Much of the fat on our bodies will come and go depending on what we eat and how much we exercise, but there’s a certain kind—often called “stubborn fat”—that seems to stick around no matter your lifestyle. Liposuction is your plastic surgeon’s tried and true tool for sculpting and shrinking these persistent areas, but now, we have a unique liposuction tool that allows us to double down on the “shrinking” effect of this fat removal procedure: VASER lipo, also called VASER liposelection. VASER uses ultrasound to tighten skin and get you back to your normal routine faster. Keep reading to learn how.

How does VASER liposuction work?

First, Dr. Buford injects the area with an anesthetic saline solution (tumescent liquid), which provides a numbing effect and aids in breaking up the fat. Next, he inserts the VASER wand beneath the skin and applies ultrasound to break up the fat cells into a liquid form. From there, he uses a cannula—similar to traditional liposuction—to remove the fat via suction.

Dr. Buford takes extra care to perform all liposuction procedures with precision to avoid damaging surrounding vessels and tissues; with VASER, because the fat has been broken down with ultrasound waves, removal is easy, and trauma to surrounding tissues is minimal.

What are the benefits of VASER liposuction?

VASER liposuction has a number of benefits over the traditional liposuction technique, including:

  • Gentler on surrounding tissues
  • Less trauma to tissues leads to less downtime and less pain
  • Skin contracts better after underlying fat is removed
  • Results appear smooth and even
  • Allows your surgeon to shape with precision in delicate areas

As with traditional liposuction, the high-quality fat removed during VASER liposuction may be used in a fat grafting procedure, such as fat transfer breast augmentation.

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How painful is VASER ?

VASER liposuction is a surgical procedure, so you should plan for some discomfort during recovery, although VASER lipo tends to lead to less pain than traditional techniques. Soreness is common during the first 7-10 days after the procedure.

VASER liposuction with ProNox®

We use ProNox® to ensure your ultimate comfort during your in-office VASER lipo procedure. ProNox is an innovative pain management system that uses a 50/50 combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen to minimize discomfort. Nitrous oxide is one of the oldest and safest forms of sedation; it calms the central nervous system to help make your procedure even more comfortable.

ProNox is patient-controlled, meaning that you simply breathe through the mouthpiece whenever you feel that you need it. The pain-reducing effects are immediate, and the gas will be completely out of your system within a few minutes, which allows you to return to your normal activities without lingering side effects.

Read more about how ProNox® can make your in-office procedures more comfortable >

Where can VASER be used on the body?

Like regular liposuction, your surgeon can use VASER almost anywhere on the body where excess fat can be sculpted away, including the arms, stomach, abdomen, waist, back, bra rolls, love handles, buttocks, hips, inner and outer thighs, knees, ankles, chest, neck, and chin.

What is recovery like after VASER lipo?

Your recovery time and level of discomfort depends on how large of an area is treated. You will wear a compression garment in the treated area to reduce swelling and encourage a good result, and we will instruct you to be up and walking around as soon as possible after surgery to prevent blood clots. Generally, most patients take less than 1 week of downtime, and up to 2 weeks before fully returning to their normal activities. If you have a job that does not require physical activity, you may be able to return after just a week. You will need to wait about 4-6 weeks before exercising again.

What is the difference between VASER and traditional liposuction?

In traditional liposuction, surgeons use the blunt end of the cannula to physically break up the fat so that it can be removed. VASER allows the surgeon to use a gentler, smoother technique because, once inserted, the wand emits ultrasound waves that break up the fat. This causes less damage or “trauma” to surrounding tissues, so you will experience less swelling and bruising so that you’re back to normal quicker. VASER also facilitates a smoother, more sculpted result.

How men can benefit from VASER liposuction

VASER liposuction is a great option for men because it facilitates skin contraction in the treatment area. This makes it especially helpful in achieving the sculpted appearance that men want in key features. It gets amazing results for those looking to sculpt a 6-pack or to treat gynecomastia (excess male breast tissue) caused by fat deposits.

Choose board certified plastic surgeon Gregory A. Buford, MD, FACS, PCEO for your liposuction in Denver

Ready to enhance your curves? Board certified plastic surgeon Gregory A. Buford, MD, FACS, PCEO not only has years of experience offering body contouring to patients in Denver, but is also a nationally-recognized and certified VASER liposuction trainer. Contact us today to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Buford at BEAUTY by BUFORD in Lone Tree to learn what VASER can do for you.