Introducing Vaser Liposuction
Are you exercising and dieting and trying your best, but still having trouble with those last, stubborn ten pounds? There is an alternative, easier way to improve your body shape.
Vaser-liposuction may the solution you are looking for. This is not liposuction. It is a process where fat cells are selectively melted using an ultrasonic device that emits 36,000 pulses per second, bursting and vaporizing the fat cells. This is a new, cutting-edge approach to face and body contouring.
What liposuction techniques separate Dr. Byun from other plastic surgeons?
Dr. Byun is an expert with the Vaser, as he was the first person to use it for liposuction purposes in the Midwest. He found that Vaser led to less bleeding and helped tighten skin during the process, resulting in smoother contours. This procedure can be done on other frequently scrutinized areas like the arms and neck, among others.
Expertise with the VASER ultrasonic liposuction machine
While older generations of liposuction machines could cause excess bleeding during surgery and could leave the skin with a lumpy, sagging appearance following the procedure, the VASER differed from its outdated counterparts in one important way: ultrasonic technology. This device is fairly new, being introduced in 2000. Dr. Byun taught other doctors how to use it and its positive effects when the model was released. The VASER utilized sound waves at very high frequency in order to burst and melt fat cells, leaving you with stunning results almost immediately, while avoiding the bleeding and damage older liposuction machines caused.
The tumescent solution is a mixture of lidocaine (anesthetic), lactated ringer, and epinephrine and is injected into the targeted area in order to induce swelling in the cells. This makes it easier to break down and remove the fat cells with the probes and also reduces bleeding. The suction probe that removes the fat also has a positive side effect of tightening the skin as it does its job.
Over the last ten years, plastic surgeons like Dr. Byun have found incredible success in this device, especially because it was versatile and could be used not only on the lower body, but also the chin and cheek areas as well. Dr. Byun chose this machine using his expertise in medical technology gained from experience as a leading teaching surgeon at Rush, UIC, and Northwestern Medical Schools.
How much down time is involved?
Swelling is to be expected after surgery but will dissipate completely by four to six weeks. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled ten days after the procedure, where Dr. Byun will remove sutures and explain some necessary exercises for recovery. You may return to work with light duty once two to three weeks has passed.
Liposuction Patient Case
We have provided a sample copy of an Operative Report. The procedure is subject to change per the patients needs.
PREOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: Lipodystrophy of the abdomen and neck
POSTOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: Lipodystrophy of the abdomen and neck
OPERATION: Liposuction using Vaser neck and abdomen
After induction of general anesthesia in a supine position, she was prepped and draped in the usual sterile fashion. 700ml of tumescent fluid was applied to the abdomen where 10 minutes of Vaser using the ring probe at the set up of 80% were carried out. About 1:1, 700ml of fatty aspirates were taken out through the umbilicus incision. Then, the suprapubic area incisions were closed using 5-0 Prolene. Next, a stab incision at the submental area as well as the post aurlcular area was made. 200ml of tumescent fluid was injected and 4 minutes of Vaser time was utilized using a 2.9mm cannula at the setting of 70%. Using the 3 ring probe 200ml of fatty aspirates were taken out from the neck and chin region. The incision was closed using 5-0 Prolene. A bulky dressing was applied. A garment was applied to the body. The patient tolerated the procedure well, was extubated and was transferred to the Recovery Room in good standing.
You will be sent home following the surgery wearing a garment that compresses the surgical area. Underneath this garment will be gauze to control the bleeding and epi-foam to help the areas to maintain shape. Leave all this intact for 48 hours. There should be an opening on the garment to allow for bodily functions. After 48 hours: remove, wash, and air-dry the epi-foam and compression garment (if you have them). Remove and discard the gauze as well. Do not remove bandages covering incision areas, if any. Next, follow instructions for showering and incision care as previously started. Cleanse any uncovered incisions 3-4 times a day using a cotton ball or swab soaked in saline water (found at your local pharmacy). DO NOT USE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE OR ALCOHOL TO CLEANSE INCISIONS. Continue wearing the compression garment and epi-foam until your follow-up appointment with Dr. Byun. At that point he may ask you to change your garment to a stage 2 garment (which is a smaller size) after the first week. Our staff will assist you with obtaining this garment.
Fluid will leak out for the first 24-48 hours. Therefore, we suggest sleeping on an old sheet and the blue pad you will take home from the surgery center. If you have liposuction on your thighs or legs, elevate your legs by placing a pillow under you knees as this will help reduce swelling in the lower legs.
Foam tape or yellow sponge tape may have been applied, too, after surgery. Please keep foam tape on for 5-6 days following your surgery. Starting at a week following your surgery, you can start removing this tape. When you shower, the tape will start to peel away. By the time you are coming in for your first post-op appointment, your tape should be completely removed. Please do so in order to avoid a painful tape-removing process.
There will be swelling after surgery. Even wearing compression garments, a significant amount of swelling will be apparent for several weeks. It will go down in time. Although activities that increase your blood pressure should be avoided, it is important that you walk. This greatly aids in reducing post-operative swelling. When you are sitting, elevate your feet as much as possible.