Vaser Liposuction

What is Vaser Liposuction?

Medically reviewed by The Harley Medical Group Clinical Governance Board, Chaired by Simon Smith (Medical Director & Consultant Surgeon) on 5th March 2020.

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Despite a lifestyle of healthy eating and exercise ladies often find areas and pockets of fat that are hard to remove. Though perfectly natural and not harmful many seek to remove these fat pockets in favour of a more svelte and defined silhouette.

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High Definition Vaser Liposuction, also known as Liposculpture, is an advanced fat removal and reduction technique that contours and sculpts your body. Vaser lipo enhances your natural features and creates a defined and toned physique.*

Vaser Liposuction uses minimally invasive state-of-the-art ultrasound technology to precisely target and remove areas of unwanted fat. However, it is the degree of meticulous body sculpting performed by our vaser liposuction surgeon that distinguishes vaser lipo from traditional liposuction surgery. Liposculpture surgery can create more defined calves, stomach and arm muscles, as well as removing fat and tightening skin in small, intricate areas such as under the chin.

At The Harley Medical Group we always aim to ensure that our patients get the right procedure for them, and we understand that vaser lipo isn't a "once technique suits all" procedure. This is why we offer traditional Liposuction; Vaser Liposuction and Non-surgical Liposuction.

*Vaser Liposuction results and benefits vary and are different for every individual. Specific results cannot be guaranteed.


The Benefits of Vaser Liposuction*


Vaser Lipo sculpturing is a state-of-the-art fat removal technique that provides expectional results unlike other forms of liposuction.


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Surgical and Post Operative Benefits


  • Minimally invasive with no damage to surrounding body tissue meaning post-operative pain is minimized
  • Minimal scarring, bruising and bleeding
  • Reduced downtime with quicker recovery
  • Gentle enough to be performed under local anaesthetic - depending on the number of areas you may not require an overnight stay in hospital.
  • Bespoke post-operative garment ensure personalised optimum results


Vaser Liposculpture Benefits


  • A pioneering body contouring treatment to sculpt and define muscles
  • Skin tightening as a result of stimulated collagen production
  • Immediate results with continued improvement up to 6 months after the procedure.
  • Smoother and Predictable Results
  • A precise and targeted procedure suitable for large or small areas (including delicate areas e.g. chin and inner thighs)
  • Treated areas should retain their sculptured appearance for as long as you remain the same weight.




*Vaser Liposuction results and benefits vary and are different for every individual. Specific results cannot be guaranteed.




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How is Vaser Liposuction Performed?

How is Vaser Liposuction Performed?

Vaser liposuction, also known as 'Ultrasonic Liposuction' because the Vaser® technology generates ultrasonic energy, is a state-of-the-art, minimally invasive fat removal procedure. The ultrasound energy targets unwanted fat whilst preserving important tissues such as nerves, blood vessels, connective tissue and collagen to promote rapid healing. By removing both the superficial and deep fats that surround muscle groups thereby enhancing the visibility of underlying toning and musculature. The result is a reshaped body that is more define and sculpted giving you a svelte, toned and shapely appearance.Vaser Liposuction | Liposculpture | Harley Medical Group

For the best results it is essential that your surgeon is a specially trained in VASER Hi Def Liposculpture, or you may receive a more refined version of traditional liposuction with no sculpting.


Before Vaser Liposuction Surgery

From your first consultation you will meet with your vaser liposuction surgeon to discuss your expectations and potential results. At your consultation you will be weighed - you must have a BMI below 28 - and measured for your bespoke garment, required for your aftercare programme.  

On the day of your procedure your surgeon will draw very detailed and precise markings on your treatment area(s), these will be unique to your physique and will replicate your underlying anatomy. The markings will then define where the surgical sculpting is going to occur. You will then made comfortable and ready for your surgery. 


During Vaser Liposuction Surgery

Vaser lipo can be performed with a local anaesthetic with light sedation or under general anaesthetic. The method of sedation chosen will usually depend of the extent of your procedure and the number of areas to be contoured, your surgeon will discuss this during your consultation. 

