A lot of people call our office asking about laser and or Vaser assisted liposuction. We had a Vaser liposuction machine for a couple years and, frankly, it never impressed us. We have also trialed two of the laser assisted liposuction machines on our staff here at Kaufman and Clark Plastic Surgery. It sometimes created minor complications such as skin burns and was more likely to cause fluid collections called seromas. Most importantly it didn’t produce better results than traditional liposuction does. For those reasons we abandoned Vaser and laser liposuction and advise our patients to stay away from the procedure and instead opt for traditional liposuction. Ultimately the medical device industry is pushing these devices on consumers because they are very expensive to acquire (in the case of laser) and very expensive to operate (in the case of Vaser). That means large revenue streams to the companies, and no real additional benefit to the consumer – beside a cool name and an empty promise.
Given the millions of dollars in research and development these companies expend to develop the devices and the millions spent on marketing, one would think there is a least one study that shows comparative benefit – but the medical literature is devoid of any blinded, controlled study. That says it all.
We recently came across a blog article made by an attendee of a recent plastic surgery conference in Boston who found that many surgeons feel the same way as we do at Kaufman and Clark Plastic Surgery. So it’s not just plastic surgeons in Sacramento, there seem to be many plastic surgeons who have found the same thing. Laser assisted lipo isn’t so hot.
If you have any questions about liposuction or other cosmetic procedures, please feel free to post a comment below or give us a call at our office in Folsom. We want you to be informed so you can get the best treatment possible.
Author: Dr. David Kaufman