Many men and women struggle with extra fat around their midsection. From weight gain and pregnancies to stress and genetics, losing weight and toning up your abdominals can be difficult, if not seemingly impossible. It’s easy to ignore the extra weight during the winter when our bodies are well concealed under thick, bulky clothing, but the summer months tend to reveal our body’s imperfections. If you’re within your ideal weight yet struggle to slim and tone your midsection, you might consider body sculpting procedures from a top-rated plastic surgeon in NYC. Today on the blog, Dr. Aviva Preminger shares popular body sculpting procedures so that you can decide which one is right for you.
Body sculpting procedures are available in both surgical and non-surgical treatments. Liposuction and tummy tucks are two of the most popular surgical procedures that tighten and tone the abdominals while also removing excess fat. However, non-surgical treatments like BodyTite, and CoolSculpting can provide similar benefits but without downtime.
Removing fat with liposuction in Manhattan is one of the quickest ways to experience a slim waistline. Under general anesthesia, your surgeon uses a slender device called a cannula to suction excess fat and create an attractive contour of your midsection. Liposuction also can be used to remove love handles, saddlebags, back fat, and fat around the thighs. With liposuction, you should expect to recover at home for at least a week and resume light exercise within two weeks. If you’d prefer a less invasive treatment, ask Dr. Preminger about laser lipo or smart lipo, which provides similar results as traditional lipo, but uses a laser to liquefy the fat before it is removed. Laser lipo also encourages the skin to tighten, and the heat from the laser stimulates the body’s own natural healing. After laser lipo, you could return to work within a few days. Candidates for liposuction should be within 10% of their goal weight.
Sometimes, getting lipo to reduce fat around your stomach isn’t enough to achieve the smooth contours that you desire. In many cases, liposuction is combined with a tummy tuck to achieve the best results. A tummy tuck removes excess skin and tightens the abdominal muscles to a sleek midsection. Performed under general anesthesia, incisions are usually made below the bikini line to be easily concealed. Recovery for a tummy tuck is usually about two weeks. An ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is one that does not have a history of blood clots or circulatory problems, and for women, you should plan on not having any more children.
Non-Surgical Body Sculpting
BodyTite is a revolutionary fat-reducing treatment that uses radiofrequency assisted lipolysis to remove fat and tighten skin. It provides similar results as surgery, but without the scars and downtime. The procedure requires only local anesthesia, so you remain awake the whole time. In addition, it uses a cannula that produces heat that melts fat as it is removed. You may notice tighter skin right away, although it could take as long as 12 months to see the full results. Typically, recovery after BodyTite may only take one to two days, although some patients may need more time to recover.
CoolSculpting is another non-surgical treatment for body sculpting. This in-office procedure does not require any anesthesia and has no downtime. CoolSculpting uses a device that is placed over the treatment area. The device freezes fat cells, which are later eliminated by the body. It can take several months to see results but does not require any surgery or downtime. Patients can even return to work the same day as their treatment. CoolSculpting is popular because it is non-surgical, and results occur slower compared to surgical procedures.
Will my results be permanent?
Body sculpting procedures produce astounding results that can be permanent as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle. This means that you should eat nutritious foods and exercise regularly. However, gaining weight could result in excess fat accumulating around your midsection.
Body Sculpting in NYC and Manhattan
If you’d like to learn more about body sculpting procedures or see which one is the right fit for you, contact Preminger Plastic Surgery by calling (212) 706-1900 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Preminger will assess your beauty goals and your commitment to recovery and recommend the best body sculpting procedures for you.