When it comes to battling unwanted areas of fat, today’s plastic surgery patients have an exciting, if overwhelming, array of options. CoolSculpting, liposuction, and tummy tuck in my Toronto-area office are the “big 3” procedures for body contouring, but they each work in very different ways and address very different areas of the body. In this blog post, I’ll take a look at what — and who — each of them is right for.
Noninvasive CoolSculpting is one of the most innovative solutions for unwanted fat that I’ve seen in quite some time. It works by freezing and eventually killing fat cells, which die at higher temperatures than other tissues. This is why a CoolSculpting treatment, properly administered by a trained professional, doesn’t harm skin or surrounding tissues. It’s best for treating very specific trouble spots on people who are otherwise in good shape. These include the midsection, flanks, hips, back, thighs, and beneath the chin.
Although it’s considered minimally invasive, liposuction is still surgery and is typically performed while the patient is under local anesthesia. It can be used to reduce fat deposits on the neck, chin, upper arms, abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, and even the knees. The amount of downtime required for liposuction depends largely on the areas you have treated as well as the amount of fat removed. However, most patients return to work and other daily activities within a week.
This 36-year-old woman underwent liposuction with Dr. Weinberg and is pictured before and 4 months after surgery.
This surgical procedure is the most invasive of the “big 3,” and it’s also the one with the most power to transform. Because its primary focus is treating excess skin, tummy tuck is quite popular with women who have had children, as well as people who have lost a significant amount of weight and are left with hanging skin. During surgery, I also tighten the abdominal muscles for a stronger, toned core. After a recuperation period of about 2 weeks, tummy tuck patients enjoy results that can be incredibly long-lasting.