Is VASER liposuction better?
A recent study in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal (PRS – April 2012)* comparing the results of VASER (Vibration Amplification Sound Energy at Resonance) liposuction with suction-assisted liposuction showed a very small advantage of the VASER in terms of greater skin retraction and slightly less blood loss but a slightly higher rate of complications such as pain, swelling and numbness. Whilst the results showed a statistically significant advantage of the VASER, there was no clinically relevant difference between the two modalities of liposuction, as patients and observers could not tell the difference in results between the two types of liposuction. Irrespective of the modality of liposuction used, the ultimate results depend on the skill and experience of the surgeon using it.
What are the benefits of liposuction, tummy tuck and liposuction together with a tummy tuck?
A recent study in the Plastic and Reconstructive Journal (PRS April 2012)* found a significant improvement in the quality of life and self-esteem as well as high patient satisfaction in patients undergoing liposuction, abdominoplasty and liposuction in combination with abdominoplasty.
The study examined the outcomes of 360 patients who underwent liposuction and or abdominoplasty to remove excess abdominal fat. The average age of the patients was 42 years and 85% were women. The outcomes have assessed an average of four months after surgery.
Those who underwent liposuction alone had the shortest recovery time taking an average of 6 days off work compared with abdominoplasty (+/- liposuction) patients who took 16 days off work. Liposuction alone patients experienced less pain and discomfort compared to the abdominoplasty (alone or in combination with liposuction) patients.
Abdominoplasty patients reported a better cosmetic outcome than those undergoing liposuction alone. Patients who underwent both liposuction and abdominoplasty together had the highest satisfaction rate (greater than 99%). Over 99% of these patients reported that they would recommend this procedure to others and 98% of them would have the procedure again.
Overall, greater than 70% of patients reported an improved quality of life and greater than 86% of patients reported an improvement in self-esteem after liposuction and or abdominoplasty, the results greater in the cohort undergoing both liposuction and abdominoplasty.
It is clear that these procedures to reduce abdominal wall excess are associated with positive patient outcomes in terms of cosmetic benefits and improvement in self-esteem and quality of life.
*Nagy, M.W., Vanek Jr, P. F., A multicentre, prospective, randomised, single-blind controlled clinical trial comparing VASER-assisted lipoplasty and suction-assisted lipoplasty. Plastic Reconstructive Surgery 129 (4) April 2012; 681e-689e
*Swanson, E. Prospective Outcome study of 360 patients treated with liposuction, lipoabdominoplasty and abdominoplasty. Plastic Reconstructive Surgery 129(4) Apr 2012: 965-978