There are many procedures used to target stubborn fat deposits, but the most common method is liposuction. Liposuction is an umbrella term used for a cosmetic procedure that removes unwanted fat and improves the contours of the body. However, not all liposuction methods are the same. Two popular methods are VASER lipo and Traditional Liposuction - both effective for the treatment of stubborn fat. However, these procedures differ in a few important ways which we are going to explore in this article.

If you’re considering getting liposuction, understanding the difference between Traditional and VASER liposuction can help you make the right decision that will suit your particular needs.

VASER vs Traditional Liposuction: Key differences

Both Traditional and VASER are popular forms of liposuction, but what is the difference between them and how will this affect the results? 

What is VASER lipo?

VASER liposuction uses a small ultrasonic probe to liquify fat cells and loosen fat tissue. The emulsified fat is then suctioned out without damaging the surrounding tissues and sculpted using cannulas. 

You can use VASER liposuction to target fat loss in these areas:

  • Arms
  • Stomach
  • Chin
  • Legs
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Back

VASER lipo: Pros and cons


  • Minimally invasive
  • Less damage to surrounding tissues as there is no cannula movement required to break up the fat cells
  • You can go home immediately after the procedure
  • Less pain, bruising and bleeding
  • Can target very specific areas
  • Can be used to create natural contouring


  • Not ideal for fibrous body tissue
  • The procedure can take more time
  • Not ideal for people with a higher BMI
How long after VASER liposuction will results show?

The best results from vaser liposuction can be seen after 6 months, once the skin has tightened, but you can start seeing an improvement after 2-3 months, once the inflammation has subsided. Many people notice an immediate change following their VASER liposuction procedure. 

How much fat can be removed with VASER liposuction?

The amount of fat that can be safely removed during one session depends on your body fat percentage and the area being treated. Typically, we recommend removing no more than 3-5 liters or 4-5% of your body weight per session. If additional fat removal is necessary, it is best to schedule multiple procedures.

lipo sculpted torso
What is Traditional Liposuction?

Traditional Liposuction uses small incisions to insert a suction probe to push and pull through the fat layer. This process breaks up the fat tissue, allowing for it to be removed using a suction pump. Like VASER liposuction, traditional liposuction uses cannulas which are inserted into the deep fatty layer through small incisions. However, the key difference in traditional Liposuction is how the fat cells are dislodged. 

You can use Traditional Liposuction to target fat loss in these areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Neck
  • Chin
  • Upper arms
  • Back of the arms
  • Buttocks
  • Calves
  • Back

Traditional Lipo: Pros and cons


  • More efficient for those with a higher BMI
  • A higher volume of fat can be removed in a single session
  • Can be combined with other cosmetic surgeries like a tummy tuck 


  • More invasive
  • Surrounding tissues can be damaged by the movement of the cannula
  • Often requires general anaesthesia
  • Longer recovery time

VASER vs Traditional Liposuction: Which is best for me?

Most medical practitioners agree that both of these methods of liposuction are effective. However, when choosing a liposuction method, a few important factors must be considered to ensure the best results. These include:

  • Your specific aesthetic goals
  • Your medical history and anaesthesia preferences
  • Your BMI
  • The amount of fat you wish to have removed
lipo before vs after

VASER and Traditional Liposuction with EF medispa

We hope this article has clarified the key differences between VASER lipo and Traditional Liposuction so you can make the right choice for the best results. At EF MEDISPA, we offer both traditional and VASER liposuction to target stubborn body and face fat. To find out more, or start your liposuction journey, book a consultation with us now.

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