Before we discuss Airsculpt vs. VASER HD lipo cost, let’s consider liposuction in general and the two specific technologies.
Liposuction is an excellent way to complete your physical transformation’s last step. Have you worked hard to lose weight with diet and exercise, but you can’t lose that last bit of excess fat that stops you from achieving your optimum shape? If you answer yes, liposuction may be the perfect solution. You may be doing research and found out that there are several different liposuction methods. But how do you decide on the correct method to get the results you have earned? That is why it is critical to consult with a board-certified plastic or cosmetic surgeon who can offer the best advice for you. It would help if you discussed your goals with a few surgeons before deciding on the best option.
This article will compare two technologies, including VASER HD and Airsculpt® laser liposuction.
The HD in VASER HD liposuction stands for high definition, and the VASER describes ultrasonic technology. The ultrasound energy allows surgeons to melt the fat first to allow for the removal of more comprehensive volumes. For some surgeons, this capacity for fat removal has transformed the results they can achieve. For most patients, melting the fat allows for less trauma and, subsequently, more tolerable recovery. Not all cosmetic or plastic surgeons embrace VASER as it requires longer surgical times and more demanding implementation than other techniques.
In contrast, AirSculpt or SmartLipo is done with laser technology that also strives to enable surgeons to remove more fat than traditional techniques. However, older technology is less powerful than ultrasound energy. What makes AirSculpt liposuction inferior to VASER liposuction is its detrimental effect on the fat cells, thus precluding the ability to transfer the fat to other areas. This limitation of Airsculpt liposuction eliminates the ability to perform natural breast augmentation or a Brazilian Buttock Lift, i.e., BBL.
Here is a detailed comparison between AirSculpt vs. VASER HD that includes benefits and disadvantages to help you make the best decision for your needs.
Airsculpt VS VASER HD Lipo – What Do They Offer?
About VASER HD Lipo VASER HD lipo standards for “high definition liposuction.” It uses ultrasonic technology that employs energy waves to break up the deep and more superficial fat layers. Think of fat cells as a bunch of grapes that you gently shake to release from the stem. This gentle ultrasound energy does not damage the surrounding tissues like other types of liposuction. That means much less bruising and mild pain after surgery.
VASER is the only liposuction technology that can access both layers of fat. This breakthrough allows a talented surgeon to use body sculpting techniques to unveil actual muscular definition. By removing superficial layers of fat and deep pockets, the body looks more sculpted as muscles can be defined as though you spent hours at the gym. In addition, VASER HD allows your surgeon to safely remove more fat from your body than any other technology.
Think of having six-pack abs as a man or a four-pack for women after the VASER HD lipo is performed. Waistline snatching can create a perfect waist-to-hip ratio for women. Since VASER does not damage fat more than its counterpart Airsculpt lipo, fat can be harvested for transfer to fill in hip dips, the buttocks, the upper pecs, breasts, or even lost volume in the face and hands.
VASER is an advanced and comprehensive form of liposuction and requires general anesthesia.
About AirSculpt® Airsculpt is a form of laser liposuction that uses laser heat to liquefy fat cells for removal.
The limitation of AirSculpt is that it doesn’t remove as much fat as VASER liposuction. The moderate amount of fat a surgeon can remove is more of a mid-definition style surgery. Think of it as “lipo lite.”
During AirSculpt, the patient may be awake. The surgeon uses local anesthesia in the suction areas and relaxation medications to keep patients comfortable. You feel pressure and rhythmic movement of the liposuction cannulas but minimal discomfort or pain, thus making it tolerable while awake.
The creators of AirSculpt advertise that they remove the fat through a tiny hole the size of a small freckle. Still, all liposuction techniques require tiny incisions or holes for the cannula to suction the fat. To the patient, there is little difference, as any puncture to access the body fat is considered invasive and surgical.
The main disadvantage of using laser heat to break up that fat before is that it leaves you with less healthy fat for transfer. This means losing well over ½ of your transferred fat volume. If you are looking for a modest change from liposuction and do not plan on a substantial fat transfer procedure like a BBL (Brazilian butt lift), Airsculpt may offer satisfactory results.
What Works Best With Other Procedures?
Airsculpt and VASER HD Lipo offer very different options for additional cosmetic procedures.
Liposuction is frequently done with other procedures, like a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, abdominal etching, and a BBL.
If you plan on having a tandem procedure requiring fat harvesting, skin, and fat excision, or if you want to do comprehensive liposculpture, VASER HD lipo is the best option. Although AirSculpt laser liposuction can also be done in conjunction with other cosmetic surgical procedures, it provides less dramatic results. However, general anesthesia would be necessary if you are considering a breast lift or augmentation with implants or a tummy tuck.
What About Liposuction Costs?
Liposuction costs vary widely depending on the method and several other factors. Any liposuction cost depends on the following:
- How many body areas will you have suctioned
- Whether your surgeon does area-by-area or 360 liposuction
- The surgeon’s experience and demand for their services
- The geographical area of the surgeon
- Whether the surgeon has a dedicated facility or operates at a hospital
Centers that offer area-by-area liposuction give pricing depending on how many areas you have treated. Be careful, as pricing adds up to more than it may appear initially. The area-by-area approach tends to be more two-dimensional in its focus and may compromise circumferential results.
Surgeons who take a 360 approach to liposuction will quote you based on the time involved vs. the number of areas. They see their patients in a 3-dimensional way, ensuring front, side, and back angles offer a more harmonious outcome.
The most expensive cosmetic surgery is the one you have to redo for lack of results that match your goals. Low-cost surgery is never a good idea. Go with the doctor with the tools and vision to give you results. Cosmetic surgery lasts for many years. Be sure you will be happy.
Call us if you have questions regarding liposuction cost, the best technique for your body, and consultation so you can make an informed decision.