Most of us have a bulge of fat somewhere on our bodies that we wish wasn’t there. Generally, no amount of diet or exercise can spot reduce that problem area. In fact, some patients have noticed that sit-ups and crunches result in bigger abdominal muscles and actually cause the fat on the abdomen to protrude even more! Aging and hormonal changes further aggravate the problem by causing fat accumulation around the waist, love handles, or bra area.
Treating Excess Bulge
CoolSculpting in San Diego
If your bulge is not too big and the skin is loose enough to be pulled away from the body, Coolsculpting by Zeltiq® can be quite helpful. This device clamps down on the fatty bulge and then freezes your fat cells. Those cells are more sensitive to freeze instantly and are destroyed by the process. The patients simply read for an hour while the clamp is applied. A brief but vigorous massage of the area helps to further eliminate the fat cells. Although the process is painless, some mild soreness is felt for a few weeks. Over the ensuing 2-3 months, one can expect approximately 30% of that fatty bulge to disappear. The clamp can be reapplied a second time for even more reduction.
Tumescent liposculpture is the most definitive answer to fatty bulges. Rather than seeing a 30% improvement, patients usually notice more than 75% improvement in the fatty area treated. This procedure is not as easy as Coolsculpting by Zeltiq® in that it is a surgical procedure performed with light IV sedation. A pre-operative exam and laboratory tests are performed and patients have to wear a surgical garment for one week afterward. At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, we also have other body contouring devices including Bella Contour, Thermage®, Ulthera®, and Velashape™. These devices are for small fatty areas and/or skin tightening and cellulite.
Which Procedure Is Right For Me?
With both procedures, you can be back on your feet the next day. Tumescent liposculpture is also more versatile in that nearly all areas of the body can be treated, unlike the non-invasive options which are usually limited to the torso. The most popular areas treated are the neck, abdomen, love handles, outer thighs, and inner thighs. During your initial consultation with our board-certified dermatologists in San Diego, we’ll be able to examine you in person to determine which type of fat removal you’d be best qualified for.
Schedule Your Consultation With A San Diego Dermatologist Today
If you’d like to learn more about undergoing new non-invasive CoolSculpting, Liposculpture, or one of the other many fat removal treatments offered at our practice by world-renowned doctors, we encourage you to contact us today by calling (858) 943-2113 to schedule your initial appointment.
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