Liposuction is an invasive procedure wherein stubborn deposits of fat are suctioned off through a narrow metal tube; the tube itself is inserted into the body via small incisions under the skin. The fat cells are mechanically broken up using a back-and-forth movement. The best results can be produced by trained plastic surgeons at Vaser Lipo.
And the thought of actually undergoing an invasive procedure has many potential patients rethinking their decision. So, are there alternatives to liposuction and are these just as effective?
Cosmetic Alternatives Are Present
Yes, there are alternatives to liposuction like CoolSculpting and SculpSure. But while these have their merits, including their track record in safety, these will never be as effective and efficient as power-assisted and traditional suction-assisted liposuction. These non-invasive procedures are also more expensive because multiples treatments are necessary, as well as relatively more painful.
There’s also the fact that the results of these non-invasive alternatives to liposuction are minimal. There are only small improvements, which can be disappointing to patients who expected real, observable results – and these can only be enjoyed with liposuction.
Think about it: If you’re paying a large sum of money and getting small results, you will not be getting the value for your money that you’re expecting. You would have been better off spending it on liposuction, an invasive operation requiring more downtime but delivering more results.
Here’s a good rule of thumb that you can follow when deciding between liposuction and its alternatives: If you can still pinch your problem fatty area between your fingers, then you can go for these alternatives. But if you can hold it between your hand, a liposuction is your best bet.
Diet and Exercise as Alternatives
Of course, healthy diet and exercise habits are a must for maintaining a healthy weight and a desired body shape. In fact, these are necessary, too, after a liposuction to maintain the results.
But there are cases when liposuction is the one and only option to remove stubborn deposits of fat in the lower back, abdomen, and arms and thighs. Even with high-intensity exercises, you may still be unable to lose fat in these problem areas. There’s also the fact that genetics, age and lifestyles influence the way we eat, exercise and sleep that, in turn, affects our body’s fat-losing capacity.
Many patients and doctors think of liposuction as a great way to kick-start a healthy lifestyle, too. You can also think of it as a reset button for your mind and body. You will feel more confident about your body, a good way to reset your mindset about your lifestyle habits, too.