The Pros and Cons on Liposuction vs Nonsurgical Body Contouring
Oftentimes, sticking to a strict diet and performing countless targeted exercises just aren’t enough to achieve sexy, sculpted abs, shapely hips, and toned thighs. When pesky pockets of fat persist, body contouring procedures can help men and women achieve the slimmer, smoother, and enhanced physique they desire. These procedures are as widely varied as the highly customizable, head-turning results that they can produce.
Body contouring surgeries, as well as their noninvasive counterparts, are among the most popular procedures performed by board-certified medical doctor, Dr. Melanie Carreon, at LCS Medical Spa in Seguin, TX. She works closely with patients in the Greater Southeast Texas communities of Austin, Houston, San Antonio, San Marcos, and New Braunfels to determine whether they are a good candidate for body contouring as well as which procedures are best suited to provide them with pleasing aesthetic outcomes. Read on to discover your options.
Surgical body contouring procedures that are available to patients at LCS Medical Spa include:
This tried-and-true procedure is considered the gold standard of body-contouring treatments. It can be used to improve the appearance of areas that have not responded well to exercise, including the stomach, calves, thighs, hips, buttocks, upper arms, back, chest, and chin. Tumescent lipo is performed at LCS Medical Spa as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. Small incisions are made in the skin through which a specially formulated solution that temporarily shrinks the blood vessels is injected. This causes tissue targeted for treatment to swell and become firmer, allowing Dr. Carreon to artfully sculpt areas and create contours. Fat cells are loosened by and extracted through a cannula before the incisions are closed. Most lipo procedures can be completed within 2-4 hours. The visible contours that result from liposuction may be apparent within about six weeks of surgery, while the optimal results usually can be experienced within 6-10 months.
One of the drawbacks of liposuction is that it does not smooth the lumpy appearance of cellulite. This FDA-approved laser-assisted lipolysis system employs a triple-wavelength laser that minimizes fat cells. As the handheld laser device is moved beneath the skin, the targeted fat cells swell and melt for easier removal with a cannula that is smaller than those utilized for other liposuction procedures. Coupled with smaller incisions, Smartlipo allows for sculpting on the neck, jowls, and beneath the chin as well as on the abdomen, buttocks, back, flanks and other areas. In general, patients who are good candidates for traditional liposuction are eligible for Smartlipo procedures, which usually requires about an hour to complete in each treatment area. As with traditional liposuction, fat cells eliminated with Smartlipo do not return.
It is important to note that liposuction and Smartlipo are not weight loss systems. Patients should not rely on these procedures for weight loss or maintenance.
Brazilian butt lift
Building a bigger, better butt through squats and lunges is not easy. It’s no wonder why the minimally invasive Brazilian butt lift is a commonly requested cosmetic surgery procedure at LCS Medical Spa in Sequin, TX. It utilizes a patient’s own fat, which is removed via liposuction from areas of the body where it is undesired. The cells are purified before being transferred into the buttocks to create a fuller, more toned, and shapely backside. Because a patient’s own cells are used to augment the behind, the risk for post-surgery complications is reduced. By removing fat from one area of the body and grafting it into the butt, patients may enjoy the benefits of undergoing two body sculpting procedures at once.
At LCS Medical Spa, several innovative nonsurgical body contouring procedures are also performed. These include:
The hottest body contouring technique is quite cool. As its name implies, noninvasive CoolSculpting works by freezing subcutaneous fat cells in a process called cryolipolysis. The upper arms, flanks, hips, and knees, as well as the lower half of the buttocks, among other areas, can be addressed with CoolSculpting. During the in-office procedure, a special cooling gel pad is placed on patients along with the revolutionary CoolSculpting applicator, which draws fat and skin into the device for targeted treatment. The controlled cooling deadens fat cells, which liquefy before being processed and naturally eliminated by the body within about three months of the procedure - about the same time that patients may begin to experience their more sculpted, toned results that are treated with Coolsculpting.
EMSCULPT is the first FDA-approved nonsurgical device designed to burn fat in the abdomen while simultaneously building muscle, and buttocks can also treated to build muscle. Patients undergoing one EMSCULPT treatment is the same as having your body perform 20,000 sit-ups within 30 minutes. This revolutionary body contouring system relies on pulses of high-intensity electromagnetic energy to produce intense muscle contractions, the strength of which cannot be duplicated by exercises performed during a standard workout. EMSCULPT’s innovative paddle-like treatment device is strapped onto the abdomen or positioned over the buttocks. The low-level energy pulses that are delivered increase as the session progresses, flexing and contracting muscles beyond their normal capacity as patients at LCS Medical Spa rest comfortably. Dr. Carreon typically recommends that patients schedule up to eight EMSCULPT sessions, spaced 2-3 days apart. It is possible to notice better-defined contours and experience a more fit physique usually within 2-4 weeks of your final EMSCULPT treatment.
BTL Vanquish ME
This noninvasive body sculpting treatment is hands-off - literally. The BTL Vanquish ME treatment device is carefully positioned and hovers directly above the targeted treatment areas, which can include the abdomen, thighs, arms, and flanks. No contact is made with the skin during a 30-45-minute session. Radiofrequency technology is used to safely deliver wavelengths of heat that disrupts fat cells. This causes them to die before being naturally eliminated gradually by the body. Dr. Carreon usually recommends between 4-6 BTL Vanquish ME treatment sessions to achieve a slimmer, sexier waistline. Patients in the Greater Southeast Texas communities of Austin, Houston, San Antonio, San Marcos, and New Braunfels may feel a warm sensation in the targeted areas but are unlikely to experience any discomfort. Most can return to work and other normal daily activities immediately after treatment.
Which body contouring treatment is right for you?
Now that you know more about the surgical and nonsurgical body contouring treatments that are available at LCS Medical Spa in Seguin, TX, we encourage you to schedule a complimentary consultation with board-certified medical doctor, Dr. Melanie Carreon. Given her vast experience, she can expertly determine which treatment will have you looking slimmer and trimmer and feeling more confident about your appearance.