5 Reasons Lipo Alternatives May Not Live Up to Your Expectations
Makenzie on 7 Nov 2012 at 10:30am
With morning talk shows that tout the Exilis fat-melting procedure one day and then are on to next big thing, it's tough to keep up. It feels like we're offered a new way to ditch unwanted bulges every week.
Liposuction expert Dr. David Amron warns that lipo-alternatives with gimmicky marketing may not give you the results for which you hoped (nearly 50% of his procedures are revisions from botched jobs). Here are his 5 reasons why:
1. It's a waste of money.
Many procedures claiming to diminish fat with the flick of a button or a zap of the laser are exactly as they seem - too good to be true. Patients often opt for these "miracle" procedures, hoping to benefit from less recovery and faster results when in reality, the results may never come. If results do come, it is usually after multiple office visits at a high cost.
2. They can throw you out of proportion.
Many new liposuction alternatives forfeit a level of control. Because patients are often dealing with a machine, rather than a specialist, they lack the proper evaluation and control to guarantee the area of focus is still in proportion with the rest of the body.
3. New technologies may create new problems.
Because many of these procedures are so new to the market they have yet to run their course with significant testing. Not only do patients run the risk of wasting their money on a procedure that might not work, there is also a risk of unforeseen complications which can cost a fortune in revisions or medical attention.
Lipo alternatives are actually not an alternative to lipo at all. Many of these new technologies claim drastic results that usually fall short.
5. Spot removal doesn't work.
Though it may seem we only need to eliminate one precise area of fat, this is not usually the case. Because if this trend of spot reducing fat through alternative methods of liposuction, many patients are finding themselves even further out of proportion than before. Plus, unlike liposuction, improvements may only be temporary.
So if you're looking for a way to say "buh-bye" to stubborn fat, do your research and have reasonable expectations for whatever procedure you choose. And remember, just because a someone owns a brand-name machine does not mean they are a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist.
Lead photo: CoolSculpting by Dr. Barry DiBernardo; other photos courtesy of Dr. Amron
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