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Introduction

There are now so many different ways to lose weight and obtain the dream body we’ve always wanted, it can be difficult deciding which options to consider and which options will actually work for you on an individual level.

Dieting and exercise are now the most common and arguably successful methods for weight loss and body shaping, however, even these tried and tested methods still won’t yield the desired results in certain areas of the body, no matter how many hours you spend in the gym.

Body Sculpting Surgery is a potential solution for eliminating excess fat in various parts of the body. There are a variety of different techniques and surgical procedures used by medical professionals in order to achieve the desired goals of the patient.

This technique is generally used as a last resort to weight loss aimed at targeting areas of the body where diet and exercise have little to no effect in removing excess fat. There can be a number of reasons why these areas of excess weight simply won’t budge and successful procedures can result in long-term benefits.

It’s important to note that Body Sculpting is different from weight loss surgery. Many aspects of weight loss surgery are generally designed to tackle large-scale excess fat, where conventional methods have failed to address the issue. Body Sculpting is designed to fine tune those stubborn areas that do not respond to diet and exercise. Below, we’ve listed some of the most common forms of body sculpting, including how it works, which areas of the body each treatment are suitable for, and any associated side effects that may follow each procedure.

CoolSculpting

What Is It?

This method is a non-surgical fat-reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

The CoolSculpting procedure delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. Treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you.

What Area Of The Body Is CoolSculpting Suitable For?

This treatment is currently suitable for visible fat bulges in the submental area, thigh, abdomen, and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, underneath the buttocks (also known as banana roll), and upper arm.

When Will I See Results From CoolSculpting?

You may start to see changes as quickly as 3 weeks after your treatment and will experience the most dramatic results after 2 months. Your body will still continue to flush out fat cells for up to 4 to 6 months after treatment.

These results will generally last for as long as you continue to lead a healthy lifestyle with a well-balanced diet. You could, however, suffer from other medical conditions that may affect these results.

What Are The CoolSculpting Risks?

Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary redness, swelling, blanching, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging, tenderness, cramping, aching, itching, or skin sensitivity. A sensation of fullness in the back of the throat after submental area treatment. These effects are temporary and generally resolve within days or weeks.

Is CoolSculpting Safe?

This treatment is considered to be safe when carried out by a trained medical professional.

How Much Does CoolSculpting Cost?

Between $600 to $1000 per hour.

Liposuction

What Is It?

Liposuction (also known as Lipo) is a cosmetic procedure used to remove unwanted body fat. It involves sucking out small areas of fat that are hard to lose through exercise and a healthy diet. It’s carried out on areas of the body where deposits of fat tend to collect, such as the buttocks, hips, thighs, and tummy.

How Does Liposuction Work?

Liposuction is usually carried out under general anesthetic in order to reduce blood loss, bruising and swelling. The cosmetic surgeon will then use high-frequency vibrations, a weak laser pulse or a high-pressure water jet to break up fat cells responsible for unwanted excess weight.

A small incision is then made and a suction tube inserted into the area which proceeds to loosen and extract the fat via a machine. Excess fluid and blood are then drained along with the area being stitched and bandaged.

What Area Of The Body Is Liposuction Suitable For?

Common treatment areas for women are Abdomen, Breast Reduction, Chin, Cheeks, & Jowls, Hips & Waist, Outer Thighs, Inner Thighs, Knees, Anterior Thighs, Back Photos, Buttocks, Arms.

Common treatment areas for men are Cheeks, & Jowls, Abdomen, Flanks, Breast Reduction.

When Will I See Results From Liposuction?

As the fat cells and excess fat are directly removed from your body, you can expect to see results within days after swelling subsides, however, if you do not adopt a healthy, well-balanced diet then you will most likely regain the weight.

What Are The Liposuction Risks?