Liposculpture surgery has several steps:

  • Saline solution

To begin the treatment area(s) is filled with a tumescent anaesthetic solution. This helps to shrinks the blood vessels, consequently minimising blood loss and reducing post surgery bruising. It also makes it easier to break up the fatty tissue with the vaser ultrasound energy.   

  • Ultrasonic energy

Small probes are then used to transmit an ultrasonic energy wave that breaks apart and emulsifies on contact the fatty tissues between the skin and muscle. This unique process ensures other important tissues largely remain intact resulting in faster recovery times. This process is highly targeted and allows your surgeon to remove the fat and etch your contours to simulate a naturally toned and defined physique. 

  • Extraction

The liquefied fat is then removed using a very small hollow metal cannula (via discrete incisions that are between 3-4mm in size so scarring is minimal) which is then inserted and directed through the area of emulsified fat. The cannula then gently removes the fat through a suction process; this is often combined with a massage technique. Then your specialist trained vaser surgeon chisels out your muscle structures for a toned and defined physique.

Any residual fat is excreted naturally by your body after surgery, giving the final result a more toned contour during your recovery process.*


After Vaser Liposuction Surgery

As there is minimal disturbance to the surrounding tissue your recovery time is swift. Please see our comprehensive vaser liposuction aftercare page for more information. 

For optimum results and a faster recovery time we recommend a course of Manual Lymph Drainage massage. 

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*Vaser Liposuction results and benefits vary and are different for every individual. Specific results cannot be guaranteed.

Areas Vaser Liposuction can Treat

What areas can be treated by vaser liposculpture?

Vaser liposuction is the surgical removal of fat from specific areas of the body. The vaser liposculpture procedure is so precisely targeted that it can be used on areas that traditional lipo cannot treat.

The most common fat removal areas include:

  • Chest or bustVaser Liposuction for Women| Liposculpture | Harley Medical Group
  • Upper and lower back
  • Stomach
  • Flanks / waist
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Calves  
  • Knees  
  • Ankles
  • Chin / neck
  • Arms
  • Inner and outer thighs


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Before & After Vaser Liposuction

Vaser Liposuction Before & After Photos

Vaser Liposuction - Real Life Story

Our patient Hayley recorded her journey before and after her liposcultpure surgery. 

Hayley had been considering liposuction to her chin and the back of her thighs to address little concerns that excercise and healthy living couldn't for a while. After a lot of research and deliberation, and having met her vaser liposuction surgeon, she decided to go undergo vaser liposuction to tweak the areas that bothered . 

Hayley before her liposculpture - in her own words


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Hayley's update a few days after her vaser liposuction surgery


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Vaser Lipo Cost

Vaser Liposuction Cost

Vaser Liposuction 1 area£4,332
Vaser Liposuction 2 areas£5,832
Vaser Liposuction 3 areas£7,332
Vaser Liposuction 4 areas£8,832
Vaser Liposuction 5 areas£10,322
Vaser Liposuction 6 areas£11,832

Your bespoke compression garment is inlcuded in the cost, your surgeon will advise how this should be worn. 

We understand finance availability can sometimes be a barrier to undergoing a Cosmetic Surgery procedure, with manageable payments, we can provide a feasible solution to suits your needs. We have a range of finance options available to help you pay for your procedure, ask at your Free consultation and your counsellor will be happy to take you through these.


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Vaser Liposuction Aftercare Guidelines

While the recovery process is different for everyone, vaser Liposuction does involve more extensive aftercare that traditional liposuction. The more commitment you put in during your recovery process the better your results will be; your final outcome will not be clear until two or three months after your procedure. The optimum aftercare programme includes a very dedicated use of bespoke body compression garments, as well as post-procedure ultrasound, lymphatic massage and correct exercise and nutrition.

Your treated areas should look great and retain their sculptured appearance for as long as you remain the same weight. If you gain weight, you will generally gain it in areas other than those that were treated.

Post-Operative Recovery

  • Incision area

You may experience some fluid leakage from the incision areas for the first day or two after your procedure, this is tumescent fluid and is a product of the local anaesthetic. It may be blood tinged which is perfectly normal so do not be alarmed; however anything pronounced should be brought to the attention of the clinic.

Within 7 days following your surgery, depending on the area treated, you will have a wound check to assess your sutures which should gradually dissolve. Avoid getting the incision area wet as a warm moist environment harbours bacteria and may lead to a possible wound infection.

