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Liposuction (Vaser)

Liposuction is a surgical method that removes fat cells from unwanted areas that deposit on the body such as the hips, tummy, back, thighs and buttocks.

Fat can often be disproportionate, settling in places that are hard to shift fat from. The method of extraction can be combined with other procedures such as a buttock fat transfer; in which the fat is taken from donor areas and then reinjected into the buttocks and hips to redefine the body shape.

Liposuction Treatment Options

Liposuction is a very strategic operation that requires a lot of skill, so it’s crucial you thoroughly research the operation and the surgeon before your operation.

Traditional liposuction

The traditional approach to liposuction may be adopted if there is a significant amount of fat to be removed. This method of liposuction uses a larger cannula which can result in more bruising and recovery time. Traditional liposuction is usually performed under general anaesthesia.

Vaser liposuction

Vaser liposuction utilises a system that enables fat to be precisely targeted. Using sound energy instead of heat to break up pockets of stubborn fat, this method operates much closer to the muscles than other liposuction techniques for optimal precision and contouring. The technique is less invasive than traditional Liposuction methods, with less downtime, and yet more effective than non-invasive laser liposuction. Many surgeons prefer Vaser liposuction in contrast to other methods of fat removal, due to its superior sculpting results and ability to target fat cells without disrupting and damaging the surrounding tissues.

It is an ideal for smaller areas such as the back of your arm. This method can usually be performed under local anaesthetic.

Smart liposuction

Smart lipo differs from Vaser liposuction as it uses ultrasound energy, whereas smart lipo uses laser technology. Vaser lipo is still considered to be the optimal method of fat removal, due to the lesser recovery time (than regular lipo), and the precise and enhanced results the technique offers. Both techniques require small puncture incisions to insert the probe in which the energy is delivered through, emulsifying the fat. A cannula will then be inserted and moved back and forth to create a gentle suction that removes the fat. The incisions may be closed with sutures. In some cases, however, they are small enough that they don’t require stitches.

The area may then be dressed in a bandage, and you may be required to wear a compression garment for around 3 weeks. The bandages will need to be changed often for the first few days. Depending on how extensive the operation is, you may also be required to wear surgical drains after your surgery for up to a week. These will help to drain fluid and remove pus from the wounds.

Liposuction FAQ’s

How does the procedure work?

Subcutaneous fat which is found on areas such as the hips, thighs and buttocks can be difficult to shift through exercise and diet alone.

Depending on the technique of liposuction, the fat will either be broken down with ultrasound or laser technology. Once it is liquified, it’s then removed through the cannula.

Vaser liposuction is usually the preferable approach as it offers a faster recovery time and allows for the surgeon to precisely target the fat cells. This allows for more freedom and capability to sculpt and contour the body to the patient’s preferences.

When can results be seen and are they permanent?

After Smart or Vaser liposuction, there will be immediate visible results that gradually improve over 1-2 months.

Will the fat return if I gain weight after lipo?

The fat removed will be permanently eradicated, however, weight gain is still possible. Therefore, we advise patients to be as close to their ideal weight as possible before having the operation. Studies have found that with a sculpting technique or Vaser lipo, the fat will not return to where it was removed from, and instead, will distribute to other areas of the body.

How long does the procedure take?

The duration of the operation will depend on the technique being used and the amount of fat that needs to be removed. Smart and Vaser lipo usually takes between 1-2 hours.

How long is recovery?

Recovery varies from patient to patient, but with all liposuction methods, the minimal recovery time will be several days to two weeks, and bruising, swelling, and pain should be expected during this time. With traditional liposuction (as there is usually more fat to be removed, and therefore the operation is more extensive) these side effects may persist up for up to 6 weeks.

Smart lipo and Vaser lipo offer faster recovery rates than traditional liposuction. Vaser lipo can offer the fastest recovery rates since it does not disrupt the surrounding tissues and is performed under local anaesthetic. Most patients will find that they can be up and about after a couple of days and can resume light exercise.

Traditional lipo on the other hand is performed under general anaesthesia, and it can take longer for the patient to recover from this.

Will there be scarring?

Small incisions are usually made, but any type of scarring will usually be minimal depending on the patient’s skin type and other influences that may inhibit healing.

What is the ideal weight for lipo?

Patients who are considering liposuction should be as close as possible to their ideal body weight, with enough fat to remove that has been resistant to diet and exercise. The ideal candidate would have good skin elasticity and no visible signs of loose skin. Liposuction is not ideal for those who have an existing amount of loose skin, and instead, may wish to consider a body lift.

Liposuction / Vaser Surgery Disclaimer


Photographs depicting before and after surgery are there for illustration purposes only. They do not guarantee that your results will be the same or even similar. Our surgeons take great pride in their patient care ethics. They make precise surgical measurements. With their custom planning using advanced surgical techniques they ensure you get the results you want.

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