Loose Skin? Stubborn Fat? Here Are Your Body Contouring Options

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If you have been pregnant or undergone dramatic weight loss, you may be dealing with 2 lingering issues: loose skin and stubborn fat. From tummy tuck to CoolSculpting®, our Brooklyn and Staten Island patients have many options for achieving their body contouring goals. But which option is best for you?

Well, it depends on the results you’re looking for.

Tummy tuck, liposuction, and CoolSculpting are 3 of the most popular body contouring procedures. This blog post will list the benefits of each and explain how they help you slim down and reduce body fat.

Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck is a surgery that involves making a low, horizontal incision that reaches hip to hip, and one within the bellybutton. The doctor uses these incisions to remove excess skin and fat, creating a smooth, firm abdomen in the process. Tummy tucks can also eliminate a “belly pooch” by treating diastasis recti: a condition where ab muscles are weakened and separated during pregnancy. Stitching together these ab muscles can slim areas that diet and exercise won’t fix.

Patients can return to work after 2 weeks and safely resume exercise after 6. The scars from surgery can usually be hidden by underwear or a bathing suit.


Doctors perform liposuction by inserting a small tube (called a cannula) through a very small, carefully placed incision. This tube breaks up and suctions out excess fatty tissue in the treatment area. Liposuction can slim saddlebags, love handles, and other body bulges created by excess fat. There are also other less-invasive types of liposuction–such as BodyTite–that can include skin tightening as well as fat reduction.

Your doctor can help you decide if traditional liposuction or BodyTite is a better option for your goals. Most patients can return to work after 1 week after treatment, with vigorous exercise being allowed after 3 weeks.


CoolSculpting is a noninvasive procedure that targets fat cells by placing fatty tissue between 2 cooling panels. The targeted fat cells become frozen and are later eliminated from your body through your own natural cleansing process. As the frozen cells are expelled post-treatment, fatty areas are reduced and gradually shrink in size.

There is no downtime after this procedure, although patients might experience some temporary soreness or redness. While it can’t remove loose skin, CoolSculpting is an excellent option for those who prefer a noninvasive way to reduce fat.

Modern medicine has given us many options for toning up our bodies. But in the end, the best way to learn about your contouring options is to have a 1-on-1 discussion with your doctor.

Talk with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discover which option is best for your body and lifestyle. Contact us online or call (718) 720-9400 to schedule your appointment.

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