Fat removal and body contouring

Enduring those fatty areas that are so difficult to shift is becoming a thing of the past. Today, there are many good options that are accessible, effective, safe. Body contouring is a term also used for some of the techniques used to remove fatty tissue. But for some people, surgical fat removal is still the best treatment to reliably and permanently eliminate those stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise alone.

What is fat removal surgery?

Typical areas that remain fat and “un-toneable” through exercise are the abdomen, upper arms, thighs, buttocks and, for men, the chest – also referred to as “manboobs”. These parts of the body respond well to surgery as the fat is literally vacuumed away from the layers of flesh between skin and muscle.

Lipoplasty (also known as liposuction) is a simple method using high-tech equipment to remove excess fatty tissue from deep within the skin. The surgical version of liposuction involves tiny incisions to the skin to enable the ultrasonic energy probes to remove the fatty substance.

Because the procedure is invasive, a local or general anaesthetic may be required. Risk of infection is low but cannot be ruled out and recovery time is speedy (depending upon the individual) and you can expect to back to your normal lifestyle within a few weeks.

Although not designed as a weight loss solution for the clinically obese, the results on size reduction and smoother skin are impressive – and long lasting with minimal scarring.

Am I suitable for fat removal

You may have spent many years trying very hard to get rid of your fatty, wobbly bits. If exercise and dieting has not worked for you then you are a candidate for surgical fat removal. It might be that you have gained excess flesh post pregnancy. Many women experience this problem due the over-stretching of the abdominal wall which might never return to its normal smooth, flat contours.

Drastic weight loss also produces problems with excess flesh that will not tone with exercise alone. Many people report sagging, fatty skin post diet or bariatric surgery (gastric bands etc). These problems can be addressed by surgical fat removal – the lipoplasty way.

There are many reasons why people gain weight – even ill health and medications can cause these problems – but it is always advised that losing weight gently and naturally through safe dieting and exercise is tried first.

Is fat removal safe?

With today’s advancements in medical practice and technology, most procedures are considered very safe. Minimally invasive methods are the best in terms of risk to infection and adverse reactions. Local anaesthetic and mild sedation rather than general anaesthetic is always going to offer better recovery time. However, there will always be some degree of risk and this depends on factors such as the patient’s general state of health, typical recovery behaviour to trauma and post-operative care.

When you are conducting your research on the various methods of fat removal it is important that you are fully informed on the business and their practitioners.

At Juvea Aesthetics our clinicians are trained to the highest of industry standards. Safety and care of our patients is our Number 1 priority. And this means making the correct assessment from the very start so that all patients are confident that they are given the right procedure for their condition.

What is non-surgical liposuction?

As an alternative to the traditional form of liposuction for fat removal, you might like to consider the non-surgical method using laser lipolysis.

At Juvea Aesthetics we partner with the industry–leading developer in laser technology, Cynosure®. The SculpSure™ system by Cynosure® is an accurate, reliable and safe method of removing fat from a heat-based laser device. Here is how it works:

• A high-tech laser heats the cells below the skin’s surface
• This heat destroys the fat cells
• A cooling device maintains the correct skin temperature
• The fat cells are then flushed from the body over time.
• The procedure typically takes around 25 minutes.
• The body recovers quickly, meaning virtually no downtime and the patient is ready to resume normally activities.

How much does it cost?

Considering some of the alternatives to fat removal or body contouring, the surgical lipolysis method consistently delivers successful outcomes. Because of this one treatment is usually all that is needed. Compared to the less invasive treatments, whereby a few applications might be required before the desired results are seen, the overall cost is favourable.

The exact cost of your treatment will depend upon the type of procedure that is considered suitable for you and recommended by our experts at Juvea. Another factor might be the size, complexity or multi-site option that some patients need.

What do I do next?

First of all, you need to consider your own body’s shape and size and what your realistic goals are. Perhaps run through a few questions so you are prepared for an assessment by a clinician:

1. Am I addressing a real problem here, or am I just seeking perfection?
2. How did this problem come about eg. Life-long, or pregnancy?
3. How long have I had this “fatty” condition?
4. What is my current state of health?
5. How does my body usually recover/heal?

When you can answer these questions and still feel that you are sure a medical procedure is right for you, you need to weigh up the options for the various types of fat removal surgery. It might be that an alternative form of fat removal would be better once you have talked to an expert.

Research clinics near your home or workplace. It is critical that you are confident in the business practices and the qualifications/experience of the clinicians themselves.

As a first option we invite you to call a Juvea expert today to talk through treatment options, planning and costs.

1 Harley Street, London, W1G 9QD
0207 291 4554

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