When it comes to fat reduction,
Liposuction seems to be in the lead in the United States and also
gaining popularity around the world. But right now, a chilling
contender threatens to compete with liposuction in the fat reduction
When a person reaches a certain age
he/she has a difficult time melting fats away. Exercise is too
tedious to do and dieting is a bit difficult due to temptations we
see everywhere. On top of it, dieting and exercise goes together to
get the best weight-reduction result.
Liposuction: Fat's Old Enemy
The best solution, so far, for people
to get rid of unwanted bulges or pockets of fats on their bodies is
through the process of liposuction. These troublesome pockets of
fats can be found on areas such as the thighs, abdomen, buttocks,
flanks, hips, upper arms, chin, jowls, and neck.
There are several methods in performing
the liposuction procedure. Generally, a small incision is made into
the skin and a narrow hollow tube, known as cannula, is inserted
through the incision where the fatty area is. The pointed edge of the
cannula breaks up the fat and the vacuum at the other end sucks out
the loosened fat tissues.
Patients may have significant bruising
and swelling after the surgery. For the first few days patients are
required to wear a compression garment. It usually takes 10 days for
a patient to achieve full recovery.
Cryolipolysis: The New Kid in Town
non-invasive strategy for boosting the body figure known as
?Cryolipolysis?" is being introduced by a company called
Zeltiq. For now, the device is solely FDA-authorized in the United
States for skin cooling and anesthetic utilizations. In Canada and
Europe, however, the device is used to reduce fat.
According to Robert Weiss, M.D.,
Dermatologic Surgeon at the Maryland Laser, Skin, & Vein
Institute in Hunt Valley, MD, the procedure uses cold temperatures to
get rid of fat. The targeted area's skin is pulled between the two
plates by a vacuum which is clamped afterwards. Cold water circulates
through the plates when the device is turned on. The process cools
the tissue in the immediate area to about refrigerator temperature.
For some strange reason fat cells are more susceptible to the cold
than other cells. The cooling makes the targeted fat cells to die and
break down. Over time, the fat content is gradually discharged,
carried to the lymphatic system and disposed by the body.
A single treatment
lasts for an hour. Cold sensation is what patients may initially feel
which doesn't last for long. Patients can rest or read a book during
the session. The skin stays in the clamped position for about 15
minutes and it takes several months to see the final results since
the break down of fat cells takes quite sometime.
The procedure is established on work performed originally by Dr.
Rox Anderson?s associate at the Wellman Labs. The apparatus is now
undergoing precise clinical trials to create quantifiable information
prior to advertisement launch.
Comparing the Two
Although complications due to
liposuction are rare, a patient may suffer from infection, nerve
damage, seizures, and negative reactions to anesthesia. One must be
aware that there is also the risk of experiencing adverse side
effects, such as bruising and scarring. On the other hand, the
benefits of fat and cellulite removal can be enormous, with many
patients reporting improved appearance, self-esteem, and overall
side effects of the treatment can include skin redness, bruising and
temporary numbness. In most cases, these symptoms disappear within a
week. Since the procedure is a non-invasive method, needles
are not needed, no incisions on the skin being made, no anesthesia or
pain medicines, as well as no recovery period. For most patients,
this type of procedure is considered to be convenient because they
can work on their laptop, read books, listen to music, or simply
"chill" out and relax.