There are multiple liposuction alternatives available to those looking for fat reduction. However, results of these alternative procedures vary. The most effective way to remove significant amounts of unwanted fat and contour the body is liposuction, but other techniques may be used to enhance the results of liposuction.
Liposuction alternatives include:
Coolsculpting by Zeltiq is a FDA-approved nonsurgical procedure that removes unwanted fat permanently. Zeltiq works by cooling down fat deposits until they break down. The fat cells are then absorbed by the body. This process is called Cryolipolysis. Specific fat cells are targeted and the surrounding cells are left intact.
Chemicals are injected that break down fat and allow it to pass in the urine. Other than the obvious disadvantage of chemicals, Lipodissolve requires more than one treatment to remove fat from specific areas.
Mesotherapy is another technique that dissolves fat within the body with the use of injected amino acids and medications. Mesotherapy is popular in Europe and South America. Mesotherapy is nearly painless because of the small needles but often multiple treatments are needed to see real results.
Thermage is one of several liposuction alternatives that really works best in combination with liposuction. Thermage is a skin-tightening technique that works well on the neck, arms, inner thighs – places that need additional skin tightening after liposuction. Thermage is not for everyone but can be a helpful addition to liposuction.
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin from the abdomen to make the skin appear tighter and more toned. Tummy tucks are most effective on loose skin resulting from rapid weight loss or pregnancy. A large scar is unavoidable with a tummy tuck whereas the tiny incisions resulting from liposuction may not scar or may leave very small scars.