When it comes to the removal of excess fat deposits in the body, American consumers are bombarded with a variety of cosmetic surgery options to choose from. These procedures can effectively remove stubborn fats in any part of the body if performed by a board certified and highly skilled plastic surgeon. Natural methods such as diet and exercising can help you get a toned body and a nice figure to a certain extent but, there are pockets of fats that are resistant to diet or exercise and the only effective solution that can fully address these issues would be a surgical option. Interventions for fat removal Before other non-invasive fat removal procedures became popular, most plastic surgeons preferred using liposuction in removing fats from different parts of the bodies. Liposuction procedure has been one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for many years because it is generally safe and unquestionably effective in getting rid of excess body fats after natural remedies failed to work. Minimally invasive or nonsurgical fat removal procedures have likewise gained popularity these past few years and the number of patients who choose such methods is almost outpacing those going for other cosmetic procedures such as liposuction. The difference between liposuction and minimally invasive surgical procedures is that while liposuction requires the use of incisions in removing fat deposits in different body parts, minimally invasive procedures do not. There is also no anesthesia required in minimally invasive fat removal procedures. It must be underscored that these cosmetic surgery procedures should not be used as a shortcut to losing weight or as a substitute weight loss program. The ideal candidates are those who are healthy and within 30% of their ideal weight range. Exercising and diet should be used to achieve an ideal body weight and shape before considering the different cosmetic surgery procedures for fat removal. Allow me to discuss the different cosmetic surgery options for fat removal: 1. Liposuction This procedure has been used for decades in fat removal. It became popular in the 80s and Americans slowly became fascinated with it. Also known as fat removal surgery, liposuction helps get rid of fats in the following key areas. • Arms • Chin • Knees • Stomach • Inner thigh • Outer thigh • Hips • Face • Neck • Back To achieve desired and optimal results after surgery, the procedure must be performed by an experienced and board cetified plastic surgeon. Candidacy Before being allowed to undergo liposuction, a patient’s candidacy must be determined by an experienced and board certified plastic surgeon. An ideal Liposuction candidate should be healthy, within 25 pounds of ideal body weight, has employed natural methods like exercising and dieting to remove excess fats without much success. Patients who meet these conditions may be good candidates for this type of cosmetic surgery procedure. They should, however, be 18 years and above. People with the following conditions cannot be considered for liposuction: • Pregnant women • People with serious health problems • Individuals taking blood thinning medications • Patients allergic to the anesthesia used during liposuction. To safely undergo liposuction procedure, patients should ensure that they are healthy. This is one of the most important requirements that must be met by anyone planning to undergo fat removal procedure. Ask your plastic surgeon during your initial consultation if you can be a good fit for fat removal procedure. It should be noted that liposuction only removes fats and does not tighten the skin. As mentioned, Liposuction should not be used in losing weight. It cannot also get rid of stretch marks. Patients should, therefore, have realistic expectations before undergoing this procedure. The procedure This procedure can be performed either under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. Most patients usually get discharged the same day after undergoing this procedure. Depending on the amount of fats to be removed from your body, this procedure takes about 3 hours max. After making an incision in the area to be treated, your plastic surgeon will insert a cannula attached to a vacuum device to suck fats more efficiently and safely. Depending on your plastic surgeon’s preference, the incisions can be left open or closed after this procedure. In most cases, plastic surgeons prefer leaving incisions open to minimize swelling and bruising. Your plastic surgeon will give instructions on proper post surgical care for your incisions. The results of a liposuction procedure vary from person to person due to different body shapes. There is, therefore, no standard result when it comes to liposuction. Every patient will respond differently hence the difference in results. What are the possible risks and complications? Liposuction procedure comes with associated risks such as infection, allergic reaction to anesthesia, blood clots, scarring, numbness, bruising, fluid accumulation, nerve damage, skin pigmentation changes and prolonged healing. Liposuction is generally one of the best and efficacious methods for removing excess fats and it is also a safe procedure as long as it is performed by a certified plastic surgeon. 