Common side effects of this treatment are bruising and swelling, which may last up to six months, numbness, which should go away in six to eight weeks, scars, inflammation of the treated area, or the veins underneath, fluid coming from the cuts and swollen ankles (if the legs or ankles are treated), lumpy and uneven results, bleeding under the skin (haematoma), persistent numbness that lasts for months, changes in skin colour in the treated area, a build-up of fluid in the lungs (pulmonary oedema) from the fluid injected into the body, a blood clot in the lungs (pulmonary embolism), damage to internal organs during the procedure.

Is Liposuction Safe?

Although this treatment is considered to be safe, it comes with a wide range of possible side effects and complications, potentially fatal, however, this can be said for most surgical procedures.

How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

This will very much depend on the area of the body the treatment is to be carried out, and the amount of excess fat that needs to be removed. You can expect to pay anything in the region of $1000 to $15000.

Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty)

What Is It?

A tummy tuck, or ‘abdominoplasty’, is cosmetic surgery with the aim of removing excess fat from around the abdominal area which can help to remove loose skin and tighten the abdominal muscles.

Commonly used as a post-treatment for excess skin after pregnancy in women or as a last resort to removing unwanted fat from the abdominal area where dieting or exercise has failed to yield results.

How Does A Tummy Tuck Work?

There are two types of tummy tuck, both are carried out under general anesthetic.

A partial tummy tuck involves making a large incision (cut) across the lower tummy, separating the skin from the abdominal wall below the tummy button, removing excess fat, cutting away excess skin and pulling together the remaining skin and stitching it in place.

A full tummy tuck involves making a large incision across the lower tummy, from hip to hip, just above the pubic area, making a second incision to free the belly button from the tissue that surrounds it, separating the skin from the abdominal wall, realigning the abdominal muscles, removing excess fat and skin, cutting a new hole for the belly button, and stitching this back in place and pulling together the remaining skin and stitching it in place.

You can expect to spend a few nights in hospital following these procedures.

What Area Of The Body Is This Treatment Suitable For?

This treatment is designed to treat only the abdominal area in both men and women.

When Will I See Results From A Tummy Tuck?

With most cosmetic surgery, you can expect to see results after swelling and bruising has subsided. However, this procedure will require you to wear a special garment, potentially for 3-4 weeks to aid the healing process.

These results will be permanent as long as you follow a healthy, well-balanced diet, and exercise. If you fall back into bad eating habits then you can be sure to see unwanted, excess fat return.

What Are The Tummy Tuck Risks?

You would be left with a scar either along the abdomen or belly button. Other common side effects and risks include finding it difficult to stand up straight – it will feel like your tummy is being pulled (this will improve over time), have pain and bruises, feel numbness in your tummy for a few months to years, have a temporary fluid-filled swelling above the scar

have red, raised scars in the first six weeks – which eventually fade to white.

Other risks associated with this procedure also include thick, obvious scars developing, bulges under the skin, ‘dog ears’ (extra skin) at the edges of the scar, wounds failing to heal, a collection of fluid in the area that was operated on, a collection of blood underneath the skin (haematoma), numbness or pain in the tummy or down the leg, tummy cramps or pain and potentially breathing problems.

Again, with all surgical procedures, many complications can arise during the operation, some of which could be serious or life-threatening.

Are Tummy Tuck Treatments Safe?

This is considered to be a safe procedure overall, however, this is still a surgical procedure which will always carry potential risks.

How Much Does A Tummy Tuck Cost?

This surgery will generally cost between $3000 to $6000.

Excess Skin Removal

What Is It?

As the name would suggest, this is a procedure that can eliminate excess skin from many parts of the body via surgical intervention. There may be a whole host of reasons as to why you have an excess of skin in certain areas of your figure.

The most common being post-pregnancy, you may have lost a substantial amount of weight in a short space of time, or, it could quite simply be down to age.

How Does Excess Skin Removal Work?

This very much depends on what part of the body the procedure is carried out, however, the same fundamental steps are usually followed under a general anesthetic. The specific area will be marked at a suitable place by the surgeon, a number of incisions would then be carried out in order to remove the excess skin, pulled tight and stitched back together.

What Area Of The Body Is Excess Skin Removal Suitable for?

