What Is Vaser Liposuction?

For many people, diet and exercise don't seem to be effective in shedding off the unwanted fat or getting rid of cellulite in certain parts of the body, no matter how strong and persistent the efforts. Liposuction was developed as a solution for this problem. Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes unwanted body fat through advanced medical technique and technology. Vaser liposuction is a special technique developed in the early 21st century to effectively and safely remove unwanted body fat.


An Italian gynecologist first invented liposuction in 1974, and the technique was further developed by French physicians in the late 1970s. However, after its popular introduction into the United States in the early 1980s, liposuction received a lot of negative publicity as a high-risk, highly bloody procedure that left unwanted scars and ripples in the skin. Californian dermatologist, Dr. Jeffrey A. Klein, offered liposuction an advanced technique, called "tumescent technique," in 1985, which revolutionized liposuction so that it became less risky and complicated and without the unwanted side effects of previous techniques. Other techniques developed, such as the dry and wet techniques and the ultrasonic technique, to make the procedure as simple, fast and risk-free as possible for patients. Vaser liposuction was founded in 1998 by Sound Surgical Technologies, LLC, and received Food and Drug Administration approval in 2002. In 2009, Vaser liposuction is still widely regarded as the most advanced technology and technique used to address fat problems.

Functions of Liposuction

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes unwanted fat from the body by inserting a small tube, called a cannula, and using the cannula attached vacuum technology to suction the fatty tissue up through the tube and out of the body. Lipsuction techniques vary by the diameter of the cannula and way the fatty tissue is approached, such as whether it is suctioned straight out of the body "as is" or first dissolved or transformed before it is suctioned out.

Treatable Areas of the Body

Advances in technology have made it possible to remove fatty tissue from virtually any part of the body. It is common for the liposuction procedure to be performed on the hips, thighs and bottom, but it can also remove unwanted fat from the arms, knees, ankles, stomach, breasts, back and waist. Vaser liposuction has made it possible to remove the fat of the chin, neck and chest as well.

Significane of Vaser Liposuction Technique

Vaser liposuction technique uses a patented fat removal technology combined with a precise surgical technique that promises to yield smooth skin after a fast recovery. The Vaser approach breaks up and dissolves the fat, thereby making the suction process easier and smoother and causing less risk of side effects, like skin ripples and unevenness. Ultrasound energy is used to emulsify the fattty tissue and leave the surrounding tissue, for the most part, intact. Because Vaser can almost liquefy the fat before the suctioning, the procedure only requires a cannula with a small diameter, thereby deeming the Vaser method less invasive than other liposuction techniques with far less likelihood of scarring.

About the Procedure

The mildly invasive Vaser liposuction treatment requires only local anesthesia. According to information given on ForeverYoungVegas.com, the surgeons at Image Plus Las Vegas report that the patient experiences little to no pain during the 30-minute to 1-hour treatment session. Post-treatment, the patient experiences minimal bruising and swelling and little to no pain or discomfort, so aspirin is the only recommended recovery aid. Average downtime is 2 to 5 days, depending on the amount of fat sucked out of the body. Results appear within a few days, and the skin continues to tighten around the area for the following weeks. On average, the final desired result is seen in roughly 6 months.


The cost of Vaser liposuction varies greatly, depending on the condition of the treated area, quantity of areas treated, skill of the surgeon, geographic region and other factors. As of 2009, SmartPlasticSurgery.com reports that the cost ranges between $2,000 and $8,000.