Most commonly, extra fat pockets develop along the mid-section, including the belly and flanks. If you can’t achieve the desired results through the traditional methods, you can always try cosmetic enhancements to get a look you love.
Body contouring procedures at Pryor Health in Rockford can help patients who are at or near their goal weight trim away excess fat cells to achieve a slimmer waist and torso. This is not a weight-loss treatment, but rather another step towards achieving the final result.
When it comes to belly fat, most people automatically think of liposuction. This is an age-old technique that has been clinically proven to help deliver lasting results and successfully reduce unwanted fat from the target area.
While liposuction is certainly an option for patients seeking more in-depth results, it is not the only option for people who want to target belly fat and love handles. Other, non-surgical solutions are also available, including:
Using cryolipolysis technology, the CoolSculpting procedure offers non-surgical fat reduction by freezing away the cells that cause belly fat and love handles. The technique uses an applicator device connected to a hose that allows cold air to flow into the applicator.
The applicator is placed on the target area, such as the flanks, lower back, and abdomen, and activated to freeze unwanted fat cells. A gel pad is used to protect healthy tissue during the procedure. This approach is especially popular because it requires no downtime and can be administered in as little as one 30-minute treatment.
Sometimes, the problem patients face is having too much fat in one area, while not having enough in another. For example, patients who have a naturally flat butt but struggle with excess fat or love handles may find that this causes a disproportionate and unflattering figure. A fat transfer procedure can help to address, target, and correct both of these issues with one treatment.
Rather than use chemicals or technology to kill or damage unwanted fat cells, a transfer allows them to be harvested and reinserted into an area of the body that could benefit from increased volume. This is considered a cosmetic surgery procedure but is minimally-invasive and uses liposuction techniques to harvest the donor fat.
As mentioned, this is the tried and true approach for most fat reduction treatments. Liposuction is incredibly versatile and is often incorporated into many lifting and anti-aging treatments to help remove extra fat cells that may cause lumps or rolls.
The traditional method uses a cannula to suction away the fat and then discard it or reinject it into another area of the body. More innovative options may also be used to help deliver more precise treatments with less risk of damage to the surrounding tissue.
Smartlipo, also known as laser-assisted liposuction, is a form of liposuction that combines the use of a high-energy laser, which liquefies the fat before it’s suctioned out. This increases the success rate of the procedure, as it makes it easier to remove the fat cells and can lead to a faster recovery for most patients.
Smartlipo can be done in the office under local anesthesia and most patients feel comfortable enough to return to work the next day. This procedure cannot be combined with transfer methods, however, as it kills the fat cells and makes them unviable. The heat of the laser also helps promote skin tightening, offering another benefit of SmartLipo over traditional methods.
When performed at a facility operating under the guidance of a plastic surgeon, cosmetic enhancements can help deliver incredible results. For those seeking waist-trimming treatments or muscle toning results, our facility in Rockford offers versatile options to help achieve the desired finish.
The best way to determine whether a procedure will work for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pryor. He will discuss all our treatments and help you customize a plan that targets your unique needs.
The good news about losing visceral fat is that with a healthy diet and regular exercise, it can often disappear in your midsection first. It’s recommended you try this approach before turning to cosmetic treatments.
You are invited to book a treatment at Pryor Health where we offer a full range of Surgical, Medspa and Wellness services to take years off of your appearance. We are known for our results and care of our patients.