Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck is a surgical cosmetic procedure that removes folds of sagging skin and unwanted fat from the abdomen. VASER is a type of liposuction for abdominal definition or etching. More and more cosmetic surgeons are using both in conjunction to give their patients an even more svelte and rejuvenated silhouette. How are they used together?
What Is VASER?
VASER is an acronym for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance. It uses ultrasound to make liposuction easier for both doctor and patient. Liposuction is a process where fat is physically removed through a tube. During traditional liposuction, blood vessels and other tissue are inadvertently removed with the unwanted fat. This can lead to a lot of bruising and swelling. With VASER liposuction, the ultrasound waves disrupt the fat cells and make the liposuction easier to remove unwanted fat through the vacuum cannula. VASER decreases the amount of other tissue that is accidentally removed and allows for shorter recovery time.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
There are several types of abdominoplasty. Based on your anatomy and desired look, you and Dr. Katzen will choose the most appropriate type of tummy tuck. Patients can opt for anything from a mini tummy tuck (where only excess skin and fat below the navel are removed) to a full lower body lift extended belt lipectomy (where the Dr. Katzen removes a large belt of tissue from the lower trunk).
How They Work Together
Before he performs the abdominoplasty, Dr. Katzen uses VASER liposuction. Removing excess fat from beneath the skin of the abdomen results in a better abdominal shape after the tummy tuck. This is because the skin that's not removed during traditional abdominoplasty still retains fat. This blurs the muscle definition in the abdomen. In other words, using VASER with abdominoplasty makes the patient look more toned.
Who Is a Candidate for VASER and a Tummy Tuck?
The criteria for being a candidate for VASER or a tummy tuck are similar, which is another reason why the two treatments work well together. VASER and tummy tuck are appropriate for both men and women who are near their ideal weight and are in good physical and mental health. Patients need to have good skin tone and elasticity. They also want to gain definition and lose some inches and loose skin around their abdomen.
Schedule a Consultation if You're Interested in Abdominal Etching
If you want to remove that sagging abdomen that you can't get rid of no matter what you do, Dr. J. Timothy Katzen can help. Dr. Katzen has offices in Beverly Hills, CA and Las Vegas, NV. The combination of VASER and a tummy tuck may be just what you need. Contact Dr. Katzen today to schedule your consultation!