What is the liposelection procedure?

This procedure uses ultrasound technology and is the most advanced form of fat removal treatment at present. It has its own patented technological system called ‘VASER’ which uses a probe to emit ultrasound waves to break down fat cells. The fat is liquefied and removed in the same way as liposuction.

VASER stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance and consists of a machine and specially designed probe which transmits ultrasound energy. This energy is emitted in waves which vibrate as they travel and break up the fat cells which are then removed via suction.

The procedure involves the following steps:

  • You are given a local anaesthetic with sedation.
  • Your surgeon will ‘wet’ the area, or areas to be treated by injecting a special saline solution into that area. This solution will numb the area plus it will shrink blood vessels which reduce bruising and minimises blood loss. It also prepares the area for the ultrasound probe.

This solution contains saline, lidocaine and epinephrine. The numbness this will cause lasts for a day or so after treatment.

This fluid is also injected for a safety reason. It is easy for the patient to become dehydrated as a result of fluids lost during this procedure. So, this process will replace these lost fluids.

  • A tiny incision is made in the area to be treated.
  • A slim cannula is inserted into that incision. This is used to transport the sound waves from the probe into the fat cells to liquefy them.
  • The VASER probe emits ultrasonic waves which melt the fat. This enables the fat cells to be removed as a single solution rather than in sections. This system does not damage any other structures in that area.
  • The liquefied fat is removed via a suction syringe or pump and massage. This suction is very gentle and together with the massage means minimal bruising and swelling.
  • A compression garment is worn to help support the treated area.

The small incision made to hold the solution and cannula will heal very quickly.

This procedure often takes two forms: the first is the VASER ultrasound technique and the second is lipoaspiration.

Lipoaspiration is the name given to the actual removal of the fat.

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