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Vaser Liposuction Can get You Ready for Summer

Liposuction Seattle WAIt is easy to assume that liposuction is liposuction is liposuction, but that isn’t the case. Liposuction is the general term that we use to describe surgical fat reduction on various parts of the body. Initial liposuction procedures involved small incisions and the insertion of a narrow cannula, or tube. At the opposite end of the cannula was a machine with a reservoir and gentle vacuum, which would disrupt fat cells from their cozy little home and extract them from the body for good. Since those early days, some innovative techniques have been developed to improve the process. Vaser liposuction is one of them.

We are pleased to offer Vaser liposuction in our Seattle and Renton offices as a way for men and women from these areas to obtain the physical shape that suits them. If you don’t want to face another summer trying to hide a muffin top, saddlebags, or other stubborn fat, we can help you. Vaser liposuction is an expansion of the fat-reducing method that has helped millions of people feel better about their body.

The Vaser Difference

The Vaser technique also referred to as liposelection, is a procedure that emulsifies fat cells before their extraction. This may seem similar to laser liposuction, but the Vaser technique employs safe, effective ultrasound rather than laser light to melt lipids within fat cells for easier extraction and better sculpting ability. Compared to laser liposuction, the use of ultrasound is less disruptive to surrounding tissue and nerve endings because this energy is fat-specific. Vaser is also thought to be more predictable than tumescent liposuction, which injects fluid into fat accumulations to break them apart before they are removed.

Because Vaser liposuction does not affect surrounding tissue such as blood vessels, there is a lower risk of complications or lingering side effects. The gentleness with which ultrasound disbands fatty deposits also makes this technique suitable for areas in which tissue is more fibrous, such as the back. Because blood vessels remain intact, circulation through the treatment area can increase as needed during recovery, aiding in faster tissue healing.

You deserve to feel great this summer, and the next, and the next. Schedule a visit to our Renton or Seattle office to see how Vaser liposuction can make that happen.

Liposuction’s Long List of Treatment Areas

Liposuction Seattle, WALiposuction has one of the longest runs in the history of cosmetic surgery. This procedure has been performed and refined since the mid-70s and continues to be one of the leading cosmetic procedures today. The manual extraction of unwanted fat is appealing to men and women who want to enjoy better contouring in one or more areas of the body.

Some of those areas include:

  • The midsection, or waist. We may lovingly call excess fat in this area “love handles,” but we don’t love these bulges at all. The waist is a difficult area to tone and is also an area of the body that typically has excellent skin elasticity, a plus for liposuction patients. When liposuction is performed in this area, a patient may expect to drop a pant-size – or more.
  • The flanks fall in line right behind the love handles, spanning around the waist to the low back area. The flanks are often incorporated into the midsection liposuction procedure to create symmetry.
  • Women tend to be particularly interested in liposuction for curvy hips. When excess fat is removed from this area, the curvature of the buttocks may appear more rounded and feminine.
  • This could be mistaken for the waist, but it’s slightly higher and may extend above the belly button. Before abdominal liposuction, a thorough examination of skin and superficial muscle tissue is conducted to ensure laxity does not appear obvious as a result of the fat reduction.
  • When liposuction is performed on the buttocks, it is generally in the context of a Brazilian Butt Lift. To remove fat and not reinsert it higher up on the buttocks could lead to a flat appearance.
  • Neck liposuction is something that we perform to help patients in the Seattle area feel more satisfied with their appearance. This procedure is advantageous because it smooths the neck, which sharpens the jawline, and fat does not come back.

Liposuction procedures are performed in our accredited surgical center, generally with twilight anesthesia and a local anesthetic to numb tissue and nerve endings. Our experienced team supports patients in their liposuction journey to improve outcome and their overall experience.

Would you like to know more about liposuction? Call us in Renton or Seattle for a personal consultation.

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Liposuction 101

Liposuction can help you slim down, eliminate extra fat, and look your best. Find out more about this popular procedure so that you can decide whether or not it is right for you.

What happens during liposuction?

Liposuction is used to eliminate stubborn fat on many different areas of the body. During the procedure, a saline solution that contains lidocaine and adrenaline is injected into the target area. This solution can minimize bruising and bleeding and make it easier to remove fatty tissue.

