Weight loss is big business, with a significant amount of people wanting to slim down or target a specific area that just won’t budge. While we are all for achieving weight loss with a healthy diet and exercise, after discussing your concerns with your doctor there are a few other directions you may wish to consider.
Liposuction can be used to remove stubborn fat from thighs, hips, abs, arms, back, chin, neck and your waist and is not strictly limited to females. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and you should expect some bruising for up to three weeks afterwards, and should aim to return to work after a period of two weeks. If you are concerned about cellulite, this might not be the best choice as there are more specific treatments that can be done to assist with those cellulite issues. Liposuction is not a pain free experience but for those who are close to their ideal weight and want to fix up a specific area it can be a very effective treatment. For a person that smokes, has poor blood circulation in the area to be treated or who has heart or lung disease this may not be recommended – but for otherwise healthy individuals it could just be the body sculpting choice you’ve been looking for.
Recently we discussed a treatment called CoolSculpting, which is a non invasive, non surgical fat reduction method. While the results won’t be as significant as liposuction with multiple treatments required, there hasn’t been any severe reactions seen as yet. That being said, there are some possible side effects which can include discomfort, redness, a numb or tingling feeling and / or minor bruising. Expect to see around a 20% reduction in fat in the treatment area after a 3 month period with results potentially lasting long term when the body is maintained properly. This FDA-cleared treatment gets its name from the “fat freezing” technique, as it actually freezes unwanted fat which causes the cells to crystallize, and over time your body will naturally eliminate them – resulting in a more sculptured figure. Patients can expect to return to work after the procedure fairly quickly, sometimes even the same day.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Abdominoplasty is commonly referred to as a tummy tuck and is designed to flatten the abdomen. This is major surgery and before undergoing it you may wish to discuss with your surgeon whether you will be left with a scar. This is suitable for women who have finished having children and want to remove that post-childbearing belly or for those who are not planning to lose a significant amount of weight. This is not a quick fix but the final piece of the puzzle.
Adjustable Gastric Banding
Gastric banding is surprisingly common and is suitable for those considered to be obese with a BMI of at least 35. This technique is performed via keyhole surgery under general anesthesia with an adjustable silicon ring being placed and clipped on the top part of the stomach. Approximately two years after surgery the patients ideal weight can be reached, with up to two thirds of the excess body weight being lost. However, it is really up to the individual to change the way they eat and exercise to complement the surgery for it to be a long term success. There are risks and potential complications but for someone who is facing health issues due to being overweight it is certainly an option to discuss with your doctor.
Whatever treatment you decide on, make sure you do your research and find an experienced practitioner.