Advances in technology have given patients and providers more options than ever when it comes to aesthetic treatments. Improved devices, superior materials and new techniques mean that doctors can provide customized treatments for highly-individualized results. Patients interested in fat reduction procedures also have more choices than ever in achieving the body they’ve always dreamed of. Whether you’ve considered traditional or nonsurgical liposuction, New Reflections Plastic Surgery in Freehold, New Jersey can help you find a treatment that is right for you.
Liposuction — Surgical Fat Reduction
When someone thinks of liposuction, they usually imagine the traditional, surgical technique that has been safely performed for decades. Surgical liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that uses suction to efficiently remove unwanted fat cells in targeted areas, helping patients achieve a slimmer, more contoured appearance. This requires a few small incisions in strategic locations to insert a cannula, a straw-like tool that doctors use to eliminate stubborn fat. Surgical liposuction offers patients many benefits, including:
- Immediate results
- Minimal downtime and quick recovery
- Permanent fat reduction
- Effective on stubborn fat in targeted areas
Dr. Patel also offers patients laser liposuction, a technique that first melts fat for easy removal. This technique is typically associated with gentler treatments, minimal swelling and a quick recovery. While liposuction has a long record of success and patient satisfaction, New Reflections Plastic Surgery also has a new procedure that offers patients a nonsurgical alternative. We are one of the first providers in New Jersey to offer SculpSure, the world’s first FDA-cleared noninvasive laser treatment for fat reduction.
SculpSure — Nonsurgical Fat Reduction
SculpSure is a noninvasive body contouring procedure that works differently than surgical liposuction. Rather than using suction to remove unwanted fat, SculpSure uses external laser energy to disrupt and destroy targeted fat cells, allowing the body to naturally absorb and dispose of them over time. Initially, the device applies a cooling sensation to help keep your skin at a comfortable temperature. The laser will then begin heat cycling, raising the temperature of targeted cells for a fat reduction of up 24 percent. Since lipids are more sensitive to temperature than skin and other tissues, only unwanted fat is destroyed by SculpSure. For patients looking for an easy, convenient fat reduction solution, SculpSure provides many benefits, such as:
- Noninvasive, comfortable procedure
- Treatments take as little as 25 minutes
- No downtime, recovery or side effects
- Fat cells are naturally eliminated by the body over time
- Permanent results
Much like liposuction, SculpSure treatments are most effective when used on patients who are at or near their goal weight and want to remove small, stubborn pockets of fat in specific areas. These treatments are best used in combination with a healthy diet and regular exercise for optimal results.
How do the Results Differ?
For patients who want more dramatic, immediate results, liposuction may be the better option. Liposuction excels at removing larger deposits of stubborn fat from almost anywhere on the body and can provide a more comprehensive treatment. If you opt for laser liposuction, this technique has the added benefit of stimulating collagen production for improved skin elasticity. Areas that are commonly treated include the thighs, belly, arms, chin, back and legs. For many patients, liposuction is a “one and done” procedure, requiring only a single treatment to reach their desired body shape. There are limitations to how much fat can be safely removed at one time, however, so it’s best to consult with your surgeon to discuss your goals and expectations. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Patel has spent years perfecting a minimal recovery process and specialized technique to help ensure results that exceed expectations.
After your liposuction procedure, results are immediate, but you may experience some swelling and bruising. These symptoms are temporary and subside over the next few weeks. Dr. Patel may recommend the use of a compression garment to optimize your results and reduce any side effects. Most patients can return to work after just a couple of days and are “bikini ready” after about 12 weeks.
SculpSure may be ideal for patients who want a quick, easy treatment with no downtime. SculpSure treatments can be used on the stomach, back, thighs, love handles and chin. Since SculpSure is a nonsurgical fat reduction procedure, no incisions are made. This eliminates the possibility of scarring, infection and other associated risks, making SculpSure an effective solution for fat removal with no recovery period. Some clients experience minor swelling and soreness, but these temporary issues rarely occur. Patients can immediately return to their normal routine and activities following their appointment.
After a SculpSure treatment, destroyed fat cells are naturally expelled by your body’s waste removal systems, meaning that results will develop over a period of time. The majority of patients begin to notice the effects after six weeks, with full results appearing about 12 weeks later. Most patients need two to four treatments for optimal results, but areas can be retreated for even more improvement.
Am I a Good Candidate for Surgical Liposuction or Nonsurgical Liposuction?
Most patients looking to address stubborn fat in common problem areas are a good candidate for either traditional liposuction or nonsurgical SculpSure. Neither treatment is intended as a weight loss procedure, however, and each has its benefits and drawbacks. SculpSure is not ideal for patients with loose skin or with large amounts of stubborn fat, for example, and is best used on patients that can commit to more than one treatment. Both of these procedures will effectively reduce unwanted fat, but your individual goals, expectations and available downtime will help determine which treatment is right for you.
If you’re feeling frustrated by stubborn fat that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise, liposuction or SculpSure may be the answer you’re looking for. New Reflections Plastic Surgery in Freehold, New Jersey, can help you find the right treatment for eliminating unwanted fat in problem areas. Contact us today or call 732-354-3792 to schedule a consultation and say goodbye to your love handles!