It’s a new year, and many of us are resolving to get our bodies into better shape. One of the most common areas of complaint is the excess band of abdominal fat that hangs over the waistband of pants. The popular term for it is “muffintop,” and the word has become so recognizable that the Oxford English Dictionary recently coined and included it in its new editions.
Muffintop fat is notoriously resistant to noticeable reduction through diet and exercise alone. Reasons can include hormonal imbalances or loss of elasticity due to cesarean section surgery. Body sculpting and laser procedures such as Zeltique and Zerona are some of the best available to get rid of muffintop with little to no downtime for the average client.
How Does Lasering Work?
Laser treatments for muffintop involve using concentrated light pulses to liquefy the fat in each individual cell. The deflated cells later pass through the body’s natural elimination process. A cosmetic surgeon targets this type of laser treatment to specific spots that will reduce the overall circumference of each patient’s waistline. The number of required treatments can vary from person to person, and the average patient sees roughly a 2 cm reduction in the waistline after each treatment.
Body Sculpting for Muffintop Reduction
Zeltique is one of the cool sculpting methods that have gained the most attention due to its often excellent results. Cosmetic surgeons use similar instruments to lasering while performing this procedure. The main difference is the use of a technology called cryolipolysis that freezes fat cells rather than simply deflating them. At the start of each session, the physician applies a cold gel pack to each area to be treated and then suctions the skin against a metal plate to start the cool sculpting process. The average session takes about one hour, and patients should expect to see gradual results over a few months of continuing treatment. This length of time is necessary for the crystallized fat cells to naturally pass out of the body.
Candidates seeking to get rid of muffintop fat are in general good health without medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. They should also not have large amounts of excess fat that can first be lost through exercise and healthy eating. Both laser and cool sculpting treatments are intended to eliminate smaller layers of remaining body fat in hard-to-reduce areas of the waistline.
An individual consultation will give each procedure candidate a good idea of how well laser and sculpting treatments could improve body contours. During this initial visit, a cosmetic surgeon will discuss medical history and examine current body fat proportions in each individual patient considering one of these procedures. For further details and to schedule an initial consult, contact us today through our Request a Consultation form on our main website.