What is VASERLipo?
VASERLipo™ is a revolutionary technique for removing unwanted fat pockets from various parts of the body. This form of liposuction can also reduce the appearance of cellulite. Unlike traditional techniques used in other practices, VASERLipo liposuction targets fat cells without damaging surrounding tissue. This targeted and less aggressive approach is more precise, gets exceptionally smooth and shapely outcomes, and has a much faster recovery time.
Candidates for Liposuction
An ideal candidate for VASERLipo, sometimes called LipoSelection®, is within 10 to 15% of his or her target body weight, exercises regularly, eats a healthy diet, and has fat deposits or areas of cellulite that have been resistant to dieting and exercise.
VASERLipo Treatment Areas
Some areas of the body are better suited for LipoSelection than others. VASERLipo provides precise results so even delicate areas such as the face can be successfully enhanced. The most common regions for VASERLipo include:
- Outer thighs
Prior to scheduling your VASERLipo procedure, patients will meet at length with Dr. Ruff and his team at West End Plastic Surgery. He will discuss whether the procedure is right for you, answer any questions you may have, and detail the risks of surgery. Additionally, Dr. Ruff will evaluate any areas you would like to improve and discuss how you want these areas to look after surgery. Patients will need to provide their medical history and a list of medications they are currently taking. This includes aspirin, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
The Liposuction Procedure
Your liposuction procedure will be performed in our state-of-the-art surgical suite or at one of the area hospitals where our surgeons operate. They have the top technology and special training required to perform this simple and relatively painless procedure that can give you the body you desire. In most cases, local anesthesia with deep sedation can be used. Depending on the extent of the treatment areas surgery can take from 1 to 5 hours.
To begin the procedure, Dr. Ruff will make a tiny incision in the treatment area. Unlike traditional liposuction, the incisions for VASERLipo are extremely small and heal very quickly. Next, he will inject a special saline solution that helps numb the site and shrink blood vessels. Then, Dr. Ruff will insert a very thin device that emits ultrasonic waves into the incision area. The sound wave energy precisely breaks down the structure of the targeted fat cells into liquid form. The ultrasound energy bounces off vital tissues leaving them virtually undisturbed.
Once all the targeted fat cells have become liquid, Dr. Ruff will insert a small cannula and gently move it around to remove the liquid. Because VASERLipo uses refined ultrasound technology, there isn’t the immediate swelling that occurs with liposuction, allowing Dr. Ruff to precisely sculpt the treatment areas. This less aggressive approach creates surgical outcomes that are closer to ideal results than traditional liposuction. Finally, our staff will use stitches to close the incisions and apply gauze dressings, tape, and compression garments over the surgical area.
Before & After VASERLipo
In most cases, VASERLipo surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. You can typically go home shortly after your surgery is complete but the use of anesthesia requires that you do not drive home. Pain medication will be prescribed to alleviate as much post-surgery pain as possible. In most cases, you can remove the dressings over your incision the day after your surgery and can shower as soon as you feel comfortable.
Everyone heals at different rates, and you are the best judge of when you are ready for certain activities. Patients often resume all normal activities within 2 to 3 weeks of surgery as the swelling and bruising subside. Walking every day promotes fast healing so patients can drive once they are comfortable and return to work within a week. After about 6 weeks patients can return to their exercise routines. Scars will require the most healing time and should be hidden from the sun for at least a year.
|Activity||Typical Recovery Time|
|Shower or Bath||Day After Surgery|
|Back to Work||2 to 3 Days After Surgery|
|Driving||As Soon as You Feel Comfortable|
|Normal Activities||As Soon as You Feel Comfortable|
|Fading of Scars||Several Months to 1 Year|
|Final Contour||3 to 6 Months|
Side Effects of Liposuction
As with all surgical procedures, there are side effects associated with VASERLipo surgery. However, you can help reduce the side effects by closely following the pre and post surgery instructions we provide you. Dr. Ruff and our team will be with you every step of the way to ensure a safe and pleasing outcome. Some possible side effects include:
- Changes in asymmetry of the surgical area
- Temporary loss of sensation
- Wavy or irregular skin contours
With VASERLipo, you finally have a simple and relatively painless way to reshape areas of your body that have collected excess fat deposits. Although there are limits to the amount of tissue that can be removed, in most cases you can achieve the results you desire. These results last for several years as the fat cells in the treatment area are permanently removed. A healthy lifestyle, regular exercise program, and maintaining an appropriate weight keep your body in the best shape possible.
Combining Liposuction with Other Procedures
Will Insurance Cover My Liposuction?
VASERLipo Selection surgery is considered cosmetic surgery and, therefore, is not covered by insurance. You are responsible for the full payment of the procedure. Cost and payment information will be fully discussed with you during your initial consultation.
Schedule a Consultation
Dr. Paul G. Ruff IV, FACS of West End Plastic Surgery is one of the first plastic surgeons certified to perform this advanced type of liposuction in the Washington, D.C. area. If you want to learn more about VASERLipo, request a consultation online or call our office at (202) 750-5189 and a member of our knowledgeable staff will schedule a consultation.