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Liposuction 101: What is Vaser Liposuction?

Liposuction 101: What is Vaser Liposuction?


The removal of fat for cosmetic purposes is known by many names. Whether it’s lipo, liposuction, liposculpture, or lipoplasty, they all have similar effects. To remove fat from a human body to make for a more beautiful form.

Liposuction removes fat from a specific area on the body where there is an excess buildup of fat. It is removed to give the person a sleeker form, and a more aesthetically desirable appearance. It can be performed on one area of the body, or multiple areas of the body, all in the one sitting.

Vaser is an advanced type of liposuction, that makes for a safer, smoother finish as compared to regular liposuction. While the idea of fat removal has been a much sought after procedure, it hasn’t always been possible.

In fact, although the prevalence of lipo has only increased markedly in the last few decades, the idea of fat removal to obtain a more desirable shape has been around since the start of the 20th century.

In our liposuction Newcastle clinic, we have perfected the art of clever liposuction, however things weren’t always this way…

A liposuction NSW tale from the 1920’s

Although this tale is set in France, it may have well have been set in a clinic somewhere in NSW. It all happened when the French surgeon, Charles Dujarrier was attempting to remove fat from a ballet dancer’s knees and calves. The dancer’s legs were not de rigour as far as ballet standards go, and so the surgeon inserted an intrauterine curette to attempt to do some fat reduction in the areas.

Unfortunately, the surgery was not a raging success, as the pair may have anticipated, and lead to the ultimate amputation of one of the dancer’s legs.

This attempted removal of fat (and indeed skin!) in such crude ways was practiced for many years. A surgeon by the name of Pitanguy was known for causing a great many scars and unsatisfying results in individuals that the technique was performed upon.

It is perhaps for this reason that the removal of fat for aesthetic purposes was not widely thought about again until the 1970’s.

How liposuction in Newcastle in the 1970s could have been

Liposuction was next attempted in the disco days of the 1970s. A man by the name of Shcrudde took a small curette and used it through a small incision in the skin, removing fat from the lower leg. This was the start of modern lipo, and as you can see, people were still worried about their cankles in the 1970s!

Following Shcrudde’s standard, Arpad and Giorgio Fisher took it one step further in 1976. The pair developed a system with hollow cannulas (like tubes) equipped with a backend suction system to “suck” (rather than cut) out the fat. They also developed the interesting criss cross tunneling technique, which stems from multiple incisions and lead to smoother results.

And then in 1977, Dr. Illouz added a third step to the liposuction procedure, whereby a substance was added to the fat before sucking (via negative pressure on the cannula), to make the fat more easily dissolved before being sucked out.

This substance was a hyaluronidase infused hypotonic saline mix, that aided in removing the fat only, minimising trauma to other structures under the skin, and the overall reduction of blood loss.

Thanks to the work of these surgeons, along with many others in the field, we have the modern day beginnings of liposuction.

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Modern day liposuction

As we all know, medical standards and knowledge have come along in leaps and bounds since the 1920s. The risk of such a tragedy such as the ballet dancers’ occurring has been minimized infinitely thanks to the progressions in the world of science, and ultimately surgery.

We have those surgeons from the 1970s to thank for progressing the field to obtain a safe result. But where has Newcastle liposuction come since then? Surely there have been significant medical advances since the 1970s too?

Other techniques developed since the 1970s include a different mix of epinephrine to dilute the fat, experimenting with different sizes and sharpness of cannula tips, and the revelation that a lidocaine carrying solution could allow the procedure to be performed completely under local anaesthetic, rather than general. The method that he developed, tumescent liposuction, was also extremely safer than other versions of the surgery, reducing blood loss and the risk of haematoma and seroma.

Ultrasonic liposuction

Then came the invention of Vaser liposuction. The technique uses an ultrasonic method to emulsify the fat in the body before it is removed. As with the regular liposuction technique, Vaser first introduces a wet solution into the surrounding area, which is generally saline mixed with anaesthetic.

However the Vaser technique then uses ultrasonic energy and heat the melt the fat tissues. When performed correctly, this can give a much more sculpted look than regular liposuction. The tip is moved gently back and forth underneath the patient’s skin to ensures that they do not suffer any burns in the process.

The technique takes longer to perform than a regular liposuction, due to the emulsification stage that is added to the process.

The benefits of Vaser lipo

Having vaser liposuction performed offers you a lot of benefits compared to regular liposuction. Patients can expect that:

  • They will have less bruising than regular liposuction
  • They will have less bleeding than regular liposuction
  • The fat is targeted more discreetly than the traditional method of liposuction
  • Vaser lipo produces more sculpted results than traditional liposuction

Because Vaser gives more sculpted results, it can give you a far more athletic look, and chisel around your muscles. This is a particularly desired result among many Vaser patients.

