female-bellyPlastic surgery is synonymous with fat removal for many people. Certain areas like the abdomen are especially susceptible to accumulations of stubborn, excess fat that is nearly impossible to shed with diet and exercise alone. That’s why I offer several different cosmetic procedures intended to help patients remove excess fat from the abdominal area.

Liposuction is the most in-demand cosmetic procedure for removing fat from the belly (and other areas all over the body). The procedure involves making very small incisions around the site of your fat deposits. I then insert a thin tube known as a cannula underneath the skin to effectively loosen the fat cells. Once this is done, I am able to use a medical vacuum to safely suction out the loosened fat deposits. The results of liposuction are often very long-lasting.

One thing that’s very popular right now, especially for male plastic surgery patients, is a cosmetic procedure known as liposculpture. Unlike traditional liposuction, liposculpture is designed to provide improved muscle tone and contouring, an addition to simply removing fat. During the procedure, I am able to remove and reshape smaller fat deposits in the abdominal area, to help accentuate the abdominal muscles and narrow the waist.

It’s also worth mentioning that nonsurgical fat reduction with SculpSure® can also be very effective for patients who wish to treat small areas of fat without surgery. This treatment uses a series of sessions to gradually remove smaller patches of fat from the abdomen by safely utilizing heat to damage the fat cells. SculpSure® is noninvasive and does not require any downtime for recovery. However, patients should know in advance that it can take weeks for the final results of SculpSure® treatments to manifest.

One of the most important things for a plastic surgeon to understand is that no two patients are exactly alike. People have different preferences and needs. That’s why I offer a wide variety of cosmetic options in order to satisfy each of my patient’s personal specifications. For more information on fat removal procedures that I perform or to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery. And follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional tips, news, and more.