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Is it Laser or VASER Liposuction? Yes, you heard right. There’s laser liposuction, and there’s VASER liposuction. Confusing as these two may sound, they’re different from one another. Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that takes out unwanted or excess fat from your body. Surgeons that specialize in this are often called to perform the procedure on the most common “problem areas”: buttocks, thighs, and abdomen. Sometimes, it’s also performed on parts of the upper torso, like the neck, arms, and back. If you’ve got the money, are slightly overweight but otherwise free from chronic disease (i.e., heart disease, diabetes, or circulation problems), this is the fastest way to become slim again. The procedure is not without its risks. The challenge in any liposuction procedure is to take out just the right amount of fat, at the least amount of disturbance to the rest of patient’s body. Too little, and the procedure is pointless. Too much, and it could damage the neighboring tissues and blood vessels, create a fluid imbalance in the patient, more physical pain, and unsightly lumps or “dents” in the areas where the fat was removed. Know more about the liposuction procedure here.

To address such a challenge, the laser liposuction procedure literally uses a laser to melt or “liquefy” the fat cells in the target area. The laser is enclosed in a microtube with a fiber threaded through, to keep it from damaging any adjoining tissues. The liquefied fat is then suctioned out through a micro tube. This is considered a minimally-invasive version of liposuction, but it also has some risks and side effects. Since the laser essentially “cooks” inner flesh and fat, there’s a chance that there are burns in the surrounding area left. If and when this happens, infection can follow. And if the suctioning –out of “melted” fat cells isn’t

complete, there may be some dead fat cells left behind, which will eventually cause fat-cells-necrosis. So far, such risks have not materialized. The more common side effects to laser liposuction that have occurred are temporary pain, bruising and swelling in the treated area, which soon disappears after the prescribed recovery time for the patient. The fancier-sounding “VASER Lipo” uses ultrasonic energy or high-frequency sound waves instead of a laser to help remove the fat. The targeted area is first injected with a special saline solution that temporarily expands the flesh in that spot, making fat cells easier to find and target. Tiny incisions are then made, through which small probes are inserted. The probes then emit the high-frequency sound waves, which shake the fat cells loose from the surrounding tissues, leaving everything including skin, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves untouched. The fat cells “fall” into the saline solution, which is then gently sucked out— leaving the area with considerably less damage than in the laser-assisted procedure. To know further information on liposuction, visit:


The procedure is not without its risks. The challenge in any liposuction procedure is to take out just the right amount of fat, at the least...

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