Are there procedures that rival the "gold standard" of repairing muscle and tightening loose belly skin as effectively as a surgical tummy tuck? The simple answer is no... but below are some incredible results for patients seeking alternatives to the traditional tummy tuck.
SmartLipoAlthough SmartLipo is considered invasive and surgical, it can often be performed without general anesthesia while the patient is awake. Watch this video of SmartLipo being performed live on TV.
Actual results of Dr. Thomas Barnes Tummy Shrink Lift in Less Than 1 Hour
A Tummy ShrinkLift(TM) is a procedure using liposculpture combined with skin treatment to lift up the post-baby pooch we moms know so well. Developed by Dr. Thomas Barnes, a cosmetic surgeon in Newport Beach, CA, this minimally invasive procedure may be the solution to your lower belly fat. Dr. Barnes has performed the procedure live on Good Day LA in Los Angeles and been featured on NBC's The Today Show.
Viora ReFitAccording to the manufacturer, ReFit uses the Reaction by Viora to address excess skin by utilizing the 4 modes of radiofrequency energy combined with vacuum therapy to deeply penetrate different tissue depths. By restoring collagen, skin is therefore firmer and more elastic in patients who have lost a significant amount of weight.
Actual ReFit Results, Post 8 Treatments
Patient: 27 yo Male, Weight Lost: 115 lbs
NOTE: Not Biggest Loser (Israel) Contestant
Image Courtesy of Viora
As in the case of E.G., a former Biggest Loser (Israel) contestant, who lost a whopping 93 pounds in 9 months on the show through only diet and exercise. As a participant of the show, she felt her confidence had built up and she says, "The trainers were incredible and helped me at every step. They identified my weaknesses and helped me change the way I thought about everything, food, working out, how I view myself in the mirror, etc. They gave me the tools to continue this lifestyle on my own."
The ReFit has been demonstrated by Dr. Sandra Lee on The Doctors TV Show.
Combination SmartLipo and Thermage
Actual Results of Dr. Louis Cole with Thermage and SmartLipo Tummy Tuck Alternative
According to Dr. Louis Cole, a cosmetic surgeon who offers Smartlipo and Thermage in Atlanta, GA, he will combine a series of procedures to maximize his tummy tuck alternative while minimizing scarring. After traditional liposuction, Dr. Cole will follow up with the Smartlipo laser to achieve some initial skin tightening. "If we're going to work on a larger patient, we can remove some of the fat with the power assisted liposuction or with the small micro cannular liposuction, then we use the skin tightening and the sculpting ability of the SmartLipo to get definition and skin tightening," describes Dr. Cole.
After which, Dr. Cole finishes up his combination with a Body Thermage treatment. "We also use the Thermage procedure in conjunction with the SmartLipo and the power assisted because the radio frequency performed right after the SmartLipo seems to synergistically work for skin tightening," states Dr. Cole, "If a patient has a large amount of fat that has been removed and they don't want to have a tummy tuck, where they have surgery to cut away skin and reposition the belly button, we use the SmartLipo with the power assisted lipo followed by the Thermage procedure."
Michigan SmartLipo provider Dr. Robert Burke stresses that patients should have realistic expectations when choosing laser lipolysis over the tummy tuck and vice versa, physicians should also carefully choose the right patient for the procedure. "An ideal candidate is a woman whose family is complete, they're close to their ideal weight with a body mass index under 30, and they're in good health." A patient with too much excess skin would not be an ideal patient for the Smartlipo procedure alone as the results would not be as dramatic as they may want.
Venus Freeze For Skin Tightening
The Venus Freeze utilizes (RF) radio frequency energy to deliver heat to tissues that stimulate contraction and tightening of underlying collagen in the skin.
Actual Venus Freeze Results by Dr. Tess Mauricio