Understanding the Differences Between Traditional and Vaser Liposuction

Men and women who would like to have some body fat removed by a doctor may be offered a choice between traditional and Vaser Liposuction. The Vaser method is gentler and minimally invasive, but a doctor performing traditional liposuction can remove a larger amount of body fat. Thus, patients with a higher body mass index (BMI) generally select traditional liposuction.

Standard vs. Vaser Methods

During standard liposuction, the doctor inserts a thin tube known as a cannula into the area of fat, using this tool to manually break up the fat cells. If the area is relatively large, the patient will require general anesthesia. During the Vaser method, the fat cells are broken up more gently by ultrasound energy. After these treatments, the fat is vacuumed out. The patient stays awake with local anesthesia provided. Both are outpatient procedures and do not require a hospital stay.

Recovery Times

After traditional lipo, the patient must wear a compression garment for a period of time. That is not the case with the Vaser treatment. Recovery is much faster with the minimally invasive option. The person should be able to go back to work within the next day or two and return to usual physical activity after a few more days. In contrast, recovering from standard liposuction takes several weeks.

An Advantage for Men

Vaser lipo has a significant advantage for certain men. Those who are afflicted with an excess amount of fat in the chest, a condition known as gynecomastia, may be embarrassed and want to have it removed. Because the fat cells in this part of the body tend to be tough and fibrous, they are harder to break up with the cannula. Vaser treatment is more effective.

Transforming One’s Appearance

Both of these treatments can transform the way a person looks, even when a smaller amount of fat is removed with the Vaser option. Both have some immediate results along with gradual improvements over the next several weeks. The patient’s physique becomes more shapely and streamlined without those areas of stubborn fat cells that diet and exercise have not been able to trim down.