achieve your desired goals. Obviously, if you gain a significant amount of weight in the future, your results will be altered.
The cost of Vaser lipo at our New Jersey offices depends upon the area(s) being treated and other variables specific to your anatomy and goals. The prices listed below are approximations only. Firm costs will be given at time of consultation.
Beware of other offices who list their prices “by area” but don’t tell you what they consider to be an area. You will often find that “waist”, “upper abdomen”, “lower abdomen”, “hips”, and “love handles” all qualify as separate areas and the total cost adds up quickly Our practice tries to be as straight-forward as we can be about our pricing, but please feel free to contact us if you have questions.
At Reflections we offer free consultations for liposuction – you deserve the knowledge to make an informed decision regarding your body.
Call (732) 356-1666 to schedule.
When you commit to having a procedure like liposuction, we know you want to make sure you get the very best results possible. With Vaser Liposuction, that’s pretty easy. You’ll want to follow your doctor’s instructions before and after surgery to ensure your safety, and your results.
Why Choose Reflections for Your Vaser Procedure
Our cosmetic physicians focus on creating the best results for the individual, with treatments that fit your lifestyle and budget. Vaser is a great option for eliminating excess fat, but its far from the only option at Reflections. As you’ll see in our alternative treatments section below, we invest in every technology that works, because we know there’s no one technology that works best for every body. Choosing Reflections means choosing doctors that care about sculpting the body you want, first and foremost.
Here are 3 ways our liposuction doctors are different than others:
- Experience: We’ve been performing liposuction under local anesthesia for over a decade, and we have thousands of happy patients. This is a big part of what our liposuction doctors do every single week, and we think this is part of what makes us the best.
- Advanced Training: Our liposuction doctors attend several trainings each year, often traveling internationally, so that they can learn from and collaborate with the world’s best liposuction surgeons. This helps our doctors learn the best techniques and keeps them up to date on emerging trends and technologies.
- We put the patient first: We’ve built our entire liposuction experience around the patient. We built our own surgical suite with the emphasis on patient safety, comfort, and privacy. We have a TV available to those patients who desire watching during their procedure. We allow patients to pick the music played during the treatment. We also have a private exit that allows you to step right into a waiting car after your procedure. No detail has been spared to ensure patients enjoy their actual procedure, because we care so deeply about our patients.
The most common alternative to Vaser Liposuction is a different technique of liposuction. There are many different techniques and technologies that can help aid in liposuction, and we have a wide variety available at our office, including all of the top laser and non-laser liposuction systems – Smartlipo, SlimLipo, SAFE Lipo, and MicroAire Power-Assisted Liposuction. This allows our doctors to use the best of these systems for each patient, including mixing together these technologies to treat the same area. To learn more about liposuction treatments at Reflections, click the title link above.
Some patients don’t need liposuction to achieve their goals, or simply don’t want surgery at all. For those patients, we offer a wide variety of the best non-surgical fat reduction technologies, including CoolSculpting, SculpSure, and Liposonix. These machines use either heat (lasers or ultrasound) or cold to selectively target and destroy fat cells, in the same way that Vaser and Laser Lipo selectively destroy fat cells without harming the surrounding tissues. Since there’s no surgery involved, these dead fat cells need to be cleared by your body for results to show. . This typically takes a few weeks or months, which is the main drawback to this approach, in addition to the fact that they normally require a series of treatments. The positive is that there’s no downtime with these treatments.
- FDA Approval for Vaser Liposuction
- Schafer, M.E., et al. Acute Adipocyte Viability After Third-Generation Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 2013 Jul; 33(5):698-704.
- Fisher, C., et al. Comparison of Harvest and Processing Techniques for Fat Grafting and Adipose Stem Cell Isolation. Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. 2013 Aug; 132(2):351-61.