The stomach is one of the easiest places to accumulate fat and unfortunately, getting rid of it isn't as straightforward as it seems. Many people think that having belly fat is due to consuming too many sweets and fast food so if they avoid them they can easily improve the area. However, it is not always the case. Like it or not, you do not have full control over it. Yes, we cannot deny that food is a big factor, but it is not always the main reason for your protruded belly.
Pregnancy is often associated with increased fat deposits due to inherent weight gain. It is also possible for women to accumulate fat in their abdomen due to hormonal fluctuations. In many men and women, body fat is also related to genetic factors and cannot be controlled by the patients.
Diet and exercise will hardly help in these cases. As subcutaneous adipose tissue is located directly under the skin and above the abdominal muscle, it is extremely resistant to exercise and restrictive diets. Surgical fat removal is one of the most effective methods if a healthy lifestyle does not help. However, there are many other options for getting rid of the annoying belly fat.
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When it comes to removing fat, there is no doubt that liposuction is one of the most effective and most popular treatments. This plastic surgery can help you get rid of stubborn fat on your abs and achieve your ideal body shape. You can use liposuction to remove fat from the upper or lower abdomen as well as from the flanks (love handles). The process of sucking fat cells is done with the help of a tube (cannula) attached to a vacuum. You can undergo various types of liposuction procedures, such as:
In spite of the fact that all types of liposuction yield good results, tumescent liposuction is still considered the gold standard.
When is liposuction the best option? In case you are close to your healthy weight but have some stubborn pockets of fat around your belly (or any other areas of the body), then this body contouring treatment may be ideal for you. So let's say you have a fit body, smooth thighs, and tight arms, you eat well and exercise regularly. Despite this, your belly still looks pronounced. Here's where liposuction can be of help. If you need skin tightening and eliminating fat then you may want to opt for the Bodytite procedure. Keep in mind that you need to have enough skin elasticity to get the best results from lipo.
What are the benefits of liposuction?
What are the disadvantages of lipo?
Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is an operation intended to improve the contour of the anterior abdominal wall. The procedure is suitable for both men and women. It involves removing excess skin and subcutaneous adipose tissue from the belly in conjunction with tightening the abdominal muscles. According to the patient's needs, the procedure could be done in several ways:
It is also possible to undergo abdominoplasty and liposuction at the same time. By doing so, you can get the benefits of both operations at once.
When to choose tummy tuck? This procedure will be best for you if you have too much excess skin in the stomach area and severe weakening or separation of the muscles. These concerns often occur after pregnancy and childbirth. Additionally, if you have lost too much weight so that you have a significant amount of extra skin on your belly, a tummy tuck may be beneficial for you.
What are the advantages of Abdominoplasty?
What are the disadvantages of the procedure?
Non-invasive fat reduction treatments could be the ideal choice if you want to reduce your belly fat without going under the knife. Even if they have been proven to be effective, it is important to understand that with non-invasive fat removal methods the results might vary and you may need multiple treatments.
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. The medical name of the procedure is Cryolipolysis. What does this body contouring treatment do is destroy fat cells by freezing the trouble spots. It consists of placing a roll of fat into two panels that are used to freeze and kill the fat. Frozen fat cells are excreted naturally from the body.
When to get Coolsculpting? You will obviously benefit from this body contouring method if you do not want to undergo surgery. Like traditional liposuction, Cryolipolysis will work well if you are close to your ideal weight. In general, the treatment is better at treating bulges than on overall thickening areas.
What are the pros of getting CoolSculpting?
What are the cons of CoolSculpting?
If you're interested in learning more, I suggest you read our article comparing Coolsculpting and Clatuu fat freezing.
This is another non-invasive technique that can successfully eliminate belly fat. Unlike CooSculpting where a cold temperature is used, Sculpsure eliminates fat cells with the help of laser heat. The procedure uses a device that is wrapped around your belly. The device delivers a high temperature that melts fat cells without causing damage to the skin. Sculpsure is approved by FDA only for use on the stomach.
Is Sculpsure suitable for you? If you would like to eliminate fat from the upper abdomen, lower abdomen or flanks without getting surgery then Sculpsure might be a good choice. Patients who need skin tightening may also benefit from this procedure. It is suitable for almost everyone who is in good overall health and wants to achieve a better body shape.
What are the pros of Sculpsure?
What are the cons of the treatment?
The cost of surgical fat removal treatments tends to be higher, but on the other hand, they are one-time procedures, so you will only have to pay for them once. An abdominoplasty in Singapore might cost anywhere between $10000 and $30000. The price of liposuction procedures is similar. It is typically $2000-$3000 for each body part but given the fact that most surgeons perform liposuction on a minimum of 5 areas, the total cost of the operation may go up to $25000.
A single applicator of Coolsculpting costs between $500 and $1,000. It is important to keep in mind that one area requires 10 applicators. Treatment with Sculpture may cost you around $1000-$2000 per session in Singapore.
The first thing you need to consider is whether you want to get surgical or non-surgical fat reduction treatment. Generally speaking, liposuction procedures are considered to be more effective, but nonsurgical fat reduction can be a good alternative if you simply need a little extra help - or if surgery cannot be performed. You may also want to opt for less invasive liposuction techniques such as Vaser lipo, Bodytite or Smartlipo. For instance, Bodytite is a good way to promote skin tightening in addition to eliminating fat from the treatment areas.
When your concerns are related to excessive and sagging skin after pregnancy or if you suffer from diastasis recti, abdominoplasty might be your best option.
If you are obese and your goal is weight loss then non of those treatments will help you. It is not recommended to use any of them as a weight-loss method. In such a case, you would need to lose some pounds first, and once you reach your target weight, you can choose one of the fat removal procedures above.
It is also very important to understand that after having a fat removal procedure, the fat will not come back as long as you maintain your weight. Therefore, eating a balanced diet and being active will have a significant impact on your results.
Please note: the best way to find the right treatment for you is to consult a specialist. All body contouring procedures must be carried out only by a board-certified plastic surgeon.
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