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Fat -- everyone's got it and some people have more than others. The tricky thing about fat is that it can be incredibly stubborn. You might be otherwise healthy and in good shape. You might even be at a healthy body weight. But you might also have deposits of fat in certain areas of your body, like your thighs, tummy or hips. The good news about stubborn fat? You don't have to put up with it. Several effective fat reduction options are available, ranging from non-surgical treatments to surgery. Learn more about your options and choose the one that one that's best for you.

For Cellulite: Velasmooth

Cellulite is its own unique problem. It's fat, but it's fat that can appear on anyone, from very lean people to the obese. Unlike other types of fat, cellulite is particularly tricky to treat. You might have seen creams and scrubs on the market that promised to melt away those dimples beneath your skin. But the truth is, very few things will actually get rid of it.

One method that can treat cellulite is a treatment called Velasmooth. Velasmooth uses a combination of lasers and massage rollers to shrink the fatty deposits responsible for cellulite, creating a smoother appearance beneath the skin. Along with helping to reduce cellulite, the treatment can also help to improve your circulation. Since massage is part of Velasmooth, some people also notice that any aches and pains they usually have go away. Usually, a series of Velasmooth treatments spaced a few weeks apart is recommended for the best results.

Heat Fat Up: TruSculpt3D

Fat is a funny thing. It can be so stubborn, and yet, it's also very easy to destroy. Case in point: TruSculpt3D destroys fat cells by heating them up to 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius). The body will then flush the destroyed cells out through the lymphatic system.

TruSculpt3D can be performed on several different areas of the body, including under the chin, on the arms, and in places where stubborn fat usually hangs out. You can have the treatment in multiple areas of the body, depending on your body type and fat reduction needs.

While there is almost no recovery or downtime needed after TruSculpt3D, it can take up to a month for final results to appear. Your body needs time to flush away the damaged fat cells. While many patients are happy with their results after a single treatment, you can schedule an additional treatment to improve your results.

To Melt Away Fat: SmartLipo

TruSculpt3D isn't your only non-surgical fat reduction option. SmartLipo is another great fat removal treatment. While TruSculpt3D uses heat to get rid of fat, Smart Lipo uses laser energy.

During a SmartLipo treatment, a laser beam liquifies the fat beneath the skin.  The liquid fat is then removed from the body through a very small incision. The entire treatment is minimally invasive and only requires local anesthesia. Along with getting rid of unwanted fat, SmartLipo can also help to tighten skin, so that you're less likely to have any sagging or drooping after the procedure.

SmartLipo requires a bit more recovery time than TruSculpt3D. You might need to take a couple of days off from work to rest up after the treatment.

Fat Reduction Surgery: Liposuction

Liposuction is the grandparent of all fat reduction treatments. It's been around the longest, and for some people, it's still the best option. While other methods use heat and lasers to get rid of fat, liposuction involves the use of cannulas, or fine tubes, to physically remove the fat from the body. Before the surgery, the fat is usually injected with a special solution that makes it easier to remove. Depending on where on the body a person is having liposuction, the surgeon might also use ultrasound to guide the procedure.

Since it is a surgery, liposuction has more restrictions than other non-surgical fat removal options. It's not recommended for smokers, for example. People with certain medical conditions might also not be good candidates for the surgery.

Another thing to consider when deciding between liposuction and other fat removal options is the downtime. Usually, people need at least a week to recover after liposuction. Full recovery can take a few weeks or even a few months. The benefit is that more fat can usually be removed from the body during the surgery compared to other options.

Schedule Your Fat Reduction Consultation

At The Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic SurgeryDr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. The practice recently added truSculpt to its treatment roster and continues to offer other fat reduction treatments. To schedule your free patient consultation at the Masri Clinic, call (866) 487-3223 today.

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