Does the Vaser Liposuction Fat Transfer Procedure Require Twice the Recovery Time?

Since it Vaser Lipo is both removing fat and simultaneously augmenting another area, does that prolong the healing process?

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Vaser Liposuction Fat Transfer Procedure Require and the Recovery Time

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There are three types of #Vaser Lipo. Each benefit patients differently depending on their needs. Vaser Lipo  is capable of removing fat from resilient areas providing a smoother and slimmer results. It is common for reducing love handles, extra skin along the bra line or flanks on many female patients. Additionally, it is often applied to the reduction of male breast surgeries, called gynecomastia surgery. Meanwhile, Vaser Hi-Def  targets both deep and superficial fat cells which is found around muscle tissue. This is suggested to tone and defined rather than reduce fat when not necessary. Finally, Vaser #4D, although similar to Vaser Hi-Def works well with the existing muscle tissue.. However, it results in more natural appearing definition to those areas, being treated. Vaser 4D is often applied to treating abdominal region to improve definition.  Additionally, it's not uncommon for Vaser Liposuction to combined with fat transfer which removes and transfers fat to another area of the body.

A quicker #recovery for a patient may be two to three weeks without any strenuous activity. This includes the short period of suggested rest of 12-24 hours soon following the procedure. #Exercise and activity are contingent on how the patient feels. Mild activity is not likely to hinder recovery or healing or create problems with recovery.  However, it is recommended to acquire your doctor's permission to do so. Once you begin exercising again, start gently and let your body tell you what it can tolerate. Don’t rush!

After one to three days, you should be able to return to work. As I advise my patients, if your work keeps you sedentary, you may return whenever you feel up to it. If your work is strenuous, wait until your work activity does not cause any superficial pain. Some employers will modify a person’s job duties so they can back sooner, but without physical activity. Our office can provide our patients with a note stating they are not to engage in strenuous activity for a specified period of time. The note will not disclose what procedure they have underwent. Therefore, you may have to request a similar note from your surgeon if you are not independently employed. 

It's best to begin consulting with a board certified plastic surgery to learn if you are a candidate for liposuction. If so, you will then learn more about which #technique will work best for you and your goals. It is important you select a plastic surgeon who is #board-certified and has a great deal of experience with #vaser #liposuction.



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Combined Liposuction and Fat Transfer = same recovery time

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No, both procedures have simultaneous healing times not sequential. Therefore you will recover from both at the same time and it should not be a longer process.

Vaser Liposuction

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No, in my experience this has been untrue. Thank you for your question and good luck with everything.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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Fat transfere and Vaser liposuction

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Thank you for your question.

Fat harvested during Vaser Liposuction has been shown to be viable and with a good potential for volume replacement: breasts, buttocks, tissue defects or simply as a dermal filler.

Some of the fat implanted will get reabsorbed with time but some will take up and become a living tissue in the new place.

Patients who have fat grafting at the time of Vaser liposuction will obviously have more areas traumatized: the harvesting site and the recipient site. Although this might cause more discomfort it does not normally cause delay in healing. Normally time for recovery would take 2-6 weeks.

Does the Vaser Liposuction Fat Transfer Procedure Require Twice the Recovery Time?

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In a Fat Transfer operation such as Buttock Augmentation with fat (ie the Brazilian Butt Lift), the act of getting the fat "Fat Harvest") from one area and the process of placing it in another area, BOTH involve controlled trauma to both areas. As such both areas will experience temporary soreness and swelling.

Using the VASER to remove the fat is subject to the surgeon's discretion but will not in itself slow your recovery.

Peter A Aldea, MD

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

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