Vaser Liposuction is a surgical procedure designed to remove unwanted fat cells and contour the body shape. For suitable candidates, Vaser Lipo can reduce stubborn fat deposits in targeted areas of the body including the abdomen, love handles, arms, thighs, back, lower face and chin.
Vaser Liposuction is a surgical procedure using ultrasound technology in combination with a numbing solution of local anaesthesia as well as IV sedation, to remove excess fat deposits and unwanted fat cells from specific areas of the body with a cannula via small incision sites.
What areas can Vaser Liposuction treat?
The following areas may be able to be treated with liposculpture surgery in suitable candidates with realistic expectations. Suitability for each area is decided by the doctor during the consultations.
Abdomen: The stomach is divided into two areas: the lower abdomen and upper abdomen. Vaser Lipo can be an option on the stomach if there isn’t significant excess skin, having Vaser Lipo on this area is not the same procedure as an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).
Flanks/Love Handles: A treatment option to reduce obvious and excess fat in the flanks and love handles.
Back: Remove obvious uncomfortable fat deposits from the lower back (lower bra line) and upper back area (upper bra line).
Arms: Stubborn fat deposits located on the underside of the arms in the triceps area can be reduced using Vaser Lipo.
Inner Thighs/Outer Thighs: Localised small fat deposits on the upper inner thigh and upper outer thighs can be removed for patients with good skin tone and elasticity in these areas.
Front Thighs/Back Thighs: The front thighs and back thighs can be difficult to treat, and these areas are only able to be treated for patients who meet specific criteria set by the doctor.
Knees/Calves/Ankles: An option for suitable candidates to have the small pockets of fatty tissue removed from the inner knees, calves, and ankles.
Gynaecomastia (Man Boobs): Can reduce the amount of body fat specifically located in the male chest, contributing to the appearance of what are commonly called “man boobs”.
Chin/Neck: The small fat deposits from the double chin and under the jawline can be removed for suitable patients without loose or excess skin in the area,
Lower Face: An option to reduce the appearance of the small fat deposits in the lower face and jowl area.
DISCLAIMER 1. Results may vary from patient to patient. 2. All photos are of patients from Cosmos Aesthetics, and all ‘after’ images are taken 6 weeks or later post-procedure. 3. Results, recovery, and potential complications will vary for each individual patient. 4. Photos and videos featured are not a guarantee that your results will be the same as another person, and does not guarantee you will receive a particular surgical outcome. 5. Any invasive or surgical procedure carries risks, side effects, and complications, which can be permanent.
LIPOSUCTION SURGERY AT COSMOS AESTHETICS
Considering the Procedure
Am I a candidate for a liposuction procedure?
Not all patients who want to have cosmetic surgery including having liposculpture surgery, are candidates for a procedure. The following indicators are just a guide and do not guarantee suitability, suitability is determined by the doctors during the initial consultations.
You are in good physical and mental health.
You are a healthy and stable weight.
You maintain a healthy diet and healthy lifestyle and know liposculpture is not a weight loss treatment.
You have achievable and realistic expectations regarding the results surgery may achieve for you, and don’t expect the same results others may have achieved.
You have good skin elasticity with no excess skin in the areas of the body being treated.
You understand that liposuction surgery has downtime, as well as potential risks, complications, and side effects that are serious, some of which can be permanent.
How much does liposuction cost?
We understand the price of cosmetic surgery is something a patient will consider. However, liposuction costs do not fit into a one-price-fits-all flat rate fee. The cost to have Vaser Lipo will vary from patient to patient depending on a range of elements, including but not limited to:
The number of areas being treated.
The amount of fat cells to be removed from the areas of the body being treated.
The type of IV sedation being used.
The amount of time being spent in theatre.
At Cosmos Aesthetics, our Vaser Liposuction procedures always start from a minimum base price of $5,500 for the first area. Additional areas are charged at a smaller rate, starting from a minimum $2,000 per area. One area is the lower abdomen, the upper abdomen, both love handles, or both upper inner thighs for example.
The prices mentioned are a general guide only and are not an exact price. An exact quote tailored to your individual needs and the specific areas you’re considering treating will be discussed and provided to you during the initial consultations with the doctor.
Are there any requirements to have a liposuction procedure?
In Australia, there are a number of prerequisites that every individual wanting cosmetic surgery including Vaser Lipo must complete. A referral from a GP, two consultations a minimum seven days apart, including one in-person consultation with the doctor performing your surgery, as well as a mandatory minimum seven day cooling off period following the second consultation, are all required before being able to book to have liposuction surgery at Cosmos Aesthetics.
At Cosmos Aesthetics, Vaser Liposuction is the body contouring liposuction technique we use for all liposuction procedures.
During a Vaser Liposuction procedure, a tumescent local anaesthetic numbing solution is used in each of the treated areas, in conjunction with IV sedation, which can be either twilight sedation or general anaesthetic. The level of IV sedation used depends on the individual needs and medical requirements of each patient and will be decided during the consultations with the doctor.
A cannula is introduced into targeted areas of the body through small incision sites, to break down stubborn fat deposits, and liquify the excess fat cells in each of the treated areas. These unwanted fat cells are then extracted from the body via suction technology using a cannula through the same incision sites.
How long does the procedure take?
Vaser Lipo is a surgical procedure for fat removal, and the duration of surgery can vary. It can take anywhere from one to four hours, influenced by factors such as the specific requirements of the individual, the number of body areas being treated, and the volume of fat cells being removed.
How do I prepare for the procedure?
