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The Top 5 Body Procedures to Help Remove Fat

There are many people who spend hours in the gym or trying many different diets and no matter what they do, they just can’t seem to shift stubborn areas of fat.

Some people may have even lost a significant amount of weight and are left with sagging skin or there are certain areas in which fat may still be hard to target.

Pregnancy can also leave women with pockets or ‘pouches’ of fat on the stomach and thighs and may leave them feeling deflated months after giving birth.

Fat removal procedures are typically aimed at those who are of an ideal weight or have reached their goal weight but are struggling to lose fat on certain areas of the body.

There are a variety of fat removal procedures that can help you solve this issue and here are the top 5 most popular and most effective ways.



Better known as the ‘tummy tuck’, this procedure is aimed at someone with excessive skin and fat on the stomach.

A typical abdominoplasty involves incisions being made in the abdomen and just above the bikini line. The abdominal muscles are then tightened and stitched into their new position before removing excess fat and skin.

Abdominoplasty can be combined with liposuction too for a more contoured effect.



This is the second most popular procedure, after breast augmentation (boob job), its aim is to remove fat out of the body by sucking it through a cannula.

This procedure is beneficial for those who have larger areas of stubborn fat which is often on the thighs or abdomen.

New techniques of performing this procedure have been developed to make it easier to break up fat cells.

One that is used quite regularly is ‘wet’ liposuction which involves administering saline, adrenaline and anaesthetic to the treatment area which is then sucked out with the fat.



VASER is a device which uses enhanced ultrasound technology to gently break down fat from areas of the body.

During the procedure the surgeon will make small incisions typically 4 – 5 mm long and inject fluid which is absorbed by the fat.

An ultrasound probe is then introduced under the skin to liquefy the fat. There are different types of probes depending on the area of the body and the quality of skin overlying the fat.

The probe disperses the ultrasound energy into the surrounding fat and liquifies the fat.

A different suction cannula is the introduced under the skin which then very gently and easily removes the liquefied fat.

Once the treatment is complete either a small dissolvable stitch or a dressing is applied to the incision.

The ultrasound technology is directed specifically at the fat so the nerves, blood vessels and surrounding tissues remain unharmed.

This can be performed on any part of the body that has some stubborn areas of fat such as the stomach, thighs, back and arms.



This procedure targets the fatty areas on the arms, otherwise known as the so-called dreaded ‘bingo wings’.

Fat and loose skin on the arms is very common from weight gain or extreme weight loss.

The surgeon will draw some markings on the inner arms which will determine the degree of fat removal.

Excess skin and fat is then removed from the upper inner arm.

This procedure will leave scarring in the inner arm which is hidden once the arms are by your side, but the length of scarring is something you may wish to discuss further with Mr. Jag Chana.


Thigh Lift

This procedure corrects loose skin and removes excess fat upon the inner thighs.

Markings will be made on the inner thighs to determine how much fat and skin will be removed.

Loose skin will be removed vertically and the scar will be located along the inner aspect of the thigh.

In a mini thigh lift, loose skin is removed and tightened with an upwards pull so that scarring will be in the groin area and not as visible.

The length of scarring will be discuss prior to surgery.

Liposuction may be performed at the same time to help contour the thighs too.


It is recommended to discuss any issues regarding stubborn deposits of fat on your body with MR. Jag Chana before considering surgery, as he can analyse the extent of your problem and advise you with the procedure that will give you the best results.


bellybuttonAs the New Year brings vows of a “new you,’’ how will you be achieving your ideal look? Will you be one of many turning to liposuction?

Many patients turn to liposuction in January, after a frustrating year of not losing weight.  It’s new beginnings –  we’d all love to change  for the better and liposuction is a great starting point.

Plastic surgeons and spa owners said that men are increasingly giving the gift of a cosmetic procedure for their wives or girlfriends who want to start off the New Year with a fresh face or body.

It’s the same reason health clubs are busy in January – people work up their resolve and they say this is the year they want to do it, and want it done right away.

There are many options available to achieve your goals. Your surgoen will be able to talk these over with you after your first consultation.

crystal-ballThe war on obesity will increase in 2011. There’ll be some fantastic procedures to help in fat removal as surgeon embrace the ability to freeze fat, zap fat, melt fat away, as well as vacuuming fat from places where it is plentiful (thighs, tummy and love handles) and re-injecting it into body parts where it is in short supply.

You might already have heard about new procedures using stem cells but expect to hear more. Adult stem cells live in fatty tissue and are the building blocks for any and all of the cells in the human body. Researchers here and abroad are working on ways to isolate stem cells from your fat. The hope is that once injected, stem cells may become activated by internal growth factors and spur the growth of new blood vessels and collagen.

In 2011 we will also hear more body contouring technologies such as Liposonix. Lipodissolve, an experimental “fat-melting” technology, may also carve out a niche for itself in removing small pockets of fat such as the double chin.


More and more Britons are going under the knife as a short-cut to losing weight and needing more fat removed than two years ago, reveals The Guardian newspaper.

