fat freezing vs vaser lipo

Fat Freezing VS Vaser Lipo – Which One Is Better?

Considering a fat removal procedure to help get your body in shape? Both Fat Freezing and Vaser Lipo can help get rid of stubborn pockets of body fat, giving you a smoother figure and slimmer appearance. But which one is better, in this post we go head to head with Fat Freezing Vs Vaser Lipo.

Every fat removal procedure is different and each has its pros and cons, risks and benefits. So how do these treatments compare? And which procedure best for your unique needs?

Let’s find out…

Vaser Lipo – How It Works

Vaser Lipo is an alternative and slightly less invasive fat removal procedure when compared to conventional liposuction. It shares several similarities with traditional liposuction surgery as well as the non-surgical fat reduction treatment, ultrasound cavitation.

Vaser stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance. It is a surgical procedure that uses ultrasonic energy to disrupt the fat cells. The ultrasound energy rapidly shakes (cavitates) the fat cells, releasing them from the connective tissue holding them in place. At the same time, the ultrasound directly affects the cell membrane which breaks down. This liquefies the fat cells so that the adipose liquid can then be manually suctioned away, like in traditional liposuction.

Fat Freezing – How it Works

Fat Freezing is a non-surgical procedure that uses cold temperatures to destroy unwanted fat cells, allowing your body to naturally remove them from your body.

The way it works is pretty simple.

Your fat cells are less resilient to the cold than other types of cells. This means we can effectively “kill” the fat cells using cold temperatures and it won’t affect your skin or other tissue.

Once destroyed, your body recognises that the cells are damaged and removes them over the following weeks through your lymphatic system (your body’s natural waste disposal system).

The Procedure

When you research Fat Freezing vs Vaser Lipo the first thing you will understand is that Vaser Lipo is a surgical procedure and Fat Freezing is non-surgical.

Vaser Lipo

A Vaser Lipo procedure is a surgical procedure, however, it is generally considered to be less invasive than traditional liposuction, as the procedure can be carried out under local anaesthetic.

During the surgery, you will be sedated and the area that is being treated will have a saline and local anaesthetic solution injected into it. Once the anaesthetic has taken effect, the surgeon makes a small incision and inserts an ultrasound probe under the skin and into the fat layer. This probe emits the ultrasound energy to break up and liquefy the fatty tissue.

Once the fatty tissue starts to break apart, a thin suction tube is used to vacuum out the liquified adipose tissue – much like in traditional liposuction. Most of the saline fluid is suctioned out at the same time but some will be left in your body, to help reduce the pain in the following days. The small incisions are left open and these act like drains over the coming days to allow fluid and oedema to drain out.

Immediately after the procedure, dressings will be applied over the open incisions and you will be put into a tight compression garment covering the whole of the area where the Vaser liposuction was performed. You will be advised to wear the compression garment for 6-8 weeks, 24 hours a day. This will help with swelling, recovery and achieving a smooth, contoured finish.

Fat Freezing

As Fat Freezing is a non-surgical and painless procedure, it doesn’t require any anaesthetic like Vaser Lipo does.

During your Fat Freezing Treatment, your Aesthetician will mark up the areas you wish to treat before helping you to get comfortable on the treatment table. A protective gel membrane will be placed onto the area and the Fat Freezing device attached to your body.

You will feel a strong suction sensation as the fat and tissue is pulled into the cryo applicator and you will notice the area start to go cold. After around 10 minutes into the treatment, the area will go numb and will remain numb throughout the duration of the treatment and for some time afterwards.

Thanks to the non-invasive nature of Fat Freezing it’s a very comfortable experience. Most people relax and watch TV or read some magazines while the treatment is completed. Once the treatment has finished the area will be massaged or have shockwave therapy to help stimulate the blood flow.

Pain & Recovery

When choosing the right treatment for you and comparing different procedures, you should definitely consider the recovery time. Fat Freezing vs Vaser Lipo has zero recovery time and is pain-free.

Vaser Lipo

You will require local anaesthetic and sedation for your Vaser Lipo treatment which will ensure the procedure is pain-free.

Immediately following the procedure you will experience mild to severe discomfort, swelling and require pain medication. Most people take around 4-7 days off work before the pain resolves enough to return to their usual routine. During this time you will need to regularly change the dressings over the incisions.

