September 23, 2021
Launched in 2007, VASER® Liposuction can produce even and smooth body contouring results and can be performed on multiple areas of the body. Here is a non-exhaustive list of areas and conditions that may be suitable for this procedure.
VASER® Liposuction is an improved form of liposuction that utilises the assistance of ultrasound wave energy to emulsify stubborn fat before removing the melted fat tissues via suction. This is a targeted and gentle process as compared to traditional liposuction as the Vaser probe only directs its energy to fat tissues, leaving other important connective tissues relatively untouched, making the fat removal more efficient and safe.
Below is a non-exhaustive list of areas and conditions that may be suitable for this procedure.
Armpit fat or axillary fat is common among adults and often caused by excess weight, although hormones and genetics may also play a role. There are no spot reduction exercises to rescue its appearance. The most effective solution is to surgically remove the fat via liposuction.
Saddlebags are called as such due to their physical characteristics. They are caused by stored excess fat on the outer thighs, creating a "bag-like" appearance. It is a common problem among women, as they are genetically predisposed to store fat on the hips, outer and inner thighs. This primarily affects women who are Pear Shaped, where their lower limbs tend to appear disproportionate and heavy.
Causes include genetics, leading a sedentary lifestyle, estrogen dominance and poor dietary habits. While there are diet and exercise programmes that one can follow to reduce its appearance; they are notoriously hard to eradicate.
Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive fat reduction treatment that works by crystallising and disintegrating the fat cells which eventually leave the body as waste, resulting in marginal slim down on the treated area.
Its non-invasive nature is one of the many benefits which has increased its popularity as a fat reduction method among those seeking help. In most cases, patients encountered only mild side effects such as post-treatment redness, mild swelling, which will go away in a few days.
One serious side effect, although rare but not uncommon, is known as "Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia" (PAH), or in layman terms, is known as the "stick of butter" effect. Instead of gradually shrinking, the treated area after fat freezing actually increases in size. It becomes firmer than surrounding tissues, resembling a "stick of butter" appearance that resembles the shape of the fat freeze applicator.
Patients who develop PAH will have to live with this bulge for 6 to 9 months until the fat is softened enough to be removed safely and the only remedial option is liposuction.
The name may invoke a delectable pastry, but the inference is far from desirable, for many. Muffin top is arguably one of the more dreaded physical appearances and rightly so as it is hard to conceal and eliminate. Hormonal changes are a huge cause, particularly among women, who seem to be more susceptible to this condition.
The ageing process causes a decrease in estrogen, which in turn causes a woman to store (more) fat in the abdominal area – a notoriously problematic area for men. As mentioned, muffin tops are hard to rid despite the number of sit-ups and other forms of exercises that a person does.
We all know about the unflattering 'bingo wings'. They are loose flesh that hangs from the upper arms and wobbles as we move our arms around. They are the reason we shy away from sleeveless tops, and why we always pose with our hands on our waist for photos. There are many reasons why people have bingo wings. Genetics is one of the reasons. Some people are just predisposed to them because the areas under their arms are more susceptible to fat growth.
The other common factor is ageing. As skin loses elasticity as one gets older, it can appear saggier, and this happens to the skin on all parts of our body, including the underside of our arms. The annoying thing about bingo wings is that even a person of healthy weight may have them. This is because they are attributed to excess fat that occurs in those stubborn pockets under our arms that simply refuses to go away.
Another equally misleading moniker is the banana rolls. These are crescent-shaped fat folds that appear under the buttocks. It can happen to anyone regardless if they are overweight or otherwise. An individual can seek a fix in the form of exercise, diet and so on but banana rolls are not easily eliminated.
Lymphedema is a swelling that occurs in the limbs, namely the arms and/or legs. It happens, commonly, after the removal or damage to the lymph nodes as part of cancer treatment. The removed and/or damaged lymph nodes causes a blockage, which prevents the efficient draining of lymph fluid and this results in a build-up such as swelling.
Pseudogynecomastia is the accumulation of excess fat, particularly in the chest area. This is a common issue in men due to the way a man's body stores fat. While it significantly differs from gynecomastia, the term "pseudo" should not be taken lightly as it is a real problem. Additionally, it is best to seek qualified advice to determine the true nature of the condition, whether it is gynecomastia or pseudogynecomastia.
A lipoma happens when there is an overgrowth of fat cells under the skin. It is generally soft to the touch, painless and movable. The upper back, abdomen and shoulders are some of the common areas where it can be found.
VASER® Liposuction is a form of liposuction so should only be performed by a trained, qualified and accredited doctor. Being also a body contouring procedure, it is equally essential to seek treatment from an accredited doctor by the Ministry of Health Singapore who understands aesthetics and can better advise on achieving the desired and realistic goals.