SOURCE: Dr. Kjar

Dr. Kjar

July 29, 2015 14:43 ET

Smart Lipo/Laser Lipo vs. VASER Liposuction vs. Cool Sculpting/Freezing

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwired - July 29, 2015) - Your special events are drawing near this summer and you are noticing those pesky, bothersome areas can’t be covered with the warmer weather. Many turn to body contouring procedures to help with reducing that “muffin top” or “saddle bag”. But the question is: How do you decide which procedure is the best for your body? We’ve broken down each procedure so you can feel confident and educated when you visit with your physician on various treatment types.

Smart Lipo also known as Laser Lipo is such a commonly heard treatment and seems to be everywhere. Most physicians (whether Plastic Surgeons or not) who have jumped onto the “cosmetic bandwagon” seem to have this treatment in their facility. Is it really as good as they say? We talked with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. J. Gregory Kjar, MD about Laser Lipo and asked the questions you, as a patient, would ask your physician. He educated us on the treatment and that because of the cannula or probe size, it was really only meant for smaller areas. The fat is also left in the tissues to be absorbed and metabolized. Because it is using a direct laser-beam energy, It has an effect of “burning a hole in the fat”, creating a tunnel. This laser-beam energy doesn't differentiate between fat, blood vessels, or nerves; it burns all of them in the tunnel it creates. Dr. Kjar, felt like this could have the possibility of creating long-term damage in those areas along with dimpling where the fat was/wasn’t burned away. This treatment can be done while the patient is awake or asleep and can also be done in-office or surgery center/hospital.

VASER Liposuction, is a form of Tumescent Liposuction. This means that fluid is infused into the areas where the procedure is to be performed. The cannula is then used to emit an ultrasonic energy that vibrates the fatty tissue and makes it easier to removed/suctioned out. This ultrasonic vibration of the fat doesn’t have residual effect on the soft tissue (blood vessels and nerves) so the likelihood of permanent damage is reduced significantly. This treatment can be done while the patient is awake or asleep and can also be done in-office or surgery center/hospital. If you are looking for more consistent sculpting and shaping, VASER is the best modality. Cool Sculpting is also known as Freezing The Fat. This procedure is an in-office procedure that requires a few treatments (depending on the facility) and is said to remove & kill unwanted fat cells without surgery. The device is placed on the outside of the skin and is gently suctioned up into the rectangular shaped “freezer”. This application rests on the skin for approximately 45 minutes (again, depending on the machine & facility). The idea is that fat cells are frozen and create small ice crystals that puncture the cell wall, leaking out the fatty fluid. Then the fluid is absorbed by the body. This is best done for smaller areas that are the specific size of the rectangular “freezer” and not for overall contouring.

None of these procedures are meant for weight loss. They are all meant to adjust the appearance of fatty deposits in certain areas of the body.

Contact Information

  • Dr. J. Gregory Kjar, MD, F.A.C.S.
    415 South Medical Drive, Bountiful, Utah
    (801) 295-9105