Solutions for a Slimmer Stomach

The tummy is one of those areas that is more susceptible to weight gain with age. Always recommended as the first line of defense, a healthy diet that consists of lean protein, healthy carbs and nutrient-dense vegetables and fruit plus regular exercise hat burns calories should be the first stop on the anti-fat plan of attack. But if that’s not enough, there are additional ways to fight belly fat.

Noninvastive treatments like CoolSculpting and Liposonix all have proven track records to reduce fatty bulges without making any cuts or incisions to the skin. “The treatments that use cold, like CoolSculpting, lower the temperature of the fat cell internally to kill it in over an hour,” says Miami dermatologist Janelle Vega Mayoral, MD. “But, it doesn’t damage or disrupt the skin at all, which is a plus. There’s minimal bruising and a good 20 to 30 percent in permanent fat reduction.” The skin slowly shrinks back, but, unlike surgery, the results aren’t permanent and more than one treatment may be necessary.

Ever since its inception more than 30 years ago, liposuction has been considered the gold standard for treating stubborn fat on and around the stomach. “It’s the most studied method of fat removal with lots of data behind it. There have been improvements in technique over the years for smoother, more predictable results,” says Pittsburgh plastic surgeon Leo McCafferty, MD. But, as Orlando, FL, plastic surgeon Richard Arabitg, MD, points out, not everyone is a candidate. “It’s really more for those with concentrated areas of fat and good skin tone.” If too much fat is removed too quickly, the surgery can actually cause looseness in the stomach because the skin can’t retract as quickly. If you have more than a few pounds to lose, you’ll need to drop the weight first. Some types of liposuction like laser liposuction claim to tighten the skin but most experts do not buy into it.

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4 Comments
  • Sunni
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    I keep hearing about a new treatment called Vanquish. When can we expect to see it out here in Southern California?

  • S.G.
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    I did liposuction with Dr. Dean Vistnes and I had amazing results . For even better results I went to Palo Alto to have liposonix and that helped to get even more fat off my tummy. I did not want the surgical scar from a tummy tuck so this was the best option. I may even try vela shape to maintatin my results and help with the cellulite on the back of my legs. Overall a good diet, exercise and the help of these modalities has got me to a place that I love my body.

  • Leslie Stevens Leslie Stevens
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    Dear Anonymous, If it is a sure thing that you want, please consider the most proven and predictable of all fat reducing procedures.... Liposuction. Choose a board certified plastic surgeon (American Board of Plastic Surgery) that has years of experience with this technique. Chances are you will be get what you want, with minimal down time and avoid the repeat treatments needed with no surgical methods.

  • Anonymous
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    I desperately want Zeltiq. The before and after photos I've seen so far differ greatly though. Kind of scared that I'm going to make the investment but see little results. Any thoughts?

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