Weight Loss After VASER-Assisted Liposuction

Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2024 Mar;48(6):1166-1173. doi: 10.1007/s00266-023-03775-4. Epub 2023 Dec 26.


Background: Liposuction is one of the most common procedures used for body contouring. In this study, we aimed to determine whether there is a weight change with VASER-assisted liposuction (VAL) procedure and the demographic factors affecting it.

Methods: A total of 51 patients (30 females and 21 males) who underwent VAL between the years of 2020 and 2022 were included in the study. Participants' weights before VAL, body mass indexes (BMI), aspiration volumes, demographic data, and weights and BMIs one month after VAL were recorded and analyzed. In addition, the fat ratio in the aspirate was determined in ten patients.

Results: The mean aspiration volume with VAL was 4832.50 ± 2373.26 ml in females and 5176.90 ± 1602.61 ml in males. Body weights (baseline, 90.34 ± 9.17 vs. 71.01 ± 8.87; one month later, 86.95 ± 8.34 vs. 66.28 ± 10.04: p < 0.001) and BMIs (baseline, 28.59 ± 2.97 vs. 26.40 ± 3.69; one month later, 27.54 ± 2.92 vs. 24.59 ± 3.76: p = 0.009) were higher in males than females, both at baseline and after VAL. There was a significant decrease in body weights and BMIs after VAL in both females (4.73 ± 4.73 kg) and males (3.39 ± 4.27 kg) (p < 0.001). However, no correlation was observed between the decrease in body weights and BMIs after VAL and gender, age, aspirate volume, and fat volume.

Conclusion: Although there was a decrease in mean body weight and mean BMI in both males and females one month after VAL, no associations were observed between weight drop after VAL and gender, age, aspiration volume, and fat volume. Level of Evidence IV This journal requires that authors assign a level of evidence to each article. For a full description of these evidence-based medicine ratings, please refer to the Table of Contents or the online Instructions to Authors www.springer.com/00266 .

Keywords: BMI; Female; Male; VASER-assisted liposuction; Weight drop.

MeSH terms

  • Body Contouring* / adverse effects
  • Body Contouring* / methods
  • Body Mass Index
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lipectomy* / methods
  • Male
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Weight Loss