With advanced technology, Vaser liposuction creates a flat, defined and toned stomach. Using ultrasound technology in a minimally invasive procedure, stubborn fat deposits that strenuous exercise cannot remove are targeted, allowing better visibility of the underlying abdominal muscles.
At Cosmos Aesthetics Melbourne, we use the innovative Vaser technology, that can create a contoured and smooth result. The Vaser liposuction method leaves the remaining fat in the abdomen evenly distributed and will tighten the skin, creating a toned appearance.
A high-tech method, allowing for easier fat removal while tightening the skin
Using Vaser technology, the abdominal liposuction procedure involves sending ultrasound energy into the stubborn fat deposits, breaking down the fat and allowing for a gentle removal process. The ultrasound energy can create a skin-tightening effect, preventing loose skin and leaving a tight and toned result.1
Since Vaser liposuction is gentler than traditional liposuction, the procedure can be performed under twilight sedation and local anaesthesia. If patients prefer general anaesthesia, this is still an option.
Using a tiny incision placed in the belly button or near the bikini line, the Vaser probe is inserted and moved back and forth to send ultrasound energy to the stubborn fat cells. After the fat cells have been separated and the unwanted fat has been melted, a cannula is used to remove the fat.
For those who want a particularly muscular and athletic abdomen, Vaser High Definition is an even more precise method, enabling enhanced visibility of the underlying muscles. If you think Vaser HD is better suited to you, you can read more about the technology here. If you’re unsure which Vaser liposuction procedure to choose, your doctor can help you decide during your consultation at our Melbourne clinic.
Abdominal Liposuction Costs at Cosmos Aesthetics Melbourne
In general, liposuction procedure costs will vary from patient to patient, as each procedure will be tailored to suit the individual’s needs. The Vaser liposuction technology that we use at Cosmos Aesthetics Melbourne is high-tech and advanced, which means that our doctors need to have specific training to know how to use the technology. These factors can make the cost higher than traditional methods.
Stomach liposuction procedures with Vaser are personalised to meet each patient’s needs and characteristics, which will change the procedure time and surgery details per patient. Overall, the best way to determine your procedure costs is with a consultation with one of our doctors.
Costs for abdominal liposuction procedures with Vaser technology start at $5,500.
Stomach liposuction costs depend on the:
Individual body type
Amount of fat in the treatment area
Type of anaesthetic used, either twilight sedation and local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic
Total procedure time
Number of treatment areas, if combining liposuction procedures to treat multiple areas of the body
When patients combine stomach liposuction with additional liposuction procedures to focus on other areas of the body, each added treatment area usually costs $1,750. However, having liposuction on multiple areas of your body on the same day can reduce your costs in the long run, as it will save you the associated fees that come with each procedure, such as anaesthesia fees. Combining procedures also means that you will only have one recovery period, as opposed to multiple. If this is an option that interests you, you can discuss it with your doctor during your consultation to make sure that you are eligible. It is important to note that although combining procedures creates only one recovery period, it will extend the duration of your recovery time and may require you to follow additional necessary preparation and recovery instructions.
Your Abdominal Liposuction Recovery
Patients can experience some pain, swelling and bruising after liposuction. These symptoms can be managed and reduced with prescription medication and by wearing a compression garment on the abdomen for three weeks full time and three weeks part time. For three to five days, there may be some fluid leakage around the area. To support healing, we recommend that patients return to Cosmos Aesthetics Melbourne for lymphatic massages, twice a week for two weeks.
Thanks to the gentler nature of the Vaser liposuction procedure, patients typically only need to stay home for one week after their procedure. This will depend on the nature of daily work or usual daily activities. If you are in an occupation that demands strenuous exercise, heavy lifting or weight training, you may need to take a longer amount of time away from work.
