Even with a healthy lifestyle, many people find it difficult to lose fat tissue and achieve their desired physique. Some subcutaneous fat resists diet and exercise and may remain no matter how hard you work to get rid of it. It can be difficult to target belly fat, as well as fat in the hips, thighs, and buttocks. Some people may have well-defined muscles underneath, but stubborn fat deposits continue to plague their body contours.
Liposuction has long been a popular surgical option for fat reduction, but taking time away from work or family life for a surgical procedure isn’t always convenient. Thankfully, advances in technology have made it possible to perform less-invasive liposuction procedures in a doctor’s office quickly and without the use of general anesthesia.
These minimally invasive liposuction procedures are often referred to as “lunchtime liposuction.” Because general anesthesia is unnecessary and no incisions are required, this form of liposuction offers a quick procedure, a fast recovery, and little to no downtime. Patients can return to their normal routine with little disruption and still achieve dramatic fat-reduction results.
At Cosmetique Aesthetics, we perform minimally invasive “lunchtime liposuction” treatments using VASER lipo technology. VASER liposuction, also sometimes referred to as LipoSelection, uses high-frequency ultrasound to break apart fat cells. This technique is designed to target fat cells while preserving other tissue, providing for better control and precision than traditional forms of liposuction.
With a VASER lipo procedure, a saline solution containing an anesthetic is injected into the area to be treated. The surgeon then inserts small ultrasonic probes into the fatty tissue. These ultrasonic probes emit sound waves that gently break the fat cells down into smaller compounds of fatty acids and glycerol, which combine with the fluid. The surgeon then uses a small cannula to remove the fluid, along with the fatty acids and glycerol. Some of the anesthetics remain behind, which helps minimize any pain caused by the procedure.
If desired, the VASER lipo procedure can be followed with a VASER Shape treatment, which uses ultrasound technology along with massage to heat the targeted area. This stimulates blood flow, which helps reduce post-op swelling and discomfort, and promotes a faster recovery.
In addition to being a quick procedure with little downtime required, VASER lipo is far gentler than traditional forms of liposuction. Avoiding the use of general anesthesia and incisions allows patients to return to work or resume normal activities the same day. Any mild swelling or discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications and pain relievers.
The process also gives the surgeon a greater degree of control. While traditional liposuction can sometimes result in a lumpy or uneven appearance, VASER lipo leads to smoother, firmer results and a more sculpted body.
VASER liposuction can be used to remove fat tissue from nearly any part of the body. It’s especially useful to promote fat loss in smaller areas where a high degree of precision is needed, such as under the chin or around the armpits.
The most common areas where liposuction is used include the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks. VASER lipo can also be used to target small pockets of neck and arm fat.
Ideal candidates for VASER lipo are non-smokers, are in good general health, and have realistic expectations of how the procedure can improve their body contours.
Like any other form of liposuction, VASER lipo is intended to be used for body sculpting and body contouring. If you are attempting to lose weight, you may be better suited to wait to schedule a VASER lipo procedure until you are closer to your goal weight. The patients who will experience the best results are those who are at or close to their ideal weight, but struggle to get rid of stubborn fat deposits.
If you think a lunchtime liposuction could help you achieve your desired physique, contact us to schedule an appointment. Cosmetique Aesthetics offers free consultations to help you decide if VASER liposuction is right for you.