For those who may be hesitant to go under the knife for a tummy tuck there are other options available. They might not be as effective as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery), but many are opting for these less invasive options as they leave less scarring as well as forgo the other risks of a surgical procedure.
Before considering any of these procedures, you should discuss the risks, benefits and any health concerns with your physician.
CoolSculpting is a non surgical method that uses patented cooling technology to safely get rid of fat cells and is approved by the FDA. The procedure takes an hour per area and often multiple areas can be done at one appointment.
As the fat takes several weeks to shrink, you will need see immediate results. Also this is not a weight loss procedure, but rather a “sculpting” technique used to shrink stubborn areas. Ideal candidates for CoolSculpting are those who are already within 20-30 lbs of their goal weight.
There is little risk involved as this procedure has been performed quite often, especially as an alternative to a tummy tuck surgery. You may experience some temporary side effects such as mild bruising, soreness or numbness. Rare side effects include severe bruising and pain. Most patients who received this procedure said they experienced little to no pain and required no recovery time.
Laser Tummy Tightening
There are several types of laser tummy tightening and the main difference is the type of laser used in the procedure. Ablative lasers are used mainly to resurface the skin by removing a portion of the skin. The most popular type are the non-ablative lasers which pass light straight into the deep fat tissue thru the skin. Another alternative is called Titan, which is a laser treatment that uses heating and cooling to stimulate collagen production in the dermis (middle layer of the skin) This procedure will not require anesthesia and results generally last for about two years.
Refit treats the skin around the abdomen by enhancing the skin’s elasticity and firmness by restoring collagen flexibility. This procedure provides instant results as it contracts tissue fibers, thus strengthening the collagen fibers for longer results. It is also a good alternative for those looking to get rid of stretch marks.
Lipodissolve is a common procedure most often used by women to lose weight after pregnancy. It involves injecting mild enzymes along with other medications to the abdomen to melt the unwanted fat.
This procedure is designed for those who do not have an excessive amount of loose skin. It uses radiofrequency energy to firm the collagen in the skin of the abdomen and stimulates collagen production. Patients may require several sessions to achieve the desired results.
This non-invasive procedure melts the fat without affecting the fat cells through the use of ultrasound energy by eliminating the fatty deposits from the lymphatic system.
VelaSmooth is a quick and painless procedure which incorporates the use of massage rollers, radio frequency, suctioning and infra red energy to break down the fat cells.