Vaser Lipo is a new form of fat removal. Building on the traditional form of liposuction, Vaser breaks down fatty cells using ultrasound waves, making it less painful than traditional lipo. The fat is then removed through a small incision made by your surgeon.
With Vaser Lipo being a new form of surgery, you may have questions or concerns before going ahead with the treatment. We have created this page to banish any myths or worries with expert advice from our specialists.
If you can’t find the answer to your question here, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are more than happy to help!
Frequently Asked Questions
How much of a scar will I be left with after VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection?
You will probably be left with a very small scar about 4mm in length for each incision point. For most people, this scar completely fades or becomes invisible with time, although this depends on each individual client’s reaction to scarring.
Where can I have the VASER Lipo ® System procedure?
In London Harley Street. You can have a consultation with a botonics surgeon at any of our London clinics, but VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection needs to be done in specially configured facilities.
How quickly can I return to work after VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection?
While we advise clients to not have any commitment for a couple of days after your procedure, many clients actually return to work a day or two after VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection procedure.
Will I be put to sleep during the VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection procedure?
No. A local anaesthetic is injected to the target area. You remain awake from beginning to end but thanks to oral sedatives and painkillers, you will be relaxed and largely pain free throughout the procedure.
What happens to the fat emulsified by VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection?
Most of it is aspirated (suctioned) out as a last step in the procedure. The fat cells are emulsified by the VASER Lipo ® System and they are converted into a thick, oily liquid. The liquid that is not aspirated on the day is eliminated naturally through your lymphatic and blood systems over the subsequent few weeks. Traditional Liposuction scrapes the fat and vacuums it out, leaving subcutaneous hollows and loose skin.
Can I be treated with VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection on the same day as my consulation?
No. Though VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection is minimally invasive and low risk, it is still a serious medical procedure and we require our clients to consider all the alternatives and risks before proceeding. If both you and your botonics surgeon are happy to proceed following your consultation, your VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection procedure can be booked in for the next available slot after your consultation.
What areas can be treated with the VASER Lipo ® System?
VASER Lipo ® System procedures can be used to improve virtually any pocket of fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. This includes areas traditional Liposuction could not treat, such as the backs of the arms, the inner thighs, the upper part of the abdomen and the neck/jawline. VASER Lipo ® System is able to treat these areas because it is minimally invasive and less traumatic, so the delicate nerves and blood vessels undergo significantly less trauma.
Are there any hidden extras in the VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection procedure?
The only potential extra costs for you could be a short course of antibiotics costing about £10. Otherwise, the price quoted to you by botonics includes the consultation, VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection procedure, support garment, clinical photographs, all follow up visits and all applicable taxes.
Can I have VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection if I have an under active thyroid?
Provided your hormone levels are stabilised by medication then yes you can still have VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection procedure
Can I receive VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection at any botonics clinic?
No. We currently only offer VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection at our clinic in London Harley Street. However, you can receive your VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection consultation with a botonics surgeon at any of our partner locations in London
Can the VASER Lipo ® System be used to treat fat deposits under the eyes?
No. Blepharoplasty surgery or mesotherapy injections are the only solution to fat deposits under the eyes.
Does the VASER Lipo ® System procedure hurt?
The least comfortable part of the procedure is infusion of the anaesthetic. Your botonics surgeon will anaesthetise the surface of your skin at the entry area, then inject an anaesthetic into the fat layer that will be treated. This stage stings somewhat and lasts about 2 minutes for each area that will be treated. Once the anaesthetic has taken affect, you feel very little apart from the occasional twinge of discomfort and a dull, tugging sensation. Those clients that have experienced resistance to local anaesthetics (e.g. when having dental work) may experience a similar resistance to the local anaesthetic we use for the VASER Lipo ® System procedure. The VASER Lipo ® System acts on the fat cells without affecting the nerve endings, so discomfort is significantly reduced relative to Liposuction
Do I have to visit a hospital for VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection?
No. Vaser Lipo Liposelection procedures are undertaken at our botonics clinic in Harley Street. This is a private and discrete doctors surgery.
How long does the VASER Lipo ® System procedure take?
