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The Truth About Getting Slim

No matter the season, it’s hard not to want to slim down in order to look photo, bathing suit or ‘little black dress’ ready. Diet and exercise definitely play a huge role in the endeavor to have an aesthetically pleasing contour. However, what do you do when diet and exercise aren’t providing you with the figure you desire? That’s where Dr. Waltzman and the medical professionals at Waltzman Plastic Surgery come into play. They offer an array of surgical and non-surgical options for the body to help you achieve the look you’ve been working so hard for.

Diet and Exercise

Rather than starve yourself, try downloading a calorie calculator from the App Store on your phone to figure out how many calories it takes your body to fulfill its daily needs. After that, cut your intake by 500 calories in order to lose about a pound a week. Make sure to eat healthy, well balanced meals. Your body is intelligent and can tell if you’re starving it. It will start conserving fat to fuel your daily needs if malnourished. Also, consult your physician before making any major decisions about changing your diet for weight loss.

As far as exercise is concerned, you really only need about 30 minutes per day of moderately vigorous activity. That doesn’t seem so hard does it? Again, consult your physician before starting an exercise program if you have existing health conditions that prohibit certain types of physical activity.

Surgical or Non-surgical Fat Reduction – How do you choose?

Your best bet is to consult with Dr. Waltzman about the options he thinks are best for your body type and contouring goals. He offers a comprehensive consultation in his Long Beach practice and will answer any questions you may have regarding the procedures he offers.

The best candidates for Liposculpture (surgical) or CoolSculpting (non-surgical) fat reduction treatments are patients that are leading a healthy lifestyle including diet and exercise, but still have stubborn pockets of subcutaneous fat that they can’t seem to shed. Subcutaneous fat is the fat that is under the skin but above the muscle. Anything other than that is considered visceral fat which is stored in the abdominal cavity and requires diet and exercise to reduce.

Liposculpture / Liposuction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure where the fat cells are suctioned and removed with a cannula (small, flexible tube) and can either be discarded or saved and refined in order to be used for injections to other parts of the body or face that have lost volume over time. Liposuction is one of the most effective ways to eliminate unwanted fat cells in only one treatment.

CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure that provides a 25% reduction of fat cells per cycle. The CoolSculpting applicator is placed onto the target area and produces a cooling effect that freezes the fat cells to cause a natural cell death, otherwise known as cryolipolysis. They are then flushed out of the body over time never to return. Most patients opt for multiple cycles to achieve their desired result.

Both options are highly recommended but depend on your schedule and time you can take away from your daily responsibilities in order to complete treatments and/or minimal downtime.

Either way, it’s time to tell that weight to take a hike! And what better way to begin the process than by consulting with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon like Dr. Waltzman?

Give us a call at 562.448.6100 or contact us online to set up a consultation appointment to find out if you’re a candidate. You’ll be glad you did!

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