The most effective way to target belly fat without surgery
Why is Belly fat seen as such a huge issue?
In a survey carried out in 2015 by YouGov, it was revealed that more than a third of people in the UK are unhappy with their body weight and image. With many people finding that they pile excess fat around their belly when they gain weight, it’s no surprise that belly fat is one of the most problematic areas for many people and can cause feelings of low self-esteem and self-consciousness. With the aspiration to feel and look good in and out of our clothes, having a flatter belly is really desirable for most people and it can be frustrating that this is the most difficult area to reduce. Belly fat (also known as subcutaneous fat) is the layer of fat that sits around our midriff and may even be referred to unflatteringly as a ‘muffin top’. For some people, even with a healthy change in diet and increased exercise, it can still be incredibly difficult to target this stubborn belly fat when trying to lose weight and achieve a flatter tummy.
Fat around the midriff isn’t just an aesthetic issue though. Visceral fat is a different, more harmful type of abdominal fat than subcutaneous fat. This type of fat is tucked deep around your organs and can surround your heart, lungs and digestive tract. It is made of several adipose deposits that put out inflammatory cytokines that can ultimately damage your organs. Visceral fat is so dangerous because it can contribute to serious health issues like glucose intolerance, hypertension and coronary heart disease. This type of fat can be present in people who don’t even appear overweight if they do not live a healthy and active lifestyle.
It is no wonder then that belly fat is a huge problem for many people and finding ways to target and reduce both types of fat effectively is vastly important. But, what are the treatment options available?
Is surgery an option?
Surgery to remove excess fat and achieve fat reduction is an option, and it is known as liposuction. Liposuction is essentially surgery that will remove stubborn fat from problem areas. It can have immediate and very effective results in the reduction of subcutaneous fat on various areas of the body including the belly. The results are generally long lasting if a healthy weight is maintained afterwards. The surgery involves a surgeon, working under general anaesthetic, who will make an incision and then insert a tube into this incision attached to a vacuum. This tube will be vigorously moved back and forth around the fatty area to loosen the fat deposits and then to suck them out of the body.
Are there risks or side effects?
The surgery typically lasts a few hours, and once the procedure is finished, patients need to stay in overnight as a result of the invasive surgery and going under general anaesthetic. Elasticated supports such as corsets or compression bandages must be worn in the weeks after the operation to help reduce the swelling and antibiotics may be given to reduce the risks of infection. Bruising and swelling, scarring, numbness and fluid deposits from the cuts are all quite common side effects to experience in the weeks following this type of liposuction surgery.
As with any type of surgery that involves going under general anaesthetic there are serious risks involved. It is therefore essential to carefully weigh out whether liposuction treatment is indeed the route for you. Some of the risks associated with surgery can include:
- Lumpy and uneven results
- Damage and bruising to internal organs
- Pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs)
- A numbness that can last for months
- Haematoma (commonly known as bleeding under the skin).
- Changes in skin colour
- A build-up of fluid in the lungs
- Excessive bleeding
- Risks of infection
- An allergic reaction to the anaesthetic
How much does the treatment cost?
In the UK traditionally liposuction costs range anywhere from £2000 – £6000. This, of course, varies depending on how much of the body needs to be treated and where you choose to go for your surgery.
Is surgery really for me?
An important factor to note when considering liposuction is that whilst it can be effective on superficial fat it cannot target any of the underlying harmful visceral fat. It will only target the top layer of fat meaning that it will not aid any health improvements if a significant amount of visceral fat remains. For many people, surgery is just not an option. The idea of putting your health at risk to target a cosmetic issue doesn’t sit well with many people. The high cost and painful and lenghty recovery time involved are also very off-putting.
However, the problem of belly fat and how to effectively treat it remains. The good news is, invasive surgery is not the only option when it comes to belly fat reduction, and it is not always the most effective treatment either.
What are my alternatives to invasive surgery?
Cavitation is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that is able to eliminate fat cells from the body through the use of ultrasound technology. Unlike liposuction surgery, this treatment destroys the unwanted fat cells without harming any other cells in your body. It also comes without the pain induced by surgery. During the procedure, a hand-held ultrasound device will be moved over the area in a circular motion. Clients at most can experience a slight warmth on the treatment area and also hear a buzzing sound during the procedure – this subsides immediately once the ultrasound applicator is removed and is not painful. Recovery time is usually instant, which is a welcome change to those associated with surgery, and typical day to day activities can be resumed immediately. This is obviously a dramatic difference to having an operation where the downtime and recovery period is considerable.
How does it actually work?
Ultrasound waves apply pressure on the fat cells in your body. As the cells are unable to withstand this intense pressure, they are broken down and turned into liquid. This fatty liquid can then be naturally expelled through your liver meaning that there is no need for any incision or invasion to remove the fat once it is turned to liquid. Because of this, there is no risk of damage to your internal organs or the surrounding areas. The treatment essentially melts unwanted fat and expels it naturally from your body. One brilliant advantage of choosing this non-invasive treatment is that ultrasonic cavitation can actually work to target the visceral fat as well as the superficial layer of belly fat. Not only will it achieve aesthetically pleasing results but it can also provide real health benefits by reducing harmful fat around the internal organs.
Cavitation produces really effective results and inch loss can be visibly achieved without the huge risks associated with liposuction. Clients typically note that between 1-5 inches of fat loss can be achieved from the first session and with a course of 6-8 sessions even better results will be seen. More inch loss will be obtained following each session of cavitation.
Cavitation treatment is an effective treatment for targeting belly fat loss, but it can also work on a range of areas including:
How much does the treatment cost?
Our treatments start from as little as £199 per area. Fat loss can be achieved in one treatment, but for best results, we recommend a course of 6-8 treatments. For a package of 6 treatments prices will start from just £1000.
How do I book my appointment?
Get in touch today for professional, friendly advice. We will work closely with you to carefully select the best treatment choice to help you get started on your journey to feeling like the best version of you.
Before the procedure you will have a consultation with a highly trained Aesthetics of Liverpool practitioner, during this consultation we will discuss what you are hoping to achieve from the treatment and you can ask any questions.
To book your consultation with us, please call Aesthetics of Liverpool on 0151 203 1393.