Treatment guide

VASER Liposuction

Illustration showing how a VASER liposuction procedure works.

Are you trying to shed those areas of fat that won't seem to go away no matter how hard you exercise or diet? VASER liposuction may be the solution you've been searching for.

This FDA-approved technique uses ultrasound waves to break down and remove stubborn fat deposits from specific areas of the body. While it's not intended for significant weight loss, VASER liposuction is a less invasive alternative to traditional liposuction with shorter recovery times.

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VASER Liposuction Quick Details


  • Vaser liposuction is suitable for men and women who have small deposits of unwanted fat that have been resistant to diet and exercise.

  • Individuals who are within 30% of their target body weight.

  • Healthy people that do not have medical conditions that can interfere with healing.

  • Individuals with good skin quality (excessive skin laxity or stretch marks may be unsuitable for VASER liposuction).


  • 1 to 4 hours of treatment time depending on number of treatment areas.

  • 3 to 7 hours at the center if done near home.

  • 1 night in the clinic, 3 to 5 nights in hotel if done abroad.


  • Bruising, soreness, swelling or pain

  • Numbness

  • Burns or skin discolouration

  • Scarring

  • Bleeding, leakage or fluid from incisions

  • Fluid imbalance (edema)

  • Infection

  • Dull background ache for several weeks

  • Blood or fat clots


VASER Liposuction Costs

Prices for a VASER liposuction procedure can vary depending on where you have the treatment the specific clinic and doctor that you choose. Below, we've outlined some starting prices across a few popular locations. These prices are not fixed or guaranteed and may vary based on a number of different factors.

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What Is VASER Liposuction?

VASER Liposuction is also known as VASER Ultrasonic liposuction or LipoSelection. VASER stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance.

It is a cosmetic procedure that can only remove subcutaneous fat below the skin and does not remove visceral fat (visceral fat is the type of fat wrapped around body organs that can increase your risk for various diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer).

How Does VASER Liposuction Compare to Traditional Liposuction?

During the most common type of liposuction, tumescent liposuction or Suction-Assisted Liposuction (SAL), a plastic surgeon will break down fat deposits manually by using a cannula pulled back and forth in the targeted area to separate the fat from the subcutaneous tissue while the fat is simultaneously being suctioned out through the cannula.

VASER liposuction first uses VASER probes inserted into the fatty tissue to gently break up and emulsify the fat cells through vibration using ultrasonic frequency waves. A specially-designed cannula is then inserted to remove the “melted” fat. This technique can allow the surgeon to target fat cells more accurately while protecting other surrounding tissue from damage and is the preferred type of liposuction for fibrous tissue (such as the type found in the male chest). The saline solution used during the procedure can also help reduce blood loss and bruising compared to traditional liposuction.

VASER Liposuction can be used almost anywhere on the body but is most suitable to removing stubborn pockets of fat that have not shifted with diet and exercise alone. It should not be used as an alternative to dieting and exercising and has a limit to the amount of fat that can be removed but it can help with sculpting and contouring the body to enhance its natural shape.

VASER Liposuction is powerful enough to use on the thighs, knees, abdomen, love handles and chest but also gentle enough to use on the arms, chin and neck.

How Does VASER Liposuction Work?

VASER Liposuction can be done in combination with other treatments such as fat transfer for liposculpting (such as a Brazilian butt lift), abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), gynecomastia surgery (removal of enlarged breast tissue in males) or other skin lifts to remove excess skin if skin elasticity is too poor for it to “bounce back” on its own after the fat is removed.

VASER Liposuction can be done under local anaesthesia, sedation, or general anaesthesia depending on the number of areas being treated and the amount of fat being removed. When local anaesthesia with or without oral sedation is used, the surgery is generally performed as an outpatient procedure; if you have IV sedation or general anaesthesia, then you may need to stay overnight at the hospital or clinic. You and your surgeon will discuss what is best for your situation.

The surgery itself can last one to four hours, but the time at the center where the procedure is performed may last from three to seven hours. Here are the steps of a VASER Liposuction procedure.

1. Pre-Consultation

You will meet with your surgeon to discuss your goals for doing the VASER Liposuction. The surgeon will mark the areas to be targeted on your body so they are clear during the procedure.

2. Anaesthesia

Under anaesthesia, the areas to be targeted are first injected with a tumescent fluid. This is a special saline solution containing the local anaesthetic (usually lidocaine) that will numb the area of subcutaneous tissue receiving the liposuction and temporarily expands the volume of that area, which makes the fat cells easier to remove. The solution also shrinks local blood vessels and this can help with blood loss and bruising, two big contributors to post-surgical soreness.

3. Insertion of VASER Probes Through Incisions

Small-diameter probes or wands are then inserted through small incisions (usually between 2-6 mm) that have been made in the target area. Different diameter wands can be used for different types of fat. The wand resonates at an ultrasonic frequency, shaking the fat cells loose, emulsifying them and allowing them to mix with the tumescent fluid.

4. Removal of Fat Cells

The emulsified fat cells mixed with the tumescent fluid are then suctioned out using specially-designed suction tubes (cannulae).

5. Post-Operative and Recovery Phases

Following the procedure, the surgeon will advise on the best recovery regimen for you to promote skin retraction and smooth results. You will need to wear a compression garment for 2-6 weeks after treatment. Your surgeon may also suggest massage therapy to encourage lymphatic drainage, speed up your recovery, and enhance your results.

What to Expect After VASER Liposuction?

You should be able to get up and walk around on the same day of your procedure but you will be advised to rest for at least 12 hours and avoid any strenuous activity for 2-3 weeks. If you have young children, you should be able to lift them after 2 days depending on the areas treated and how you feel. You will experience some reasonable pain, discomfort and maybe bruising but this can usually be managed with painkillers. You can usually return to work in 3-7 days.

Some people immediately have noticeable results while others may not due to edema (accumulation of fluid in certain tissues of the body) which can take a few weeks to resolve. You should see your final results of the VASER Liposuction 2 to 4 months after your procedure.

What if You Gain Weight After Having VASER Liposuction?

Many people only need one treatment of VASER Liposuction to achieve their desired goal. Sometimes a touch-up session is needed or if you have several areas treated, it may be split into multiple sessions.

Assuming that you continue to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, the fat is gone permanently once it’s been removed. If you do gain or lose weight after having VASER Liposuction, it should re-distribute proportionally throughout your body provided the weight gain is no more than 5% of your body weight.


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