This procedure is usually carried out on the abdomen, arms, thighs, breast, buttocks, hips and small facial areas.

When Will I See Results?

You will see results immediately after any bruising and swelling have subsided which is to be expected following any surgical procedure. Again, with this type of treatment, the results will last you a lifetime ONLY if you follow a well-balanced diet and exercise regime.

If you gain weight and lose it again, this could result in excess skin returning. If you have this procedure due to a pregnancy but did not have an excess skin issue prior to giving birth, then it stands to reason that continuing your previous lifestyle would suffice for these results to be permanent.

Excess Skin Removal Risks?

The main risks associated with this procedure are the same that come with any surgical procedure such as bruising and swelling, redness, blood clots, scars running across the treated area, numbness, temporary fluid-filled swelling, bulges under the skin, excessive bleeding, infection and many other surgical complications that can arise during the procedure.

Is Excess Skin Removal Safe?

It is considered to be a safe procedure when carried out by a trained medical professional, however, as mentioned previously, this treatment can be accompanied by a wide range of associated risk.

How Much Does Excess Skin Removal Cost?

This will very much depend on how much excess skin needs to be removed, the area of the body and the clinic or surgeon you chose to use.

You can expect to pay anywhere between $2000 to $25000.

Cosmetic Body Implants

What Is It?

Implants are inserted into certain areas of the body under the skin, usually comprising a rubberized material or saline solution. An implant is essentially a muscle replacement that only offers the aesthetic benefits of having a defined muscular shape in certain areas of the body.

Some people may have a muscle defect that means they are not able to develop muscle in certain areas so they opt for this procedure to fill that void. Other people simply wish to enjoy the appearance of having greater muscle definition.

How Do Cosmetic Body Implants Work?

This procedure can be carried out under local or general anesthetic depending on the size and location of the implant. The surgeon will make an incision to the desired area and insert the implant under the skin and muscle tissue.

What Area Of The Body Is Cosmetic Body Implants Suitable For?

The most common areas for this treatment include pectoral (chest), calf, buttocks, bicep and tricep, hips and breasts.

When Will I See Results With Cosmetic Body Implants?

An implant is a physical alteration to the body, and as such, you will see the results immediately, however, you can expect to see swelling and bruising shortly after the procedure.

It is important to note that if your physical appearance changes due to gaining or losing weight then this could have an obvious effect on the appearance of the implants, however, they are permanent.

You can also expect to see a natural change with age as the skin naturally degenerates.

What Are The Risks Of Cosmetic Body Implants?

The main risks associated with this procedure are the same that come with any surgical procedure such as bruising and swelling, redness, blood clots, scars running across the treated area, numbness, temporary fluid-filled swelling, bulges under the skin, excessive bleeding, infection and many other surgical complications that can arise during the procedure.

Are Cosmetic Body Implants Safe?

It is considered to be a safe procedure when carried out by a trained medical professional, however, as mentioned previously, this treatment can be accompanied by a wide range of associated risk.

How Much Do Cosmetic Body Implants Cost?

You can expect to pay between $4000 to $10000 for these procedures.

Conclusion

Body sculpting surgery is a method that works and delivers real results, however, there are many side effects and potentially serious complications with certain treatments that involve being placed under a sedative such as general anesthetic.

If you’re just looking to lose some extra pounds, CoolSculpting appears to be the safest method as it does not involve any invasive surgical procedure and is potentially the most affordable solution.

It is extremely important to remember that, whilst all of these procedures will give you short-term, permanent results, if you do not follow a healthy, well-balanced diet, as well as take up exercise following the treatment, you can expect to see unwanted, excess fat return to those very same areas.

In terms of opting for cosmetic implants, any changes in your physical appearance such as gaining or losing weight could result in a very obvious change in the appearance of your implants relative to the surrounding areas.

Diet and exercise will always be the number one method to gaining the body you desire and is the best method proven to deliver long-lasting result when you commit to it, however, if you already follow this type of lifestyle and still have some excess fat or skin issues then some of these procedures may well be an ideal solution for you in finally achieving the dream body.

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