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Surgical vs Non-Surgical Options to Achieve Your Dream Body
“That’s going straight to my love handles” is a common saying that is a result of a circumstance that many of us face – our bodies all store fat in many areas that are hard to target with just clean eating.
While diet and exercise are the hallmark of any weight or fat loss strategy, based on your wants and needs you may find that other options, or combinations of options, might be the best journey for you. This can vary depending on your body composition, and any sort of problem areas you may have sticking around after you have exhausted the non-surgical approaches.
If you’re looking to take on any sort of body transformation, no matter how big or small, you have a choice between many options available to you. Below are just a few that may benefit you depending on your desired outcome.
Non Surgical Courses of Action
Think of these weight loss options as a “Step 1” to your overall journey. Many people achieve amazing results by changing their everyday habits.
There are many “named” diet plans out there such as Keto, Paleo, Whole 30 which have all been proven to produce weight loss results in many individuals. However, there is one general rule of thumb if you’re trying to reduce the size of your waist; burn more calories than what you’re eating in a day. This is also known as a calorie deficit.
There are many online calculators available to give you a general idea of how many calories, on average, you burn daily based on height, weight, and general exercise frequency. If most days out of the week you’re in a calorie deficit, rest assured you’ll start to see the pounds shed.
Physical activity doesn’t always mean hitting your best weight lifting “PR” and spending days following extremely stiff and sore. Getting some sort of movement in every day can increase your burned calories far more than you may think. A walk around the block or a 30-minute yoga vinyasa is a great start.
When paired with clean eating and choosing more whole foods as opposed to processed and pre-packaged options, you can ensure you’re decreasing your daily calorie intake while also increasing your calorie burn
CoolSculpting® is a procedure used to rid yourself of those stubborn areas on your body that seem impervious to diet and exercise. This non-surgical, non-invasive, FDA-cleared procedure uses precisely controlled cooling to target the unwanted fat cells. The frozen fat cells resulting from the CoolSculpting procedure will be safely and naturally eliminated from your body, creating long-term results. Once the fat cells have been treated, they’re gone for good.
CoolSculpting® might be a good option for you if you are experiencing excess fat in areas that cannot seem to be targeted by your diet or exercise routine.
Our full-service medical spa known as Mirabelle Face | Body | Skin offers CoolSculpting® treatments targeted specifically to your needs, achieving natural results.
Surgical Approaches to Transform Your Body
In many cases, weight loss might not be the only thing holding you back from your body goals.
The aging process creates changes to the abdomen in both women and men (such as increased laxity of the abdominal skin and stretched abdominal muscles). Some individuals, such as females after pregnancy, are especially prone to these changes. The extreme physiologic changes experienced from pregnancy can leave women with a figure that feels and looks very different from pre-pregnancy.
In these circumstances, a tummy tuck might be the best option. Three main problems are targeted with a tummy tuck: 1) excess and lax skin (especially below the belly button), 2) separation of the abdominal muscles and 3) fatty deposits.
Our physicians recommend maintaining a healthy diet and exercise plan prior to surgery, as well as after recovery to offer the best results possible.
Lipoplasty (more commonly known as liposuction) targets unwanted fat deposits commonly located in the neck, lateral breasts, abdomen, hips, or thighs. Liposuction can selectively target areas of fat in your body that do not respond well to diet and exercise alone.
Where a tummy tuck uses a long incision to remove excess skin, liposuction uses a few small incisions to gain access to the fatty deposits. A thin tube then removes the fat cells permanently in order to enhance contour. Often, liposuction is performed in addition to other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck, neck rejuvenation, or others.
When choosing the best path for you, rest easy knowing you’re not alone in the process. Our physicians offer options completely customized to your goals with results that are a perfect fit to you and your lifestyle. Call us today to book a consultation.