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As millions of Americans pursue an ideal figure with a tummy tuck and other fat removal procedures, many prefer to steer clear of painful surgery especially since some cellulite removal treatments pose several health risks.

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.

If you’re not ready to sport that swimsuit because of unsightly cellulite, extra hair or sagging skin, there are several ways to treat the problem before temperatures start to climb.

Thousands of women pursue breast augmentation procedures each year to improve their body image, enhance their figure and achieve their ideal chest size. The initial consultation with a plastic surgeon provides a realistic perspective on what to expect from breast implants and breast augmentation, and choosing the right size is a part of this process.

Deemed as a highly effective alternative to a tummy tuck on hit television shows such as Nip Tuck and Extreme Makeover, Body by Thermage is quickly becoming a popular choice for people who don’t want to pursue surgery to achieve that flat stomach or six-pack abs. The non-surgical procedure makes use of radio frequency technology that stimulates the production of collagen – the natural fibers that hold skin, fat and muscle tissues together – so that the treated area becomes firmer, tighter and stronger.

While many people turn to plastic and cosmetic surgery to enhance their natural features, others go to extreme measures to undergo a complete transformation. Reality TV shows such as Nip Tuck and Extreme Makeover have only fueled the increasing demand for plastic and cosmetic surgery in recent years, and more people are turning to the pursuit of the ideal in order to ‘fix’ their appearance. From breast augmentation to rhinoplasty, celebrities aren’t the only ones running to the doctor’s office in order to change the way they look and feel better about themselves. Unfortunately, this obsession with tampering with nature can turn into a full-fledged addiction.

Breast implants continue to be one of the most sought-after procedures for women between the ages of 18 to 35, but both saline and silicone implants present a number of risks and drawbacks. Some implants do not produce natural-looking results, and some surgeons need to do extensive liposuction and tissue manipulation in order to achieve the perfect appearance.

If you’ve been thinking about getting a tummy tuck and are of child-bearing age, your plastic surgeon might recommend that you postpone your surgery until after your final pregnancy. Many women who have recently had children want to get a tummy tuck to get back their flat stomach and tight abs. Pregnancy usually stretches out the skin and can also break down the abdominal wall – a situation that doesn’t repair itself on its own. Only a surgeon can go in and tighten loose muscles and get rid of excess skin. Tummy tucks can be very effective for this very process, but should be deferred until the last pregnancy or you might have to get another procedure.

If you can’t seem to lose that belly bulge with diet and exercise, or you have a small “pooch” after having children, you may have thought about getting a tummy tuck. The tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is plastic surgery procedure that involves removing body fat and realigning the tissues around the abdomen to create a flat, streamlined appearance. However, there may be another option for men and women who want to achieve that coveted silhouette without surgery. Reaction by Viora is a radio-frequency, cellulite reduction and skin tightening device that can tighten and sculpt the tissue in the abdominal area. This innovative treatment may be an alternative to tummy tuck surgery in some people.

Dr. Ramtin Kassir, a top plastic surgeon will be featured as a guest on The Doctors TV show this week for the segment, “Get Red Carpet Ready from the Inside Out”, featuring a woman who has had so much plastic surgery, that she now feels unrecognizable.