Anyone will tell you that the best way to lose weight is through a healthy diet and regular exercise. Eventually many may find that even the most rigorous exercise regimen and strictest diet does little for stubborn pockets of body fat. Many times these areas may also be comprised of excess skin or fat that really won’t go away without cosmetic surgery (this can be especially true of women who have had children). Though it may sound like an extreme risk to some, many cosmetic surgeries are performed routinely and with a low risk. Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures done today, and it has a very high success rate (which includes patient satisfaction). Liposculpture (a type of liposuction) can be performed using a variety of techniques, and many are very technologically advanced.
Standard Liposculpture Techniques
The tried and true method for performing liposuction is the tumescent liposculpture procedure. This method has been around since the 1970s, and has made many advances since that time. After the patient is given either a local or general anesthetic, a liquid is injected in the site that is to be treated. This liquid contains an anesthetic (lidocaine) and epinephrine, which hardens blood vessels. This fluid (tumescent liquid) hardens the fat, which is then manually removed using a cannula (hollow tube) connected to an aspirator (suction device). The lidocaine also serves to reduce pain after the surgery. Though the tumescent method is still widely used today, other techniques are quickly becoming popular.
Vaser Liposculpure as an Alternative
Vaser liposculpture (also called vaser liposuction, ultrasonic liposuction, or LipoSelection) is an alternative to the standard procedure. It works best for those who are interested in changing their body shape (body sculpting) as opposed to simply losing weight. In this method, the same tumescent liquid (or a similar mixture) is injected in the site to be treated. However, sound waves are then used to break the fat cells apart. Ultrasonic probes are inserted into the fatty areas to gently break down the fat cells. Vibrations disengage and loosen the fat cells, blending them with the tumescent liquid. Once the cells have started to dissolve into the liquid, they are sucked out using an aspirator. Like the tumescent method, the remaining anesthetic serves to reduce pain after surgery. However, this process is generally faster and easier than traditional liposculpture procedures. Both the vaser and tumescent methods will require either local or general anesthesia, a decision that is usually left up to the surgeon.
Typically, vaser liposuction causes less pain and results in a faster healing time. It also leaves surrounding tissue, nerves, and blood vessels essentially unharmed, unlike other methods of liposuction. Patients usually experience fewer side effects, a lower risk, and minimal swelling and bruising. Advances in this form of liposuction include engineering probes that are smaller- meaning incisions will be smaller too. Because these incisions are smaller, this procedure can be more effectively performed on areas (such as the chin and neck) that are considered a risk in other liposuction methods. However, vaser liposculpture can be used on the hips, arms, abdomen, thighs, knees, love handles, and back. Even on larger parts of the body, vaser liposculpture still has a reduced healing time.
Determining Whether You Should Get Vaser Liposculpture
Before consulting a doctor, you may want to determine if you are a good candidate for vaser liposcultpture. You should be in generally good health. Any infection, circulatory problems, or diabetes will eliminate as a candidate (don’t trust any doctor who will perform a procedure in spite of these problems). Also, these cosmetic procedures are designed to eliminate stubborn weight (as well as improving appearance through sculpting methods), not as a means to lose a lot of weight. Smokers will have to quit for weeks before and following the procedure to avoid any complications. Once you have a doctor, be sure to disclose your full medical history, including any drugs (prescription or otherwise) or supplements you are taking.
Even though vaser liposculpture is less invasive than other forms of liposuction, risks still exist. There may be complications with anesthesia (which is why your doctor should know your medical history). Scarring, nerve damage, or excessive blood loss can also occur. However, with vaser liposculpture, these risks are greatly reduced. Serious liposuction problems rarely occur under any technique. The most common risk is patient dissatisfaction with results. This can be avoided as long as the patient has realistic expectations. Beware of any doctor who promises miracle results.
Finding an Authorized Vaser Liposculpture Surgeon
Before undergoing vaser liposculpture, you should also find a qualified surgeon. Any surgeon can claim to be “board certified”, but unless he or she is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, this certification means nothing. Members of The American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) are guaranteed to have this certification, so look for surgeons in your area who are members. Make sure your doctor addresses all aspects of the procedure, including potential risks. Ask for before and after pictures or testimonials form patients who have had the same procedure. Any good surgeon will be happy to share satisfied patients.
Of course, if you have your heart set on vaser liposculpture, ask your surgeon about their experiences with it. Most cosmetic surgeons are split over whether the tumescent method or the use of sound waves is better. You will want to find a surgeon who is experienced in the type of procedure you want done. You may have to shop around before you make a decision on your surgeon. By all means, take your time finding someone you are comfortable with. Any discomfort on your end should not be ignored.
Recovering from Vaser Liposculpture
Although vaser liposculpture has a reduced healing time, certain precautions must be taken. You will need to wear a compression garment or girdle for two to six weeks following the procedure. While some results can be seen instantly, it may take months before you can see the full impact of the procedure. Vaser liposculpture is slightly more expensive than the traditional method, but if you want a shorter recovery time, the price may be worth it. If you have been considering liposuction, and have an interest in vaser liposculpture, it may be worth the time to consult a qualified surgeon.You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.