Living in a time where much of the U.S. population is focused on body image, weight loss has become somewhat of an obsession. Fad diets, different work out routines and classes can leave our heads spinning. But, what happens when one has exhausted every option and they are still not happy with their appearance? Sometimes individuals are left with “problem areas,” even when they are in their best shape and following a balanced diet. There are a ton of “quick fix” procedures on the market today that do not involve surgery, yet claim to deliver the same results.
Liposuction is the traditional procedure performed for permanently removing unwanted body fat. Liposuction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that sculpts and slims the body by removing fat cells. Liposuction is typically done as an outpatient procedure. Recovery after liposuction varies among patients and also depends on the scope of treatment areas, how much fat is removed and the type of anesthesia used. Liposuction is “permanent,” meaning that once the fat cells are removed, they will not grow back.
There are a number of non-invasive treatment options on the market today that claim to have the same outcomes as liposuction, such as Coolsculpting and SculpSure. Many patients are attracted to these newer, less invasive treatment options. However, before considering a cosmetic procedure, it is important to understand all of the facts on the available options to determine which is best for you.
Coolsculpting is a noninvasive treatment that works by freezing fat cells in various parts of the body. This procedure allows the patient to feel comfortable and confident during the procedure, as well as afterwards with no downtime. Multiple sessions are often required before results are seen (which may become expensive). Coolscultping may be an alternative for patients who do not want to undergo surgery, but less dramatic results should be expected.
SculpSure is another non-invasive treatment on the market that works by destroying fat cells with heat. The SculpSure device uses a laser which targets the fat cell and creates a process called apoptosis (natural fat cell death). This treatment is quick, causes little discomfort and doesn’t require any downtime for recovery. Similar to Coolsculpting, multiple sessions may be required to achieve desired results. This treatment may improve small problem areas, but will not provide the dramatic results achieved with liposuction.
The board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Center recommend traditional liposuction over the “trendy” non-invasive procedures on the market today. Statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery show that liposuction is the most popular cosmetic surgery performed in the U.S. While it is most commonly used to treat areas like the thighs, hips, stomach, arms, neck, and knees, it is also effective on the chest, back, cheeks, chin, and ankles. Liposuction can be used in conjunction with other cosmetic surgeries, such as a tummy tuck or breast augmentation to achieve desired aesthetic outcomes.
“Traditional liposuction is time tested with long lasting, reproducible results,” says Dr. Tushar Patel, a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Techniques such as cool sculpting, strawberry laser lipo, etc are newer techniques/fads that are here today, gone tomorrow. Results can be very limited- Buyer Beware!”