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Vaser liposuction – procedure and costs explained

Vaser liposuction is the name for a type of liposuction that uses ultrasound technology to loosen fat cells. Unwanted fat is then removed from beneath your skin, using a traditional liposuction cannula.

Liposuction was the second most popular surgical cosmetic procedure in the world during 2019. But is Vaser lipo the best way to get rid of fat?

Fast facts

  • Best results

    One procedure

  • Duration of results

    Permanent

  • Back to work

    One to two weeks

  • Full recovery time

    Six weeks

  • Price range

    10,000 SAR to 25,000 SAR

  • Treatment duration

    One to three hours

  • Comfort

    Local anaesthetic

  • Treatment type

    Minimally invasive

What is Vaser liposuction?

Vaser liposuction removes fatty deposits in areas where it’s hardest to shift stubborn pockets of fat – including the thighs, buttocks, chin and stomach.

What separates Vaser lipo from other liposuction methods is the way it breaks down fat. There’s a clue in its name: Vaser stands for ‘vibration amplification of sound energy at resonance’. Other types of liposuction tackle fat cells using a water jet or laser pulse, but Vaser lipo uses ultrasonic frequency waves. These waves disrupt fat cells while avoiding damage to healthy tissues.

How does Vaser liposuction work?

The science behind it

With Vaser treatments, ultrasound probes placed inside the skin send high-frequency vibrations into fatty deposits to weaken the links between fat cells. A suction tube and vacuum machine then remove the fat from your body.

By avoiding water jets and lasers, Vaser liposuction is often seen as a more targeted way to remove fat.

Before the treatment

After a consultation for Vaser liposuction procedure, you may be advised to avoid smoking or alcohol once you are booked in.

During the treatment

Your practitioner will normally take the following steps when treating you:

  • Mark where fat needs to be removed from.
  • Inject the area with a mixture of anaesthetic and medicine.
  • Insert ultrasound probes into your skin to start breaking up fat cells.
  • Use a suction tube and vacuum machine to remove the unwanted fat and fluid.
  • Stitch the area back up.

Aftercare

You may experience bruising and aching in the days following a Vaser lipo treatment. To help your body adjust, you’ll be encouraged to wear compression bandages or a support corset for a few weeks.

Soreness can last for about a month or more, and it may be six weeks before you’re ready for strenuous exercise. Speak to your doctor if you have any concerns and to learn more about pain relief options.

How much does Vaser liposuction cost? Plus, other things you need to know

How much does Vaser liposuction cost?

Vaser lipo can cost between Dhs10,000 and Dhs60,000. It all depends on the size of the area treated and your clinician’s expertise and experience.

Is Vaser liposuction permanent?

You’re unlikely to need more than one Vaser lipo treatment in the same area as it can deliver permanent results. But you’ll have to follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly to ensure new fatty deposits don’t build up again.

How can I find Vaser liposuction near me?

Find treatments near you with our clinic locator/listings.

Alternative treatments

If you don’t think Vaser lipo is the right treatment for you, other fat removal options include:

  • Other liposuction methods – laser pulses and water jets can also be used to break up fat cells and may be better suited to larger areas. Vaser lipo tends to focus on more precise fat removal.
  • CoolSculpting. A non-surgical procedure that disrupts fat cells using a cooling process. CoolSculpting may prove cheaper than liposuction, as it’s non-invasive, but the results can take a while to show as the body naturally expels the frozen fat cells overtime gradually. The side-effects may also be less severe.
  • Cavitation. Designed more for body contouring than significant fat removal, cavitation should be cheaper than liposuction. Ultrasonic waves disrupt fat cells and turn them into liquid, which the body then absorbs and expels through the liver. With cavitation you may need a few sessions until you get the desired results.

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