What happens before the procedure?
Smoking and illicit drug use must be strictly avoided before the procedure. We take smoking very seriously as a high risk for any procedure, so you must be aware of the cancellation policy if you smoke. Smoking increases the risk of some serious complications during and after surgery. Ideally, you should stop smoking at least 8 weeks prior to a procedure, cutting down does not reduce the risk of complications, however, the greatest health benefit is gained by quitting smoking for good. More information about the possible complications, as well as information about how to quit, is available here.
You should be fit and healthy, and avoid blood thinning medication such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory medicine and warfarin. At least two consultations are needed before most procedures. A full history and examination will be conducted. You will be started on antibiotics and extensive instructions will be given.
What happens during the procedure?
VASER Smooth is usually performed as a day-case procedure under sedation. You will be admitted early in the morning and discharged later that afternoon.
The amount of time allocated to each patient depends on factors including the size and number of areas being treated. At the end of your procedure, you will go through to recovery, where you will be discharged home to your carer to rest. You will then come back the very next day for one of your follow up appointments.
It is normal to expect minimal discomfort for the first few days post-op, but patients can usually resume their normal activities within a few days.
Important: This procedure is not a substitute for weight reduction. It is a method for treating the fibrous bands and removing localised deposits of fatty tissue, if appropriate.