  • Garment

You will return from theatre with your bespoke compression garment in place, you must wear this continuously until you are advised by your surgeon that you may remove the garment. Please be advised that if you stop wearing your bespoke liposuction garment before you are advised you will not experience optimum results.

  • Bruising / Swelling

You should expect some bruising, swelling and pain after your procedure; some swelling may linger for several months. You may also feel like you’ve lost sensations in the areas treated, this is perfectly normal and is not a cause for concern. As your nerves begin to regenerate feeling and sensation should return to normal.

  • Discomfort

Immediately following your surgery you should expect some mild, and easily controlled with your prescription medication, discomfort. This only lasts for a very short period with most patients up and walking around comfortably after a day or two; please be aware that you may require some assistance in the first 24 to 48 hours following surgery. Pain medication will be prescribed to control any discomfort, however, if you begin to have severe pain, contact us immediately. We strongly advise that you do not take any medications containing aspirin one week following surgery.

Short-Term Aftercare

  • Driving

With many insurers your car insurance will be void for 24-48 hours after you have had a general anaesthetic administered. After this time we would recommend that you avoid driving, for approximately seven to ten days, as you may find some of your movements restricted while the brusing and swelling goes down.

  • Physical Activities

Vaser liposuction surgery requires minimal downtime, which means you can return to a gentle daily routine within a couple of days of your procedure - depending on the area treated. We advise that you take at least a week off work to enable you to recover fully. Over the next two or three weeks your treated areas may remain very sensitive and strenuous physical activities should be limited; during this time you can gradually return to activites such as light lifting and sex. Your surgeon will give you clear advise of the activities you can undertake, based on your treatment area, during your consultation. 

  • Garment

Immediately after your surgery you will have had a bespoke liposculpture compression garment, this is an important part of the healing process. Your garment must be worn for between four-six weeks, as advised by your doctor, to aid healing, reduce swelling and, most importantly help ensure a good contour to your treated areas.

Long-Term aftercare

For optimum results we advise that your long-term post-operative care will also included a tailored course of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) Massage. We work very closely with an MLD specialist if you choose to make that part of your recovery process. 

  • MLD Massage

For optimum results we recommend investing in a course of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) Massage which helps to speed up the recovery process, eliminates any swelling or accumulation of liquid in the body and helps to get rid of any remaining toxins.

The MLD massage technique can be used after vaser liposuction as little as 48 hours after your procedure, to help speed up your recovery. It combines an ultrasound treatment which is followed by a manual massage. By manipulating the lymph at the dermal-epidermal junction (1-2mm deep, the thickness of 4-5 sheets of paper) the technique aids the body process and eliminate excess fluid from the deeper layers as well as from shallow depths and negative spaces. MLD ensures better skin retraction, reduces stiffness in muscles, thereby improving your immediate post-surgery mobility, and has a therapeutic, anti-inflammatory effect on tissues. 

  • Physical Activities

After 6 weeks you should be fully recovered and able to undertake more strenuous and physical exercise just as jogging and heavier weight lifting. If you are still feeling discomfort, or are not confident about returning to a more physical routine please discuss this with your liposculpture surgeon who will be happy to discuss your concerns with you. 



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*Vaser Liposuction results and benefits vary and are different for every individual. Specific results cannot be guaranteed.


Does Vaser Liposuction hurt?

Vaser Liposuction is performed with a local or general anaesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure*.

If your procedure is performed under local anaesthetic sedation will be available to you. Speak to your practitioner who will be able to advise you on costs during your free, no obligation consultation.

You can expect to feel some discomfort and soreness for up to two weeks after the procedure, though patient experiences will vary because everyone has have different pain thresholds and healing rates*. 


*Vaser Liposuction results and benefits can vary and are different for every individual. Specific results cannot be guaranteed.

How long does the procedure take?

The length of time taken to perform Vaser Liposuction will depend on the number and size of areas being treated; however, it generally takes between one and two hours to treat up to three areas.

Can men have Vaser Liposuction?

At The Harley Medical Group a significant number of our Liposuction patients are men. The most popular treatment areas are the chest, stomach and ‘love handles’.

