Posted on: 10 January 2022
What are the top fat loss cosmetic procedures? Diet and exercise alone may not be enough to help you meet your weight loss, size, or shape goals. But this doesn't mean you can't have the body you want. Take a look at what you need to know about invasive and noninvasive fat loss solutions and your options.
Which Surgical Procedures Are the Most Popular?
There are two primary categories of cosmetic procedures — invasive/surgical and noninvasive. An invasive or surgical procedure includes an incision (surgical cut) and may require general anesthesia, stitches, and longer recovery times. While these procedures may come with more discomfort than a noninvasive option, you may have quicker or longer-lasting results.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2020 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report, the most popular surgical cosmetic procedures for fat reduction are liposuction (211,067 procedures in 2020) and tummy tucks (97,988 procedures in 2020).
As the name implies, liposuction uses a suction device to remove fat from targeted areas of the body. This helps to contour your shape and eliminate specific spots or pockets of stubborn fat. A tummy tuck is another surgical procedure. But instead of suction, the doctor will surgically remove fat and excess skin from the abdominal area. While liposuction can spot reduce the abdomen, thighs, or buttocks, a tummy tuck is only used on the stomach region.
What Non-Invasive Cosmetic Procedure Are the Most Popular?
You don't need surgery to spot reduce persistent fatty areas that don't respond to dietary or activity level changes. The most popular cosmetic fat reduction procedures in 2020 (357,938 in total for the year) include noninvasive fat reduction through a few different methods.
Cryolipolysis is a popular pick for removing fat without the discomfort or downtime of surgery. This method uses a freezing technique to break down and eliminate fat cells in a specific area. In the months following the procedure, your body naturally removes these cells. This creates a slimmer look.
Along with cryolipolysis, other invasive methods for fat reduction include radiofrequency, light-based, and deoxycholic acid cell destruction. Like cryolipolysis, these other procedures don't require surgical incisions, anesthesia, or significant recovery periods. But, also like cryolipolysis, you may not see immediate or permanent results.
Which Procedure Should You Choose?
There is no universal answer to this question. The type of procedure you choose depends on a few factors. These include whether you want immediate results, your preference for a noninvasive option, the amount of time you can devote to recovery, your weight loss goals, the types of weight loss or fat reduction methods you've tried in the past, and your overall physical health.Share