When diet, exercise, and conservative and minimally invasive treatments do not provide the desired results to eliminate stubborn and unwanted body fat, liposuction is usually the next most commonly recommended option. However, many people are concerned with the relatively more invasive procedure, the potential for pain, and a long recovery.
For many decades, liposuction has safely, effectively, and permanently removed a significant amount of body fat from patients. Although there is a limit to how much fat can be removed in a single procedure, most people who are at their target body weight before the surgery report successful and permanent results.
However, there can be some discomfort during the recovery as a slightly aggressive movement is needed during liposuction to be the most effective. Along with advancements in procedure techniques, doctors and surgeons can now add ultrasound and other technologies to make liposuction much gentler on the body.
While still as effective as the standard version, VASER® liposuction is often considered the gentlest form. Although general anesthesia is still used, most patients report much less discomfort with VASER® liposuction when compared to other techniques.
The VASER® liposuction procedure still uses a cannula below the skin to permanently remove the unwanted fat cells. However, VASER® liposuction differs in how the fat is prepared before removal.
Using another tiny incision, Dr. Salzman injects a numbing solution and a tumescent liquid into the areas of body fat. Ultrasound energy is then used to safely and gently break off the fat cells from surrounding tissues. The fat becomes much more fluid and can be removed using a much smaller cannula than traditional liposuction.
Although there will still be a recovery about a month after the procedure, VASER® liposuction can provide the same results with much less pain and discomfort. Call Dr. Marc Salzman at Salzman Cosmetic Surgery and Spa in Louisville, KY, at 502-425-5200 or visit www.itbecomesyou.com to learn more about VASER® liposuction or to schedule a consultation.