VASER: What to Expect
At your VASER consultation at our London clinic, your VASER practitioner will cover everything in full, but we hope that this information is of use. If you have any questions, then give us a call on 020 7224 2247.
Preparing for your VASER procedure
- If you are feeling unwell in the week preceding your procedure, then please call our London clinic to discuss with your VASER practitioner, as it may be necessary to postpone your surgery
- Do not apply fake tan to the treatment area in advance of your procedure and wait until fully healed afterwards.
- We advise all Wimpole Aesthetics patients to avoid smoking both beforehand and for a period afterwards as it can compromise the healing process.
- On the day of your procedure remove all jewellery and wear loose-fitting clothes that button up. Also do not apply deodorant or perfume after you have your morning shower.
- It is recommend that you eat before your procedure if you are having your Vaser done under local anaesthetic. IF YOU ARE HAVING YOUR VASER UNDER SEDATION YOU MUST NOT EAT FOR EIGHT HOURS IN ADVANCE OF YOUR PRODECURE AND NO FLUIDS FOR TWO HOURS BEFORE.
- We take pre-operative photographs to use as a comparison with images taken afterwards. You will be given a form to sign that will cover whether these images can be viewed by others afterwards. These images will be kept on file and can be requested at any time by writing to Wimpole Aesthetics.
Recovering from VASER
- After your treatment you will have your first shower in the clinic, supervised by your Wimpole Aesthetics nurse. They will then show you how to fit your post-surgical compression garment and explain how best to care for it during your recovery period.
- Allow plenty of time to rest after your VASER procedure and make sure you have someone to bring you home from the clinic and look after you for that first 24 hours.
- Bruising and swelling; this is very patient-dependent and can last for anything from a week to month before it finally subsides.
- Pain; most patients describe a feeling of stiffness or tightness in the treatment area. This and any discomfort should fully disappear two weeks after your procedure and is usually easily managed with over-the-counter medication. Do not apply any heat or cold to the area.
- You will have a follow-up appointment within 24 hours of your procedure and further appointments can be scheduled, as and when you need them. There will be a final review ten days after your VASER procedure but further assessments can be organised at any time.
- Your dressings will be changed by your Wimpole Aesthetics nurse at your first appointment and you will be instructed if other dressings will be required.
- Driving is prohibited for the first 48 hours to allow any sedation to fully leave your system.
- You will be able to shower after two days, as long as the treatment area is completely covered. Bathing is discouraged for a few weeks until the area is fully healed.
- You will be provided with two sets of compression garments so you can wash and dry one set while wearing the other. You will be advised as to how long to wear the compression garments by your VASER practitioner, depending on the area(s) treated.
- Dr Berkowitz will advise you on when you can resume normal activities. Once you are fully recovered then we recommend following a sensible diet and exercise regime to maintain your VASER results.
Potential VASER complications
- Bleeding; there may be a small amount of blood present in the fluid that leaks from the incision points. Initially, this will be very pink before becoming clear. Very rarely, there is more serious bleeding that requires further treatment. Your Wimpole Aesthetics VASER practitioner can be contacted out-of-hours if necessary.
- Infection; even though VASER is less invasive than traditional liposuction, it is still possible to develop an infection post-procedure, which may require antibiotics. You will have a number of follow-ups after your VASER procedure, all carried out at our central London clinic, where the treatment area will be carefully assessed. If you have any concerns, then call the clinic during office hours or the emergency number.
- Scarring; VASER involves only tiny incisions and your Wimpole Aesthetics VASER practitioner is skilled at positioning them where they will be least noticeable.
- Seroma; this is a build-up of fluid and may require another operation to remove.
- Blood clots; (Deep Vein Thrombosis or Pulmonary Embolism) these are a very rare but potentially serious complication of any surgical procedure where a blood clot forms in the veins and can move to the lungs. The risk can be increased if you take contraceptive pills and this will be discussed with your VASER practitioner in advance of your procedure.
- Numbness; there can be nerve damage after your procedure and you usually recover sensation as the body heals, but this can be permanent.
- Asymmetry; it is sometimes hard to predict how an individual patient will respond to VASER and there may be some small unevenness that will need correcting with further treatment.