Excess fat on the body is one of the most troublesome and challenging issues for men and women alike. The traditional techniques of dieting and exercising may help to some degree, but eventually, you will face fat on your body that is much more stubborn. The fat appears as bulges on the abdomen, flanks, buttocks, thighs, upper arms, and back, and seem unresponsive to all weight loss efforts. But, why doesn’t diet or exercise help with stubborn fats?
When you start to lose weight, the fat that disappears first is around your internal organs, and your body will only allow you to reduce this to a certain degree. The rest of the fat is subcutaneous, meaning that it is part of your skin, and this is the most stubborn fat on your body. You could spend a few years trying to gradually reduce this fat or find other options that best suit your needs. One of the more optimal ways is through surgery.
Plastic Surgery to Remove Excess Fat
Plastic surgery, such as a tummy tuck, thigh lift, and arm lift, remove the extra skin and fat from these areas. Although the techniques are effective, the extent of these procedures may be more than what you need. Plastic surgery procedures are most often recommended for men and women who have loose skin in addition to the fat. However, most professionals often recommend lipo surgery.
When Liposuction is Your Best Option
Liposuction is the best option when you have pockets of stubborn fat and good skin elasticity. If you have lax skin and undergo liposuction, chances are that you will end up with thin folds of skin in the area. Liposuction is also not ideal for men and women who need to lose weight, so you should be at a steady, healthy weight for at least one year. So many people think of lipo as a weight-loss tool, which any specialist will tell you is a bad move altogether. Lipo is only right to remove pockets of fat that won’t budge.
Liposuction Methods and Updates
When liposuction was first introduced as a cosmetic procedure, the surgeon made small incisions in the skin to access the fat. A thin, flexible, hollow tube was used to scrape the fat away from the subcutaneous tissues. This technique is rarely used today because it causes a great deal of trauma, as well as inconsistent results.
Modern techniques for liposuction involve chemical solutions and energy sources that loosen and melt the fat. This reduces tissue trauma and patient downtime. The results are also more consistent, and surgeons can use these modern technologies to shape the fat as well. The most common technologies that are used for liposuction are radiofrequency, laser, and ultrasound. All three are effective and provide men and women with advantages over other techniques, but each approach does not necessarily produce the same results. Ultrasound is considered the best energy source for liposuction. It can be more controlled, and it has secondary benefits to the area being treated.
What is VASER Liposuction?
Aesthetic Surgery Center’s liposuction procedure with the VASER® system is the most advanced fat-removal technique that is available in the field of aesthetic medicine. The system uses ultrasound energy to dislodge fat from subcutaneous tissues and reduce trauma to the surrounding tissues. The system also allows for an exceptional level of control for surgeons who want to contour and shape fat deposits. The fat can be used for minimally-invasive body contouring procedures, such as a Brazilian butt lift. The ultrasound energy also gently heats the tissues to create a skin tightening effect that enhances the overall results of the procedure.
Areas That Can Be Treated with VASER®
VASER® can be used on the most problematic areas of the body, which is why it is the preferred method for the Aesthetic Surgery Center of Naples, FL. VASER® can be used in the abdominal area in place of a tummy tuck or combined with the surgery. It can also be used on the flanks to give your waist a more pronounced and shapelier contour. Many men and women have isolated deposits of fat on their backs, and plastic surgery is too extensive in these cases. The VASER® system is used to remove the fat with little to no downtime. The arms and thighs can be contoured with the VASER® system as well.
What to Expect from VASER® Liposuction
Recovering from body contouring surgery can take months, and some patients will have swelling for up to one year. With VASER® ultrasound liposuction, you are back to your normal activities in about three to four weeks. Swelling is minimal with the majority happening within two days. At this point, the fluid inside the tissues starts to disappear. Wearing a compression garment helps reduce swelling and promotes proper healing in the tissues.
No Scars with the VASER® Liposuction Procedure
The incisions that are made for the VASER® liposuction procedure are so small that sutures are not required. The scars are only visible upon close inspection and less than one-half inch in length. If you have plastic surgery in the same treatment areas, you will have significant scars that are visible and quite long.