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Liposuction/Liposculpture/Vaser Liposuction - What is The Difference Between These Methods of Fat Removal?

Liposuction, liposculpture and Vaser Liposuction are all methods of removing stubborn fat cells from the body. Traditional liposuction involves introducing fluid then sucking out the fat. Vaser Liposuction melts the fat with the assistance of a laser before removing it using suction, which often causes less bruising and comes with a quicker recovery. Liposculpture aims to remove areas of fat and has a sculpting effect for more refined results.

Different surgeons have their own preferences, and all three methods are very effective.


What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is the original method for removing unwanted fat cells distributed in an area that’s hard to shift with either diet or exercise. To remove the fat, we introduce a mixture of liquids designed to break the fat cells down. Then we use a selection of cannulas to extract the fat. This is a surgical procedure that takes place under local or general anaesthetic depending on the size of the area. It isn’t a suitable treatment for people who are grossly overweight, but it’s perfect for de-bulking.

What is Liposculpture?

Liposculpture is a more refined way of removing fat cells, and the preferred way of removing fat. Liposculpture patients usually achieve a better contour post-operatively because the procedure is more targeted to perfecting the body’s shape.

What is Vaser Liposuction?

This is the latest version of removing fat cells using the assistance of a laser to gently break the fat cells down before any extraction of them takes place.  This involves less bruising than the other methods and a quicker recovery time.

What Does the Treatment Involve?

These treatments are usually carried out with a local or general anaesthetic, depending on the area, and are done in a hospital setting as described above.

What’s the Recovery Time?

For every method you can expect a recovery time of 2-3 weeks. We will discuss recovery with you in detail at your consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Side Effects?
You can expect bruising, swelling and some soreness, which can last for 4-6 weeks. This procedure can leave you feeling quite sore afterwards, which will limit the activities you can enjoy immediately afterwards. Regular painkillers should be taken as we recommend to you, designed to support good recovery.
What is the Aftercare?
You will need to wear a support garment for 4-6 weeks after the procedure. This will help with the side effects while you recover. You will also be required to have lymphatic massage, and attend regular follow-ups at the clinic to monitor your progress.
When Can I Return to Work?
You can usually return to work in a week, but in some cases – for example when we treat multiple areas – you may need more time off, depending on the type of work you do.
How Will I Feel?
Many people say they feel so much better in their clothes afterwards, much more in proportion and able to wear styles or smaller sizes. They say it’s great not to feel self-conscious about the areas that used to be a problem.
Are There Any Alternatives?
A balanced diet and regular exercise will assist weight maintenance, however there are always some small areas that may not respond to this and these are ideal for treatment using these methods.
Disclaimer: Results and patient experiences may vary. These are dependent on a number of factors including age, medical history, lifestyle and more.
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