Liposuction – surgical or non-surgical?

If you are looking to permanently remove areas of unsightly, stubborn fat, there are now many different procedures that are available, both surgical and non-surgical. Researching these various methods can be overwhelming and at Dr Frati’s clinics in London and Manchester, we are always being asked whether a surgical approach is better than non-surgical techniques such as cryolipolysis (CoolSculpting) or Vaser lipo. To learn more and to help determine which is your best option for your individual needs for body sculpting, read on!

Surgical liposuction is the most effective, permanent way to remove excess fat in many areas of the body. It needs to be performed by a highly-qualified surgeon and can be the perfect way to kick-start a new, healthier lifestyle and remove large quantities of fat for a significant change. Areas that can be treated include the buttocks, tummy, hips, thighs, flanks and upper arms. It can even treat man boobs and muffin tops as well as banana rolls. The aim of liposuction is to alter and improve body shape. Results are permanent providing that the patient adheres to a healthy lifestyle. Fat can be deposited in other areas of the body if a patient puts on a lot of weight, so it’s vital to have the right frame of mind for liposuction.

Vaser lipo is a less invasive fat removal technique which is performed under sedation as opposed to general anaesthetic as with liposuction. Using sound ultrasound waves to vibrate fat cells until they are broken down and then sucking the fat out through a cannula, the process offers less potential damage to the surrounding tissue and is a good solution for a patient who perhaps only has small pockets of fat to be removed. This procedure can also sculpt around muscular areas such as the abs, to ‘highlight’ these muscles for a more defined area.

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, non-surgical, clinically proven procedure which selectively reduces fat layers in problem areas using patented cooling technology. It can be performed without anaesthetic or sedation and has been clinically-proven to reduce unwanted fat in certain areas of the face and body. It is considered a safe procedure and is cleared by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA. This procedure uses a hand-held device which gently cools unwanted fat cells in the body to induce a natural, controlled elimination of these cells. This reduces bulges in areas of treatment without harming surrounding tissue. CoolSculpting involves no needles, surgery or downtime. The treatment is non-invasive, therefore patients can resume their daily activities immediately afterwards.

To decide whether a surgical or non-surgical option is best for you, it is important to seek the advice of a qualified medical professional so that they can examine you as an individual and advise on the pros and cons of each available treatment. Although non-surgical procedures have come a long way, they may not be so suitable for those who need to make significant changes to their bodies and want a ‘once and for all’ approach. After a surgical procedure, it’s more likely that a patient will adhere to aftercare and maintain a good weight and healthy lifestyle as mentally, surgery is both an investment in money, time and commitment.

At Dr Frati’s clinic we will always advise on the best possible route to take for the most successful outcome in a no obligation consultation and will never pressurize anyone to undergo a procedure if it not going to be successful or indeed necessary.
Finding your perfect procedure is possible with the right advice from a well-qualified expert and careful consideration on your part.

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