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Vaser® LipoSelection (Selective Liposuction)

Slim & Shape your Body with Vaser Lipo in New York

There are many excellent liposuction options to help slim and shape your body.  VASER® LipoSelection is a sophisticated liposuction technique that uses ultrasound energy to selectively target unwanted fat for smooth, precise results with fast recovery and minimal downtime.  Gentle enough to treat even the most sensitive spots, VASER® LipoSelection can remove fat from many areas, including the neck, upper arms, buttocks, thighs, knees, abdomen, hips, and back.  VASER® LipoSelection specifically targets fat cells, leaving other tissue unharmed.  This helps to minimize discomfort and bruising.  In addition to fat removal, VASER® LipoSelection is also excellent for skin tightening.  In the weeks following your procedure, the skin will contract in the treated areas, giving you smooth, firm, and natural-looking results.*

With so many liposuction options that offer outstanding results, how do you know which option is best for you?  Dr. Levine offers the latest in advanced liposuction techniques, including VASER® LipoSelection, SmartLipo™, power assisted liposuction, and traditional tumescent and super wet liposuction.  Dr. Levine believes that combining different liposuction techniques will achieve the best results for fat removal, skin tightening, and overall body contouring.*  He will work with you to design a customized approach to meet your specific needs.  This page provides information about VASER® LipoSelection.  For information about other liposuction options, please visit our pages on traditional liposuction and SmartLipo™ laser-assisted liposuction. 

Remove excess fat from targeted areas; gentle enough to treat sensitive areas
Promote skin tightening for firm, smooth results
Provide precise body contouring
Remove fat that is resistant to diet and exercise
Reduce enlarged male breasts

Who is a good candidate for VASER® LipoSelection?

VASER® LipoSelection is not a substitute for diet and exercise, and the best candidates VASER® LipoSelection will be near their normal body weight.  VASER® LipoSelection may be an excellent option for people who wish to shape and sculpt their body by removing excess fat in targeted areas.  VASER® LipoSelection is particularly helpful in treating areas that have not responded to traditional weight loss or exercise, and is gentle enough to treat sensitive areas.  Dr. Levine will meet with you to discuss your goals and expectations, and help you determine which liposuction technique or combination of techniques would be right for you.

Procedure* Recovery* Post-Op Care*
Performed in our in-office surgical facility

Go home same day

Sutures will dissolve on their own
Procedure time varies, depending on the areas treated; can range from 1-3 hours Back to work in 1-2 days Compression garment recommended for 1-2 weeks
Only minimal incisions needed Light exercise in 3-7 days Post-procedure lymphatic massage may be recommended
Local anesthesia or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the procedure More strenuous exercise in 2-3 weeks  
  Mild swelling for 1-2 days  

What type of liposuction do you offer?

We offer a full range of liposuction options, including VASER® LipoSelection, traditional tumescent and super wet liposuction, SmartLipo™, and power assisted liposuction.  Often, a combination of different techniques will provide the best results for both fat removal and skin tightening.  Dr. Levine will discuss with you the best liposuction techniques or combination of techniques to suit your specific needs, and answer any questions that you may have.   

How is VASER® LipoSelection performed?

During the VASER® LipoSelection procedure, treatment areas will be injected with a special tumescent fluid to numb the area and make the fat cells easier to remove.  Tiny incisions are made in order to allow access to the fat layers beneath the skin.  Special probes emit ultrasound energy, which separates the fat cells, while preserving the tight, fibrous tissue that will help the skin to contract in the weeks following the procedure.  The fat cells are gently suctioned from the body. 

Can fat removed during VASER® LipoSelection be used for natural fat grafting?

