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					    VASER Hi Def Selectively Sculpts
    and Removes Fat
                                                                     By Bob Kronemyer, Associate Editor
                                                                        Males and females alike can now achieve      However, he cautioned that VASER Hi Def
                                                                     a sculpted athletic appearance by removing      is a challenging and time consuming pro-
                                                                     both superficial and deep fat around muscle     cedure, requiring an in-depth knowledge
                                                                     groups, thus enhancing the visibility of the    of the superficial anatomy and the treat-
                                                                     underlying musculature. VASER-Assisted          ment of various fat layers.
                                                                     High-Definition Liposculpture, or VASER Hi
                                                                     Def, was developed in 2002 by Alfredo              John Millard, M.D., a plastic surgeon
                                                                     Hoyos, M.D., a plastic surgeon in private       in private practice in Lone Tree, Colo.,
                                                                     practice in Bogotá, Colombia. This treat-       discovered Dr. Hoyos’ innovative proce-
                                                                     ment method uses the VASER (Vibration           dure in Colombia and introduced it to the
                                                                     Amplification of Sound Energy at                U.S. in late 2005. “VASER Hi Def is a
                                                                     Resonance) Ultrasonic Lipo System devel-        marriage of technology and technique,”
                                                                     oped by Sound Surgical Technologies             Dr. Millard explained. “The VASER tech-
                                                                     (Louisville, Colo.).                            nology is an enabling technology that
                                                                                                                     allows us to elevate liposuction to a
                                                                                                                     whole new level. Prior to this technique,
                                                                                       Alfredo Hoyos, M.D.           liposuction was essentially relegated to a
                                                                                       Plastic Surgeon               lack of imagination. We would just go in
                                                                                       Bogotá, Columbia
                                                                                                                     and debulk people, possibly making
                                                                                                                     them thinner and smoother. However, it
                                                                                                                     ignored the fact that there is much more
                                                                                                                     to beauty than bumps and lumps.”
                                                                       “VASER Hi Def started as a small
                                                                     refinement in liposuction,” Dr. Hoyos
                                                                                                                                       John A. Millard, M.D.
                                                                     said. “A lot of patients desired a more
    Before Tx                                After VASER Hi Def Tx                                                                     Plastic Surgeon
                                                                     sculpted body without the general body                            Lone Tree, CO
    Photos courtesy of Alfredo Hoyos, M.D.
                                                                     contouring of traditional liposuction.
                                                                     VASER Hi Def is primarily designed to
                                                                     create an athletic look, rather than the
                                                                     appearance of losing a lot of weight.”
                                                                                                                        Dr. Millard, who co-authored the
                                                                        Dr. Hoyos was the lead investigator of a     VASER Hi Def study, pointed out that
                                                                     patient study on VASER Hi Def that              when people look at a beautiful human
                                                                     appeared in the November/December               body, “most of us don’t ask why it looks
                                                                     issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Of      beautiful. VASER Hi Def does. We’ve
                                                                     the 306 patients treated with this aggres-      basically recognized the shadows, the
                                                                     sive approach to body contouring, 84%           bumps and lumps, as well as the contribu-
                                                                     achieved satisfactory results. “These results   tions muscle groups play, the relation-
                                                                     are better than any traditional lipo,” Dr.      ships between the muscle groups, and the
                                                                     Hoyos stated. “Most of the patients felt that   relationship between bony structures.
                                                                     it was the best surgery they had ever           VASER Hi Def allows us to manipulate the
                                                                     undergone for body contouring.”                 fat to maximize or accentuate what’s
    Before Tx                                After VASER Hi Def Tx
                                                                                                                     already present in a lot of us, but is some-
    Photos courtesy of John A. Millard, M.D.
                                                                        Patients were also more motivated after      times hidden.”
                                                                     treatment to embrace a healthy lifestyle,
                                                                     including exercise and diet. Hence,                Up until about a year ago, VASER Hi
                                                                     “results are longer lasting than any other      Def was limited to torso treatment in one
                                                                     form of lipo,” Dr. Hoyos noted. Minor           session. “But now we have the capability
                                                                     complications included 20 cases of sero-        of extending these same principles into
                                                                     ma, nine cases of port site burns and five      the arms, the female breast and the legs
                                                                     cases of prolonged swelling.                    (including calves and ankles),” Dr.
                                                                                                                     Millard said. “In theory, you could do the
                                                                        “In the future, I think VASER Hi Def will    entire body – from toes to nose – in prob-
                                                                     become the gold standard of body con-           ably two or three sessions.” The first
                                                                     touring in a certain group of people who        domestic courses for the procedure will
                                                                     never believed they would schedule a            begin this summer.
                                                                     lipo procedure,” Dr. Hoyos said.

2     THE Aesthetic Guide July/August 2008

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