When it comes to battling unwanted areas of fat, women and men 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 work in very different ways and address different concerns. In this blog post, I’ll take a look at what—and who—each is right for.
When CoolSculpting May Be Right for You
If you have very specific trouble spots, but are otherwise in good shape, CoolSculpting may be a good choice. Treatment areas include: the midsection, flanks, hips, back, thighs, and beneath the chin.
How CoolSculpting Works
Noninvasive CoolSculpting is one of the most innovative solutions for unwanted fat I’ve seen in quite some time. It works by freezing and eventually killing fat cells, which die at higher temperatures than other tissues. Results develop gradually over the following weeks, so this treatment requires some patience.
When Liposuction Can Be a Good Choice
Liposuction can be used to reduce fat deposits on the neck, chin, upper arms, abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, and even the knees.
How Liposuction Is Performed
Although it’s considered minimally invasive, liposuction is still surgery. It’s typically performed while the patient is under local anesthesia. The fat is carefully suctioned out through a thin, hollow tube called a cannula that is inserted through tiny incisions.
Liposuction Involves Recovery Time
The amount of downtime required for liposuction depends on the areas you have treated and the amount of fat removed. Patients typically 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.
The Power of a Tummy Tuck
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.
How a Tummy Tuck Is Performed
During surgery, I remove excess, lax abdominal skin and tighten the abdominal muscles for a stronger, toned core. A less-invasive mini tummy tuck, rejuvenates the abdominal area below the belly button. I often use liposuction to sculpt the waist and hips during tummy tuck surgery.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
After a recuperation period of about 2 to 4 weeks, tummy tuck patients enjoy results that can be incredibly long lasting.
If you’re wondering which treatment is right for your body contouring goals, contact us online or call us at (905) 273-3045 to schedule a consultation. Look through my online photo gallery to see some of my liposuction and tummy tuck results.