After the target area has been prepared, the doctor will either use one of two techniques to remove the fat. These techniques are suction-assisted lipectomy (SAL) and ultrasonic-assisted lipectomy (UAL).

During suction-assisted lipectomy a small tube is inserted through a very tiny incision. This tube is moved back and forth underneath the skin to break it up and suction it out.

LiposuctionDuring ultrasonic-assisted lipectomy ultrasonic energy liquefies the fat before a small tube is used to suction it out.

Both procedures only involve very small incisions. The doctor can help you decide which technique will be best for you. The procedure can take anywhere from 1-5 hours, depending on the area of the body being treated.

What are the limitations of liposuction?

Liposuction can help you look and feel slimmer, but it does have limitations. Liposuction cannot be used as a weight loss tool. If you are still working toward reaching your weight loss goals liposuction will have to wait. Work with your doctor to reach a healthy and stable weight and then consider liposuction after you’ve met that goal.

What are the benefits of liposuction?

While liposuction isn’t a weight loss tool, it can be used to eliminate extra fat. Many people work hard to reach their goals through diet and exercise, but can’t quite eliminate stubborn pockets of fat.

Liposuction can help you get the body you deserve by removing that stubborn fat from the thighs, buttocks, abdomen, chin, neck, upper arms, and other areas of the body.

If you’re at a healthy and stable weight and you’d like to look a little slimmer and sleeker, liposuction may be able to help you reach your goals. Schedule a consultation at the Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center today.

Liposuction for resistant fat

Hello, I am a 31 year old woman from a family of larger women. I have lost 40lbs over the course of the last year but have some resistant areas (tummy, hips and thighs) that are quite maddening to deal with. I am a non-smoker, infrequent drinker, fairly healthy eater, and fairly active through exercise and work. I don't seek to become a size 2 or anything; I doubt I would even be able to get into the single digit sizes. I would just like to feel and look like the leaner and have a more flattering appearance that matches how I feel internally. Would abdominoplasty be required before liposuction for a protruding stomach? Thank you for your time



Hi L,

It sounds like you are doing a great job with weight loss, diet and exercise. Congratulations. If you have some localized (tummy, hips, thighs) areas of resistant fat, you may be a really good candidate for straight liposuction without needing an abdominoplasty. This depends on how much excess skin you have. If you have a lot of excess, hanging, skin on your tummy, you may be a better candidate for a tummy tuck. However, if you only have a little excess skin, and mostly extra fatty tissue, liposuction alone is the better route to go. Most patients do get some skin tightening with liposuction. In addition, liposuction is much easier to undergo and has significantly less down-time. You also do not have to undergo general anesthesia with liposuction alone.


I would love to see you in consultation. I would be able to guide you to the right procedure for you. Please call 206-859-5777 to schedule an appointment.


Thank you.


Dr Reichel


Jennifer Reichel MD

Director, Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center

11011 Meridian Ave N Ste 102

Seattle WA, 98133



Neck Liposuction with Dr. Reichel


Hi Dr Reichel, I am interested in neck liposuction, but wonder if I need to lose weight first. I am about 20 lbs overweight and am on a diet plan. I want to come in for a consultation. Is it worth it?  

Hi M. Thank you for your question. I would love to see you in consultation. For body liposuction, it is good to be at your "best" weight. However, with neck, chin, jawline lipo, your current weight isn't as big of a deal. I usually tell patients that neck lipo is "weight independent". So please do call 206.859.5777. In addition, we do all of our liposuction consultations at no charge.


Dr. Reichel


Can you help me with a "buffalo hump"?

Dear Dr. Reichel:

I'm interested in a liposuction procedure that is not common(or is it?) I have developed a "buffalo hump" at the base of my neck,and would like it removed. I'm not sure why I have it, but conventional weight loss does not help. Can this be removed? And what would be an estimated cost? Thank you for any information you may have.

I definitely can help you with the "Buffalo Hump" at the base of your neck.  It is a deposit of excess fatty tissue, and is treatable by liposuction.

Having a "hump" at the base of the neck can happen as we get older. Although it can be associated with conditions, like diabetes, often it is just a genetic change. The hump is caused by excess fatty tissue, and may not go away with weight loss.

