Many people struggle with fat. A common area fat tends to gather in our bodies is around our abdomen. It can be very difficult to lose that last bit of fat that hides the definition of the underlying muscles that you have been working hard to sculpt. Liposuction can help reduce subcutaneous fat and help you achieve your ideal outcome!
It is important to note that liposuction is not a weight loss surgery nor is it a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. Liposuction is meant to reduce fat underneath the skin. This type of fat is called subcutaneous fat. The body stores subcutaneous fat beneath the skin so that it may be used in an emergency.
The creation of subcutaneous fat is one of your body’s survival tactics. The amount of subcutaneous fat each person has differs based on a combination of lifestyle and genetics.
Subcutaneous fat can be incredibly difficult to reduce because your body stores it in large quantities. Even some professional weightlifters and athletes have their subcutaneous fat layers reduced because they are unable to reduce it with their activity!
Lipo surgery can help improve the definition of your muscles and improve the contours of your abdomen. Liposuction cannot help improve the look of a gut that sticks out, however. This is often referred to as a “beer gut.” A beer gut is caused by visceral fat. This form of fat is characterized by its very hard consistency, similar to a rock. This fat cannot be removed surgically, such as with liposuction, because the fat is hard and located deep in your abdomen.
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What Are the Different Types of Fat?
An excess of visceral fat will put you at high risk for heart disease, type two diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and many other health issues.
Visceral fat is often found along the neck, upper back, and internal organs. This fat is healthy in small amounts but too much may cause severe health conditions. Unhealthy eating and little activity may cause visceral fat to build up in the abdomen. This fat will develop around the internal organs and cause the gut to protrude. Visceral fat can raise the likelihood of health complications in the future.
The positive side to visceral fat is that is one of the easiest types of fat to reduce; because subcutaneous fat is stored as a survival instinct, visceral fat is the first fat to be used for energy by your body. A simple exercise that increases your cardio like walking or running will begin working away at visceral fat stores.
It is more common for men to develop this fat than women, but it is hard to tell if you have visceral fat. Unlike subcutaneous fat, visceral fat cannot be seen because it is so deep within the body and around your internal organs. An MRI or CT scan can tell you how much visceral fat you have but before you spend a lot of money on these procedures, try measuring your waist.
The size of your waist is a good indicator as to whether or not you have an excess of visceral fat.
If a woman has a waist circumference higher than thirty-five inches, it is a good idea to incorporate exercise and healthy eating into the diet. A man will want to improve his lifestyle if his waist measurement is higher than forty inches.
Liposuction cannot reduce visceral fat, it would be impossible based on where the fat is located and due to how hard the fat is. However, liposuction can be performed to improve the contours of your abdomen and reduce the stubborn subcutaneous fat layer. This technique helps to improve natural contours in a fast and effective way.
CoolSculpting Non-Surgical Fat Reduction
Another procedure that people choose to reduce their fat is CoolSculpting. This treatment is non-invasive and uses the technique of freezing fat cells to improve body proportions. CoolSculpting promotes itself as a convenient procedure that does not require downtime. Because it is non-invasive, it does not deliver the same guarantee or tailored results as liposuction.
Cryolipolysis is the science of fat freezing. This treatment was developed to help patients reduce fat with severely cold temperatures. However, multiple treatments are needed to obtain ideal results. This can take up to a year and outcomes are uncertain. With liposuction, you develop your treatment plan with a certified liposuction specialist and are able to achieve an incredible result after only one procedure.
Following a minimally-invasive liposuction treatment, you will immediately notice the improvements in your stomach’s size and shape. The recovery period is still short in comparison to other more invasive treatments and patients usually return to work after a few days. Don’t let the promise of “convenience” get in the way of the results you deserve.
What Is the Best Type of Liposuction?
There have been many innovations in lipo since the 1960s when liposuction was first introduced. Liposuction has evolved a great deal and been perfected. Today, there are many procedures to choose from that will help you obtain your best results. A common technique used in many lipo surgeries is tumescent liposuction.
Tumescent lipo implements a combination of saline solution, epinephrine, and anesthetic. These three components work to swell and firm the area of treatment. Each element has a different benefit. The anesthetic removes the need for general anesthesia, allowing the patient to stay awake, which results in a safer procedure. The epinephrine constricts blood vessels, helping to reduce blood loss. Lastly, the saline solution helps to dilute the other two ingredients and swell the surgical area.
The results? A shorter recovery period, less bruising and improved fat removal surgery.
Tumescent liposuction can be paired with other liposuction treatments, such as Vaser lipo.
Vaser liposuction is a revolutionary procedure that allows surgeons to improve the definition of the abdomen, helping you obtain the six pack you’ve always wanted.
Vaser is an ultrasound-assisted liposuction technique that will gently dislodge fat cells from surrounding skin, muscle, and nerve tissue. Vaser liposuction reaches down into the subcutaneous fat and can improve the lower subdermal fat. Vaser lipo is a common procedure that helps patients achieve a slim abdomen. The procedure is considered minimally-invasive and on its own has a short recovery, but when performed with tumescent fluid will have you recovered shortly!
A Vaser liposuction procedure is performed with small incisions and a small ultrasound probe. The probe may have multiple rings that emit the sound waves. The rings vary from one to five and will be used based on the amount of fat needing to be removed. Vaser lipo will quickly emulsify fat cells. Liquid fat is much easier to remove and helps speed up the procedure as well as produce a less invasive treatment.
Another popular treatment that will help etch your abs is laser liposuction. Laser techniques help with quick fat reduction, which also shortens your recovery period. A very small laser fiber emits laser heat. This technique allows the surgeon to target fat deposits and remove stores with precision. The fat is emulsified and removed with a small suction device.
An abdominal liposuction procedure should leave your abdomen slimmer, allowing for your muscles to appear more prominent. Both of the above procedures will leave your skin tightened, smooth and improve the appearance of your abdomen.
Body contouring is simple with liposuction. Your liposuction fat surgery is customized to your body and will improve the shape of your profile.
FAQs – Sacramento Liposuction
Does liposuction make you lose weight?
Liposuction is not intended to help you lose weight. This procedure is meant to sculpt your body and reduce subcutaneous fat. You may lose weight through this surgery but weight loss is not meant to be the objective of the procedure.
How dangerous is liposuction?
Liposuction is not dangerous when performed by a certified surgeon who has experience performing liposuction. This procedure comes with the same risks as other surgeries. However, with a certified surgeon who has a good understanding of your health, this procedure should prove safe.
Prior to your liposuction surgery, you will set up a consultation with Dr. Friedlander and the surgical team who will be performing your surgery. They will inform you of the risks associated with lipo. They will not recommend liposuction for you if they think you will not recover well or receive the results you desire. The surgeon will also inform you of how to prepare for the surgery and recovery period.
Following the surgeon’s instructions should help you have a positive, healthy experience.
To learn more about liposuction, perform some research of your own to learn if you are comfortable with liposuction. Research and attending a consultation will help you gain realistic expectations for the steps involved in the surgery and the possible outcomes.
How much does liposuction cost for your stomach?
Liposuction costs vary between patients based on how much improvement is needed. Some patients need very little fat to remove, whereas some patients want to reduce larger amounts. Many mothers look into liposuction after having their last child. Eager to regain their body before the baby, they look to lipo to return their feminine contours.
Can you get fat after liposuction?
Like with many treatments, the results can be undone if you do not maintain a healthy lifestyle. Liposuction will remove fat cells so the removed cells cannot grow back in that area. However, the remaining cells can grow bigger. You may not gain as much weight in the area but it is best to stay active and eat healthy to keep your results for years to come!