Liposuction is a popular procedure in the United States, ranking among the top 5 cosmetic procedures performed by plastic surgeons in 2019. Many people may not realize that there are different types of liposuction procedures, each with different outcomes and advantages/disadvantages. One of the newest is Vaser liposuction surgery that is often performed by Dr. Sam Jejurikar. What makes it more effective than traditional liposuction, and why has the procedure seen such a rise in popularity? Dr. Sam Jejurikar of the Dallas Plastic Institute clarifies why this procedure has garnered such attention.
What is Vaser Liposuction Surgery?
All liposuction procedures help reduce the amount of unwanted fat in specific areas of the body. During the procedure, fat deposits are broken apart and then removed from the body. Water pressure, lasers, and ultrasound waves are three ways skilled plastic surgeons can break fat deposits apart before being removed from the body via suction. Vaser hi-def liposuction uses ultrasonic waves, which use heat to help break apart fat.
What Areas of My Body Can Be Treated with This Surgeon?
Vaser liposuction is beneficial for many areas in the body, including the chest, chin, neck, upper back, arms, hips, thighs, buttocks, waistline, and stomach.
What Makes Someone a Good Candidate for Liposuction Surgery?
Determining if you are a good candidate for liposuction is best done through a consultation with Dr. Sam Jejurikar at the Dallas Plastic Surgery Center. Because there are several factors that must be considered when choosing a liposuction procedure to meet your appearance goals, an in-depth consultation is the safest and most effective way to answer your questions.
Other factors that make someone an ideal candidate for liposuction include being a
- Stable Weight
- Low body fat percentage
- Isolated pockets of unwanted fat
The ideal candidate is someone who has been unable to achieve their desired appearance goals through a traditional diet and exercise.
Vaser Liposuction vs. Traditional Liposuction
Vaser liposuction and traditional liposuction are similar procedures. However, there are a few notable differences. The most significant difference is that Vaser liposuction allows for more precise fat removal. Also, Vaser liposuction is best for removing small pockets of fat, whereas traditional liposuction can successfully eliminate more extensive fat deposits.
Traditional liposuction is also more unpleasant, with a longer recovery. According to Dr. Jejurikar, traditional liposuction requires incisions that must be stitched closed, and in some cases, drains are placed that require removal a few days after surgery. With Vaser liposuction, the cannula used to “suction” fat is far smaller, and often the procedure can be accomplished without incisions. The cannula removes fat through small insertion points. Traditional liposuction also requires general anesthesia, whereas Vaser liposuction is usually performed under local anesthesia.
How many procedures does it take to get results?
Dr. Sameer Jejurikar states, for most people, only one procedure is necessary, and results are generally permanent if a healthy diet and exercise routine is maintained. Typically, results are seen within a week of your session. However, results will gradually appear over six months.
What Are the Advantages of Vaser Liposuction?
One of the most significant advantages of Vaser liposuction is that it is a minimally invasive way to remove undesirable body fat. Vaser liposuction does not require the same level of surgical intervention necessary as traditional liposuction, and most people can return to work within a few days.
Dr. Sam Jejurikar points out another advantage is that Vaser liposuction encourages collagen production, which helps tighten skin. Traditional liposuction procedures often leave behind sagging skin after fat cells are removed. When you have Vaser liposuction with Dr. Jejurikar, you will notice enhanced tone and a more sculpted and contoured appearance of the treatment area.
How Long is the Recovery period and What Should I Expect?
Recovering from Vaser liposuction is often quicker and less challenging than traditional liposuction. This is because the procedure is minimally invasive and does not require the same level of incisions needed to accomplish a traditional liposuction procedure. Additionally, the drains that often accompany the recovery from traditional liposuction are not a part of a Vaser liposuction procedure. Although you may notice mild bruising and some swelling in the areas that were treated, these are often mild and often subside quickly. Because of the swelling and bruising, however, you may not notice the results of your procedure for a few days until your body has had time to heal.
Depending on your needs and your specific procedure, Vaser liposuction is performed under either local or general anesthesia. During the procedure, Dr. Jejurikar will make five small incisions near the treatment area. Most of these are about the size of a pencil eraser and do not require stitching too close. A specific tool is inserted through the incisions that deliver ultrasonic energy used to disintegrate fat cells, making them easier to remove from the body.
You may notice drainage from your treatment area for the first 24 to 48 hours after your procedure. You may also need to wear a compression garment for several weeks to reduce swelling. Again, the necessity of a compression garment will depend on the area or areas treated. For most cases, you will begin to see results within the first couple of weeks, with greater results appearing in the first couple of months after your procedure. As previously mentioned, by maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine, you will enjoy permanent results from your Vaser liposuction procedure.
Is Vaser/High-Definition Liposuction Surgery Safe?
In general, Vaser/high definition liposuction surgery is a safe and low-risk procedure. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are potential side effects. Before undergoing any surgical procedure, it is recommended that you talk to your plastic surgeon at the Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute to determine if the procedure is right for you. During the consultation with Dr. Jejurikar, he will go over the risks and benefits of Vaser liposuction so together you can determine if the procedure will help you meet your appearance goals.
The most common risks or side effects associated with liposuction are the same risks associated with many other cosmetic procedures. These include bruising, discomfort at the treatment site, swelling, and the potential for loose skin that doesn’t fully contour to or adhere to your new body shape. It is also important to follow your surgeon’s post-procedure instructions to reduce the chance of infection or elevated levels of discomfort as your body heals.
About Dr. Sameer Jejurikar
Dr. Sameer (Sam) Jejurikar is a board-certified plastic surgeon and a member of the Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute in Dallas, Texas. His practice focuses on cosmetic surgery of the face, eyes, nose, body, and breast. Dr. Jejurikar has many years of plastic surgery experience and training. He is committed to ensuring each person who seeks his help to achieve their body image goals is cared for in the most innovative and compassionate way possible. Dr. Jejurikar practices the full spectrum of plastic surgery, emphasizing cosmetic procedures, including mommy makeovers, tummy tucks, liposuction, facelifts, rhinoplasty, breast lift, and breast augmentation procedures. His success led to him being honored as a top plastic surgeon by D Magazine for the second year in a row.
To learn more about Dr. Jejurikar and his Dallas area practice, please get in touch with our office at 214-827-2814. Dr. Jejurikar will be happy to schedule a consultation where you can learn more about tummy tuck procedures.
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