Liposuction used to be so simple! Through many years of research and development, this body-sculpting procedure has been refined. It has been so refined with so many different technologies that patients may question which is best. Here, we want to observe how Vaser liposuction and SmartLipo compare.
Two Sides of the Same Coin
Instead of perceiving vaser lipo and SmartLipo as completely different types of liposuction, we would be better off to look at them as two unique techniques that may be incorporated into the liposuction procedure. The two have similarities, including the liquefication of fatty deposits before extraction. The objective of each technique is also similar: to remove fat cells that are affecting the appearance of the body.
The way that vaser liposuction liquefies fat is with ultrasound energy. When ultrasound is introduced to fat cells, their outer membranes are disturbed, and the heat from ultrasound turns the inner contents to liquid. Ultrasound energy is absorbed by targeted fat cells, which means there is less disruption to blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves.
SmartLipo is also referred to as laser liposuction. The device used during the procedure liquefies fat by delivering wavelengths of laser energy, instead of ultrasound energy beneath the skin. Like Vaser liposuction, the use of a laser is more conservative than traditional liposuction due to the small amount of disruption to surrounding structures.
Both laser and ultrasound have been noted to cause collagen contraction, which can lead to a slight skin-tightening effect after liposuction. Each procedure is similarly performed under local anesthetic and, possibly, under general anesthesia or sedation, depending on the area being treated. After tumescent anesthesia is administered throughout the treatment area, either ultrasound or laser energy is delivered using a small probe inserted through a tiny incision. Once fat cells are liquefied, a cannula measuring only 2-3 mm is used to remove unwanted cells.
Dr. Tehrani personally performs all liposuction procedures and is pleased to offer vaser liposuction technique to our patients to improve their recovery and their outcome from surgery. To schedule a consultation in our Palm Springs, Apple Valley, or Laguna Beach office, call 760-240-2444.