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The Differences Between Vaser Lipo and SmartLipo: What Are They?

Posted May 27, 2019 in Body Contouring

Many people turn to liposuction to help sculpt their body for an ideal look. Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures done each year as it gives patients a smooth, slim, contoured figure that fits their aesthetic desires. If you are dealing with unwanted, stubborn fat pockets then you can turn to Dr. Berger at Rejuvalife Vitality Institute for one of his many liposuction techniques. Some of the most popular liposuction techniques the Dr. Berger offers are Vaser Liposuction and SmartLipo. Many patients often wonder what the difference between the two is, so we have broken it down.

What is Vaser Liposuction?

The Vaser Liposuction technique uses the Vaser Precision Body Contouring device to give surgeons ultimate control during a liposuction treatment which provides patients with great results. The Vaser Liposuction is minimally invasive and uses ultrasound technology. This treatment is very versatile as it can be used in multiple areas of the body. It is also less invasive than traditional liposuction and offers fewer risks.

What is SmartLipo?

Smartlipo also referred to as laser liposuction, uses a laser light beam to melt fat and tighten skin. This type of liposuction does not need anesthesia or IV sedation, as it is minimally invasive. It is versatile, being able to be used in most areas of the skin. Smartlipo is less invasive than traditional liposuction and comes with fewer side effects since the nature of the procedure allows fat to be removed more easily.

Ultrasound vs. Laser for Fat Removal

These innovative liposuction procedures use either ultrasound energy or heat to emulsify fat. The fat emulsification helps to easily remove fat deposits that won’t go away with a healthy diet and exercise. The emulsification melts fat cells which creates liquified fat rather than solidified fat. This helps for easy removal. During the Vaser Liposuction the low-frequency ultrasound waves targets and emulsified fatty tissue. This is done through a small incision in the skin so that the sound waves can reach the fat cells. With SmartLipo, the laser heat is used to melt the fat. This is also done through a small incision to start liquefying the fat.

Both methods are done safely by Dr. Berger and provide excellent results for the patients who undergo them.

Difference of Invasiveness

Liposuction is a popular procedure known for removing fatty deposits. It is a safe procedure but does offer some side effects as it is slightly invasive. If you are concerned about invasiveness, then knowing the difference for liposuction techniques is important. Generally, the incisions for Vaser Lipo are smaller than the incisions for SmartLipo. But both techniques are minimally invasive and include the insertion of cannulas to remove the emulsified fat cells. These techniques are both advanced and help to make the liposuction procedure easier thus leading to a faster recovery.

Recovery Differences

Though these procedures both have the same end goal and result, the techniques cause the recovery period to differ slightly. With Vaser liposuction recovery most patients can return to normal daily activities within two-to-three days. Generally, a lot of patients feel recovered after three days. Experiencing some bruising, swelling, and redness is normal with both techniques. With SmartLipo recovery most patients return to work within two days. Some patients may need up to a week to recover before returning to their normal routine. Both of these advanced liposuction techniques offer a quicker recovery then traditional liposuction since the fat is being melted, making it easier to remove. This allows for smaller incisions and thus less bruising, swelling, and inflammation.

Choosing a Liposuction Procedure with Dr. Berger

At the end of the day, these different liposuction techniques all have the same end goal, just the tools to do it are different. At Rejuvalife Vitality Institute we offer an array of advanced, minimally invasive options to our patients to help them reach their goals. Dr. Berger at the Rejuvalife Vitality Institute is a highly sought-after doctor who has been recognized as a RealSelf Top Doctor. He is an expert in many liposuction techniques such as SmartLipo and Vaser Liposuction. By meeting with Dr. Berger in person, he will be able to go over your concerns, questions, and do an examination to help decide which technique would be most beneficial to you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Berger at Rejuvalife Vitality Institute today.