The liposuction procedure is fairly straight forward, and does not require general anesthesia. You would be in the surgery center for 2-3 hours. The procedure itself, will take about one hour. You should have a fast recovery. There will probably be some bruising, swelling, and tenderness for a few days.

As far as cost, it isn't usually covered by insurance. The entire cost will be around $3000. Please come in for a consultation, my office number is 206.859.5777.

Thank you for your question and I look forward to meeting you.
Dr R

Why Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center? Tumsecent liposuction

Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center has a comprehensive approach to inspire beauty from head to toe.  Compassion, efficiency, safety and professional patient care are the cornerstone of our clinic.  Here, all cosmetic procedures are performed by a qualified physician or under the direct supervision of a qualified physician unlike many medi-spas and laser centers.  We believe that cosmetic treatments are an extension of medicine and surgery.  Dermatologists are the only doctors who specialize specifically in the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions.  Furthermore, Dr. Reichel will personally attend to you at your cosmetic consultation.  She performs all of the cosmetic surgeries, major laser procedures, as well as  Botox and fillers.  Laser hair removal, photofacial rejuvenation and Ultherapy are performed by her highly trained physician assistant, registered nurses or medical assistants.  “By seeing all of my patients through to completion of treatment, I am better able to ensure safety and great results.”
Dr. Reichel also pointed out a few other reasons why patients might want to consider a cosmetic surgical dermatologist at Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center over a plastic surgeon.  “The number one difference is that my patients are under conscious sedation or “twilight sedation” rather than general anesthesia.  They are very comfortable, able to talk to me, and they can stand and walk right after the procedure - so it is much safer,” explains Dr. Reichel.  “Then there’s the matter of the liposuction tube or cannula.  By utilizing specialized, smaller cannulas, we can focus more on liposculpture, better avoiding the irregularities commonly associated with larger cannulas.”  Furthermore, Dr. Reichel makes sure she stays up-to-date with the latest advances in liposuction as well as all cosmetic procedures in her suite of treatment modalities.
Dr. Jennifer Reichel is seeing a growing patient demand for tumescent liposuction.  She offers what many are calling the gold standard in battling stubborn, exercise-resistant fat.  “When it comes to body fat, diet and exercise may be enough for some.  Others, however, need a little boost,” explains Dr. Reichel.  “And, although not a weight loss solution, tumescent liposuction can be that boost a person may need.
It is one of the most effective ways to achieve a slimmer, trimmer figure.”

Why Facial Volume Matters

Why Facial Volume Matters

You may not realize it, but a little plumpness is a good thing. Especially when we're talking about the face, as you can see in actress Elizabeth McGovern's photos, the image on the left taken in September 2001 and the one on the right last week.

Fat naturally adds the volume and support to the face that keeps wrinkles at bay and our skin looking youthful. However, we start to lose facial fat as early as our 20s, and it's a downhill slide, literally, from there.

Facial fat deteriorates naturally with age, but weight loss and hormonal changes can speed up the process. When this happens, we start to see less definition around the face, including sunken temples, forehead and brow wrinkles, the corners of the mouth turned down, hallowing around the eyes, flatter cheeks and slack skin around the jaw.

There are ways to restore facial volume and achieve smoother skin. Here's how:

Fat transfer: This is good option if you'd like long-term results, but can endure some downtime (up to two weeks). You will first undergo a mini-liposuction procedure to remove fat from another area of your body, then it will be prepared to be injected into your face. It's also a good option if you are wary of injecting other types of fillers into your skin. The fat is your own, so your body will not reject it.  We are able to store your fat in our medical-grade freezer for up to two years so it's easy to come in when you need another injection.

Fillers: Fullness can be restored through a variety of fillers including temporary (like Restylane, Juvederm and Perlane), or longer-term (like Radiesse). Injecting fillers is a non-invasive option that gives an immediate result. The cheeks, temples, chin and jawline are the areas best suited for fillers, and Restylane was recently given FDA approval for use in the lips. Some of the non-permanent fillers can last up to two years, but most need additional treatments.

Seek an experienced and board-certified physician to determine the right option that will give you the results you're after.  Call our office to schedule your consultation with one of our skilled physicians, 206.859.5777, at Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center we have years of experience with facial fillers.

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