Since it is minimally invasive and done under a local anaesthetic, VASER Lipo ® System procedures usually take less than an hour per area treated. We ask clients to allow anywhere from one and half to three hours from arrival time at the clinic until they are on their way home. You are awake during the entire process and all you will feel is some tugging and pressure as your botonics surgeon sculpts the fat emulsifying VASER Lipo ® System around the treated area. Note, however, that because of sedatives and local anaesthetic, you may feel a bit shakey after the procedure and so you should not drive a car within 24 hours.
How long will I need to be in bandages after VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection?
You will need to wear support garments or bandages for about two weeks after VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection procedure. Normally your botonics surgeon will recommend you wear the supplied support garment for 24 hours/day during the first week, and during the evenings for the second week. Traditional Liposuction ruptures veins creating haematomas (blood clots) that require compression bandages to be worn for four weeks or more. This is highly inconvenient for the client. VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection is much less traumatic to the connective tissues, nerve endings and blood vessels so bruising and swelling is also significantly reduced.
How quickly will I see results after my VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection procedure?
The bulk of the results are visible in two weeks once your swelling has subsided. Immediately after your VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection procedure, you will be a bit swollen from the anaesthetic and trauma to the fat cells. This will go away in 24 – 48 hours after VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection. Any residual emulsified fat will be absorbed and eliminated through your body’s natural metabolic processes over a period of two months after VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection. We recommend that you have several sessions of lymphatic drainage massage after your procedure, to help speed the results and reduce the swelling.
Is the fat removal permanent following VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection?
Yes. Your body will not produce any new fat cells to replace the ones emulsified by VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection. However, you still need to maintain a healthy diet since excess calories will result in a swelling of other remaining fat cells in the body.
Is there any reason I could not be treated with VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection?
Yes. You need to be in generally good health, ideally carry out regular exercise, have good eating habits and your weight should not exceed 25% of your ideal weight. Your blood, heart, liver and kidneys should be free from any disorders and your should not be taking any anticoagulants or be diabetic. You should not be taking steroids or anti-inflammatory medications for more than a few days. Your full medical history will be discussed with your botonics surgeon during your consultation to confirm that you’re suitable for a VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection procedure.
Is VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection a procedure for obesity?
No. VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection, SmartLipo and traditional Liposuction are not appropriate for significant weight loss. Diet and exercise are the best approach to treat obesity.
Is VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection called anything else?
VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection is also referred to as Vaser Hi Def, Vaser Lipolysis and Lipo Vaser. All these terms refer to the same technology and procedure.
Is VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection new technology?
No. VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection has been used to successfully treat thousands of clients worldwide since March 2001 and is approved by the US FDA. It is new to the UK having been introduced in 2008. We were among the first to offer the procedure and are still one of the most experienced in the country.
What ages can be treated with VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection?
All ages can be treated. Provided you are reasonably healthy, age is really no restriction. People aged 18 – 80 have benefited from VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection. Good results depend more on your level of physical activity, health and skin tone than biological age.
What will happen during the VASER Lipo ® System procedure?
Several micro-incisions about 3mm in length are made and an anaesthetic is ‘infused’ into each target area. Once the anaesthetic has taken affect, your botonics surgeon will insert the thin ultrasonic treatment head into the fat layer. The micro-vibrations from the treatment head will emulsify the fat, taking about 15 – 20 minutes per target area. The emulsified fat is then aspirated or suctioned out. The VASER Lipo ® System head does minimal damage to connective tissues and blood vessels, resulting in only minor bruising and post-procedure discomfort. Contrast this with traditional Liposuction which effectively scrapes the fat using a 3-6mm metal cannula leaving a visible scar, subcutaneous hollows, internal bleeding and loose skin.
When can I have a VASER Lipo ® System procedure?
For the convenience of our clients, we offer evening and weekend consultations, so you don’t have to take any time off of work. VASER Lipo ® System procedures can take place Monday through Friday.
Where can I have a VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection consultation?
You can have a VASER Lipo ® System Liposelection consultation with a botonics surgeon at any one of our Clinic partners across greater London.
Will I notice anything else during the VASER Lipo ® System procedure?
Most clients hear a high-pitched sound in their ears. This is normal, and is simply the ultrasonic vibrations resonating in your ear drums. It is an unusual sound, but perfectly normal and not harmful in any way.
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