Beyond the Tummy Tuck -Procedures to Get Rid of Belly Fat

While a tummy tuck is considered to be the ‘ultimate’ solution for excess fat on the abdominal area, it’s also one of the riskiest and most painful fat removal procedures.

The tummy tuck, also known as an ‘abdominoplasty’, is an operation that removes the fat around the abdomen and lower back after a deep surgical incision across the abdominal area. The muscles are tightened and excess fat and skin are removed during the procedure to create a flat and smooth appearance.   

If you’re not ready to go under the knife for a complete surgical operation, there are some other options available that can get rid of belly fat for good. Here are a few alternatives to the conventional tummy tuck:  

How Does the Mini-Tummy Tuck Get Rid of Belly Fat?

Getting rid of excess belly fat with diet and exercise alone may be impossible for some people, but a mini tummy tuck can help remove extra fatty tissue and skin with minimal incisions. The mini tummy tuck is considered to be a less severe version of an abdominoplasty procedure, and can help to reshape the abdominal area and smooth out the tissues for a more attractive appearance. The fatty tissue is reallocated and not necessarily completely removed from this procedure, and can help create a streamlined silhouette for those who only have a few extra pounds of fat accumulation around the abdomen.  

How do you Get Rid of Belly Fat with Power Assisted Liposuction?

Power assisted liposuction has become a popular way to remove stubborn fatty deposits from almost any area of the body, but can be particularly helpful for the abdominal area, oblique muscles and lower back. According to Dr. David A. Stocker, MD of Southern California Liposuction, power-assisted liposuction is a ‘breakthrough in body sculpting’ and works by suctioning fat and removing it efficiently from the treatment area. This procedure has the benefit of being more precise than conventional liposuction treatments, so the doctor can target a few critical areas to remove smaller pieces of fat if needed.  

How Does Body Thermage Get Rid of Belly Fat?

Thermage has quickly become a popular skin tightening treatment, helping to tighten and tone loose skin and restore it to a more youthful state. The Thermage device uses radiofrequency energy to increase collagen production and smooth out cellulite and dimples – all without surgery. It can also be used on the abdominal area to smooth and tighten fat deposits around the abdominals and trim down the waistline. This is a valuable treatment for men and women who only need to tighten up and tone the belly, not necessarily suction away pounds of fat.  

How do you Get Rid of Belly Fat with Tumescent Liposuction?

If you only have a few pounds of extra fat accumulation around the waist, you may be a good candidate for tumescent liposuction. Tumescent liposuction can help to contour the body by removing fatty deposits and tightening the surrounding skin. The process involves pre-treating the fatty tissue with a special tumescent fluid which causes the fat to swell; the doctor can then remove the fat easily with a suction device and sculpt the tissues to create a more attractive appearance.  

From power assisted liposuction to Thermage, there are several ways to skip abdominoplasty surgery, and still enjoy the benefits of body fat removal from the abdominal area. Your doctor can determine which procedure will be the best option for your particular situation and health history, so you can proceed with a safe and effective body contouring package.  

Learn more about tummy tuck and abdominoplasty procedures in our information guide, or consult with a plastic surgeon in your area to find out what type of belly fat removal procedure is the best fit for your specific needs.