Your doctor will give you recovery instructions during consultation to help you support a faster recovery. In the meantime, this checklist may be helpful to follow:
Eat a healthy diet
Drink at least 2L of water per day to stay hydrated
Take care of your surgical sites as instructed
Wear your compression garment for the instructed amount of time
Do not smoke
Refrain from taking certain medications and supplements that can hinder recovery
Attend post-surgical appointments
Avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting
Avoid having hot baths, and submerging the treatment area in spas and saunas
The benefits of liposuction procedures using Vaser technology
The three main advantages obtained after having performed this step:
54% more skin tightening than traditional liposuction, due to the thermal effect of the Vaser stimulating a surge in collagen production in the skin and remaining tissue.1
More fat cells can be removed with less fatigue to the operator.2
Vaser has less bleeding and therefore less trauma to the tissues.3
How to prepare for your procedure
Your doctor will inform you on how to prepare for your Vaser abdominal liposuction procedure during your consultation. Some factors to be aware of when preparing for surgery include:
Quitting smoking at least two weeks before surgery can support a faster recovery time
Avoiding the medications and supplements that can have blood-thinning effects can help your body heal more efficiently
Following a healthy diet and staying hydrated will give your body the nutrients it needs to heal
Making sure that you are getting enough sleep will help your body recover
It can also help to feel organised before your surgery, so that you know what to do during recovery and are ensured that you will have the support that you need. To get organised for recovery after stomach liposuction, you can:
Make sure that you have comfortable clothes to wear that will not sit too tight around your stomach
Get any prescriptions filled ahead of time
‘Meal prep’ by cooking healthy meals to have during recovery
Arrange for somebody to help you around the house and pick you up from the hospital after your surgery
Not only can preparing for stomach liposuction make you feel more confident about your procedure, it can help you recover in a shorter amount of time and reduce the associated procedure risks.
Associated side effects and risks
Although stomach liposuction with Vaser technology is gentler than traditional methods, it is still associated with some risks and complications, as with any surgical procedure. During your consultation, your doctor will discuss possible risks and side effects with you and ensure that you are comfortable with undergoing the procedure. The associated risks include:
Pain, numbness or swelling that is persistent for longer than the expected amount of time
Bruising or bleeding around the surgical site
Asymmetry in the treatment area
Skin irregularities on the treatment area
Loose skin that did not tighten during recovery
Fortunately, side effects such as swelling, pain and general discomfort are generally manageable with prescription medication or cold compress. To help any scarring fade, topical creams can be applied after the incision sites have healed. To help minimise your risks and chance of complications occurring, you should follow your preparation and recovery instructions and monitor your health after surgery.
What makes a good candidate for stomach liposuction?
Your consultation at Cosmos Aesthetics in Melbourne is the best way to know if you are suitable for stomach liposuction with Vaser. As a general guide, good candidates can include:
Those who have stubborn fat deposits on the upper and lower abdomen
Patients who are in good physical and mental health
Individuals who have good skin elasticity
Those who are willing to follow a healthy diet and exercise routine to maintain optimal results
Non-smokers, or smokers who are willing to quit before and after surgery
Patients that will carry realistic expectations for the procedure
How soon will my results be noticeable?
Depending on the amount of fat that will be removed, patients can notice their results straight after the procedure, although initial swelling will be present. As swelling disappears and the skin tightens, your results will become more visible, with final results typically appearing at six months.
Are my results going to be permanent?
Your results from Vaser liposuction should be permanent if you follow a healthy diet and exercise routing after your recovery period. To maintain your results, you can also avoid smoking and make sure that you stay hydrated.
Do patients feel any pain during the Vaser liposuction procedure?
Abdominal liposuction with Vaser is performed under twilight sedation and local anaesthesia or general anaesthesia. All of these types of anaesthesia should ensure that the patient does not feel any pain during the procedure and that the treatment area is effectively numbed.
Will I have to undergo more than one procedure?
It will depend on the amount of fat that you would like to remove from your abdomen. One procedure can be sufficient for some patients, while other patients may need an additional procedure to achieve aesthetic goals.
How can you determine the amount of fat that needs to be removed?
It can be hard to measure the amount of fat that you will need removed by yourself, so it is best to wait and discuss this with your doctor during your consultation. As a general rule, three to five litres of fat is removed during a single liposuction procedure. Removing a higher amount of fat can increase procedure risks and decrease comfort levels during recovery.
Can I treat more than one area of my body at the same time with Vaser liposuction?
Various areas of the body, including the hips, flanks, back, thighs and arms, can be treated as well as the abdomen during your Vaser liposuction procedure. If you want to treat multiple areas, let your doctor know during your initial consultation, so that the best option for you can be determined.
Will I have scars on my abdomen after liposuction?
Any procedure that requires incisions to be made will be associated with a risk of scarring. The good news is that Vaser liposuction only needs tiny incisions, and these can be made in areas that easily conceal any possible scarring. If noticeable scarring does occur, it should continue to fade over time. You may wish to assist with the natural fading process by applying topical creams that your doctor can recommend. If the chance of scarring concerns you, you should discuss this during your consultation, so that your doctor can advise you on how to minimise your risk.
How long will the Vaser liposuction procedure on the abdomen take?
Stomach liposuction with Vaser technology typically takes one to four hours. The amount of time that the procedure will take will change from one patient to another, as it will be influenced by factors like the amount of fat in the abdominal area, and the other treatment areas of the body if procedures are being combined. Your doctor can give you a better time estimation during your consultation.