What is the Difference between VASER Lipo and Traditional Lipo?

By: Dr. J. Timothy Katzen


Eliminating hard-to-reach fat can be frustrating. Liposuction is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that helps you get rid of this fat and achieve a more proportionate figure. If you are uncertain about whether you could benefit from this treatment, or if you would like to learn more about VASER lipo, you are in the right place. Dr. J. Timothy Katzen and his experienced team want you to be happy about your body shape. 

Liposuction is a popular and sought-out cosmetic surgery in the U.S. today. While most patients of Liposuction are women, men have also shown considerable interest in liposuction as well. The goal is to eliminate excess body fat or pockets of stubborn fat that won’t go away with traditional diet and exercise. People choose traditional liposuction to improve problem areas like their arms, back, buttocks, thighs, tummy, hips, and neck. 

About VASER Liposuction 

VASER liposuction is another excellent option for those who are looking to improve the size and shape of their contour. But what makes VASER different than conventional lipo? 

VASER or VASERlipo is a form of liposuction that also works to remove fatty deposits in a specific area of the body, like the abdomen. The main difference between VASER and traditional liposuction is the difference in technology used. Sound Surgical Technologies, LLC introduced this technology in 2002 and afterward received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This makes VASERlipo a safe and effective FDA-approved liposuction procedure. 

How VASER Lipo Is Performed 

The LipoSelection advanced technology uses a device that generates sound waves and ultrasound energy to loosen the fat gently from the treatment areas. To begin, Dr. Katzen injects the target area with a saline solution that numbs the area and shrinks the blood vessels. The solution also expands the volume of the area to make it easier to remove the fat cells. J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills makes careful tiny incisions to insert the small probes of the Vaser to generate high ultrasound frequency vibrations. These vibrations break up the fat cells while leaving the surrounding area intact. The fat cells and saline solution are removed by suction through a device called a cannula. 

If you are anxious or nervous about the procedure, J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills can ease your fears. Usually, Vaser Lipo is performed under General Anesthesia.  Dr. Katzen will apply local anesthetic with your VASER liposuction treatment to make sure you are at ease. While the surgery itself is not painful, our staff goes to great lengths to make your comfort top priority. 

Candidates for VASER Lipo

VASER liposuction minimizes the appearance of love handles and removes layers of fat on the abdomen, chest, neck, knees, arms, neck, and thighs. The ideal candidate for VASER is in good physical health and is at or near their ideal weight. Remember that liposuction is not a replacement for weight loss, but will give you the sculptured body you’ve been seeking. We also encourage patients who get liposuction to continue to live an active and healthy lifestyle to keep their ideal look. 

VASER liposuction is risky for those who have chronic health conditions such as diabetes, blood clotting disorders, heart disease, or diabetes. Discuss these conditions with Dr. Katzen during your personal, private and complimentary consultation in Beverly Hills, CA. If you are currently pregnant or will be pregnant before your surgery, please inform a member of our team so we can plan a different timeline for you. 

Like any other surgery, VASER isn’t without its complications and risks. This is why an experienced plastic surgeon with the right qualifications will make your liposuction as successful as possible. You can also ask Dr. Katzen how to combine liposuction with complementary treatments. For example, if you are considering a tummy tuck (also called an abdominoplasty), you can combine it with VASERlipo for more dramatic results. 

Whether you choose conventional or VASER liposuction, your surgery may last for one hour up to several hours, based on the area being treated. Afterward, you will need to rest at home. Our staff asks that you avoid exercise or strenuous activities for several weeks after the surgery so you can heal properly and reduce your risk of complications. Dr. Katzen and his team can offer you more specific instructions for surgery recovery. 

Contact Dr. Katzen In Beverly Hills, CA

Say goodbye to unwanted pockets of fat that make you feel self-conscious. The targeted energy from the VASERlipo treatment gives Dr. Katzen more control over your surgery. Not only that, VASERlipo is less invasive than traditional liposuction, which means less pain and scarring to worry about. You will also see fewer side effects such as bruising and bleeding. 

Connect with the professionals at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills to find out if you are a candidate for traditional liposuction or VASER treatment today. We are more than happy to answer your questions and address your concerns. 

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.