VASER Liposuction FAQ’s
VASER® Liposuction FAQ’s
What is VASER® Liposuction?
VASER® Liposuction is an advanced body contouring procedure that selectively removes unwanted body fat. An alternative to the harsh techniques of traditional liposuction, VASER® Liposuction uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology designed to gently reshape your body.
How does it differ from traditional liposuction?
What distinguishes the VASER® Liposuction procedure is its ability to differentiate targeted fat from other important tissues — such as nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. Innovative VASER® technology breaks up fat while preserving these other important tissues to promote smooth results and rapid healing.
How does VASER® Liposuction work?
First, the area to be reshaped is filled with a special saline solution that helps numb the site and shrink the blood vessels (to minimize blood loss and reduce bruising). This solution wets and fills the area to be treated, making it easier to break up fatty tissue with the VASER® System’s ultrasound energy. Then a small probe transmits sound energy (similar to that used for cataract removal from the eye) to break up fatty tissue on contact while preserving other important tissues. Finally, the liquefied fat is removed through a gentle suction process designed to minimize damage to surrounding tissues.
What body areas can be treated with VASER® Liposuction?
Doctors have experienced great success in treating all of the following areas: abdomen, thighs, knees, buttocks, hips, back, arms, male and female breasts, love handles, chin, neck areas and just about any other body part you need treated.
How much fat can be taken?
There are limits to how much fatty tissue can be safely taken from the body. One way to get a good idea for yourself is to stand and bend from the waist. The amount of ‘loose-hanging’ fat you can easily grab above / below your waist will approximate what can be removed. Bear in mind that this procedure is not intended as a weight loss solution. The goal is to create a slimmer silhouette. You may not notice a significant amount of weight loss, but you should be pleased with your slimmer new shape.
Where is VASER® Liposuction performed?
VASER® Liposuction is performed in our surgical suite in our Wayzata Office. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia (awake)
How soon will I see my results? What is the recovery time?
This varies with the extensiveness of the procedure—the amount of fat removed, the number of sites treated, and so on. Many patients report that they see results immediately after the procedure with the final result at around 3 to 6 months. It is important that you establish realistic expectations through discussion with Dr Erhard.
What about future weight gain / fat migrating to other areas?
This is a common misperception. Following your VASER® Liposuction procedure, should you experience weight gain or loss, it will tend to be proportionately distributed over your entire body. Once you have fat removed, it is gone and, assuming a healthy lifestyle of proper diet and exercise, it will not return or migrate. However, because fat is necessary to a healthy body, some essential fat layers in any given site remain untreated. If you do gain a significant amount of weight, the remaining fatty tissue will expand. Normal aging changes can also be expected.
How can I be certain VASER® Liposuction is right for me?
If you are frustrated by the resistance of certain body areas to diet and exercise, VASER® Liposuction can provide a solution. If you are healthy and seeking a fast, low-pain solution to losing stubborn fat deposits, the VASER® Liposuction procedure could be your answer. Although there are limit to the amount of fat that can be removed, Dr Erhard can assist you with your decision about potential areas for sculpting, anticipated results and the recovery process.