Losing weight is a challenge. Plateaus and stubborn fat pockets can feel impossible to shift, regardless of how much you diet and exercise. If this sounds familiar, then liposuction surgery may be a good option for you. Before you dive, here are a few things you need to know.
Liposuction surgery is when the doctor breaks down the layer of fat from just beneath the skin. They then remove this fat, usually via suction.
Liposuction should not be thought of as a weight-loss procedure. It is not a surgery that will be able to remove large amounts of fat, typically up to 5% of your body weight can be safely removed as a day case. Therefore, liposuction is more of a body sculpting procedure. It targets fat that is hard or impossible to remove through diet and exercise. It is only useful for subcutaneous fat; sometimes people have excess visceral fat (fat around your inner abdomen organs), liposuction can not be used to treat visceral fat.
VASER liposuction uses carefully targeted ultrasound to breakdown the fat layer. This is a powerful technique. Skilled surgeons can use it on large areas such as the abdomen and thighs. Doctors can also target this technique very precisely. This means you can use it on more delicate areas such as the neck.
In traditional liposuction, the surgeon scrapes the fat out. With VASER, they use the ultrasound to break it down to remove it far more gently. This significantly reduces recovery time and can often be completed under a local anesthetic, which can reduce the risk of the procedure considerably.
VASER Hi-Def and VASER Mid-Def are techniques for liposuction that can be achieved using a VASER device and a skilled VASER practitioner. Instead of simply removing the fat, the surgeon sculpts the fat around the muscles. This can be used to highlight a muscular definition. Hi-Def gives a sharper finish, whereas mid-def gives a softer finish.
These techniques are challenging and can only be performed by highly trained and skilled surgeons. To perform this procedure, a surgeon needs to undertake a lot of specialised training. As a consequence, the results are phenomenal.
You can get liposuction done in a wide range of areas. These include:
VASER liposuction is so precise that a skilled and trained doctor can use it in pretty much any area you wish. If you are unsure if it can be used where you want it, your best option is to schedule a consultation.
VASER Hi-Def and Mid-Def are techniques best suited for use on the abdomen. A skilled surgeon can use these techniques to sculpt and highlight abdominal muscle to show off a six-pack.
An ideal candidate for liposuction is someone who is at or near their target weight. So, they should be leading a generally healthy lifestyle. This also includes being a nonsmoker.
People who will get the best results from this procedure have a stubborn subcutaneous fat layer (fat just below the skin layer).
While people who also have good skin elasticity see the best results, VASER liposuction can still benefit a wide range of people who may mild to moderate skin laxity. This is because VASER can be combined with a skin tightening treatment such as Renuvion.
Renuvion can be completed at the same time as VASER, as the innovative Renuvion wand can pass through the same incision as the VASER probe and uses plasma to tighten the skin underneath. When combining Renuvion and VASER, it is possible to achieve incredible results with the benefit of both removing stubborn fat and tightening the skin for a tighter, smoother finish.
Furthermore, combining the treatments is still a minimally invasive procedure that only requires one set of tiny incisions and just two to three days rest.
The most important way to prepare for liposuction surgery is to line up a friend or family member who can help you after the surgery. You should not drive after the procedure, so you will want to find someone who can take you to and from the clinic.
During your consultation, you will be given all of the information you need as to how to prepare for treatment. Hans Place also offers a number of Patient Resources to refer to, including a guide for preparing for VASER liposuction.
Other than that, you will just want to make sure that you are eating and drinking healthily and continuing to look after yourself. You want to make sure you are as close to your target weight as possible before your surgery.
Recovery is a little different for everyone. The timescale depends on a combination of how much fat was removed, the number of sites, and where they are on the body.
VASER liposuction is a day procedure, so you should be in and out of the clinic on the same day. Most people can return to work within a few days. Exercise is usually possible after 2-4 weeks.
The clinic will give you specific instruction tailored to your situation. However, in most cases, you will need to wear compression garments in the treated areas. Your team will advise you to rest and stay well hydrated.
It is common to experience some swelling, bruising, and tenderness following surgery. Your clinic team will be able to give you advice on pain relief, including which pain killers to avoid.
The incisions made for VASER liposuction are tiny. This means that any scarring will also be slight. The number of incisions will depend on the locations you are getting treated. Your surgeon will discuss ways to minimise any scarring with you in advance of your procedure.
Your surgeon will give you a good idea of what to expect before you make a final decision, so you should have a solid understanding of how what your results will be. How soon you will see the results will depend on how much swelling there is after the procedure. You will typically expect to get a good feel for your results within 6-8 weeks of your procedure. However, for some people, it may take up to 9 months to see the final results.
Once the fat cells are gone, they stay gone. As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle, you can expect your results to last. However, if your diet slips and you begin to put on weight, the fat will also return to your treated areas. So to maintain your results, you will need to continue to follow a healthy lifestyle.
To find out more and to get a good understanding of what treatment is right for your specific needs, contact Hans Place today to arrange a consultation.