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Can waist/tummy/thigh/butt liposuction be done at the same time using Vaser Lipo?
Combined areas of Vaser Liposuction are performed throughout the world every day. Yes, certain precautions are often followed to make sure patients have good outcomes. Consider expressing your concerns to your prospective surgeon.
Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS
Vaser Lipo is 3rd generation Ultrasonic Assisted Lipo (UAL) and has been around for about ten years. It is very good for getting more skin retraction, as there is a heat element under the skin that causes it to contract on the dermis side. I do that amount of areas all the time, but it is more about how your health is, how old you are and how much you are taking off at one time.
Generally you should not take over 5000 cc's at one time, but even then you should not have risk factors that could make this less safe. Good luck with your surgery. Make sure that you go to an ASAPS member that does Vaser a lot for best results.
Dan C. Mills, II, MD
No matter what the method, Liposuction is usually done to multiple areas at the same time. The only caveat is that there are limits to the amount of fat that can be removed at one time. We usually do not like to remove any more than 3500 cc's at one time without keeping you in the hospital overnight. I personally do not like to remove any more than 5000 cc's at any one time, even with hospitalization. The type of liposuction (Vaser, tumescent, or one of the other branded methods) really makes no difference in your outcome. It is the experience of the surgeon doing the procedure. Also, liposuction is an inherently dangerous procedure and can even lead to death in the wrong hands. Therefore, check the credentials of whomever you choose to make sure they have significant experience in body contouring and, specifically, Liposuction in order to improve your chances of obtaining the results you want and reducing your risks to the minimum possible.
R. T. Buchanan, MD