Will I be given the choice between local anaesthetic and a general anaesthetic?

Vaser Liposuction can be performed with either a general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic with sedation. This decision will be made with your Surgeon and will depend on your preference and your suitability.  

When will I see the results?

Some patients will see results immediately, most see a significant improvement 6-8 weeks after the procedure. However it can take up to 6 months to achieve the final result*. 


* Vaser liposuction results and benefits vary and are different for every individual. Specific results cannot be guaranteed.

What results can I expect?

At The Harley Medical Group our Vaser Liposuction procedure provides a subtle, defined and natural-looking result*.


* Vaser liposuction results and benefits vary and are different for every individual. Specific results cannot be guaranteed.

How much “downtime” will I need to recover?

As Vaser Liposuction is less intrusive than traditional Liposuction the time required for rest and recuperate is shorter*. There will be some bruising and swelling so we recommend allowing at least 5-7 days before you return to work, and 14 days before you return to the gym or undertake strenuous activity.

Most importantly, for optimum results and minimal discomfort we advise you to listen to your body and not push yourself until you are fully recovered. You will be required to wear a discreet support garment for approximately 4 weeks after the procedure. 


*Vaser Liposuction results and benefits vary and are different for every individual. Specific results cannot be guaranteed. 

Is Vaser Liposuction a Surgical or Non Surgical Procedure?

Vaser Liposuction requires an incision to be made and is therefore a Surgical Procedure undertaken in a hospital operating theatre by our highly qualified and experienced surgeons. At The Harley Medical Group we also offer a Non Surgical Laser Liposuction Treatment called iLipoXcell.

Will I need to stay overnight in hospital?

Vaser Liposuction can be performed as a day case, however in some circumstances depending on the number of areas treated and your suitability, the Surgeon may require you to stay overnight. This will be discussed with you during your consultation with the Surgeon.  

How many areas of my body can I have treated during one procedure?

Our highly experienced Surgeons will treat up to four areas in one operation, depending on your suitability and requirements. You Surgeon will discuss the best treatment for you to receive optimum results in your consultation. 

Will I gain weight again in the same area after Vaser Liposuction?

Vaser Liposuction should not be used as a weight-control tool, but rather undertaken when you are at your optimum weight. If you maintain your weight with a balanced and healthy lifestyle after the procedure the removal of fat cells means it is possible to gain up to four kilos before noticing a change in the treated area. However, no fat removal procedure removes all fat cells from the treated area so you may see some fat return.


*Vaser Liposuction results and benefits vary and are different for every individual. Specific results cannot be guaranteed.

Will I get fat pockets in different areas after Vaser Liposuction?

If you maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle you will not experience fat pockets in the area treated or other parts of the body*. Any weight gain, or loss, you do experience will tend to be proportionately distributed over your entire body*.

It is worth noting that not all fat cells will be removed from the treatment area for the sake of your health, therefore significant weight gain will affect the treated area*. 


*Vaser Liposuction results and benefits vary and are different for every individual. Specific results cannot be guaranteed. 

What does VASER stand for?

VASER means Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance, referring to the energy used to liquefy the fat cells of the treated area. 

Who performs Vaser Liposuction?

Vaser Liposuction, though minimally invasive, is a surgical procedure which is performed by our highly qualified and experienced Surgeons in one of our world class hospitals

Are the results permanent?

Vaser Liposuction removes superficial fat and fat cells from the treated area, as the production of new fat cells decreases significantly following puberty the results following surgery are more or less permanent*. Mild weight fluctuations will therefore go unnoticed in the treatment area as the extra fat is distributed evenly around the body*. Significant weight gain however will become noticeable in the treated area*.


*Vaser Liposuction results and benefits vary and are different for every individual. Specific results cannot be guaranteed. 

Will it tighten the excess skin on my tummy?

Many people find that they have excess skin on their tummy as a result of pregnancy or dramatic weight-loss. While Vaser Liposuction will tighten skin* it is not able to treat large areas. To remove significant excess skin we recommend a Tummy Tuck, also known as an Abdominoplasty. 


*Vaser Liposuction results and benefits vary and are different for every individual. Specific results cannot be guaranteed

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