There are many treatment options to help remove stubborn and unwanted body fat and excess weight. Non-invasive treatments that use thermal radio-frequency energy can successfully remove small to moderate amounts of body fat. However, a more-invasive procedure might be required for more significant amounts.
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure used for many years to safely and permanently remove significant amounts of suborn body fat, especially around the abdominal area.
Performed under general anesthesia, your surgeon uses a small catheter inserted below the skin to destroy the fat cells and make them easier to remove. The suction in the catheter then permanently removes the fat. This differs slightly from other non-invasive treatments that leave the dead fat cells inside for your body to “clean up” using your natural metabolic processes.
While liposuction can remove a significant amount of body fat, there is a limit to how much can be safely removed in a single surgery. However, this can still be significant and potentially create unwanted aesthetic effects.
Since liposuction only removes fat from below the skin, excess and flabby skin can remain if a significant amount of fat is removed at once. In these cases, a tummy tuck procedure can be performed in conjunction with liposuction to help fully achieve your desired look.
The tummy tuck procedure is considered more invasive and generally takes about 2 to 4 hours to perform. Although there will be a small incision line, this can usually be hidden below your bikini line.
A tummy tuck procedure is also a great option if significant weight loss has occurred naturally or after childbirth. This helps to remove excess skin and create a more toned appearance.
If you are considering liposuction but are concerned with the amount of fat to be removed, call the team at West End Plastic Surgery in Washington, D.C., at 202-785-4187 or visit www.westendplasticsurgery.com. After a comprehensive consultation, you will have a customized treatment plan to help you achieve all your aesthetic goals.