San Francisco, California-For many decades researchers and scientists have been trying to find a way to remove fat pockets. The muffin top, love handles and the abdomen have long been a source of frustration for women and men. Many crazy devices and techniques have been tried, but nothing was effective other than diet and exercise until 1980 when liposuction was first introduced. Liposuction is the gold standard for an effective and safe way of removing localized fat, but many patients want to avoid an invasive surgery or can’t take time out of their schedule for recovery.
Our deposits of body fat are genetically predetermined, that is why we have shapes like our parents and grandparents. Unfortunately, we cannot selectively choose where we want to burn fat. Up until liposuction came on the scene, there wasn’t a way to remove fat cells from unwanted areas. Now however, there are non-invasive procedures that can target areas of fat that previously was unheard of. It can be very confusing for the patient to figure out which procedure is the best. There are several now available; CoolSculpting, TruSculpt and Liposonix to name the most popular of today. While they all are non-invasive, they are very different in how they remove fat cells.
You will find each surgeon has his or her own preference as to which treatment is the best. After a lot of research and demonstration, I chose CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting has a very high patient satisfaction rate. CoolSculpting freezes the fat cells, known as cryolipolysis, where it targets only fat cells and does not harm the skin or other tissue. The fat cells die and are gradually eliminated by the body, helping you lose inches. Improvements usually are noticeable within 2 to 3 weeks after treatment, and continue over the next 2 to 4 months. Most patients experience about a 20 to 25% reduction of the treated fat. The treatment lasts about an hour. Patients love the fact that there is no surgery involved and that they are able to return to normal activities immediately after treatment.
The TruSculpt procedure uses radiofrequency energy beneath the skin, resulting with the heating up of the deep layers of tissue. Additional treatments are recommended to enhance the effects of TruSculpt. With radiofrequency, heat is generated and some professionals wonder if the liquefied fat is only temporary. As it leaks out of the fat cells and absorbed by the body, what happens to the fat cells? Do they die as they are proven to do with CoolSculpting when the fat cells freeze?
Liposonix removes fat cells by high-intensity ultrasound energy, there are many reviews on Real Self.com from patients that have had the procedure, and many comment how it is very painful.
RealSelf.com is a good source for reviews from patients who have had the different procedures. Ultimately you should find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon that you trust and go with his or her recommendations.
Dr. Miguel Delgado has been treating patients in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose and Sacramento since 1988. Call for a consultation today at (415) 898-4161 and find out what body sculpting options are recommended for you!