When it comes to tightening up your figure, you have plenty of options. However, it’s important to understand the limits of non-invasive treatments, and know when surgery is the better option.
While body contouring is a great way to make subtle, natural improvements, those looking for a more noticeable transformation might benefit more from a tummy tuck. The important part is finding a provider that will give you unbiased advice.
At Laughlin Plastic Surgery, in Annapolis, Maryland, Dr. Daniel Laughlin can walk you through your options and help you decide if a tummy tuck or body contouring to “freeze your fat away” is the best option for you.
An overview of body contouring
Diet and exercise is the best way to lose weight and slim down, but what do you do about leftover fat deposits? Body contouring was designed as a way to address these problem areas using a number of methods, ranging from lasers to radiofrequency energy.
One such method is cryolipolysis, or CoolSculpting®, which uses freezing temperatures to break down fat. This is done using a handheld applicator that targets fat cells, destroying their integrity. From there, your body’s lymphatic system processes the debris left behind, and your remaining fat cells continue operating normally.
When a tummy tuck is the better option
Body contouring treatments are not a replacement for weight loss, and they cannot deliver the same results as actual surgery. It’s also important to note that CoolSculpting is designed to target fat cells, not tighten skin. If you’ve lost a considerable amount of weight, the rolls of “fat” might just be leftover skin and muscle tissue that cannot snap back.
If you’re looking to physically and instantly remove excess fat and tighten up your abdomen, a tummy tuck might prove more promising. Tummy tucks involve literally removing the fat deposits from your abdomen via surgery, and potentially removing excess skin as well, to leave your midriff taut and attractive.
Deciding which is best for you
Good counsel is important when deciding upon cosmetic procedures; if your provider only offers one service, they might encourage you to choose that one. At Laughlin Plastic Surgery, Dr. Laughlin offers both tummy tucks and CoolSculpting. During your consultation, he will explain both procedures in detail, go over your goals and expectations, and help you decide which approach is best. The final decision is yours!
To learn more about your options, call 410-297-0654 or visit the contact page for more information.