What are Liposuction Alternatives?

There are a dizzying array of procedures to remove fat and contour your body these days.  It is not only confusing for the patient but for the doctor too!   We do know that liposuction is the gold standard for removing fat.  At the end of the procedure you will see the fat in the canisters and the results will follow shortly.  Liposuction is surgery and a minimally invasive procedure.  The tumescent technique (under local anesthesia)  liposuction with microcanulas is safe, easy and has a quick recovery with the most impressive results but it is still liposuction. Most patients go through it just fine and are amazed at how it was so different than what they thought it would be like. It is essentially painless and easy to undergo with patients returning to work in just 2 days.   The additions of lasers like Smartlipo have even improved results further.  The heat from the Smartlipo laser can be used to smooth out the fat and induce skin tightening.   I have performed this procedure on many patients who would be traditionally treated by tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).  We have seen remarkable results in terms of tightening loose skin and avoiding the cost, incision and recovery of a tummy tuck.

However there are many patients who would prefer to do something less invasive but still improve their body contour.  The good thing is that non invasive procedures are becoming more effective,  Of course, none of these procedures are for weight loss.  If you are obese, a medical weight loss program would be your best bet before doing any of these.

ZERONA is an FDA cleared alternative to liposuction, which reduces inches with no pain, no surgery and no downtime. Patients are losing between 3.6 to 5.5 inches and many are seeing even greater results when combined with a sensible diet and exercise program.  Zerona is the perfect way to lose stubborn body fat from: neck, love handles, arms, hips, back/bra‐line, thighs, tummy/waistline and knees in this fast pace world we live in. After just six 40 minute Zerona treatments you will see inches melt away. And best of all there is no recovery or downtime so you can resume all your normal activities immediately after each treatment.

CoolSculpting doesn’t burn, shatter or extract any cells. Developed by Harvard scientists, the unique, FDA-cleared, patented procedure uses a targeted cooling process that kills the fat cells underneath the skin, literally freezing them to the point of elimination. Only fat cells are frozen. Your healthy skin cells remain, well, healthy. No knives. No suction hoses. No needles. No scars. Once crystallized, the fat cells die and are naturally eliminated from your body.Unlike a lot of other procedures, CoolSculpting takes very little time and is pretty simple to fit into your daily life. After your CoolSculpting treatment you can typically get right back to your busy day. Each treatment lasts one hour – the same time you might spend at the gym. So you can easily fit your appointment into a lunch break.  After one visit, you’ll typically see a noticeable reduction of fat. It takes a few months to fully realize the effects, mainly because it takes that long for your body to naturally dispose of the fat cells. And yes, you can lose even more with additional Coolsculpting appointments if you and your doctor deem it necessary.

HCG Diet Medical Weight loss works through use of a hormone that is naturally produced in the body, and a very low calorie diet (VLCD). The hormone has many functions and is used medically to treat a variety of conditions.  It is the pregnancy hormone that almost completely controls metabolic functions, and allows the body to mobilize fat and use it as energy for both mother and fetus. This acts as a “fail-safe” mechanism when energy is needed immediately. For weight loss, we use small amounts of this hormone to capitalize on this same mechanism. Using it in this way does NOT mimic pregnancy; in fact, it can be safely used by both adult men and women.   The combination of the HCG and VLCD allows you to lose a remarkable amount of weight in a short time safely.  I look at this as a nutritional ‘boot camp’ that will teach you how to eat properly and keep the weight off.  We are looking to change your life and how you approach food, not just another ‘diet’.

So I have tried to discuss some of the current alternatives to liposuction.  I advise you to do your research and come in for a free consultation to help you decide whats best for you.

Beleza: http://www.belezamedicalspa.com/

Coolsculpting: http://www.belezamedicalspa.com/spa-services/medical-spa/redefine/coolsculpting-austin/

Smartlipo laser Liposuction: http://www.belezamedicalspa.com/spa-services/medical-spa/redefine/smartlipo-liposuction-austin/

HCG Medical Weight Loss:http://www.belezamedicalspa.com/spa-services/medical-spa/redefine/hcg-diet-austin-tx/

Venus Freeze: http://www.belezamedicalspa.com/spa-services/medical-spa/redefine/venus-freeze-skin-tightening/

Zerona Laser: http://www.belezamedicalspa.com/spa-services/medical-spa/redefine/zerona-low-level-laser/

About ldbroder

Medical director of BelezaMedicalSpa.com.

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