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What is Vaser liposuction?

Vaser liposuction is liposuction that uses ultrasound waves to break up and liquify fat cells, in order to make them easier to extract from the body.

VASER is an acronym for vibration amplification of sound energy at resonance. This ultrasound technology uses powerful waves to disrupt the bonds between fat cells.

But is vaser liposuction worth it and how does it vary from traditional liposuction? And more importantly, is it safe and does it actually work? We will answer these questions for you here.

What are vaser liposuction pros and cons?

Vaser liposuction pros and cons should be weighed up and given serious thought by anyone who may be considering this type of cosmetic surgery.

Vaser liposuction claims to be a quick and very precise procedure for people who are trying to spot-treat fat deposits and reveal muscle tone underneath. It works by disrupting the connection between the patient’s fatty tissue and the muscles underneath without hurting the underlying healthy tissue. This has given vaser liposuction a good reputation for body sculpting. It also claims to be less painful than traditional liposuction.

Results from vaser liposuction can be permanent. But the way the patient’s body looks after recovery is partially dependent on the lifestyle choices they make. After getting vaser liposuction, a patient will need to keep up a healthy diet and exercise routine so that the body doesn’t regain the fat deposits that were removed.

However vaser lipo has the potential for far more complications than traditional liposuction.

Common side effects include: bruising and bleeding; pain and aching at the site of liposuction; eventual scarring after healing from liposuction; hyperpigmentation, asymmetry, or skin irregularities; persistent swelling days or weeks after the procedure and loose skin which doesn’t adhere to the patient’s new body shape. One of the most frequent complications is the development of seromas or collections of fluid which will need to be drained from the body. There is also a risk of infection, with a raft of undesirable symptoms including green or yellow discharge, fever, vomiting, shortness of breath and dizziness. These symptoms require urgent medical attention.

Vaser lipo has a reputation for producing unsatisfactory results which may require further procedures to correct these. Traditional liposuction is a far more effective way of sculpting the body and produces more noticeable long-lasting results.

Is vaser liposuction as effective as traditional liposuction?

Vaser liposuction is a similar procedure to traditional liposuction, though there are some important differences. The biggest difference is that vaser liposuction allegedly allows for more precision in the fat removal process. It isn’t a tool to remove large fat deposits.

However vaser lipo is not as effective as traditional liposuction. Some people who have previously undergone vaser liposuction have been left with a lumpy result or burns. Some patients have complained that the treatment did not work at all. Here at the Cadogan Clinic, we would recommend traditional liposuction as the most effective way to lose unwanted body fat.

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How much does vaser lipo cost? 

Vaser lipo costs vary from clinic to clinic. Vaser liposuction prices in the UK start from the few thousand pound mark and can go up to £10,000. This depends on how many different parts of the body are being treated and which areas of the anatomy.

In comparison, prices for a traditional liposuction procedure here at the Cadogan Clinic starts from £3,950 for one area. Two areas of liposuction costs £6,000 and three areas of liposuction costs £6,900. Traditional liposuction is more effective, safer and offers a much better result that vaser lipo.

All quoted costs online are guide prices only, and subject to confirmation following your in person consultation. Costs are also dependent on whether you have your liposuction under local or general anaesthetic.

Liposuction costs in the UK are not subject to VAT as they are medical procedures.

At the Cadogan Clinic we only work with the very best surgeons and nursing staff at our specialist facilities in West London. Our emphasis is on providing safe, high quality surgery and excellent value for money to all of our patients.

Why does the Cadogan Clinic choose not to offer vaser liposuction?

The founder of the Cadogan Clinic, Bryan Mayou, carried out two years of research in the early days of ultrasound liposuction and developed the technique which became the most popular in the United States. There were, however, many potential risks and it was recommended that ultrasound should only be used for short periods of time necessitating the use of traditional liposuction to complete the procedure.

Ultrasound liposuction, in Bryan Mayou's opinion, was merely a marketing tool and he did not adopt it himself.

Since this time ultrasound has reappeared in different forms of which the most popular in the UK is Vaser.

As a centre for liposuction, the Cadogan Clinic has built up huge experience and therefore does see a number of poor results from elsewhere, requiring reconstruction, many of which involve the use of Vaser techniques.

Bryan Mayou believes that trained surgeons can make different techniques work well for themselves, but it remains our experience that Vaser has problems. It is claimed to be quicker, more effective and less painful than other techniques. This is simply not true. We see lumpy results and occasional burns.

The frequent complication is the development of seromas or collections of fluid requiring drainage. He has never seen this in the thousands of treatments that he has carried out, and it is only Vaser that is still producing them. The Cadogan Clinic does not recommend its use.

The Cadogan Clinic is an award-winning boutique private hospital on Sloane Street in the heart of Chelsea. We offer the most advanced surgical and non surgical techniques in our fully-fitted consulting rooms, state-of-the-art operating theatres and purpose-built aesthetics and laser suite. Please get in touch to book an appointment with one of our expert surgeons to discuss how we can help you to achieve the body you want.

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