What is Vaser tummy tuck? Vaser tummy tuck refers to the combination of simultaneous Vaser liposuction and a mini tummy tuck. These two procedures can be safely performed to provide more patients the advantage of body contouring without leaving them with a secondary deformity of skin redundancy. Typically, Vaser allows for comprehensive (90 to 95%) fat removal rather than just partial fat removal (40 to 50%). Due to this high capacity of fat removal, until recently Vaser liposuction patients were selected carefully to avoid patients with loose skin who could be at risk of postoperative deformity of skin redundancy. With the advent of vaser tummy tuck, minimal to moderate skin redundancy detected can be managed with a mini tummy while simultaneously sculpting the abdomen with vaser technology. Great care must be taken during Vaser tummy tuck to avoid any undermining of tissues that are being liposuctioned. This will ensure appropriate skin vascularity. The vaser tummy tuck is basically a wedge excision performed in the bikini line, much like a mini tummy tuck, that avoids undermining yet ensures a tightened abdominal skin that can accommodate defatting of the abdomen. Infrequently, vaser tummy tuck will also require a reverse tummy tuck that is performed if extensive skin redundancy of the upper abdomen is present. The reverse tummy tuck utilizes two small wedge excisions located under each breast in the inframammary creases.
As an official vaser trainer, I have been teaching the art of vaser liposuction to physicians from around the world. Over the last two years, I have observed that physicians were struggling with proper patient selection and gauging degree of fat removal to avoid leaving patients with a secondary deformity of skin redundancy. This is especially true in high definition liposuction cases, where we strive to remove fat maximally in an attempt to maximally sculpt patients. As a result I created a patient grading scale, called the High Definition Liposuction (HDL) body scale that helps providers determine who will be a candidate for Vaser tummy tuck. The HDL body scale ranges from a 2 to a 10 point score which is dependent on degree of excess fat, skin redundancy and skin texture. Patients scoring between a 5 to 7 scale score are great candidates for a Vaser tummy tuck as they demonstrate moderate fat excess and moderate skin redundancy. In summary, Vaser tummy tuck has expanded the patient population that can take advantage of the sculpting potential of high definition liposuction body contouring.
This 55 year old female demonstrates the potential improvements that patients can expect after a full Vaser tummy tuck.
A 55-year-old female following a full tummy tuck