A Guide to Choosing the Right Procedure and Clinic

Antonia Mariconda
By Antonia Mariconda

Antonia Mariconda also known as The Cosmedic Coach is recognised as a leading authority on health, beauty and cosmetic surgery in the UK.

By now some of you, but maybe not all of you will have read my previous blog on making the decision to undergo liposuction, and whilst it is one thing to make the decision in your mind, it’s another to actually turn up on the day...

Let me remind you that I chose VASER Liposuction because I wanted to:

  • Remove unwanted fat
  • I wanted to shape my body to a more attractive and defined contour
  • I wanted to regain some of my figure that age and childbearing have taken away
  • I wanted to reshape trouble spots that just did not respond to diet and exercise

I’m a big believer that if you want something enough you will have no hesitations in going forward with your decision. If you have been prepared and well advised in your consultation with your surgeon, just like I was, you should enter into an aesthetic procedure, mentally prepared, assured and confident (a few nerves can indicate that you’re only human!)

My surgeon, whose credentials I checked out thoroughly, was Mr Edgardo Schiavone, an experienced Plastic Surgeon carrying out VASERLiposuction procedures at Medizen in the West Midlands.  Mr Schiavone’s gentle manner is the best you’ll find for calming down quaky nerves, but nonetheless, the nurses on hand, especially Annie, were also a godsend.

So after sitting no more than 10 minutes in the clinic’s waiting room, I was ushered into a changing room by Annie the nurse, given the usual glamorous medical gowns to change into, hair tied back, and before I knew it I was comfortably laid out on the medical couch/table ready to go. 

Now for those of you who are not too familiar with how a VASER liposuction procedure is performed; here’s a brief outline:

The first step in the process is for the treatment area to be filled with a specially-formulated tumescent saline solution, via a small incision. Not only does this wetting solution help to numb the treatment area (as it contains an anesthetic, lignocaine) it also reduces the size of blood vessels in order to reduce potential bruising and minimise any blood loss, which can be a serious side effect with traditional, surgical liposuction.

The ultrasound radio waves emitted by the special VASERLipo probe break up the contents of the fat-storing cells on contact whilst leaving the other tissues in the surrounding areas, such as nerves, connective tissues and blood vessels, relatively untouched. During the liposuction procedure, incisions will be placed discreetly.

How to choose the correct clinic for your treatment

For instance, in a typical abdominal VASER one incision will be “hidden” within the belly button. To allow the VASER probe to effectively emit ultrasound waves to liquefy the fats on the far left and right side of the lower abdomen, two incisions will be placed near the bikini line

My VASER procedure was a three-step process:

Step 1:- the injecting of the saline solution, and I have to be frank and honest and state this was not particularly uncomfortable nor painful and was quite fast – although the saline solution will make the area you're having treated with VASER liposuction swell up with fluid which is interesting to observe, I was reassured the swelling would disappear, (and it did!)

Step 2:- was the break up of the fat-storing cells by a long probe which lasted approximately 20 minutes, this part of the procedure is a little bizarre. You can feel probing occurring inside the area being treated but no pain or discomfort, if you have a lovely nurse like I did, artfully distracting me of what was going on, it’ll be over before you realise.

Step 3:- the final phase was the suction/extraction of fat - which call me a little weird and twisted was the best part to experience, being awake and watching a glass container filled with fat being extracted from your body for me represented a whole wave of emotions and relief. It was fat I had battled with throughout my life - fat that refused to go away and that had clung on to me for dear life, it was fat that no amount of careful restraint, dieting or hardcore gym work would melt away. So finally I got to say farewell to my fat, it was a victory in a very long battle with myself and finally one which in the space of just 2 hours I had conquered, thanks to VASER liposuction and the skilled hands of an experienced surgeon (whom I may hasten to add refused to switch the device off until he had perfected my abdomen as best as he possibly could).

Guide to how to choose the correct clinic and treatment for you

After some tidying and cleaning up a compression garment was immediately put on me and once the whole procedure was finished I was able to sit up, walk to the changing cubicle, get dressed and hitch a ride home with my husband for a lovely cup of tea.

Euphoric at the whole experience, triumphant in removing that stubborn fat, and overwhelmed at the prospect that I did not have to stumble home through a hangover of anaesthesia.

My Recovery

Despite being less invasive than traditional liposuction, it is prudent to keep in mind that as with any form of liposuction, bruising and swelling will set in and can last for a few weeks after the procedure. The body will naturally undertake the task of healing the bruising and swellings. The colour of the bruises will appear in hues of pinkish red immediately post-VASER, reflecting the colour of blood beneath the skin. Following that, the bruise will turn purplish black as haemoglobin in the blood undergoes a change. Thereafter, the colour of the bruise will turn greenish and then, fade to a yellowish tint, before heading to the colour of the skin tone.

For the next few days, I have to be honest I was a little sore, tender and bruised (think how it feels to do around 1,000 sit-ups or tummy crunches in the gym, and you’re almost there!) don’t be under the misguided assumption that you’ll be back to normal “within a week” - I know recovery times very much depend on each individual but this is by no means a quick 24-hour recovery job.

I also have to point out that VASER Liposuction has had many misrepresentations in the media and on the internet as a “lunchtime” procedure. For a start, the procedure took over two hours from admission to discharge (hardly your average lunchtime unless you're a chief executive) and secondly, there is no way on earth any individual is going to want to go back to work after having had such a procedure carried out on them. I’m a member of the media myself, but I do cringe sometimes when I see gross exaggerations and misrepresentations of very intricate aesthetic procedures such as VASER Liposuction being touted as “Lunch Time” procedures, they are not, so don’t be seduced by false hook lines like that - they are simply sales jargon to lure you in.


In terms of my expectations as to what the actual procedure would be like I was prepared and briefed very well and as professionally as I could be by the clinic and surgeon  I chose (a definite must-have for all prospective patients is good preparation, and realistic expectations). But after the bruising and swelling faded, the compression garments were removed and the recovery completed, was VASER Liposuction everything I expected it to be?

Did I get the results I wanted? And was it all worth it?

Read my final Blog and see my big REVEAL...

If you want to read more, the experts at Consulting Room really know what they're talking about and have put together some VASER Liposuction, fat and liposuction FAQs just for you. 

If you have more questions, you can use the VASER Liposuction, fat and liposuction questions feature to talk to our panel of trained medical experts. 

If you're keen to get started with any of these treatments right away then you're in luck - those clever folks also have a list of trusted, accredited VASER Liposuction, fat and liposuction clinics in your area.

Many thanks to the author of this blog Antonia Mariconda who is also known as The Cosmedic Coach is recognised as a leading authority on health, beauty and cosmetic surgery in the UK.

She is a national health and beauty journalist and the Author of “Acne" -The Essential Guide(Forward Press Need to Know Series), The Cosmetic Surgery Companion – Look and Feel Beautiful (Apple Press) “Foot Care” The Essential Guide (Forward Press Need to Know Series), “PIP Implants – The Essential Guide” (Forward Press Need to Know Series), she is currently writing her 5th book on The Psychology and Screening of the Cosmetic Patient.

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