The safety of liposuction

Most surgeons agree that liposuction is a very safe procedure, if carried out in the correct manner. This includes lower levels of anesthetic, a lower level of liposuction performed, a smaller amount of fluid introduced into the system, and not performing too many different liposuction areas in the one sitting.

As long as the surgeon performing the liposuction is skilled and careful, the operation will go smoothly. In Vaser liposuction, the surgeon must be careful not to hold the tip in any one place for too long, or it can burn the patient’s delicate tissues. This is why the tip needs to be moved smoothly back and forth. If the tip manages to pierce the abdominal wall, it can do a lot of damage to the intestines, with its ultrasonic vibrations. These sorts of occurrences, however, are easily avoided when care is taken.

Who is liposuction for?

Whether it’s traditional liposuction or Vaser, if you are after a fast solution to removing fat deposits where they have built up, then you are a possible candidate for lipo. Liposuction is used to target problem areas where there is an excess of fat. It is also a good choice for those that have dieted and exercised but are still seeing fat in certain areas.

The procedure should be performed on healthy individuals are it is a surgical procedure, and in those people who are not healthy, the risk of complications arising from the procedure goes up.

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What areas of the body are suitable for Vaser?

Vaser can be used for the:

  • Face
  • Chin
  • Buttocks
  • Waist
  • Thighs
  • Hips
  • Belly
  • Arms
  • Back
  • Love handles
  • Knees
  • Ankles

Although these are just the popular areas, you can use Vaser to remove fat in most parts of the body. Because it gives a more defined look, it is especially effective in the face, where traditional lipo was not a great option. If you have an area not listed, simply speak to your surgeon to see if they offer Vaser in that particular area.

Does it hurt?

Since liposuction is a surgical procedure, that uses anaesthetic to make it not hurt, the pain that you may have felt (if not anaesthetised) is greatly reduced. It has been described as mildly uncomfortable, and like there is pressure in the area. The procedure only introduces local anaesthetic into the tissues, the patient is not put under general anaesthetic. Vaser liposuction in particular is less painful than regular liposuction and will also cause less bleeding and bruising than the traditional technique.

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Occasionally patients may experience some pain and numbness in an area following the procedure, if the tip has gone too close to a nerve.

Recovery from Vaser lipo

Because Vaser is performed only under local anaesthetic is means that recovery times are quicker, and you are more safe. Rather than weeks in recovery, you can expect to be ready to go back to work in as little as 3 to 5 days following the procedure. You are able to walk directly after the procedure too.

Healing overall takes up to 3 or 4 months for the results to “settle”. You can expect the final result of Vaser to be seen at this time. This means that you may see changes in your appearance up until this time.

Will the fat come back?

Once the fat has been removed, it has gone. However that’s not to say that you won’t be able to put on weight again in the area. If you experience weight gain or weight loss, it can affect the treated area just as it can in other parts of the body. To prevent fat accumulating in the area again it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet and regular exercise, because if you do gain a significant amount of weight you may have fat come again to the area.

Vaser and fat grafting

You can also use the fat harvested from your body during your Vaser lipo session as a filler in other parts of your body! Fat grafting is becoming a more prevalent filler due to the fact that it is a safer alternative than putting chemical substances in your body.

The effects of fat grafting are usually highly desirable. It is common that people use fillers in the fine lines and wrinkles of their faces, and fat from elsewhere in the body is a good substance to use.

If you would like to address fine lines and wrinkles at the same time as you are getting Vaser lipo, make sure to ask your surgeon whether they offer this procedure in the clinic.

The benefits of Vaser Lipo Newcastle

We use Vaser liposuction because we believe that is a far superior technique than regular lipo. Dr. Bernard Beldholm is trained in using the Vaser liposuction technique and has performed the procedure countless times across the years.

Dr. Beldholm is a highly qualified cosmetic surgeon whose passion for excellence in the field ensures his patients see wonderful, natural results. Dr. Beldholm specializes in obtaining the look for his patients that they love.

If you decide that you would like to chat more about the Vaser technique, we then walk you through the Vaser liposuction process and answer any and all questions or concerns that you may have regarding the surgery itself, the results that you can expect, and the surgery costs. Our aim is to put you at ease and to understand what results you will obtain from Vaser lipo.

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Where to from here?

There is always plenty more to research, if you don’t quite think you have all your questions covered simply from this article alone. When conducting your search on Vaser, look for sites that are by doctors or hospitals, as these will speak with the most authority on the subject.

It might also be time to book in a preliminary appointment to learn some more about the procedure from the surgeon themselves, and decide whether it is the right choice for you.

If you would like to book an appointment to come into our clinic and have a chat with Dr. Beldholm about Vaser, and what it can do for you, then don’t hesitate to give us a call on (02) 4934 5700

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