Vaser Lipo vs. Traditional Lipo

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Liposuction is used to remove excess fat from the body. Effective on nearly any body part, liposuction entails the creation of an incision through which a small tube (cannula) can be inserted to break apart and remove stubborn deposits of fat.

During traditional liposuction, fat deposits are loosened with the cannula itself. This helps ensure the complete removal of fat and helps produce ideally contoured results. Many plastic surgeons use tumescent fluids during traditional liposuction to improve patient comfort and reduce trauma to surrounding tissue. Primarily containing lidocaine, a localized anesthesia, and epinephrine, a vasoconstrictor, tumescent fluids may also be used during other types of liposuction, including Vaser lipo.

Vaser Liposuction

During fat removal with Vaser lipo, a small probe that transmits ultrasound energy is used to break apart deposits of fat prior to their removal. This probe helps emulsify the fat, allowing for its complete elimination from the body.

Vaser lipo uses both tumescent fluids and ultrasound energy to improve comfort and results. Because the cannula is used to remove, but not to break apart fat deposits, the incisions used for this type of liposuction are typically much smaller, which may help reduce risks of infection, excessive bleeding, and visible scars.

Patients may experience less bruising, less postoperative discomfort, and more consistent results with the Vaser liposuction technique. Designed to minimize trauma to surrounding blood vessels, tissue, and muscle, this technique gives your plastic surgeon more control over results and is best at producing fine definition and tone. Vaser lipo can also be used on larger areas of the body, making it ideal for fat removal from areas including the abdomen and flanks.

Finding the Best Procedure

Both traditional and Vaser liposuction are capable of creating remarkable results in the hands of our experienced and skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. Ravi Somayazula. The best technique for your body will depend on factors including your natural anatomy and desired outcomes.

During your initial consultation at our Houston office, we will listen thoroughly to your concerns, evaluate all of your problem areas, and guide you towards the best solution for your needs.

Liposuction Candidates

The best candidates for liposuction are men and women who are:

  • In generally good physical health
  • Close to their goal BMI
  • Prepared for a surgical procedure
  • Able to take time off to recover
  • Willing to follow all pre and postoperative directions

The liposuction techniques utilized by Dr. Ravi are intended to reduce trauma and enhance results. However, the steps you take before and after your procedure can have a significant impact on the final appearance of the treatment area. Dr. Ravi will work directly with you while you are in our care to make sure you are provided with the information and resources you need to have a rewarding experience.

Contact Us to Learn More

To learn more about liposuction or to find out if traditional or Vaser lipo will be best for your needs, call Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics at 281-242-1061 and schedule a consultation today. We welcome patients from The Woodlands, Sugar Land, Katy, and all surrounding areas at our comfortable, convenient, and welcoming Houston office.

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Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, both Board-Certified Physicians, use a patient-centered approach and spend as much time as needed to make each patient feel special and respected—not just another person walking through the door. As a team, a one-of-a-kind treatment plan is created to address concerns from head to toe with the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques, including: Breast Augmentation (Implants), Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, Mommy Makeovers, miraDry®, Botox®, Dermal Fillers, and Sculptra®. Working side-by-side, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi strive to create a long-lasting relationship with each patient, meeting any new aesthetic needs as they arise. Together, the staff at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics take each patient step-by-step through their cosmetic journey to achieve the desired aesthetic results.

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Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics sends well wishes to all of those impacted by COVID-19. Dr. Ravi and our staff understand that this has impacted our community in multiple ways, but we are ready to support you in any way we can. Patients have multiple concerns and anxieties, and we want to assure you that as a medical practice, we are here for you.

Our office is currently open and ready to serve you. We are performing elective surgeries per Texas state guidelines at our Ambulatory Surgery Center, Houston Plastic Surgery Center.  All surgical patients are required to test for Covid-19, this will be reviewed in detail with you by your Patient Care Coordinator.  We are also still performing Injectables, such as Botox and fillers, and other in-office Med Spa procedures, such as miraDry and Morpheus8 radiofrequency microneedling.  In order to do our part to decrease the spread of Covid-19, our office does have a strict screening protocol and all staff and patients are required to wear masks at all times.  Our staff continues to follow strict guidelines to increase the frequency of cleaning of all contact surfaces, such as door handles and countertops, with appropriate cleaning solutions. Your safety has always been, and will continue to be, of utmost importance.

Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, both board certified physicians, continue to offer in person consultations as well as virtual consultations via a secure HIPAA compliant platform. We are happy to provide these two options to guarantee your comfort.

As responsible leaders in our community, we will always take the appropriate steps to ensure that every decision we make is focused on the health and safety of our patients and staff. We continue to monitor the CDC’s guidelines on infection control and are implementing their recommendations on an ongoing basis.

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