You probably already know about the procedure called liposuction. It’s one of the most performed procedures in the world with more than 200,000 people getting it in the US every year. Singapore is not an exception too – there is a growing demand for such procedures here as well. Liposuction as most of you already know is a method to remove fat from the body. But not everyone knows that there are different methods of performing liposuction. There are several types of liposuction: tumescent liposuction (the most common one), ultrasound-assisted liposuction (where the sound waves destroy the fat), and laser liposuction.
In this article, we’re going to talk about VASER liposuction – a type of ultrasound liposuction. We’re going to discuss what you need to know about the procedure such as expectations, results, and costs you might expect in Singapore.
Liposuction itself while a very popular plastic surgery procedure is not suitable if your goal is to lose weight. It’s a good way to get rid of unwanted and stubborn fat that doesn’t go away with diet or exercise.
VASER liposuction vs Traditional liposuction
Even though the VASER liposuction is similar to traditional liposuction there are a few differences we must look at. While both methods use similar technology to remove unwanted fat, the VASER liposuction uses ultrasound technology that emulsifies the fat. This allows for a more precise procedure.
One downside is that the VASER liposuction is not suitable for larger areas but for some mild treatments and body contouring. Compared to traditional liposuction, with VASER you’ll get less pain and less downtime. But at the end of the day, advancement in technology also made the traditional one less painful and safer compared to a decade ago, for example. Ultimately, it’s up to you and your surgeon to decide on a type of liposuction suitable for you.
What’s VASER liposuction and how does it work?
VASER is an acronym standing for vibration amplification of sound energy at resonance. Sounds complicated, right? Well, if we go into all the technicalities of the method, it is very complicated. But the procedure itself not so much. Here’s how VASER liposuction works:
It uses ultrasound energy and technology that liquefies the fat cells and breaks them down before they are sucked out. This allows for a gentler yet precise method of fat removal compared to other techniques. That’s because, with VASER, the connection between the fat and the muscle is disrupted without damaging any surrounding tissues.
Also, VASER liposuction can be done with local anaesthetic and you have a smaller risk of bleeding or bruising compared to the other methods. Furthermore, VASER liposuction allows for quicker recovery time.
What happens during the procedure?
Let’s look into what exactly happens during the procedure itself. First, you’re going to be put under sedation and the surgeons will inject local anesthetic in the targeted areas. Once numb, your surgeon will cut small incisions where the ultrasound probes will be inserted. After the fat and fat cells have started to break apart it will be “vacuumed” by the VASER liposuction machine. With this procedure, all of the blood vessels, nerves, and collagen will remain undamaged thanks to the ultrasound technology. This is also what makes VASER so suitable for body contour.
After the procedure is completed, the incisions will be stitched or covered and the patients don’t have to worry about additional downtime, bruising, or other complications that happen with traditional liposuction, for example.
How long is the recovery from VASER liposuction?
With VASER, downtime and recovery period are minimal. Of course, the length of the recovery period depends mainly on the size of the targeted area – the bigger the areas the more recovery time. But that being said, for most people recovery period doesn’t exceed 7 days. After a week or so, you’re going to be able to go back to work and your everyday life.
You’ll see final results in a few months when your body recovers fully and settles. The results are permanent but you’ll still need to be mindful about your diet and exercise. The results from the surgery are permanent, but in the case of any weight gain, you might get some of the fat back. So ultimately, the results also depend on you and your lifestyle after the procedure.
Can anyone get VASER liposuction?
Like any other cosmetic surgery procedure, VASER liposuction is not suitable for everyone. It’s a safe and effective way to get rid of unwanted fat, however, if you have underlying health conditions or you have unrealistic expectations it might not be suitable for you. For example, if you expect a huge weight loss with VASER, you might be disappointed. With it, you won’t be achieved any significant weight loss but rather somebody contouring.
Your surgeon is going to look at your skin elasticity because they need to make sure that once performed, the liposuction is not going to cause any long-term changes to the skin. Elastic skin would mean that it can go back to normal without additional problems. Also, liposuction is not recommended to smokers because it can cause bleeding. Furthermore, you can’t get VASER liposuction in case you’re pregnant or breastfeeding too.
During your consultation, your doctor will ask questions about your general health – whether you have any conditions or take any medications that may affect the surgery. Be upfront and honest about your answers, and you and your surgeon will come up with a plan for your procedure!
Side effects and risks
Even though VASER liposuction is a safe and low-risk procedure, there are still some risks associated with it. Some of the risks or side effects from liposuction are bruising or mild bleeding in a couple of days following the procedure. You might also experience pain in the treated areas. Other side effects include the ones associated with poor performance by the surgeon such as asymmetry or skin irregularities.
If you experience any fever, nausea or fatigue don’t hesitate to call your plastic surgeon!
How to prepare for VASER Liposuction?
Just like any other surgery, you’d need to prepare a bit before VASER liposuction as well. The most important thing you can do is to tell your doctor about all medications and supplements you’re taking even if they are nonprescription. This is because some medications can affect blood coagulation and cause blood-thinning which will make your recovery harder and even cause bleeding.
Also, avoid alcohol and smoking before the procedure too. If you’re having any kind of surgery avoid smoking for at least six weeks prior to the liposuction. In general, if your plastic surgeon gives you sort of recommendation before the surgery, follow it strictly!
Costs you might expect for VASER liposuction in Singapore
The VASER liposuction cost in Singapore can vary depending on several factors. One of the most important factors that determine the price is the size of the targeted areas – usually bigger areas will cost more than smaller ones. For example, treating your under chin will cost a lot less than treating the stomach area. Also, prices in different clinics might vary depending on the doctor’s fee or surgical facility as well as anaesthetics and medications you might get. In general, you can expect the cost in Singapore to be around 1,500 to 15,000$.
VASER Liposuction Pros and Cons
The VASER liposuction procedure has gained significant popularity in recent years thanks to the many benefits of the procedure. One of the main benefits is the reduced recovery period. But that’s not the end of it – with VASER, the need for painkillers is also reduced because the blood loss is next to minimal (and in a lot of cases there isn’t any). There’s also less need to repeat treatments as well.
VASER is a safe and precise way to remove fat which makes it suitable for a lot of people. It also doesn’t damage any surrounding tissue and areas and you’ll need a lot less time to recover and go back to your daily schedule.
Furthermore, the fat removed during VASER can be used somewhere else on the body – in a procedure called fat grafting (or fat transfer). With fat transfer, you can use the fat removed during liposuction on your face, breasts, or buttocks.