Preparation is key when considering any invasive procedure, including having Vaser Lipo. During your consultations, the doctor will discuss detailed information about the surgical process and provide comprehensive pre and post-procedure aftercare instructions. You’ll also receive copies of this information to refer back to.
If you’re a smoker, you will be required to stop smoking as soon as possible. Smoking is not allowed for a minimum of two weeks before surgery, and throughout the recovery time period. Any medications you’re currently taking will also be assessed during your initial consultations, as some medications and supplements have the potential to interfere with the procedure and the recovery process.
To help with your post-procedure aftercare, it is recommended to have old towels and bed sheets prepared, and wear loose, dark, and comfortable clothing over your compression garments and on the day of your surgery. Purchasing absorbent pads, like puppy pads from Kmart or $2 Discount Stores are extremely useful to absorb leakage from the incision sites. Additionally, it’s essential to arrange for a responsible adult to pick you up after your procedure, to stay with you overnight, and all the following day.
Is there downtime after the procedure?
The downtime needed following surgery will vary depending on a range of factors, including the number of treated areas, and each individual patient’s specific needs. In general, many patients are able to resume most light daily activities after around one week post-procedure. However, this is just a guide and is not a guarantee that your healing process will be the same as someone else.
The anticipated downtime you may experience for your individual procedure, areas of the body being treated, and your personal circumstances, will all be discussed with the doctor during the consultations. Any activities that involve significant exertion, like heavy lifting or intense exercise, must be avoided for at least six weeks.
What aftercare is needed following the procedure?
All patients must wear the compression garments supplied by Cosmos Aesthetics for a minimum of six weeks throughout the recovery process. Fluid leakage is normal and can continue from the incision sites for up to a week. Swelling is also extremely normal and will fluctuate throughout the healing process. Information regarding preparing for the recovery period and how to optimise your aftercare experience, will all be provided to you and discussed in depth.
Post-procedure you can expect to have bruising, swelling, and pain, which are able to be managed with the pain relief medications prescribed by the doctor. All patients must carefully follow the aftercare guidelines, attend all scheduled follow up appointments, as well as self-perform daily lymphatic drainage massage on all of the treated areas.
When will I see the results from the procedure?
Following liposuction surgery you may notice a change in your body shape, however you will need to wait for your post-operative swelling to subside, and the skin to retract and tighten before your results start to become more visible. Wearing your compression garments, attending follow up appointments, daily massages to the areas treated, and following all aftercare instructions as directed will support the body, and optimise healing during the recovery process.
The final results from Vaser Lipo can take anywhere between 3-6 months to fully appear, and will continue to gradually improve over this time period.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT LIPOSUCTION SURGERY
Understanding the Procedure
What are some of the risks and side effects of Vaser Liposuction?
All liposuction surgery including traditional liposuction and Vaser Liposuction, are invasive procedures, and all invasive procedures have risks, complications, and side effects, which must always be considered before deciding to have surgery. Some of the potential side effects associated with Vaser Lipo can include, but are not limited to:
Bruising and bleeding.
Fluid build-up beneath the skin.
Persistent pain and aching.
Loose skin that may not adjust to the new contour.
Scars that remain noticeable.
Changes in skin sensation including numbness.
Risk of infections, blood clots, or skin burns.
The potential need for further procedures such as a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), to address and remove excess skin.
How much fat can be removed with Vaser Liposuction?
In Australia, there is a limit to how much fat can be safely removed during liposuction surgery. Cosmos Aesthetics follows these guidelines, and the total amount of fat that can be removed per procedure is a maximum of five litres. If the doctor anticipates that more than five litres of fat could be removed from your treatment areas, you may need to undergo multiple liposuction sessions. If applicable to you, this will be discussed during your consultations.
Can my fat be moved to another area of my body?
Fat removed using Vaser Lipo can be transferred to another area of the body for patients suitable for fat transfer treatments. At Cosmos Aesthetics, our doctors perform Brazilian Butt Lift surgery to enhance the shape and increase the size of the buttocks using a patient’s own fat.
We also offer Fat Transfer to Breast surgery for patients wanting a subtle cup size increase. This treatment can offer a more natural alternative to a traditional breast augmentation procedure using breast implants.
Will I have loose skin after the procedure?
Following Vaser Liposuction surgery, the skin may undergo a natural contraction as part of its healing process. The extent of skin tightening differs between individuals and is influenced by elements such as each patient’s pre-existing skin elasticity. Vaser Lipo can enhance skin tightening and collagen retraction, however this is not guaranteed. Individuals with higher elasticity might observe firmer skin post-procedure, while those with less elasticity might notice some excess skin or wrinkling in areas, such as the lower and upper abdomen.
Will I have scars after the procedure?
Scarring is a natural outcome of surgery. The small incisions needed for Vaser Lipo, usually fade over time. However, the end result and visibility of the scars left behind will always vary between individuals, pending skin type, scarring history, and if specialised silicone scar creams are used during the recovery process.
Can I have the procedure if I am obese?
Vaser Lipo is not designed to treat obesity and it is not weight loss surgery. However, our Mega Liposuction procedure can help overweight patients remove a considerable amount of fat.
Are there any non-surgical fat removal procedures?
At Cosmos Aesthetics, we offer CoolSculpting treatments, a non-surgical option for suitable patients to reduce the amount of fat in specific areas of the body without surgery.
Vaser Liposuction Melbourne
For patients in Melbourne considering undergoing a cosmetic procedure including Vaser Liposuction, Cosmos Aesthetics has clinics conveniently located around Australia in: Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, and the Gold Coast. Please contact our friendly team at your clinic location of choice for help on how to get started with your enquiries today!