The recovery period lasts for 6-8 weeks, during which time you will need to wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling, improve healing and ensure you achieve a smooth contour and reduce risks of lumps or bumps.

Your surgeon might recommend having manual lymphatic drainage massage to support your recovery. This is definitely worth having, although it can add extra cost on top of the surgery cost.

Some results are visible immediately, but for most people, it takes between 3-6 months for the full effect to show. It takes some time for the remaining swelling to clear and your skin to take on your new body shape.

Fat Freezing

As a non-surgical procedure, Fat Freezing is usually a very comfortable experience. The cold temperatures numb the areas being treated, so you don’t experience any pain or discomfort. Some people find it a bit cold initially, but the numbness takes effect within a few minutes and the rest of the treatment is totally comfortable.

The numbness will start to wear off in the hours or days following the treatment, and you shouldn’t experience any pain or discomfort in the following days. Some people do notice some bruising and mild swelling but this resolves quickly and without intervention.

There is no recovery period required – you can return to work or continue with your normal routine immediately following treatment.

Because the treatment harnesses the power of your body’s natural detoxification system it can take a little time for your body to remove the dead fat cells and for the results to become visible. Most people start to notice a difference within 6 weeks, with the best results visible within around 8-12 weeks.

Side Effects & Risks

When undergoing any cosmetic procedure whether it is surgical or non-surgical, you should always understand the risks.

Vaser Lipo

As a surgical procedure, Vaser Lipo carries considerably more risk than a non-surgical treatment.

The more common side effects include:

  • Bruising and bleeding
  • Pain and aching in the areas treated
  • Persistent swelling for days or weeks
  • Loose skin that doesn’t quite fit your new body shape
  • Long-term scarring
  • Asymmetry or lumps and bumps

A very small number of people can also experience serious side effects such as infection that can be life-threatening.

Fat Freezing

As Fat Freezing is a non-invasive and painless procedure there’s no anaesthetic required, making it a much safer choice.

Some people do experience the following:

  • Redness and Bruising of the treated area –  can last for a number of days.
  • Numbness – can last a few hours up to 2 weeks
  • The treated area can feel cold, firm and frozen. This normally resolves within a few hours up to a couple of days.
  • Tenderness or sensitivity

Rare complications of a Fat Freeze procedure include a freeze burn or paradoxical adipose hyperplasia

There’s no risk of infection and no life-threatening complications.


Understanding the results you can achieve with Fat Freezing vs Vaser Lipo is important in helping you choose the correct procedure.

As an honest review, Vaser Lipo comes out on top to deliver better results than can be achieved with Fat Freezing. Up to 70% of the fat in the area can be removed with Vaser Lipo during a procedure.

That is certainly not to say that the results with Fat Freezing aren’t considerable or impressive. Fat Freezing can reduce fat by up to 40% in the desired area.

When you compare Fat Freezing and Vaser Lipo results you should keep in mind the costs, recovery time and potential risks.

If you are opting for Vaser Lipo, it is very important that you find an experienced and talented surgeon who can deliver the results you desire. They will advise you on what is best and manage your expectations accordingly.

We have treated many clients who have been disappointed with liposuction results and have been left with irregularities, lumps and indentations from the procedure.


Vaser Lipo

A Vaser Liposuction treatment in the UK usually costs between £2000-£8000, depending on the size or number of areas you want to treat.

Fat Freezing

Fat Freezing treatments start from as little a £150 per session for one body area. Most people require around 3 treatments to get the best result, making it a much more affordable fat removal treatment.

Which Treatment Is Right For You?

If you’re comparing Fat Freezing vs Vaser lipo it’s very important that you choose the one that’s right for your unique needs.

I’ve had both Vaser Lipo and Fat Freezing and find both treatments to be excellent. Vaser Lipo is obviously more invasive, more expensive and there is considerable recovery time, but the results were excellent. Fat freezing is super convenient and delivers very good, visible results. There is zero recovery time and it is very affordable. So it comes down to your own preferences.

Here at The Body Clinic, we offer Fat Freezing and a range of other non-surgical fat reduction procedures that can eliminate unwanted body fat and smooth or firm your figure.

To discuss each option in more detail give us a call or book a consultation to discuss your needs with one of our professional and experienced team.

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