The next generation of body contouring
Vaser Lipo, also known as Lipo Selection or Vaser liposuction, is an advanced body contouring procedure that selectively removes unwanted body fat. Vaser uses ultrasound technology to easily remove large amounts of stored fat while been able to gently reshape your body. The procedure is done under local anaesthetic using a tumescent anaesthesia allowing for a gentle yet highly detailed body contouring effect.
Vaser Lipo is tissue selective, targeting fat while protecting other tissues from damage. The innovative Vaser technology breaks up fat while preserving these other important tissues to produce smooth results and rapid healing. Vaser can be carried out in several areas at the same time.
Dr Nair has been performing Vaser liposuction in Sydney for the last 26 years in which she has performed over several thousand liposuctions. She has been performing Vaser Lipo procedures for the last 6 years.
WHAT IS LIPOSCULPTURE?
Liposculpture removes fat deposits through cannulas using small entry incisions. The procedure is carried out under local anaesthesia, via the infusion of an anaesthetic solution under the skin (this is the tumescent technique). A sedative is usually given to enhance patient comfort. Ashbrooke Cosmetic Surgery is a leader in liposuction and liposculpture in Sydney.
LIPO FILLING – FAT TRANSFER
Did you know that fat can be moved from one area of your body and sculpted back into another area of your body? *Fat can even be frozen up six months to be used in other areas.
Using the Vaser lipo, we are able to shape and define the desirable ‘s’ shape of the female silhouette. *For natural results with a low risk, we are able to remove fat from any area of the body that it appears (often thighs, abdomen, hips, arms) and reinject it into the buttock region. A good procedure for those who complain “I have no butt!”
Vaser lipo in Sydney is an alternative to the harsh techniques of traditional liposuction. It is powerful enough to target large areas of fat but also suitable for more delicate areas.
*Vaser Lipo is for healthy patients who are frustrated by the resistance of certain body areas to diet and exercise and seek a fast, low-pain solution.
Frequently Asked Questions
Liposculpture is a more refined form of liposuction. The latter was originally conceived by Dr Georgiou Fischer of Rome and was later pioneered by Dr Pierre Fournier, a family doctor in Paris who is still practicing and lecturing. In the late 1980’s, Dr Jeffrey Klein developed the tumescent technique which was introduced into Australia in the early 1990’s, and this has been practised at The Ashbrooke Cosmetic Surgery since 1994.
Liposculpture removes fat deposits through thin metal tubes or cannulae using tiny entry incisions. Our doctors use a special syringe or a mechanical suction pump to create a negative pressure to suck out fat from the areas to be improved. The procedure is carried out under local anaesthesia, via the infusion of an anaesthetic solution under the skin (this is the tumescent technique). If required, and most often, a sedative is given to enhance patient comfort.
Lipo filling (fat transfer) is when fat is transferred from one area of the body to another. *Fat can be removed from one site for immediate transfer to another for example, the face or it can be removed during liposculpture and frozen for use at a later date (up to six months). Fat tends to be reabsorbed to some degree, so results achieved may or may not be satisfactory in the long term.
*There are limits to the amount of local anaesthetic that can be used safely in one operation. If large amounts of fat need to be removed, more than one session may be necessary. The removal of five litres of fat is considered to be the upper limit for tumescent liposculpture. However, for a heavier person, more can be removed in stages. Too much or too little fat can be removed, or it may be uneven, resulting in a minor contour defect such as rippling or dimpling. This can be corrected with a lesser operation to “fine tune” the result.
Because fat itself is light, there may be no significant loss of weight. But most times there is, more importantly, a great change in shape.
- Most patients experience only minimal discomfort.
- Soreness or some discomfort may last for several days, and, on moving around, an occasional twinge may be felt for several weeks after the procedure. These vary between individuals, depending both on the extent of the procedure and each patient’s personal pain tolerance.
- If undue pain is experienced, this may be a sign of an impending complication and a doctor must be notified immediately.
- Bruising, seen as skin discolouration or black and blue areas, can last for two or three weeks.
- Texture irregularities or small lumpy areas occur less often but remain longer. These are often improved with light fingertip massages. Your doctor may recommend a lymphatic drainage massage and we can recommend a suitable therapist. Our patients can undergo an ultrasound treatment at our premises should this occur.
- Temporary swelling usually occurs in the treated areas, especially the knees or thighs.
- When calves and ankles are treated, ankle swelling may occur and can last for several weeks. When the lower legs are treated, a fitted stocking is needed for four to six weeks, but very rarely more.
- Numbness, if it occurs, usually disappears after several months.
The doctor cannot guarantee the results of any operation. The realistic aim is improvement, not perfection. We have found that, in fact, as many as 10% of our patients request further procedures in other areas. Initially, the benefits cannot be fully appreciated because of swelling and the ongoing healing process, especially in the abdomen. The final results may not be fully evident for up to six months.
It should be noted that liposculpture does not tighten the skin in all areas nor in all patients. It is best suited for people who are in good physical shape and have “young” skin qualities. We have treated older people with excellent results, but people who are overweight or over the age of 50 should take into account their “older” skin qualities and must be willing to accept some contour irregularities or laxity of skin. Liposculpture is not a treatment for cellulite.
