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Differences between Vaser Liposuction, Laser Liposuction, and Standard Liposuction

Vaser liposuction is the most effective and least invasive type of surgical fat removal, but laser and tumescent (standard) liposuction still have unique benefits that make them ideally suited to certain patients. Whether you’re preparing for a liposuction consultation or simply interested in body contouring, understanding the differences between these three techniques will help you make more informed choices. 

To learn more about the various types of liposuction Dr. Weinrach performs, consult the guide below or contact us by phone at (480) 725-2726. We’ll be happy to answer any of your specific questions. 

Vaser Vs. Laser Liposuction

Though Vaser liposuction sounds similar to laser liposuction, these procedures use two distinct processes to remove unwanted fat. During Vaser liposuction, an ultrasonic probe distributes ultrasound energy throughout fatty tissue to emulsify it in preparation for removal. Laser liposuction, also known as SmartLipo, is an older technique wherein a cannula equipped with a medical laser “melts” fat cells before they’re sucked out.

Both procedures produce heat to liquefy fat, but the Vaser probe is capable of warming adipose tissue more evenly. This gentle, uniform warming action is less likely to burn nearby skin and blood vessels than the focused, intense heat produced by lasers. Ultrasound waves also break down fat more efficiently than laser energy because they “vibrate” targeted cells, which encourages them to separate. Vaser liposuction therefore boasts a shorter procedure time, and easier recovery period, than other types of liposuction.

Though Dr. Weinrach recommends Vaser liposuction for most of his patients, laser liposuction has specific properties that are sometimes beneficial for select candidates.

By heating skin, connective tissue, and blood vessels in addition to fat, laser liposuction causes immediate tissue contraction. This contraction, combined with enhanced collagen production following treatment, smooths and tightens the patient’s skin. Vaser liposuction firms the skin, too, but some patients notice a more profound reduction in cellulite, stretch marks, and loose skin after having laser liposuction. Laser liposuction also has the advantage of requiring very tiny (2 mm wide) incisions, so it’s a good choice for patients who wish to avoid scar formation as much as possible.

How do Laser and Vaser Liposuction Differ from Standard Liposuction?

Both laser and Vaser liposuction involve an extra preparatory step that liquefies fat cells to facilitate removal. During standard (tumescent) liposuction, by contrast, fat deposits are manually broken down with a vibrating cannula before being sucked out. Surgeons performing traditional liposuction use a tumescent solution that contains saltwater, local anesthetic, and epinephrine to aid in loosening adipose tissue. 

Though standard liposuction is effective, especially for patients with very dense fat, it’s more invasive than either laser or Vaser liposuction. This technique, therefore, requires one to two weeks of healing time, rather than the three to five days of healing time associated with laser and Vaser liposuction.

Ask Our Experts About Liposuction in Phoenix, Arizona

Only a thorough examination by a plastic surgeon can tell you which liposuction method is right for you. If you’re seriously considering surgical fat removal, contact double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Weinrach to explore your options in more detail. Dr. Weinrach will be happy to share his expertise with you as you begin your journey toward a trim figure.