After the holidays we may all be left with a bit more fat than we would like. Some of this fat is new and will disappear with the end of holiday treats and New Year’s exercise routines. Unfortunately, even after diet and exercise, some people are left with stubborn fat areas around the body. When natural remedies haven’t worked, it’s time to turn to a fat removal treatment. Learn about the best fat removal procedures from The Lett Center in Tennessee.
The 4 Best Fat Removal Procedures
Body Lift – Belt Lipectomy
A body lift is a fat removal procedure that also deals with excess skin. This procedure will reshape and contour the body. Sagging or stretched skin is removed at the same time. This loose skin commonly occurs around the waist or “belt line.” Other names for this surgical fat removal procedure are abdominal lipectomy, tummy tuck, and panniculectomy. Dr. Lett offers these and other treatments for fat reduction in Lebanon, TN, and Mt. Juliet, TN.
Why Have Skin Removed with a Fat Removal Treatment?
As a person gains weight, the skin must stretch to accommodate the fat cells. Depending on the amount of weight gain, the skin can stretch too far to shrink back into place. With small to moderate weight gain, the skin will usually retract on its own. Those who have gained and lost considerable amounts of weight will most likely need medical treatment to remedy loose skin.
Loose skin after weight loss isn’t desirable for a couple of reasons. First, extra folds of skin are not aesthetically pleasing to most. Removing loose skin will provide a better body shape and contour. And second, having excess skin in large amounts is uncomfortable and cumbersome. By removing the skin with a belt lipectomy, a person will have more mobility as it isn’t in the way.
Consider a Belt Lipectomy Surgery if you Experience:
- Pain and discomfort from loose skin
- Swelling, rashes, and infection in skin folds
- Hygiene difficulties
- Issues with normal activity like walking, exercise, or sexual activity
- Low self-esteem and body image due to extra skin and fat
BodyTite Fat Reduction Treatment in Mt Juliet and Lebanon, TN
BodyTite is a fat reduction procedure that combines radiofrequency technology with liposuction. Specifically, the BodyTite procedure uses the BodyTite device produced by InMode to apply radiofrequency (RF) energy to make fat cells dissolve under the skin. This dissolved fat is easier to remove using liposuction, making for an effective body contouring treatment in our Mt. Juliet office.
Another perk of BodyTite is skin tightening. The radiofrequency waves generate collagen and cause the skin to contract. By removing fat and firming skin, patients can achieve a better body contour quickly. This procedure is FDA-approved for its skin firming capabilities.
To top it off, BodyTite is a minimally invasive procedure. Instead of large cuts into the body, small incisions are all that is needed. Specifically, a surgeon can slide the device under the skin through small incisions to delicately remove fat where it is needed.
The Best Areas for BodyTite Treatments Are:
- Love handles
- Stomach fat
- Underside of arms
- Fat over the knee
- Thigh fat
- Bra line fat
- Male breast area
BodyTite is an excellent option for those wishing to remove pockets of stubborn fat. However, sometimes diet and exercise alone won’t remove all areas you want to contour.
CoolSculpting Fat Removal
The most non-invasive fat removal treatment for body contouring is CoolSculpting. This procedure does not use surgery or incisions. Instead, freezing temperatures destroy fat cells in the targeted area. This process is known as cryolipolysis.
The CoolSculpting fat freezing technique kills fat cells, allowing your body to remove them naturally. The body then generally eliminates these dead cells over the next 1 to 3 months.
Where Does Coolsculpting Work Best:
- Under the chin – “double chin”
- Under the jawline
- bra line
- under the buttock
- upper arms
Coolsculpting fat reduction treatment works best on individuals who practice a healthy diet and exercise plan and are almost at their goal weight. As it is non-invasive, the fat reduction amounts won’t cure obesity. In addition, multiple treatments are often necessary to achieve the desired level of body contouring.
The Difference Between Liposuction and Lipoplasty Fat Removal
Liposuction is the most widely known fat removal procedure. This fat reduction procedure removes fat using a suction technique under the skin. Specifically, this treatment can remove larger amounts of fat or only for contouring the body. When diet and exercise fail to remove the desired amount of fat from various body areas, liposuction is a great choice.
Fat reduction from liposuction is permanent as long as no further weight gain occurs. After surgery, the skin will mold itself to the new body contours. Skin with good skin tone and elasticity will tighten and appear smooth. If the skin doesn’t have good elasticity, it can have an irregular appearance and look loose.
Lipoplasty is slightly different than liposuction. Fat is still manually removed from under the skin but with the addition of high-frequency sound waves to liquefy the fat. This procedure is called ultrasonic-assisted lipoplasty (UAL) and is an enhancement to traditional liposuction.
Larger amounts of fat are removed more efficiently, even from dense areas like the back. The soundwaves only target fatty cells, so blood vessels and connective tissues are left intact.
Common Treatment Areas for Liposuction and Lipoplasty Are:
- Back of arms
- Fat above the knee
- Calves and ankles
Fat Removal with Lasting Results
With any weight loss surgery or procedure, you will need to maintain a healthy weight afterward. Above all, learning to eat and exercise in ways that support weight stability is essential for fat reduction procedures to last. Fat cells can come back after manual removal.
It is best to practice these habits before treatment for maximum success. Those with a lot of weight to lose should begin diet and exercise before fat reduction treatment. These treatments are not a cure to obesity, but rather the finishing touch to achieve the desired bodily aesthetic.
With a combination of diet, exercise, fat reduction, and skin tightening, The Lett Center can help you get your perfect shape.
Schedule Fat Removal with The Lett Center in Tennessee
To schedule a fat reduction consultation and meet the experienced and highly reviewed cosmetic surgeons at The Lett Center, give us a call at 615.443.0901. We have locations in Mt. Juliet and Lebanon, Tennessee, for convenience. Our surgeons can guide you in picking the best fat reduction treatment or best body contouring treatment for your body.