A suitably qualified doctor and nurse are with the patient in the surgery. Areas to be treated are marked before the procedure. Clinical photographs of the area(s) will be taken for comparisons of before and after the procedure. As a rule, an oral tablet and intramuscular injection are given as a relaxant. A cannula may be put into an arm vein. The area to be treated is infused with the tumescent fluid (as explained earlier).
Once the area is numb, the fat will be sucked out using the required cannulae. Patient vital signs are monitored throughout the procedure, particularly pulse and blood pressure. The patient will be required to move and change position to facilitate access to the areas being treated. Towards the end of the procedure, the patient will be required to stand up as “â€˜we all look different standing up”. Adjustments will be made. Thereafter, dressings will be applied and support garments donned. The patient is transferred to the recovery room and then home with a relative or carer.
*Depending on the area and the size of the patient, the procedure can take from two to four hours.
Tumescence refers to the combination of a calculated volume of saline solution and a measured dosage of local anaesthetic, together with a vasoconstrictor. This solution is infused into the area of fat, causing the area to become swollen and numb. The solution also has the effect of softening the fat, thereby making it easier to remove. There is minimal blood loss in this process, making tumescent liposculpture a very safe procedure. *The anaesthetic effects of the tumescence can last up to 12 hours in the immediate post-operative phase.
A variety of reasons prompt liposculpture, the most significant of which is usually that the patient has unwanted deposits of fat that will not go away in spite of exercise and dieting (often genetically programmed to be in those particular areas). Liposculpture helps to improve appearance, confidence and self esteem, and aesthetic body proportions can be restored. Clothes may fit better also. In some cases, people use liposculpture to “kick start” a lifestyle modification program that includes a better diet and an exercise program.
It is important to stress that liposculpture provides the best results when there are localised areas of excess fat or an imbalance of the distribution of fat; for example, a woman with a pear shape. It is only an adjunct in the fight against obesity since the beneficial effects of exercise and a sensible diet are required in any quest for substantial weight loss. Although fat can be removed from the abdominal wall, it may not result in that much desired “flat tummy” if there is laxity of the abdominal muscles. Removing one or two inches of fat from the front of the stomach will not significantly decrease the protrusion in these cases, and, if desired, a hospital surgical procedure is required to repair the muscle laxity or separation.
Liposculpture does not completely tighten the skin in all areas or in all patients. It is best suited to people who are in good physical shape and have “young” skin qualities, more so in people under the age of 50 years. We have, however, treated many people much older with excellent results. In a few cases of liposculpture of the lower abdomen, and especially where there is an overhang or fatty roll, excess skin can remain. After the liposculpture procedure, a relatively minor surgery may be needed to achieve a better cosmetic result. Loose or wrinkled skin can also occur over the mid-abdomen above the umbilicus, or the inner thighs, the latter being particularly the case if the patient desires the removal of as much fat as possible to relieve chafing. Patients who are overweight or in the older age group must be willing to accept a greater possibility of such contour irregularities and/or laxity of the skin in exchange for an improved appearance when clothed.
- Infection is a rare occurrence but will require appropriate antibiotics and possibly other treatment, including needle aspiration or a small drainage incision in the treated area.
- Allergic reactions can occur with any medications the doctor uses or prescribes. If any rashes or itches develop, especially on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet, you must immediately notify our office or your family doctor, or attend the casualty ward at your nearest hospital. This is important because you may be suffering from a general reaction to the medication called anaphylaxis, which, if not treated, can be very serious.
- Blood collections in the area of the operation (haematoma) or watery fluid (seroma) occur infrequently, but could require removal (aspiration).
Areas of skin loss (sloughing) have been reported. Fortunately, this is even more infrequent.
- Deep vein thrombosis is a rare but possible complication of any surgery. This is even less common when liposuction is performed under a local anaesthetic, and, indeed, with our new techniques which allow you to continue with your daily activities, it is, in fact, extremely rare. However, if any deep clots occur in your veins it can be very serious if they travel to your lungs (pulmonary emboli) and, occasionally, these occurrences can be fatal.
- Other serious complications such as fluid imbalance, fat embolism, perforations of viscera, or shock have been reported with a general anaesthetic or mega-liposuction. These procedures should be performed in a hospital.
Photos are taken for medical records and to document your progress. They remain the property of The Ashbrooke Cosmetic Surgery and may be used for medical or educational purposes. We see you regularly to monitor your progress and to ensure an optimal recovery. We will also give you dietary advice if you so desire. It should be noted that liposculpture does not tighten the skin in all areas nor in all patients. It is best suited for people who are in good physical shape and have “young” skin qualities. We have treated older people with excellent results, but people who are overweight or over the age of 50 should take into account their “older” skin qualities and must be willing to accept some contour irregularities or laxity of skin. Liposculpture is not a treatment for cellulite.
You will be given a support garment to wear (usually two garments, one to be worn over the other). This must be worn in accordance with our recommendations, generally for at least ten days following the procedure. Many patients continue wearing the garment for comfort and security for three to four weeks.