2. Non- surgical fat removal This procedure uses specialized equipment and techniques in removing excess body fats to give the desired shape. It is one of the safest methods of fats removal. There are two main techniques used in the nonsurgical fat removal process. • Cold energy technique • Ultrasound technique While liposuction suck out the fats through small incisions, nonsurgical fat removal does not require incisions. However, it is important to stress that this procedure should not be used as a weight loss method. The nonsurgical fat removal procedure is ideal for patients with a limited amount of excess fats in the abdominal area, back, thighs and flanks that need to be removed. Liposuction is still the best procedure for high volume fat removal involving different parts of the body. The ideal candidate is one with small pockets of undesirable fats that are resistant to diet and exercise, generally healthy, and with realistic expectations. If you meet the above conditions then you are probably a good fit for nonsurgical fat removal procedure. The procedure One of the following procedures may be suggested by your plastic surgeon depending on your expectations or desired results. Ultrasound This procedure may sometimes take several hours before completion. It is a procedure that does not require any form of premedication. It begins with marking the areas to be treated; application of gel; and then the technician repeatedly goes over the marked areas using a painless ultrasound transducer device. Depending on a patient’s needs, the device may glide over the marked areas more than once. Cold energy This process is also known as cryolipolysis, which is a nonsurgical technique for body contouring. It involves using an applicator devise, set to a specific cooling temperature with pre-set time and applied to the target area. This procedure works and it is clinically proven to work. It uses a frostbite technique to disrupt fat deposits. The fats that freeze die before being absorbed by the body. Normally, your plastic surgeon will determine the best fat removal technique to use after a thorough examination. Some of the brand names of equipment your plastic surgeon is likely to use when removing fats are as follows: • For ultrasound, it would most likely be ultra-shape or liposonix • For cold energy technique, your plastic surgeon may use Coolsculpting As oft repeated, when looking for a plastic surgeon to perform your planned procedure, it is important to choose a board certified plastic surgeon and someone you can be comfortable with. Plastic surgeons who are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgery are qualified and experienced in plastic surgery. One critical thing to note also is that not all licensed plastic surgeons are board certified. 3. Tummy tuck A tummy tuck procedure is another surgical procedure that can be used in removal of fats. This procedure removes excess fats and skin from the abdominal area and tightens the weakened abdominal muscles to achieve a toned abdomen. It is a procedure recommended for healthy individuals with a belly that sticks out even after trying natural ways to reduce the belly. It can also remove sagging and loose skin after pregnancy and help women get their bodies back to its original shape before pregnancy. To ensure optimal results and achieve successful outcomes from a tummy tuck procedure, it is very important to choose a board certified plastic surgeon who is not only experienced, but also highly skilled in this particular field. The decision to undergo an elective tummy tuck procedure is a personal choice and should be done for the best reasons. When to consider abdominoplasty • If you feel that you have lost excessive amount weight leading to undesirable sagging and extreme skin laxity around the abdominal area • If your abdominal shape begins to affect your self-esteem and confidence The important benefits of a tummy tuck surgery are that it can greatly improve abdominal tone and correct protruding belly or saggy and loose skin caused by pregnancy and drastic weight loss. It is a procedure that has helped many Americans acquire a more youthful appearance and cut a more appealing and attractive figure. Do note that just like other types of surgeries, a tummy tuck surgery also comes with associated risks. Any person planning to undergo a tummy tuck should be well informed about all possible complications that may result from this procedure. A Tummy tuck surgery poses several risks and complications, to wit: • Scarring • Reaction to anesthesia • Prolonged healing • Hematoma • Nerve damage • Numbness After a tummy tuck procedure, your plastic surgeon will provide detailed instructions to help you recover successfully and with minimal discomfort. You will be given pain medications to help relieve the normal pains. To get the most out of a tummy tuck procedure, it is always advisable to strictly follow post-operative care instructions provided by your plastic surgeon. Conclusion Nowadays, there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to fat removal procedures. Liposuction is still the most popular and most commonly performed intervention for fat removal. The tummy tuck procedure is also frequently requested as it can effectively and dramatically address issues of abdominal fat and sagging, loose skin in the abdomen.