Your meals are healthy and your gym routine is consistent, yet you still cannot seem to attain a slim, fit physique. Instead of feeling confident, you feel embarrassed that your efforts haven’t paid off.
At the plastic surgery practice of Dr. Donald Hause, you have several treatment options to reduce pockets of stubborn fat. Two of the most popular choices are traditional liposuction and a minimally invasive alternative called SculpSure. Read on as Dr. Hause breaks down the differences between the two.
Who it’s for: SculpSure is an effective solution for unwanted fat in problem areas such as the abdomen or the “love handles.” The typical SculpSure candidate is someone in good health who eats a balanced diet and exercises often, yet has areas of stubborn fat. Candidates either do not have the time or inclination to undergo surgery (often because of the associated recovery downtime or concerns about incisions or anesthesia). Great results can be seen with two in-office SculpSure treatment sessions.
What it does: SculpSure uses light-based technology to target and destroy unwanted fat cells. In the weeks and months following treatment, the body naturally processes and eliminates the fat cells. Gradually, the treated area starts to look smaller and slimmer.
SculpSure treatment lasts about 30 minutes. Most patients benefit from two treatments, performed four to six weeks apart. Results improve over time, with the final results revealing themselves approximately 12 weeks after treatment.
Who it’s for: Traditional liposuction is the gold standard for candidates with stubborn fat around the stomach, hips, thighs, buttocks, back, upper arms or area underneath the chin. The typical liposuction candidate wants dramatic fat reduction results, is healthy enough to undergo surgery and does not mind spending some downtime recovering.
What it does: Liposuction entails suctioning fat from specific areas of the body. Small openings are made in the target treatment area and a thin, hollow tube called a cannula is inserted under the skin. The cannula breaks up the fat and suction techniques remove the fatty tissue.
Liposuction requires approximately two weeks of recovery downtime, wherein bruising, swelling and slight discomfort are common. Once the aftereffects subside, the treated area appears slimmer and more sculpted. Since the skin openings are so small and strategically placed in the natural creases, noticeable scarring is not a concern.
The best way to determine whether SculpSure or liposuction is more suitable for your needs is to consult with Dr. Hause. To request a consultation with him and discuss your personal “problem areas,” please call (916) 646-6869 or email us today.