Introducing Vaser® – Prescise Ultrasound-assisted Liposuction
Dr. Troy Pittman, a board-certified plastic surgeon, is thrilled to offer an innovative form of body-contouring called VASER to Washington DC patients.
Why is VASER Unique?
In contrast to traditional liposuction, VASERlipo provides patients with less pain, swelling and downtime. For patients with skin laxity, VASER provides enhanced skin retraction, delivering smooth results. Multiple areas can be treated in a single procedure.
An alternative to the harsh techniques of traditional liposuction, VASER is unique in its ability to target fat while leaving other important tissues intact. It is minimally invasive yet powerful enough to eliminate large areas of fat, and gentle enough to treat more delicate areas. A step-up from non-invasive procedures that rely on secondary reactions to reduce small amounts of fat over an extended time, VASER removes visible amounts of fat immediately with minimal downtime.
How Does VASER Work?
During a Washington DC VASER fat removal procedure, the area to be treated is filled with a medicated solution. The fat cells are then treated with state-of-the-art ultrasound energy and are removed from the body through a gentle suction process. The surrounding tissues are left intact, giving you the smooth contours you want with less pain and recovery time than traditional lipo.
Treat Multiple Areas in a Single Procedure
If you’ve struggled with weight gain, and exercise and diet just haven’t given you the dramatic transformation you’d like, the VASER liposuction system can help. VASERlipo can sculpt and shape multiple areas in a single procedure, including:
- Jowls, chin and neck
- Abs, hips or love handles
- Male breasts (gynecomastia) and female breasts
- Back, buttocks or thighs
- Knees, calves or ankles
Am I a Good Candidate for VASER Liposuction?
If you're interested in body contouring via liposuction, chances are you're a good candidate for Vaser liposuction. That's because Vaser liposuction is simply a technique that we utilize to remove unwanted fat from one or more areas of the body. To be an ideal candidate, you should not smoke. Ideally, for prolonged results, you'll also have already implemented a healthy diet and exercise routine before having liposuction. Lastly, a significant factor in your candidacy for VASER liposuction is your expectations. This technique doesn't remove more fat than standard liposuction techniques. There are parameters within which your doctor performs this procedure. That said, it's important to be on the same page regarding what you can expect in terms of results.
How Much Fat Can be Removed Using VASER Liposuction?
No type of liposuction is intended for weight loss. The goal of VASER liposuction is to improve the contours of one or more areas of your body through targeted fat removal, and fat is measured in volume. The volume of fat that is removed may depend on the area you'd like to have treated as well as the number of areas you would like to target. The guideline that your board-certified plastic surgeon will most likely follow is to remove no more than five liters of fat at one time. This can be in one area or across multiple areas. While liposuction is not a weight loss strategy, five liters equates to about 10 pounds.
What Can I Expect During VASER Liposuction Recovery?
One of the benefits of VASER liposuction over other types of body contouring is that the technology that powers this procedure improves outcomes without increasing downtime. In fact, you may be ready to resume many of your normal activities in two to three days after your liposuction procedure. Keep in mind that this can depend on the area you've had treated and whether or not your VASER liposuction has been combined with another procedure.
During your brief recovery from VASER liposuction, you can expect swelling, bruising, and soreness or tenderness. You may rely on prescription painkillers for a day or two. You may experience some drainage from the incision sites and may require drains for a few days. The bruising from VASER liposuction may resolve in about two weeks, whereas swelling can take up to six weeks to completely resolve. Tenderness and even numbness could also persist for about the same amount of time. To support your recovery, it is important that you follow your post-op care instructions consistently, specifically as they outline your activity restrictions for the few weeks after surgery.