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Differences between Vaser Liposuction, Laser Liposuction, and Standard Liposuction

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Vaser liposuction is a very effective type of surgical fat removal and is one of several liposuction techniques available. Whether you are 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

Although 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 a completely different technique that uses a cannula equipped with a medical laser that heats the skin and “melts” fat cells before they are suctioned out.

Both procedures produce heat to liquefy fat, but the Vaser probe is capable of warming adipose tissue more gently. 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 is, therefore, a safer and more effective procedure than laser-assisted liposuction.

How do Laser and Vaser Liposuction Differ from Standard Liposuction?

Both laser and Vaser liposuction involves 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 cannula simultaneously as they are being suctioned out. This is a more nonselective method of fat removal as small blood vessels can be injured as well with the suctioning.  As with VASER (ultrasound-assisted liposuction), traditional liposuction utilizes a tumescent solution that contains saltwater, local anesthetic, and epinephrine to aid in minimizing bleeding and providing pain control. 


SAFELipo is the most modern liposuction technique.  SAFE stands for Separation, Aspiration, and Fat Equalization.  As with the other liposuction techniques, tumescent fluid is placed first.  A specialized vibrating cannula is used first to separate and loosen the fat.  The fat is then suctioned with another cannula, and then a third cannula is then used to smooth out the treated areas.  No heat is used, so there is no risk of burn.  This is likely the best technique to use in most situations.

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.