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Reducing fat around our abdomens (stomach and back) or the appearance of "love handles", especially as we get older, can be difficult to achieve. Similarly "saddle bags" on hips or "muffins tops" on tummies all cause us concern.
After puberty we do not create new fat cells in our bodies. When you gain weight, the fat cells that you have expand or grow bigger.
Liposuction is the most commonly performed aesthetic surgical procedure for fat removal and body contouring. This invasive technique involves the removal of fat from the reserve or deeper fat layers, but it is not typically performed in the subcutaneous fat layer (just below the surface of the skin) where cellulite originates. This is because side effects such as bleeding, swelling and scarring can be worse. There are some surgeons, however, who are experimenting with newer techniques to help reduce these problems.
A Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty may help to restore your body shape for those bothered by a large fat deposit and loose skin in the abdomen or stomach area.
Bariatric or weight-loss surgery for the treatment of obesity uses gastric band or gastric bypass operations to restrict the amount of calories a person can consume and help them to lose weight.
Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive fat removal procedure. It involves the cooling of subcutaneous fat cells, which induces lipolysis, the breaking down of the fat cells, without damaging any of the surrounding tissues or the skin.
Fat transfer, fat transplantation or microlipoinjection involves the collection of fat via liposuction for re-injection into other areas of the face and body.
Laser Lipolysis, currently available using mainly the Smartlipo laser, is a minimally invasive way of removing small localised fat deposits which are resistant to diet or exercise.
Liposuction (also called lipoplasty, liposculpture or lipectomy) is a surgical technique for removing specific areas of stubborn fat that do not respond to a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Lipotherapy or Injection Lipolysis treatment involves the use of an injectable solution to break down stubborn areas of fat, which are then eliminated through the body`s own lymphatic system. Products include Aqualyx.
RF energy is able to penetrate deep into the skin causing tissue tightening, heating of fat cells and increased blood circulation for body contouring, fat and cellulite reduction treatments.
Ultrasonic Body Contouring, available in the UK using the Ultrashape® and LipoSonix® devices, is the latest, minimally invasive way of effectively removing excess fat cells from the abdomen, thighs & flanks.