While all liposuction techniques can vary from surgeon to surgeon, the underlying principle of the procedure is universal. Basically, targeted pockets of body fat are broken down prior to being extracted from the body. This is done through a cannula with high-pressure vacuum suctioning.
Traditional liposuction would break down fat with the use of tumescent fluid. HD Lipo is an alternative to this form of liposuction. HD liposuction uses ultrasound energy to break the bonds between fat cells prior to them being removed.
It is this addition of ultrasound energy that makes High Definition liposuction more precise and therefore less invasive than traditional liposuction.
HD Liposuction is More Precise
When using Vaser HD lipo, an experienced cosmetic Doctor can access the superficial layer of fat just below the skin. This can create a more enhanced, smooth, or chiselled body contour. HD liposuction is a more precise way of remove fat. This makes it ideal for detailed sculpting on areas such as around the abs, biceps, and thighs for example.
This more precise nature is why the process is often referred to as HD liposuction. It also makes this procedure a better choice for addressing small areas of the body like the neck and upper arms.
HD Liposuction is More Gentle
Vaser HD lipo has the benefit of only targets fat cells. During the procedure less risk of damage should be caused to the underlying blood vessels, connective tissues, or nerves. The result of this is less bruising and swelling after the procedure. This often also leads to a quicker recovery time.
How is Vaser HD Liposuction Performed?
Vaser HD liposuction usually performed under general anaesthesia. usually performed under local or general anaesthesia. The area to be treated is first filled with a saline solution. This solution also carries the anaesthetic. Then through small incisions, the Vaser ultrasound probes injected. Pulsing sound waves then loosen and break up the fatty tissue. Once this is done, the tissue can be removed with a small suction device.
After this procedure, some numbing fluid remains in the treatment area. The reason for this is to provide continued pain relief or reduction. This fluid will naturally be reabsorbed as part of the healing process.
Drains are required after HD vaser liposuction as that would lower the chance of post operative unevenness and seroma formation. Drains usually get removed on the fifth day depends on the amount of fluids coming out of the drains. Drains are tubes come out of small incision in the lower abdomen and it is connected to external negative pressure reservoir.
Compression garment must be used for 6 weeks after surgery, and we provide a binder as well to be used from day five to support the skin and minimise the unevenness.
Lymphatic drainage will start from next day and every second day in the fist week and twice in the second week and once in the third and fourth week after surgery.
It is recommended to have some pain killers before the lymphatic drainage in the first two weeks to minimize the discomfort during the lymphatic drainage.
What Body Areas Can Be Treated?
HD liposuction can be used to treat the same body areas addressed by traditional liposuction and more. It is possible to treat more than one area during your treatment session. Some areas where HD lipo can be used include :
- Upper arms
- Back fat (love handles)
- Abdomen or waist
- Lower legs
If you choose, the fat can be harvested and transferred into other targeted areas of the body. This may include the buttocks (Brazilian butt lift), breasts, face, or any other area where you feel that additional volume is desired.
What Types of Results Are Possible with Vaser Liposuction?
High Definition lipo allows for precision body sculpting. Experienced cosmetic surgeons doctor can now use HD lipo to remove large pockets of fat, as well as perform targeting etching of the body. This can enhance the appearance of underlying muscle.
This technique is commonly used for ab etching for example. That makes the appearance of abs more prominent and toned. This procedure is not a traditional weight loss method. It is perfect for those at their ideal body weight who can’t achieve the definition and contour they desire from exercise and diet alone.
Most patients will notice immediate results. The final result generally occurs between three or six months after the procedure as any swelling reduces and the body heals.
How Long Does It Take to Recover?
HD liposuction is a more gentle, minimally invasive procedure. It causes less trauma to the treatment area than traditional styles of liposuction. Like any surgical procedure though, HD liposuction does produce some downtime.
After the procedure, patients might experience light to moderate pain. This can be managed through pain killers or with prescription pain relief. Most patients will be able to return to work and normal daily activities within two or three days a week following the procedure, Small percentage of patients might require up to two weeks. They are usually cleared for exercise and strenuous activity within a few weeks. Depending on where on the body the treatment is applied, you may need to wear compression garments. This helps to facilitate proper healing.
Are There Any Side Effects?
High Definition liposuction has an excellent safety can be a safer alternative as there is less pushing and pulling with conventional cannulas. record. It is fast becoming one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures these days. Some side effects may include the following:
- Small scarring from the incision
- Asymmetry or lumpy skin contour (uncommon)
- Collection of fluids under the skin (seroma). Could require drainage with a syringe for few times under local anaesthesia.
- Loose skin that won’t conform to the new body contour (also not common)
Are HD Liposuction results permanent?
When fat cells are removed using High Definition Vaser liposuction, they do not return. Having said that, lifestyle changes that can lead to an increase in body weight might cause the remaining fat cells in the area to grow. This means that maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating well and exercising often is the best way to ensure longer lasting liposuction results. New studies show that fat cells can divide should you put on more than 20% of you normal BMI.
If you have any questions about liposuction, and why HD liposuction may be a much better option for you than traditional liposuction, then simply contact us at Chelsea Cosmetics today.