In the midst of winter, big jackets, sweaters, and hoodies can help hide some of the extra padding most of us have, but the cold weather won’t last forever! If you’re eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, but still can’t shift stubborn fat deposits, we could have the answer for you: VASERshape and VASER Liposuction. If you’ve looked into ways to rid yourself of excess fat in the last year or two, chances are you’ve come across a variety of methods, including CoolSculpt. While all three methods are healthier alternatives to traditional liposuction, they take very different approaches to removing fat.
Below, we’ll look at why we believe VASERshape and VASER Liposuction have a number of benefits that CoolSculpt does not. Keep reading to learn more about how each method works, and how to choose the right one for you!
What is VASERshape? How does it work?
VASERshape is a new FDA-approved technology, and Dermatology Realm is the first to introduce it to the Mid-South! This procedure uses low-frequency ultrasound to treat localized fat and cellulite. We use a dual-head beam of ultrasound focused directly through the skin to break up fatty cells by imploding them due to the process of cavitation. This is a painless process and leaves the surrounding tissue completely intact. The released lipids and triglycerides are then drained via the lymphatic system. Over a series of treatments in 5 weeks, you’ll see a noticeable improvement in the localized fat and cellulite of the treated areas. Each VASERshape treatment will get you closer to the smooth curves you crave!
The key to VASERshape is something called ultrasound diathermy. This uses two beams of high-frequency sound waves to generate localized heat beneath the surface of the skin. We do this using a special concave handpiece that delivers two overlapping beams of ultrasound energy. Dr. Baker’s team will use this handpiece to follow the contour of your body, targeting fatty tissue at a specific depth beneath the skin.
The heat produced by ultrasound diathermy creates a kind of “micro-massage” effect on the fat cells. VASERshape warms the connective tissue, redistributes fat, and encourages blood circulation. All that fat cell mobility and increased circulation results in a temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite, giving you a slimmer, smoother profile! You may feel a gentle warming of the skin, or a feeling similar to a deep tissue massage, but the procedure is gentle and non-invasive.
VASERshape can also reduce the pain and swelling that occurs after liposuction and other surgical procedures. For this reason, it’s often recommended in conjunction with VASER Liposuction to help:
- reduce postoperative pain and swelling
- promote faster recovery by improving local circulation
- shape and smooth treated areas
- see better results week-to-week than when receiving liposuction alone
Let’s explore what VASER Liposuction has to offer!
What is VASER liposuction? How does it work?
VASER Liposuction is a revolutionary new liposuction technique that is fast, efficient, and avoids any prolonged bruising, soreness, and downtime. This procedure utilizes ultrasound energy that travels under the skin to shake fat cells loose from the connective tissue that is holding them in place. Dr. Baker will make small keyhole incisions in the skin so he can slip a thin metallic probe into the subcutaneous fat layer. This probe vibrates in ultrasonic frequencies, which work to further dislodge fat cells. The fat is then immediately removed using a suction device and a surgical tool known as a cannula. VASER Liposuction will also stimulate the production of collagen, which helps to tighten up the skin.
There are a number of benefits to VASER Liposuction. It does not pose any harm to the surrounding tissues because it only targets the fat cells you want to remove. The treatment breaks down fat tissues to make them easier to remove from the body, allowing us to provide a more precise treatment. It’s also extremely safe – in fact, it’s been deemed safer than any other ultrasound assisted liposuction procedure!
This is an excellent treatment option if you want to remove fat deposits from your upper and lower abdomen, or if you’re ready to address a stubborn spare tire. It’s also great for the arms, neck, inner and outer thighs, knees, and many other areas. Due to the fact that there’s no need for an IV or general anesthesia we are able to perform VASER Liposuction right here in our Germantown office. Since VASER Liposuction is not entirely non-invasive, a local anesthesia is used, and some minor bleeding or bruising is possible. However, you’ll be back on your feet in just a few days!
What about CoolSculpt? Where does it fit in?
CoolSculpting is a popular body contouring method that uses cold rather than heat to produce results. This non-invasive technique uses two cooling panels to freeze fat cells, causing them to slowly die so they can be removed from the body. The process is relatively simple: a health care provider marks the precise treatment area, then a transparent gel pad is placed on the area to protect the skin. The head of the applicator is put into position, where the bulge is then sucked into a cup and numbed by two cooling panels. These panels freeze the fat tissue, but cause no harm to the skin, nerves, or muscle tissue. Once the application cup is removed, the frozen mound is massaged to break fat cells up even further.
It will often take more than one treatment to reach the desired results with CoolSculpt. It also takes up to 12 weeks to see the final results, which are more subtle than those received with VASERshape and VASER Liposuction.
Why we prefer VASER technology over CoolSculpting
Because VASERshape uses heat to melt fat instead of cold to freeze it like CoolSculpt, you get skin tightening in addition to a slimmer silhouette. VASER Liposuction has this benefit, as well. It also beats other methods of liposuction because the fat is liquefied before removal, resulting in less lumps and bumps post-procedure. With both VASER technologies, results are seen in less time than with Coolsculpt. That’s because freezing fat can often result in 2-3 months of swelling before seeing the true results, which are often far more subtle than those seen with VASERshape and VASER Liposuction.
Let Dermatology Realm take care of your body contouring needs
If you’re feeling frustrated by fat that diet and exercise can’t seem to shift, VASERshape and VASER Liposuction could be just the boost you need to get the body you want! For patients who are a healthy, stable weight and in good health, we can sculpt your curves into the shape you desire.
Though there are limits to the amount of fat that can be removed, our team is confident in the VASER procedures we offer as a fast, low-pain way to remove stubborn fat deposits. We’re happy to talk with you about how VASER could benefit you, including the potential areas for sculpting, the recovery process, and what you can expect from the results. All you have to do is contact our Germantown office to schedule a FREE Consultation! Get ready for spring and summer weather now by getting in touch today!