Transform, the country’s biggest cosmetic surgery group, carried out liposuction on 2,016 people last year, up from 1,436 operations in 2008 and well above the 542 it did in 2000. During the same period the average amount of fat taken out rose from 687ml in 2000 to 1.05 litres last year.

The 2,000 litres of body fat removed in 2009 are the equivalent of what a typical chip shop uses in a year to fry its fish and chips, the newspaper reported.

89% of liposuction patients were women. They were most likely to come from Yorkshire (22%), the North West (20%) and North East (18%) with just 3% coming from the South East.

“The amount of fat we are removing through liposuction per patient is on the increase,” said Dr Abel Mounir. “As a nation we are becoming heavier, people are having to work harder to shift weight and liposuction is becoming more popular for those wishing to lose stubborn pockets of fat.”


Artur Boruc has revealed his New Year resolutions are to stop drinking, smoking and shed more than three stone. Boruc has been linked with a move to London club Spurs in a deal which would see Robbie Keane move in the opposite direction.

After being the target of stinging criticism by his international boss, Franciszek Smuda Boruc is considering liposuction as the best course to get back playing for his country and increase his chance of moving to London.

“I should probably stop smoking and drinking vodka,” he said. “I should also lose 20 kilograms. Maybe only liposuction will be enough to get me into the team.”

Liposuction is increasing popular with men who find it impossible to shift weight from stubborn areas of the body. Commonly operated on areas include the face and neck, thighs, hips, calves, ankles, knees, arms, breasts, abdomen, and back.


The Guardian newspaper has reported that an increasing number of Britons are taking advantage of seasonal discounts on cosmetic surgery in the December break and using the time off work to recover from operations before facing colleagues.

The newspaper claimes that plastic surgeons say the demand for procedures such as breast enhancement, facial surgery and liposuction is 50% higher in December than in an average month. They also report a 30% higher demand for non-surgical treatments such as lip enhancement and Botox.

Rajiv Grover, the secretary of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), said that Christmas was always a busy time, with demand fuelled by the long break. “People either want to get something done in time for Christmas or they want to use the break to hide away,” he said.


The editors of consumer guide to plastic surgery have looked into their crystal balls to see what trends are likely in 2010.


In 2010 expect to see a few more Botox rivals, including a topical form of the popular wrinkle relaxer and at least one more injectable. The main difference in these injectables seems to be how long the results last and how quickly the products start to work on your crow’s feet.


These once controversial injections may soon play a role in cosmetic breast augmentation. Taking fat from a part of the body where there is too much (your thighs or butt, for example) and injecting it into your breasts where there is too little, may replace the need for breast implants when done in conjunction with a breast lift. Some kinks still need to be worked out.


More and more people are undergoing bariatric surgery to lose weight, only to be left with hanging fat and flab in highly visible areas. Expect to hear about many new procedures, including the corset trunkplasty. This new surgery targets above-the-belly-button flab, to recreate an hourglass silhouette in formerly obese women and get rid of love handles in men.


Fat freezing (or cryolipolysis) may give liposuction a run for its money in the coming years. This technology works by freezing fat cells and breaking them down. Zeltiq is in clinical trials now, and results look promising.


Lipodissolve, an experimental “fat-melting” technology, is being billed as a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Also called mesotherapy, lipodissolve is performed via injection of a cocktail of chemicals into muffin tops, saddlebags, love handles and other trouble spots to dissolve fat cells. While even the trialists were skeptical at first, and the final results have not been tallied, it works.


Non-invasive body contouring procedures such as Thermage, VelaShape, UltraShape, LipoSonix and Zerona will continue to grow in popularity in 2010. Once reserved for the face, Thermage also uses radio waves to lift and firm skin on your stomach, knees, arms, legs, hands or butt. VelaShape employs bipolar radiofrequency energy to reduce the size of the fat cells, along with infrared heat to tighten the skin. And Zerona uses a “cold” laser to painlessly zap the fat cells beneath your skin. These technologies (and more) may give tummy tucks and lower body lifts a run for their money in 2010.


Face transplant surgery was once nothing more than fodder for sci-fi thrillers like the movie Face/Off, but they are now becoming a reality. Eight have been performed so far in the United States and abroad.


As the economy starts to show signs of recovery, more people may opt for cosmetic surgery procedures. Minimally invasive procedures, such as injectables will be popular. They allow people to put off more invasive (and expensive) procedures like face lifts until they really need them (and can better afford them).

Shoaib Akhtar

Shoaib Akhtar, the 34 year old Pakistan fast bowler, has had liposuction to help him slim down. “Fat was removed from his abdomen, hip and back,” Dr Waqar Ahmad, who performed the procedure, said.

The 34-year-old paceman’s close friend and doctor, Tauseef Razaq, said “Shoaib is likely to be match-fit within four weeks time.” Sources said the player, nicknamed the Rawalpindi Express has lost about 12-13 kgs of weight after liposuction surgery.

© Jag Chana 2014