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
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.
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