The Best Fat Removal Procedures



The Best Fat Removal Procedures

Are you struggling with weight loss or in targeting problem areas that do not seem to improve, no matter how much you work out or what diet restrictions you do? Whether you are dealing with a postpartum body, excessive weight, or hormones gone wild that ruin your fitness efforts, there are now surgical and non-surgical fat removal procedures that can help you achieve your dream body. In this article, we have listed down all the latest fat reduction treatments and body contouring options, along with their proven advantages and disadvantages.

Woman’s body with measuring tape around the waist

All set? Let’s delve right in!

Non-Surgical Fat Removal Procedures

If you need a bit of help in melting away those nasty bulges, flabby arms, or muffin tops, but not yet ready to go under the knife, there are now non-surgical fat removal procedures that you can explore and successfully keep a secret. Is that even possible? Yes. We’ll get into that later.

Primarily, non-surgical fat reduction involves non-invasive cosmetic procedures that target and breakdown the fat cells in specific treatment areas to shrink the size of the subcutaneous fat pockets or the deep-seated fat deposits in the skin and above the muscle area. Non-surgical fat removal procedures are recommended if you are almost at ideal body weight and only need a boost with body contouring or have pockets of fats that seem to be resistant to exercise.

Flat stomach of a woman after body contouring treatment

Advantages of Non-Surgical Fat Removal Procedures

No Cuts, No Stitches, No Scars

This is perhaps the biggest selling point of non-surgical treatments. You do not have to worry about all this surgical stuff, so you do not dread but instead look forward to going through it and seeing the results. There is no general anesthesia used and less risk for complications as well.

Because there are no stitches and scars, it is also effortless to keep it as a little beauty secret and leave everybody guessing about how you have become beautifully toned and curvy in all the right places quickly.

No Downtime

No need to fake a week of flu or tell friends you are out of town. Clearing your schedule or plotting leaves in the office are also unnecessary. Our non-surgical fat removal procedures have zero downtime and do not require a recovery period where you have to take things slow. Book your treatment appointment in the morning and see your friends for lunch after! It is a match made in heaven if you are super busy and always on the go.

It’s in Sync With the Body’s Natural Processes

As we have mentioned above, non-surgical fat removal procedures use advanced technologies that stimulate your body’s natural ability to blast the stubborn fat cells. The results are not always instant but gradual, which also works to your advantage if you want to keep a low profile about your body contouring efforts. You can expect long-lasting results with a healthy lifestyle.

Having stated all these great benefits, non-surgical fat removal procedures are worth a try. But full disclosure: their results may be slow and subtle, lean more towards body shaping, and may take multiple sessions, depending on the case, before they become prominent. Again, they are not practical if you are overweight or morbidly obese. They are not going to meet your expectations the way you want them to.

Types of Non-Surgical Fat Removal Procedures


Medically known as Cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting (the brand name) is a non-invasive, temperature-based fat removal procedure that features an innovative technology using freezing temperatures to destroy fat cells and get rid of unwanted fats.

According to research, CoolSculpting promises, at least, 25 percent fat reduction. It is approved to be used in the following treatment areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Back area or the “bra rolls”
  • Upper arms
  • Under the buttock
  • Under the chin

During the treatment, you will be asked to sit in a comfortable position. At the same time, the CoolSculpting machine does its magic by freezing and dramatically reducing the fat cells without damaging the surrounding skin, muscle, nerves, and tissue. A cold gel will be applied to the treatment site, and a handheld cupping or panelled device will be placed on top of it.

As soon as it starts, you will feel the pressure and intense cold, which will dissipate in a few minutes. It is super comfortable. You can read a book, use your smartphone, or even take an hour-long nap while doing a CoolSculpting treatment. This non-invasive fat removal procedure takes approximately one (1) hour per treatment area to complete, and two (2) to three (3) sessions are recommended. While there are already noticeable improvements after a couple of treatments, CoolSculpting’s final results will be more prominent after three (3) months when the frozen cells are completely destroyed, and the body eliminates them naturally.

Side effects from CoolSculpting exist but are extremely rare. They include discomfort and a bit of redness and bruising that goes away on its own soon enough.

Women with toned arms


Sculpsure is another temperature-based fat removal procedure on the rise. It is a quick, no-fuss treatment that shocks the fat cells with laser heat. The treatment usually only takes 25 minutes. A device will be strapped onto the treatment site, which can be the stomach or the thighs. You will feel an alternating of intense heat and soothing cool down during the treatment. A single treatment is typically enough, with the final results becoming noticeable after waiting for six (6) to 12 weeks.


UltraShape is an ultrasound fat reduction technology that sends concentrated sonic waves to banish undesirable body fat and reduce the size of the fat deposit in the targeted treatment site, which can be the abdomen or flanks. This non-invasive fat removal procedure also has no downtime and takes one (1) to three (3) treatments spaced two (2) weeks apart. Similar to other treatments, UltraShape results are gradual, with the final results appearing after six (6) to 12 weeks.

Woman in a two-piece swimsuit

Should You Get Liposuction?

Now, if you are looking for drastic and dramatic results and have no qualms about surgeries, let’s talk about the most popular surgical fat removal procedure: liposuction. It is also called lipoplasty, liposculpture suction, or lipectomy. It is an invasive and aggressive treatment that removes and sucks up the fats from the body through a high-pressure vacuum applied to a cannula, which is inserted into the skin with a small incision.

The thought of cuts and stitches may scare you right off the bat. But don’t worry, these are super small, usually under a centimetre, and expertly done. Dr. McLean uses a technique that involves infiltrating the fat with fluid (“tumescence”) to assist in its removal. It is conducted under general anesthesia.

The common treatment areas for liposuction are:

  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Neck
  • Chin
  • Upper and backs of the arms
  • Armpits
  • Calves
  • Back area

It is important to note that having guts is not the sole requirement before you get considered as an ideal candidate for liposuction. During your sit-down consultation, you will be carefully evaluated by your surgeon. You should be a consenting adult with stable body weight. Your skin’s firmness and elasticity and your muscle’s health will also be assessed. You should not have any serious underlying medical condition. You should not be a smoker.

When it comes to results, we guarantee you that it’s worth going through all the trouble. There’s a reason it is still reigning at the top spot of the most commonly done surgical procedures in the world up to this day. Liposuction’s immediate surgical results can be seen as early as three weeks after the process. You will notice that your clothes fit better and that your confidence to express yourself through clothing is soaring. But wait until the final results amaze you in a year when the body has completely healed and recovered.

Liposuction is not a weight-loss treatment but a next-level body contouring procedure. The amount of body fat that can be removed, although higher compared to that of non-surgical techniques is limited and should therefore not be considered as an easy way out if you are overweight or obese. Even after the fat removal procedure, your doctor will advise you to lead an active and healthy lifestyle because it is not impossible to reverse the results once the fat cells go back and grow big again.

Book a Consultation with Dr. McLean Now!

Fortunately, Dr. Hugh McLean is an established industry expert well-versed in both surgical and non-surgical fat removal procedures. He is certified as a specialist in plastic surgery by the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, Inc.

If you are confused as to which of these treatment plans to take and would like to schedule a free consultation with Dr. McLean, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. A member of our team will get back to you immediately.

Book a consultation now!

March 19, 2020

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