If you’ve ever embarked on a weight-loss program, then you know how hard it can be to reach all of your goals with diet and exercise alone. This is especially true for people over the age of 40, as the metabolism slows down and stubborn fat clings to common “problem areas,” causing frustration and sometimes low self-esteem. If you’re having trouble getting rid of excess fat on your thighs, hips, stomach, arms, or other areas, it may not be your fault. Sometimes it is nearly impossible to get rid of these localized fat pockets using traditional methods. So what are some treatments that can improve these problem areas?
SmartLipo Laser Liposuction
An excellent general treatment for problem areas, SmartLipo is ideal for patients with localized pockets of fat.SmartLipo is a gentle, laser-assisted liposuction method that gently heats and melts fat cells in these areas. The fat is then suctioned out through a tiny tube, requiring only a very small incision. Though the treatment does not typically remove a large amount of fat, it can help contour the body for a smooth, sleek physique, and is ideal for treating non-responsive fat. As an additional benefit, the heat of the laser helps stimulate collagen production and skin tightening, which improves the overall results from Smartlipo.
SmartLipo can be used to treat a wide variety of areas, from common problem areas such as the thighs and stomach, to more hard-to-treat areas, such as the knees and neck. Because of the gentle nature of the treatment, SmartLipo can be performed under local anesthetic, and patients can usually return to work in just a few days following treatment.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
For people with excess fat, stretched skin and separated stomach muscles, sometimes liposuction alone isn’t enough to produce the desired results in the tummy area. Often, the stomach muscles loosen and separate following pregnancy, and the only way to tighten them once again is through tummy tuck surgery. Loose skin is another problem for mothers and those who have experienced extreme weight loss, and this problem may also be alleviated with a tummy tuck.
The tummy tuck involves an incision from hip to hip, through which the surgeon can remove excess fat and skin, and tighten separated stomach muscles. This procedure is more invasive than SmartLipo, but it is a better choice for people with multiple aesthetic issues in the stomach area. Recovery takes between 2-4 weeks for most patients.
Another common problem area, the thigh, can be contoured with SmartLipo, but for “pear-shaped” people, or those with sagging skin, a thigh lift may be a better choice. The procedure is performed through an incision which may be placed in one of several comparatively discreet locations, depending on the patient’s needs. Excess skin and fat is removed, and the thighs are re-contoured before the incision is closed. The recovery process takes several weeks, and strenuous activity will need to be avoided for quite a while following surgery.
A Skilled and Compassionate Surgeon
Plastic surgery is a great way to improve your confidence and look and feel great–provided you have the right doctor. Speaking with a plastic surgeon will allow you to gain perspective on which treatments are best in your unique situation. An expert in liposuction and other body treatments is your best resource and ally for getting the results you want. For expertise and skill in Birmingham and Dearborn, MI, come to Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery to meet with Dr. Raj Gupta, who has been providing patients with skilled and compassionate care for over 25 years. Call 866-487-3223today to schedule your complimentary consultation.