Every year liposuction is one of the top two or three cosmetic surgeries in the United States. Why? Because all of us, no matter what kind of shape we’re in, have pockets of stubborn fat that are virtually impervious to changes in diet and targeted exercise.
What if you added a twist to traditional liposuction by including ultrasound energy to break up the fat cells before suctioning them away? You’d have VASER Liposuction at Plastic Surgery of Southern New England.
Who Is The Ideal Candidate For VASER Lipo?
First things first, VASER Lipo is not a weight-loss procedure; it’s a body contouring procedure. All liposuction methods are meant only to remove stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and targeted exercise. This slims and contours the treated areas. Dr. Babbitt requires his VASER Liposuction patients to be within 10 percent of their ideal weight. This maximizes the patient’s results.
Otherwise, there aren’t many people out there who don’t have unwanted pockets of stubborn fat that they could remove with VASER Liposuction at Dr. Babbitt’s.
What Areas Of The Body Can VASER Liposuction Target?
VASER liposuction is excellent for all of these areas of the body: abdomen, thighs, knees, love handles, chest, upper arms, chin, and the neck. Because of the precision it allows, Dr. Babbitt can sculpt around certain muscles — in the abdomen, for instance — to enhance the patient’s results.
How Is VASER Liposuction Done?
Just as ultrasound energy has been used in imaging for decades and more recently for skin tightening, these high-frequency sound waves improve liposuction in VASER Lipo.
For these procedures, Dr. Babbitt first injects the treatment area with tumescent solution. This is a mixture of sterile saline water, lidocaine, and epinephrine. The saline expands the area; the lidocaine provides local anesthesia, and the epinephrine constricts both the fat cells and the blood vessels. This makes the fat cells easier to break loose and creates less bleeding and subsequent bruising from the blood vessels.
The VASER tool delivers the sound waves through a long thin handpiece that is inserted through a tiny incision into the targeted area. These specialized VASER instruments are of different thicknesses and have different rings etched into their tips. These rings cause the ultrasonic energy to be dispersed in different directions, with different energy strengths, and these are matched by Dr. Babbitt to different treatment areas.
Once inserted, the ultrasound energy begins to gently break apart the fatty tissue. This takes the place of the aggressive movement of the cannula in traditional liposuction. Once Dr. Babbitt has allowed the VASER ultrasound energy to break up the fat, he inserts the cannula and suctions away the unwanted fat cells along with much of the tumescent solution. In most cases, the incisions are so small they can be closed with a Steri-Strip; there is no need for stitches. Any fluid remaining is absorbed by the body over the following days.
Does The Procedure Require Anesthesia?
Patients can be put under general anesthesia or a form of conscious sedation. Also, remember that the tumescent solution injected into the target areas acts as a local anesthetic. These are painless procedures.
What Is Recovery Like After VASER Liposuction?
Thanks to VASER Liposuction’s ultrasound assist, these procedures create less tissue trauma, pain, and subsequent bruising than traditional liposuction. The ultrasonic energy works to dislodge and break up the fat cells without causing damage to surrounding connective tissue and blood vessels. This makes for an easier recovery.
Our VASER Lipo patients can usually get back to work in just 2-3 days. Driving and normal activity can resume as soon as you’re comfortable doing so.
How Long After My Procedure Will I See Results?
There will be some swelling and bruising that will mask your results initially. Plus, with the fat removed, your skin will take some time to tighten down over the slimmer contour beneath. You’ll see a difference immediately, but your final contour may take from 3-6 months to fully be realized. Your small scars will be virtually invisible in just a few months.
How Long After Having VASER Liposuction Can I Start Exercising Again?
Because this process is less traumatic to tissues in the treatment areas, patients are able to return to their exercise routines more quickly. You can begin walking as soon as it’s comfortable, usually just a day or two. You can return to your regular exercise regimen as soon as two weeks. You’ll have to pace yourself and let how comfortable you are be the guide to how much you can do.