Traditional liposuction versus VASER liposuction
Traditional liposuction allows for debulking of prominent concern areas on your body. As a result, traditional liposuction results in an improvement in body contour lines. Unfortunately, traditional liposuction cannot create extraordinary outcomes. This is because traditional liposuction is limited to only partial fat from the deep fat layer.
This limitation is because suction cannulas can only traverse the deep fat layer. Also, they can only attempt uniform fat removal because they can only remove tunnels of fat. You can visualize this capacity for the removal of tunnels of fat by observing the shape of the cannula. The suction cannula is a hollow bore rod with holes at the end.
In an attempt to achieve uniform fat removal, surgeons will use a technique of cross-hatching pattern which utilizes two separate portholes that can be used to traverse an area of interest with liposuction.
Despite attempts at crosshatching, this technique can only reach a limited degree of uniformity. Fortunately, traditional liposuction is limited to the deep fat layer, and the superficial fat layer is left intact thus creating a smooth contour outline. Regardless, traditional liposuction can be effective in improving overall aesthetics but it cannot create stunning results indicative of high-definition body contouring.
In contrast to traditional liposuction, VASER liposuction provides the capacity to achieve stunning results essential to high-definition body contouring results. VASER liposuction utilizes ultrasound-assisted liposuction to liquefy both the deep and superficial fat layers. Following fat liquefication, comprehensive and uniform fat removal from the deep layer. A Uniform fat layer is only feasible because the fat has been liquified. Comprehensive fat removal will result in maximum waistline narrowing with the creation of exaggerated curves. Uniform fat removal will ensure ideal contour aesthetics with a smooth contour. Finally, selective fat removal from the superficial layer is utilized to achieve muscle highlights that are quintessential to high-definition outcomes. Unlike traditional liposuction, VASER liposuction requires mastery of ultrasound-assisted liposuction which requires training and experience. VASER liposuction that creates high-definition liposuction outcomes must be attempted by expert staff.
Traditional liposuction versus VASER liposuction before and after results
Traditional liposuction before and after outcomes allow for partial improvement in contour lines as depicted in the patient below. This 30-year-old underwent 300 ccs of fat removal from each flank followed by 300cc of fat transfer to the lateral hip and buttock. This patient demonstrates moderate improvement in her curves.
As the above photo demonstrates, there is still residual fat maintained in the flank region that was not amenable to removal despite aggressive traditional liposuction. In contrast, VASER liposuction before and after provides a higher level of sculpting as demonstrated by this 32-year-old female who had similar removal of 300c of fat removal from each flank and transfer of 400cc of fat transfer to the lateral hip and buttock.
As this VASER before and after photo demonstrates, there is a significant improvement in her curves with maximum waistline narrowing. In summary, traditional liposuction provides before and after outcomes inferior to VASER liposuction. Please contact our office if you have further questions regarding the advancements of VASER liposuction when compared to traditional liposuction.
Traditional Liposuction vs. VASER Liposuction: How Techniques Differ
For those seeking body contouring, both traditional and VASER liposuction effectively removes unwanted fat deposits. However, the technologies utilize different mechanisms for fat removal. Understanding how traditional liposuction and VASER liposuction compare allows for determining which approach may better match your needs and goals.
Overview of Traditional Liposuction for Fat Removal
Traditional liposuction has been performed for decades as one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. It uses thin metal cannulas inserted through tiny incisions to suction out deep fat pockets (ASPS, 2022). The surgeon manually manipulates the cannulas through the treatment area, using their skill and experience to remove excess fat. This creates a more contoured and sculpted body profile. Results are permanent when weight is maintained with proper nutrition and exercise.
How Does VASER Liposuction Work to Dissolve Fat?
VASER stands for vibration amplification of sound energy at resonance. It applies targeted ultrasound energy through a cannula to help emulsify and dissolve fat deposits before suctioning (Adatto et al., 2022).
The ultrasound vibrations target only the fat cells, breaking up the lobules before they are removed. This liquified fat is then more easily and uniformly vacuumed out through gentler suction, leaving surrounding tissues intact. Many surgeons believe VASER leads to enhanced skin retraction and contouring results.
What Are the Main Differences Between Traditional Lipo and VASER Lipo?
Key differences between traditional vs VASER liposuction include:
- Fat removal method – Suction alone vs ultrasound emulsification + suction
- Cannula size – Traditional uses larger bore cannulas vs VASER’s thinner microcannulas
- Fat removal approach – VASER is more delicate and gradual
- Pain and recovery – VASER has less bruising, discomfort, and downtime
- Skin retraction – VASER allows more controlled fat removal from under-skin
- Cost – VASER has a higher price tag due to the technology and skill required
Which Body Areas Respond Better to VASER Liposuction?
VASER liposuction excels when treating (Commons et al., 2001):
- Smaller treatment areas like the chin, neck, knees or ankles
- Gynecomastia or male breast reduction
- Fibrous fat deposits as in gynoid lipodystrophy (cellulite)
- Areas prone to irregularities like the back and abdomen
The gentler fat removal tends to provide smoother results and contours.
What Are the Benefits of Choosing VASER Liposuction?
Benefits of VASER liposuction include:
- Less pain, bruising, and swelling during recovery (Duncan, 2016)
- More uniform fat removal leads to precise sculpting (Zocchi, 2022)
- Ability to treat delicate or fibrous areas of fat safely
- Faster healing with less downtime in most cases
- Enhanced skin retraction for smoother contours and elasticity
- Lower risk of complications like seromas that can occur with vigorous suction
What Is the Recovery Like After VASER Liposuction?
Recovery after VASER liposuction typically involves:
- Wearing a compression garment to minimize swelling
- Using medication to control discomfort for the first few days
- Having bruising and tenderness that resolves within 10-14 days
- Avoiding physical exertion for 2-3 weeks
- Returning to non-strenuous work within 3-5 days
- Resuming exercise gradually after 2-3 weeks
How Much Does VASER Liposuction Cost Compared to Traditional?
According to 2022 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, average cost ranges are:
- Traditional liposuction: $2,000 – $8,000 depending on treated areas
- VASER liposuction: $3,500 – $7,500 on average
The additional technology and expertise required for VASER equate to slightly higher overall costs in most cases. However, both remain investment procedures not covered by insurance.
Which Is Better – Traditional Lipo or VASER Lipo?
The better liposuction technique depends on your individual body goals and needs:
- If you require significant fat removal, traditional may be recommended.
- If you desire precise sculpting or treatment of fibrous/delicate zones, VASER offers advantages.
An experienced plastic surgeon helps analyze the pros and cons of each during consultations. The best approach is one customized for you.
Conclusion: Traditional liposuction versus VASER liposuction
While both traditional and VASER liposuction permanently removes unwanted fat cells, the technologies differ in their approaches. The key is working with a knowledgeable board-certified cosmetic or plastic surgeon, who can determine through extensive evaluations whether VASER or traditional liposuction is right for you, or if a combination approach makes sense. Doing your due diligence results in the most satisfying body contouring outcome so choose between traditional liposuction versus VASER liposuction carefully.