Though people everywhere may lament excess fat, those in South Florida have the unique concern of being unable to hide stubborn fat under sweaters and layers of clothes. If you are worried about sharing selfies, hanging out at the beach, or engaging in other social activities due to resistant fat pockets, consider these options:
Diet and Exercise
The first step in effective weight loss is transforming your eating and exercise habits. To lose weight, you must consume fewer calories than you burn. If you exercise regularly, you should lose a couple of pounds each week.
Eating plenty of fresh produce will keep you full while drinking plenty of water is essential to hydration and weight loss. Stay away from tempting foods and fad diets. Instead, learn to appreciate the health-giving aspects of your meals.
If you are doing these things and still have localized fat that is not responding to your efforts, other methods are available.
A non-surgical alternative, CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared alternative designed to target specific areas of fat. The technique involves freezing stubborn fat in the abdomen, sides, double chin, and inner and outer thighs. You can expect permanent and safe results with a qualified medical practitioner and appropriate lifestyle choices afterward.
After a protective gel pad is placed on the treatment area, the skin and fat are pinched into the applicator. The subcutaneous fat is frozen and eventually reabsorbed by your body. You will notice the cold at the start of the treatment, and you can expect to lose around one-quarter of the unwanted fat from one treatment.
For those with an unwanted second chin, Kybella is often the recommended treatment of cosmetic practitioners. This minimally-invasive technique utilizes an all-natural molecule that targets fat cells. You will receive multiple injections throughout the coverage area. Each treatment takes less than half an hour, and you can have up to six over the course of six months or more.
Swelling and bruising at the injection sites is a normal side effect that fades quickly over time. Currently, the use of Kybella is only approved for under-chin use.
If you are seeking faster results, then tumescent liposuction is your best bet. This form of liposuction has been used for decades and is far safer than the previous methods. It does not require a general anesthetic and has minimal blood loss associated with it.
Tumescent means swollen and firm. In regards to liposuction, this condition is created by a combination of a local anesthetic and capillary-shrinking medications. The solution is targeted toward your unwanted subcutaneous fat, which is then removed. As a result of this modern technique, you will experience minimal bruising and swelling around the incision sites.
If you are tired of the discomfort associated with excess fat and are ready to make a change, you have a wide range of choices. Although starting with a healthy lifestyle is an excellent beginning, you should consider these options for treating your stubborn fat. Contact Hollywood Dermatology for a complimentary consultation to find out which fat loss treatments are right for your needs.