Bloomfield Hills, MI – With summer in full swing, you’ve likely been inundated with images of scantily-clad models smiling amidst tropical backgrounds. You may think to yourself, I’d gladly pose in my bathing suit if only I could lose those pesky extra pounds.
If, despite trying to exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet, you find you still have the problem of accumulating fat, liposuction may be an option for you!
While it’s clear that females get lots of cosmetic procedures done, men aren’t always so keen to try it. After all, any Google image search for “plastic surgery” will likely be catered to women. However, men are getting cosmetic surgery at a growing rate, and that trend is only predicted to continue.
“Every year, we’re seeing more and more men opt for procedures like liposuction,” says Detroit-area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali. “Many men find they can achieve the more sculpted, athletic physique they’ve always wanted. It’s great that liposuction gives us that possibility.”
Even though females get the procedure at nearly seven times the rate of men, liposuction remains the number one plastic surgery for both genders. Men tend to accumulate fat around their abdominal area, chest, hips, neck, and chin. Liposuction offers a great option if you’re looking to rid yourself of those few stubborn pounds that just won’t leave.
What Does Liposuction Entail?
Dr. Ali explains, “The beauty of liposuction is that you can directly target the areas of your body where you’d like to lose fat tissue. With this method, we can make sure your problematic areas are rid of this nuisance once and for all.”
The procedure itself is usually done under general anesthesia, though smaller areas might only require intravenous (IV) sedation. Local anesthetic is usually applied to the targeted spots as well, to prevent blood loss during liposuction. A suctioning machine then uses small tubes called cannulas to literally suck the fat from your body.
Variations on this theme include power-assisted liposuction (PAL) and ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL). PAL utilizes an electric motor that physically breaks up fat, and UAL uses ultrasound energy to melt the fat. Thus, both of these techniques make the fat removal process easier on patient and surgeon alike.
Are There Other Options?
If you find that diet and exercise alone aren’t enough, liposuction (as described above) may be a good choice for you. However, if you don’t want to commit to such a dramatic procedure, there is a newer alternative available.
“Another wonderful technology available today is called CoolSculpting,” says Dr. Ali. “Unlike other options, CoolSculpting freezes fat cells and lets the body eliminate them naturally.”
CoolSculpting is a minimally invasive procedure and doesn’t require any surgery. The downtime may be less than liposuction, yet the results will be similar: a dramatic reduction of fat that will be noticeable and permanent.
Who Should Get These Procedures?
Liposuction and CoolSculpting aren’t for everyone. If you’re already near your ideal weight, but just can’t lose those last few pounds, these procedures are ideal for you. However, they’re not meant to treat obesity, nor should they be seen as a drastic weight loss option.
As with any other procedure, it’s essential that you contact a professional and find out what your choices are.
“With technology improving all the time,” says Dr. Ali, “you might be surprised at all the options available to you!” Time has allowed cosmetic procedures to become remarkably refined, giving you the best chance ever to have your ideal figure.
If you’re interested in learning more about ways to achieve the body you’ve always dreamed of, schedule a consultation with award-winning, board certified Detroit area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali.
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