May
2012

Your Best Alternatives to Liposuction

Liposuction can be a fairly extensive procedure, especially if you decide to undergo surgery using conventional methods where the entire fat cells are removed with a cannula. Many plastic surgeons around the country are now offering more advanced treatments such as VASER liposelection and SmartLipo that use laser light or ultrasound energy to break down the fat cells before removal. This results in less trauma to the tissues, and a more comfortable experience overall.  

Still, there are more options than getting liposuction and achieving your desired silhouette. If you’re not ready to slim down with surgical solutions, here are some of the best alternatives to liposuction:
 

Thermage

Thermage is primarily a skin tightening treatment that helps tighten and tone up loose skin, and also triggers collagen production deep under the skin’s surface. The procedure can be used to sculpt and tone the areas where there is an extra amount of body fat, and the heated laser does help to shrink the fat cells and tissues to some extent. Although the fat does not just ‘melt’ away, the skin and the treated area look much more shapely and toned. Thermage is a pain-free option for those who want to freshen up their look; it can also be used on the face and neck area.
 

Lipodissolve

Lipodissolve uses medication and enzymes to break down the fat cells which can then be removed from the body through the elimination system. It’s become especially popular in the United States in recent years, and boasts fast recovery times and consistent results. However, there have been some rare cases of adverse side effects from the solution used in the injections, leaving the treated area swollen, deformed and/or inflamed. Lipodissolve should not be administered to delicate areas such as the face or neck.
 

Velashape

Velashape is an innovative body contouring treatment that doesn’t get rid of body fat, but works by shrinking the fat cells. This helps create a tighter, more toned appearance, and some people lose several inches with a series of treatments. Velashape can be used to tighten up the love handle area, smooth out the thighs and buttocks, and reduce inches around the arms. Velashape cannot be used on the face or neck area, and may not provide results until the patient undergoes a series of treatments and modifies their diet and lifestyle.
 

Mesotherapy

Mesotherapy is commonly used to treat patients with cellulite, and has been used in Europe and South America for several decades. This treatment also involves injecting the fatty tissue with a solution, and is a relatively painless procedure. The difference between mesotherapy and Lipodissolve is that mesotherapy injections contain holistic compounds, herbs and medications. These help to break down the fat and the body eliminates them naturally.
 
Learn more about liposuction alternatives by contacting a cosmetic surgeon in your area. Your doctor can explain all of the benefits and drawbacks of Thermage, Lipodissolve and other alternatives to surgery so you can make the most informed decision.

 

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