It’s tough to get rid of abdominal fat, tougher than getting rid of fat in many other areas of the body. Some fat is perfectly normal. However, excess fat in the abdominal area often causes for concern. Abdominal fat that dieting and exercise can’t get rid of like the love handles or muffin top that you’ve been trying so hard to get rid of could lead to more serious health problems.
Stubborn love handles are typically caused by excess fat due to the intake of excess calories and a sedentary lifestyle, but they can also be due to pregnancy, genetics, aging, insulin resistance, or even hormonal changes. Fortunately, there are several procedures nowadays that can help you lose love handles and belly fat.
Liposuction is a popular method to remove excess fat from the body. Tumescent liposuction is used by almost all plastic surgeons who perform liposuction. It is a body-sculpting procedure that involves injecting a large volume of fluid containing local anesthetic and adrenaline (epinephrine) into the subcutaneous fatty tissue.
This fluid causes capillaries to temporarily shrink, which leads to less bleeding. It also hardens, or “tumesces,” the fat, making it easier to remove. Overall, this technique is preferred by surgeons, as it reduces bleeding, makes the fat easy to remove, and reduces recovery time.
This technique is a major improvement over older forms of liposuction as it eliminates the risks associated with general anesthesia and surgical bleeding. Moreover, there is significantly less bruising with this method over older methods. This is because there is very little blood loss and because most of the blood lost is drained out along with the fluid that was injected.
After surgery, you will need to wear a binder or support garment for a few days to a couple of weeks to help reduce swelling and support the newly contoured shape. The local anesthetic lasts for about 24 hours following surgery, so postoperative pain is greatly reduced. Regular activities can be resumed within just a few days after the procedure.
I was very hesitant to have any cosmetic procedure but having met with my Dr. I felt very comfortable expressing myself and taking the action I wanted. As a result, I had liposuction on my tummy and love handles and, later, of my neck. I also have botox injections several times a year.
I could not be happier with the result. When I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and see what the person I expect (but had given up on); youthful jaw line, narrow waist (but masculine), smooth skin, etc.
People are shocked to learn how old I am. Also, I feel like having the liposuction gave me a fresh start to get in shape so it has been very motivating to get toned.
I can’t imagine achieving this result with any other doctor. Dr. S has always been there when I needed him, for any visit, email or call to address the littlest concern I may have.
SmartLipo is a cutting-edge method of removing excess belly fat. It is a laser-assisted surgical liposuction procedure in which laser energy is delivered to subcutaneous fatty tissue through a small laser fiber optic cable.
This process directly destroys the fat cells by liquefying them. They are then removed quite easily by liposuction using a cannula. In this method, the incision made is smaller than that of tumescent liposuction, and the recovery time is greatly reduced.
Usually, only one SmartLipo treatment is needed to get the desired results. After the procedure, you’ll see a visible reduction in those love handles. One session takes around an hour per area of treatment. Since local anesthesia is used, you will be conscious during the procedure.
After the procedure, the surgeon recommends that you wear a binder for up to two weeks to help support the new contours of your abdomen and to reduce swelling. Normal activities and light exercise can be resumed 48 hours after the procedure, but more rigorous activities should be postponed for at least two weeks.
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