Many different options exist for body contouring and fat removal. Some procedures require incredibly small incisions while others may not require any at all, which benefits the patient significantly due to the reduced recovery period and fewer side effects. The problem with having so many options is determining which of the many options suits your needs the best.
Let’s examine two similar but distinct types of non-invasive liposuction treatments: ProLipo™ and VASER® liposuction.
How Does ProLipo™ Work?
ProLipo™ utilizes laser lipolysis to “melt” fatty tissue. High-energy light beams are calibrated to frequencies that pass through desirable body tissue, such as the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin, before dispersing into thermal energy that breaks down fat cells. These damaged fat cells are removed by the body over time.
The interesting advantage of ProLipo™ is that it also can interact with the collagen layers that line the subcutaneous fat layers. This can allow the collagen layers to undergo neocollagenesis, which allows the skin where fat was removed to become tighter.
How Does VASER® Liposuction Work?
VASER® liposuction works similarly to laser lipolysis, but it utilizes a completely different method of transferring energy to fat cells. It uses high-frequency vibrations to vibrate through the skin to reach fat. This can provide a similar effect to laser lipolysis without the occurrence of red skin or other adverse side effects.
Because VASER® liposuction utilizes vibrations, this makes it ideal for areas of the body where the skin is “thinner”. The neck, areas on the chest, and the chin are ideal places for VASER® liposuction.
ProLipo™ vs. VASER® Liposuction: Which is Right for You?
While ProLipo™ and VASER® liposuction can both “melt” fat off the body, it’s important to understand that each technique has areas that will produce better results.
As stated before, VASER® liposuction is best suited for areas of the body where the skin is thinner but fat may reside. The way it transfers energy to the fat cells is optimal for these areas, as ProLipo™ may result in agitated skin when performed on thinner areas.
ProLipo™ tends to work best when there are more dense fat deposits. The abdomen, thighs and love handles are places where the skin has sufficient strength to resist most of the side effects of laser lipolysis. VASER® liposuction may also be ill-suited to treat these areas due to the higher density of fat that tends to accumulate.
Another thing to consider is that some patients may wish to have local anesthetic applied when ProLipo™ is performed. While the procedure itself is designed to be painless, some patients may feel uncomfortable. VASER® liposuction, on the other hand, rarely requires anesthetic.
The best way to decide what type of non-invasive liposuction is right for you requires you to consult with an experienced provider. Contact Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery and Spa today to schedule your consultation.