How & Why to Remove Belly Fat


Our bodies change as we age, after children, due to exercise (or lack thereof), and some may become dissatisfied with their appearance. Although diet and exercise can help achieve an ideal appearance, persistent fat can be hard to get rid of. Cosmetic fat removal can be a great option to get rid of stubborn fat. These procedures include liposuction and non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Learn more about traditional liposuction and why to remove belly fat.

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Why remove belly fat?

The decision to remove belly fat is different for everyone; however, the main reason may be purely for aesthetic reasons.

For some, stubborn belly fat can be the cause of serious body dissatisfaction. In fact, approximately 91% of women have reported that they are unhappy with the way their bodies look. It can be emotionally challenging for those that exercise regularly and eat proper portions and healthy foods to continue to struggle with stubborn belly fat. In cases like these, it is not uncommon to consider surgery to remove the unwanted belly fat.

It is important to note, however, that although you may lose pounds of fat to achieve your desired appearance or weight, it will not improve your overall health. Improving your health is not a reason to undergo this procedure. Liposuction itself only removes fat under the skin and does not remove fat around important organs. You should strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle to help improve your health instead of relying on liposuction.

What is the difference between invasive and noninvasive cosmetic fat removal?

Invasive cosmetic fat removal involves surgically removing fat cells from the body. The most popular form of invasive fat reduction procedures is liposuction. Not all forms of fat removal procedures require incisions or anesthesia; There are some forms of cosmetic fat removal that rely on killing fat cells so that the body can naturally get rid of them. Such non-invasive body sculpting may not require surgery, but the results may not be as permanent as liposuction.

How does liposuction work?

Liposuction is surgery to remove belly fat or unwanted fat from other areas in the body. This process is considered an invasive surgery in which a certified cosmetic surgeon removes excess fat from targeted areas through a small tube (cannula).

This procedure can be performed as a standalone procedure or in addition to other cosmetic procedures. Liposuction is an effective form of cosmetic fat removal on the following areas of the body:

  • Back
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Abdomen
  • Neck
  • Face

Dr. Salemy can perform this surgery in 2 to 3 hours, depending on which area of the body is targeted in the procedure. You will receive local anesthesia and a gentle sedation to undergo liposuction. Dr. Salemy will make several tiny incisions from 3 to 4 mm each. The tube is inserted into the skin and suction is applied to remove the unwanted fat cells. The incisions from the procedure, however, should be almost imperceptible when fully healed.

Because liposuction is an invasive form of cosmetic fat removal, patients require more time to heal after the procedure than after other non-invasive surgical cosmetic procedures. Read more about the recovery time below.

What is Traditional Liposuction?

Many patients may be confused about the different types of traditional liposuction since each technique has different benefits and results. Learn about traditional liposuction below.

  • Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL): The PAL technique relies on a power source to rapidly move the cannula. This movement extracts fat with precision and the cannula can be inserted into smaller incisions.
  • Suction Assisted Liposuction (SAL): SAL is the traditional form of cosmetic fat removal. It involves using a small cannula with suction to extract fat.

Patients may not be eligible for all types of liposuction. The types of procedures performed depend on age, personal preference, health, treatment area, and cost. Talk with your doctor about which procedure is best for you to achieve your desired look.

How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

This question is asked often but the cost of liposuction varies depending on where the procedure is performed and what type of procedure is done. Most procedures also require the cost of anesthesiologist services, operating room fees, and preoperative laboratory fees. To get an accurate fee range for your body, consult with your surgeon.

What Should I Expect During Liposuction Recovery?

After undergoing liposuction, most patients are required to wear a compression garment. Most can return to work and other activities after a week to 10 days. Dr. Salemy will monitor the recovery process with regular visits. Bruising from the procedure should be gone within 2 to 3 weeks, and swelling should be reduced to normal in 4 to 6 weeks.

Contact Dr. Salemy to learn more about traditional liposuction procedures that will help you obtain your desired body shape.