Today, we have excellent choices when it comes to treating excess fat. As we age, it becomes more and more difficult to lose those extra inches especially in certain areas like the belly, sides, and thighs. This is a result of changes in hormones, activity level, stress, and genetic factors. The good news is we now have many options to treat excess fat, and each has its own particular strengths/weaknesses.
Dr. Leif Nordberg at Nordberg Plastic Surgery looks at any patient he sees for a body contouring consultation as an individual. He will review activity levels, medical history, work status, expectations, and of course the patient’s own unique anatomy. The most important questions Dr. Nordberg has to answer during the consultation are: how much fat is present, what is the quality of the skin, and are there muscle issues like muscle weakness (i.e. from pregnancy) in the area(s) of interest?
Areas of just fat excess can be treated using Coolsculpting or Liposuction. Coolsculpting is best for people in pretty good shape who are looking to better contour areas that just won’t “budge” with exercise and weight loss. Those love handles, hanging belly fat, saddle bags, inner thighs, back rolls, and flabby arms are examples of good areas to treat with Coolsculpting. Liposuction is also used to treat these areas, with the advantage of being able to remove more fat than Coolsculpting. The main advantage of Coolsculpting is that it has minimal down-time, whereas Liposuction typically has one to two weeks of bruising and swelling that require consideration of recovery time. Both treatments are excellent, but must be tailored to the individual patient’s needs. Finally, when there is significant hanging, excess skin, Dr. Nordberg must consider excisional procedures like a tummy tuck.