4 Solutions for Addressing Unwanted Abdominal Fat
The abdomen is one of the most common fatty “trouble spots” for both men and women. When diet and exercise seem to have little effect on your abdomen, it may be time to start considering a fat-reducing procedure. 4 most popular plastic surgery procedures to address this stubborn concern:
- CoolSculpting®: Known by some as the “fat freezing” procedure, a CoolSculpting treatment chills fat cells, causing these cells to die and filter out of the body via a natural lymphatic process. CoolSculpting is great for almost any patient with areas of extra fat, and its results take several weeks to fully develop. I typically see a 20 to 40% reduction in fat in a treated area, but you may decide more than one treatment is necessary to achieve your goals. CoolSculpting appeals to many people because it’s FDA-cleared and doesn’t require anesthesia or an incision. In fact, you can get back to your usual activities as soon as your appointment is over.
- Liposuction: This trusted fat reducer is perhaps the most versatile body contouring option at my practice. Liposuction sucks away unwanted fat from the abdomen through a thin tube called a cannula. Today’s liposuction is safer and easier than previous versions, but it still requires anesthesia and some degree of downtime. Liposuction is appealing because it can remove a higher volume of fat than CoolSculpting, and its results are immediate. Swelling can persist for 6 weeks to sometimes 3 months.
- Tummy Tuck: Also called an abdominoplasty, tummy tuck surgery goes beyond fat removal by also addressing the concern of excess skin and stretched abdominal muscles. This procedure is especially popular with women who have had children and people who have lost a lot of weight. Tummy tuck surgery encompasses mini, full, and extended options depending on the degree of correction needed.
- Combination procedure: By combining the different fat removal procedures mentioned above, I can create a fully customized treatment plan that works for any patient’s lifestyle. For example, I often add liposuction to tummy tuck surgery to maximize its results. Or a patient can use liposuction for one treatment area and CoolSculpting for another.