Tumescent liposuction vs. Vaser

Tumescent liposuction vs. Vaser

Liposuction is a highly reliable, effective, and safe cosmetic procedure to improve your body’s appearance and achieve physical health benefits. It is ideal for people, including men and women, to remove stubborn fatty tissues from their bodies, which are otherwise challenging to remove with diet and exercise. 

Tumescent liposuction and Vaser Liposuction are relatively new techniques or procedures in the cosmetic industry. Both methods allow surgeons to have more control over the targeted body area and achieve better results. Today’s article will compare and contrast tumescent liposuction and Vaser liposuction. Read on! 

What is tumescent liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is an advanced form of cosmetic procedure that can remove stubborn fatty tissues or inflamed fat cells from all parts of the body, including the face, chin, neck, breast, abdomen, hips, flanks, and back, thighs, buttocks, calves, knees, and ankles. It is also ideal for benign tumors in the fatty tissues. 

What is liposuction Vaser

Vaser liposuction is an ultrasound-assisted approach that involves liquefying the fatty tissues before a board-certified surgeon uses the device/cannula to remove the fat content. Unlike traditional liposuction, it is a minimally invasive procedure with fewer risks and complications. 

Differences between tumescent liposuction vs. Vaser

Understanding the difference between tumescent liposuction and Vaser liposuction is crucial, allowing you to choose a more reliable method for stubborn fat removal. Let us compare and contrast these two procedures based on the following factors. 


During tumescent liposuction, the surgeon uses a solution containing epinephrine/adrenaline, saline, and lidocaine. The surgeon injects the solution into the skin, allowing it to penetrate the fatty tissues and cause them to swell and firm. Thus, the surgeon can accurately remove the fatty tissues and achieve better contours in the targeted area. 

The procedure for VASER liposuction requires the surgeon to perform surgery under local anesthesia. The surgeon makes a small incision to insert the cannulas during the procedure. Next, the surgeon injects a numbing saline solution into the targeted area and uses ultrasound energy to break fatty tissues without affecting the surrounding ones. The surgeon uses a suction device to remove fat cells. 


During the tumescent procedure, the surgeon injects a local anesthetic into the fatty tissues 24 hours before the surgery. The purpose is to reduce the risk or intensity of pain and discomfort following the surgery. 

You will experience slight discomfort and pain once the solution or local anesthesia wears off. You can use pain medications, such as Tylenol to reduce discomfort and pain. Remember, this drug can cause side effects like nausea and grogginess. Always follow your health provider’s instructions to minimize the risk and severity of adverse effects. 

On the other hand, you can go home immediately after a Vaser liposuction surgery because the surgeon performs this procedure under local anesthesia. Depending on your recovery speed, you will experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort within the first few days or weeks. Wear compression garments to reduce these side effects and take shorter walks to speed up healing. 

Recovery Time

The recovery time for tumescent liposuction is usually shorter than for other surgeries. You can resume normal activities within one to three days. However, you must follow your health provider’s guidelines to avoid unpleasant situations. 

Like tumescent liposuction, Vaser liposuction also has a shorter downtime. However, you must not resume your day-to-day or work-related tasks/activities for three to five days. You can engage in lighter exercises within two weeks. 

Good Candidate

A suitable candidate for tumescent liposuction has multiple stubborn fat deposits in different body areas. The candidate is a non-smoker and does not involve heavy alcohol consumption. Similarly, Vaser liposuction requires people to quit smoking at least four weeks before surgery, maintain a stable weight, and consume a healthy and nutrient-rich diet. 

Average Cost

The average cost of tumescent liposuction is between $1,000 and $15,000, depending on the surgeon’s experience, quality of saline solution, and other equipment/tools used during the procedure. 

In contrast, the average cost of Vaser liposuction is between $6,500 and $10,500. The price also depends on various factors, such as the targeted areas, the surgeon’s skills/experience, and the quality of surgical equipment. 


Tumescent liposuction risks include contour irregularities, loose or saggy skin, infections, numbness, and scarring. You can reduce or mitigate these risks when you strictly and thoroughly follow your health provider’s guidelines during the postoperative period. 

On the other hand, bleeding, bruising, aching, pain, hyperpigmentation, skin irregularities, asymmetry, and persistent swelling and inflammation are common risks associated with Vaser liposuction. 


Tumescent liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure, meaning the incision made by the surgeon won’t lead to prominent scars after full recovery. You can use scar reduction ointments or creams or undergo laser therapy for scar removal. 

Like tumescent liposuction, Vaser is also a minimally invasive surgery that does not require the surgeon to make larger incisions. In addition, the surgeon usually cuts through the skin and makes incisions in the natural folds of your skin. Therefore, this procedure does not result in prominent or highly visible scars. 

What to do Next? 

Cosmetic procedures are an excellent way to achieve your body contouring and aesthetic goals. Traditional liposuction is a reliable procedure but has more side effects and risks than tumescent and Vaser liposuction. 

If you need more information on these two procedures or schedule an appointment with our highly qualified, board-certified, skilled, and experienced cosmetic surgeon in Miami, call us between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday to Friday! 

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