Regular exercise and healthy eating are the best, most reliable ways of removing unwanted or excess body fat. By reducing caloric intake to a level appropriate to your body and burning off extra calories with healthy exercise, you can prevent extra fat, sugar, protein, and carbohydrates from accumulating as stored fat.
That said, no amount of exercise or dieting can remove fat from specific areas of your body–you can only decrease the total amount of fat that you carry. To put it another way, “spot reduction” isn’t possible. In order to aide in the reduction of these pockets of fat, science has now developed a number of new devices and technologies aimed at improving the body.
What Kinds of Treatments are Available?
Some of the most exciting advances we are seeing today in aesthetic medicine is in the area of body contouring and fat reduction. While you may not be able to “spot treat” with a regular gym routine, there are a multitude of new options becoming available — both surgical and otherwise — for removing localized pockets of fat that don’t respond to traditional diet and exercise.
Surgical or “invasive” techniques (procedures which involve the cutting of the skin) are the more familiar solutions for getting rid of unwanted fat. They include liposuction, buttocks lifts, and tummy tucks. Now we also have new procedures which involve less risk and downtime known as “minimally invasive” procedures. Such procedures include laser-assisted techniques like SmartLipo® a popular lipolysis (or fat removing) procedure.The best advice is to consult with an experienced expert physician on how to achieve the best results in your particular case. They can provide you guidance on what treatments are now available.
There are also non-surgical,non-invasive ways to get rid of fat. Light energy, radiofrequency energy, freezing and mechanical massage have all been used to effectively dissolve unwanted fat found deep under the surface of the skin, all without an incision. Examples of some of todays most popular non-invasive treatments include CoolSculpting, Liposonix and UltraShape.
The invasive options include such major surgical procedures as liposuction, tummy tucks and buttocks lifts. These procedures generally involve general anesthesia and longer downtimes.