If you’re struggling with unwanted fat, then you probably feel as though you’ve tried every trick in the book to get rid of those stubborn problem areas. If you’ve considered plastic surgery as a way to resolve these fat pockets, then that’s a good first step. Sometimes, fat simply will not respond to traditional methods and needs a little extra help. While most people jump straight to liposuction when considering spot fat reduction treatments, it is far from the only procedure available for this purpose. Let’s take a look at some of the innovative new methods that can be used for unwanted fat and cellulite treatment.
A revolutionary fat reduction technique, SmartLipo is the latest spin on an old classic: liposuction. The procedure utilizes traditional tumescent (fluid) liposuction techniques combined with a high-tech laser to minimize trauma to the treated area. Through tiny incisions, the laser fiber gently melts unwanted fat from the area, to be suctioned out safely. Because this method is so gentle, it can be used on small, sensitive areas of the body and helps reduce downtime for patients. Most patients have the procedure performed under only local anesthetic and require only a few days of downtime. Added perks are the skin-tightening benefits SmartLipo can offer. The heat of the laser helps skin retract for a more attractive contour after surgery.
While SmartLipo is generally the preferred method these days for patients seeking liposuction, traditional liposuction methods are still an option, and may be a better solution for some patients. While liposuction should not be considered a weight loss solution, traditional liposuction can be a good choice for removing small amounts of fat from larger areas. Tumescent liposuction requires recovery time of several weeks, but most patients return to work within 7-10 days.
For patients seeking non-invasive solutions to stubborn pockets of fat, mesotheraphy might be just the ticket. An FDA approved procedure that has been practiced for decades, mesotherapy requires no downtime and produces gradual results for natural fat reduction. The treatment involves a series of injections (containing vitamins, minerals, and nutrients) into the fat layer, which works to dissolve and dispose of the unwanted fat over time. Because fat loss is gradual over time and no downtime is involved, the results look very natural and the skin is given an opportunity to retract on its own. Once treatment is underway, patients can lose up to a pound a week, and may start seeing reduction in inches as well. Mesotherapy can also be useful for alleviating cellulite. Typically, 5-7 treatments are required for good results.
For those who struggle with both cellulite and stubborn fat, Velasmooth may be a better option, as it is geared more toward cellulite treatment, which can be a tricky feat to accomplish. Cellulite is caused by fat cells pressing up against fibrous connective tissue in the skin, causing a lumpy appearance. Velasmooth is a non-invasive treatment plan, which does require some commitment on the patient’s part. Using a handpiece that emits elōs (electrical-optical synergy) energy (a combination of radiofrequency, infrared, and negative pressure), each 45-60 minute treatment is designed to increase circulation and promote cellulite reduction. Over time (6-8 weeks) with bi-weekly treatments, patients can start seeing moderate improvement in cellulite.
Choosing a Treatment
With the different options available, it can be a difficult task to choose which procedure is best for you, but it all depends on your health, lifestyle, budget, and needs. Plastic surgery is a highly individualized process, and the procedure you have performed should be tailored to your needs. Sometimes, a single treatment is not the answer. Mesotherapy and Velasmooth are frequently combined, in order to achieve the best results in both fat and cellulite reduction.
So how do you know which procedure is right for you? A reputable plastic surgeon can help you make the decision by evaluating your candidacy and assessing your goals for treatment in a consultation. Be flexible and open-minded in your treatment options—your surgeon will know which treatments are likely to get you the results you’re looking for. That said, don’t move forward with any procedure you don’t feel comfortable with!
Choosing a Surgeon
No matter which treatment you choose, the right surgeon can make all the difference in the success of your procedure. Be sure to research prospective candidates thoroughly and only choose a board certified plastic surgeon to perform your treatment. Take advantage of your consultation time to ask specific questions and develop rapport with each surgeon. You want to choose a provider you are completely comfortable with.
When you’re ready to start meeting with surgeons, come visit Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery and schedule a consultation with one of our highly experienced, board certified surgeons. Each member of our team has more than two decades of experience, and places great emphasis on patient safety and satisfaction. For more information, call 866-487-3223 to schedule your free consultation today.