Q: I just went bathing suit shopping and this pooch on my stomach really bothers me. I eat pretty healthy and exercise, but it won’t go away. I have no interest in surgery. Are there any other permanent options? Andrea, Warsaw
A. Andrea, thank you for your question. This time of year always prompts questions about getting rid of body fat as we look toward days on the lake, by the pool or just wearing shorts. Many patients, like you, have no desire or time in their schedule to have a surgical procedure. Thanks to new laser technology you can permanently destroy those stubborn fat cells without any downtime.
The most effective treatment I have found is called truSculpt. This system is FDA approved for the heating of deep tissue and temporarily reducing the presence of cellulite. This procedure uses a non-invasive radio frequency technology that delivers deep heating to fatty tissue. The fat cells are permanently destroyed during this process and then broken down and disposed of by the body over up to three months. After a truSculpt treatment, visible results can be seen as soon as four weeks with maximum results taking up to 12 weeks. It is designed to treat multiple areas of the body such as the abdomen, flanks, thighs, buttocks and chin.
Unlike liposuction, the procedure is non-invasive and patients can return to normal activities immediately. Often, patients return to work after the session. Older laser technology used to treat unwanted fat is performed with a freezing or cold technique. These machines can only treat the abdomen and thighs, can take a long time for the treatment and can be quite painful. The truSculpt treatments are comfortable, quick, and effective.
Andrea, truSculpt does not replace diet and exercise, but it sounds like you already do a great job of taking care of yourself. This procedure is not designed to be a weight loss option, but rather to target those stubborn pockets of fat that just won’t budge.
I recommend you start with a consultation with a trained medical aesthetics professional to make sure you are a good candidate. Please let me know if you have any other questions I can help answer. Have a wonderful summer!
Jennifer Kauffman is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, practicing in Warsaw. She is a sought after speaker at medical conferences such as the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons. Jennifer is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Coalition of Advance Practice Nurses of Indiana. She received her Nursing and Nurse Practitioner degrees from Goshen College, and Indiana Wesleyan University. Jennifer is a Clinical Instructor nationally to physicians and nurses on Botox, fillers and sclerotherapy.
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