What is VASERlipo?
The VASERlipo® treatment is an advanced body contouring procedure that selectively removes unwanted body fat. An alternative to the traditional techniques of liposuction, VASERlipo uses minimally invasive ultrasound technology designed to reshape your body and spare important tissues while targeting fat (fat cells, nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues are all part of the affected tissue matrix). The innovative technology breaks up fat while minimizing damage to surrounding tissues.
During a VASERlipo procedure, the area to be treated is filled with a medicated solution. The fat cells are then treated with ultrasound energy and are removed from the body through a gentle suction process. The surrounding tissues are left intact, giving you the smooth contours you want with less pain and recovery time than traditional liposuction.
VASERlipo is effective in one treatment. Most patients notice the difference immediately, but the skin needs time to tighten, so the final result can take 4-6 months. The procedure is performed in a surgery center under general anesthesia. VASERlipo can be used in a variety of treatment areas, including:
- Jowls, chin, and neck
- Abdomen, hips, and love handles
- Back, buttock and thighs
The VASERlipo technology allows Dr. Antimarino to treat multiple body areas at one time, in one procedure. Although there are limits to the amount of fat that can be removed, Dr. Antimarino can assist you with your decision about potential areas for sculpting, anticipated results, and how much fat will be removed during a complimentary cosmetic consultation.
VASERlipo is effective in one treatment. Most patients notice a dramatic difference immediately! After your treatment, the skin will begin to tighten over time. Over 4-6 months, skin will noticeably tighten with final tightening results in about 18 months. Patients can expect to see these results from a VASERlipo procedure:
- Improved ability to contour the body over traditional liposuction
- Enhanced skin retraction for smooth results compared to traditional liposuction
- Treat multiple areas in a single procedure
- Less pain, swelling, and downtime than traditional liposuction
- Immediate and precise sculpting vs. non-invasive treatments
VASERlipo uses a less aggressive technique than other liposuction procedures, so there is typically less bruising, less trauma, and a faster recovery time for patients than with traditional liposuction. There is typically a 12-hour period of rest immediately after the procedure, followed by 2-3 weeks of general recovery when strenuous activities should be avoided.
Once your fat is removed, it is gone. Assuming a healthy lifestyle including proper diet and exercise, it will not return or migrate. However, because fat is necessary for a healthy body, some essential fat layers in any given area remain untreated. If you experience weight gain or loss after your VASERlipo procedure, it will tend to be proportionally distributed over your entire body. Normal changes due to aging can also be expected.
Request a Consultation
A consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Antimarino is an opportunity to ask questions and have a detailed discussion about VASERlipo. Dr. Antimarino is available to see patients in Shadyside, Monroeville, and our Greensburg satellite location. Schedule your complimentary cosmetic consultation or a virtual consultation now.