In terms of weight loss, there are few parts of the body that are more frustrating than the abdomen. It often seems that the midsection is the first to gain weight and the last to shed it. For some people, no matter how diligently they exercise and diet, the last bit of fat just refuses to come off the stomach.
For others, it may be even harder. Being dangerously obese carries significant health risks that may entail more drastic measures. Whether you’ve got some lingering fat or you’re looking to overcome obesity, we’ve got the right treatments for you!
- Tummy Tuck: An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, gives you a flatter abdomen by removing extra skin and fat and tightening the muscles. Learn more about this procedure including the tummy tuck cost, risks, scars and recovery time.
- Liposuction: Liposuction is one of the most popular surgical treatments for fat removal. There are many different variations of liposuction, but all are designed to allow for easier or more precise removal of fat. Read more about the types of liposuction, risks, recovery time and cost per area of the body.
- Non-Surgical Fat Reduction: As an alternative to liposuction, there are non-invasive treatments that can help remove unwanted fat from the abdomen. Some of these procedures include Coolsculpting, Liposonix and Zerona. However, these treatments are usually recommended for individuals who are in relatively good shape with small amounts of fat on the abdomen, flanks, back or thighs.
- Abdominal Etching: Get the six pack abs you’ve always wanted with this procedure.
- Panniculectomy: A procedure for those who have lost a significant amount of weight and have excess skin that hands down over ones genitals and/or thighs.
Weight Loss Surgery
- Gastric Bypass: This is the most commonly performed weight loss surgery. The procedure decreases stomach size as well as the length of the small intestine.
- Gastric Sleeve: During this procedure, a large portion of the stomach is removed and what remains resembles a sleeve or tube.
- LAP-Band: A silicone band is placed around the stomach, limiting the amount of food that may be consumed.
- Realize Band: Similar to the LAP-Band, a band is placed around the stomach that limits the amount of food that can be eaten after surgery.
- Duodenal Switch: This is one of the more complicated forms of bariatric surgery. It involves both reducing the size of the stomach and rerouting the digestive tract to bypass part of the small intestine.
- Incision-Free Weight Loss Procedures: During ‘Incision-free’ weight loss procedures, the surgeon inserts the needed devices and tools through your throat, rather than an incision in your abdomen.