Yes.  One of the most exciting advancements in liposuction technology is the ability to allow patients to use their own natural fat to help smooth lines and wrinkles in the face, or enhance volume in other body areas, such as the buttocks.  During natural fat grafting (also called autologous fat grafting), fat gently removed during liposuction is prepared and carefully reinjected into areas that may benefit from increased volume.  Natural fat may also be used as an excellent alternative to temporary tissue fillers, in order to reduce the signs of aging and restore youthful contours in the face, and volumize other areas, such as the buttocks.  To find out more about autologous fat grafting, visit our fat grafting page. 

Vaser LipoSelection Before And After

* Patients individual results may vary.

Can VASER® LipoSelection be combined with other procedures?

Yes.  A combination of different liposuction techniques will often provide the best overall body contouring results.  In addition, liposuction may be combined with other cosmetic procedures, including fat grafting, breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, facelift, and tummy tuck.  Dr. Levine will discuss with you which procedures or combination of procedures may best suit your specific needs. 

How can I prepare for VASER® LipoSelection?

During your initial consultation, Dr. Levine will thoroughly examine areas of excess fat in order to determine the amount and distribution of fat, as well as the quality of skin elasticity.   He will discuss with you which combination of liposuction procedures will help remove fat and tighten skin in targeted areas for the best body sculpting results.*  Dr. Levine will thoroughly discuss your goals and expectations, including possible risks and the best way to prepare for your surgery.  He will let you know what to expect before, during, and after your procedure, and he will answer any questions that you may have. 

What type of anesthesia will be used for VASER® LipoSelection?

If you are having VASER® LipoSelection alone, you will need only local anesthesia.  Your anesthesia needs may vary if you are combining VASER® LipoSelection with other liposuction techniques or cosmetic procedures.  You will discuss your procedure thoroughly with both Dr. Levine and our board-certified anesthesiologist to determine the best type of anesthesia for your needs. 

What can I expect during VASER® LipoSelection?

VASER® LipoSelection can be performed in our state-of-the-art, in-office operating suite, which is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).  The length of your procedure will vary, depending on the body areas treated, and can range from 1-3 hours.*  After your procedure, you will be brought to our warm and caring recovery suite, where our licensed, registered nurse will make sure you are comfortable and assist in your recovery.  You may return home the same day.

What can I expect after VASER® LipoSelection?

Every surgery is different, and you will receive detailed post-operative instructions for your specific needs.  In general, you can expect to have very mild bruising and swelling for 1 week after your procedure.*  At Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC, our concern for you doesn’t end when you go home.  We’re dedicated to providing ongoing care to ensure a fast, safe, and smooth recovery.  Dr. Levine will see you for post-operative visits, and he and our staff stand ready to answer any questions you may have about your recovery, as well as your overall health and well-being. 

Is there anything I can do before and after my procedure to maximize results?

One of the many wonderful qualities that sets us apart at Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC is our ability to use a multidisciplinary approach to optimize results.  With expertise in both plastic surgery and dermatology, Dr. Elie Levine and Dr. Jody Levine work together to help prepare, protect, and treat the skin before, during, and after your procedure.  As one of New York’s leading dermatologists, Dr. Jody Levine will customize a skincare regimen that includes pre-surgical measures to optimize your skin, as well as post-surgical skincare that can help prevent irritation, alleviate bruising and inflammation, and promote faster healing.   Unlike other practices, we include these unique pre- and post-surgery skincare packages as part of your surgical plan.  Our pre-surgery facials and microdermabrasion treatments help prepare your skin for surgery and ensure the best recuperation.  Post-operative packages include lymphatic massage with our skilled medical aesthetician in order to enhance circulation, support healing and improved immunity function, and leave the skin looking radiant and healthy.  With our extensive array of lasers, we are able to provide post-surgical laser treatments to best accelerate your healing.  The Drs. Levine will be happy to discuss with you the best skincare approach for your specific needs. 

How can I find out more about VASER® LipoSelection?

Dr. Elie Levine will be happy to meet with you to discuss VASER® LipoSelection. Please call our office at 212-988-1800, or make an appointment online for a personal consultation in our New York City offices.