How To Feel Good About Your Body

Let's face it, when we don't feel good about our body, it can spill over into almost all
aspects of our lives. Low self-esteem can affect your personal relationships and how you
perform your job. If you're struggling with weight loss or other body image problems, there
are cosmetic treatment methods available when traditional methods just won't produce the
results you need to feel better about yourself. And body contouring isn't just about
appearances, either. It can improve your overall health, which is another reason to feel
good about yourself.

One of the non-invasive weight loss methods gaining popularity is Zerona. This body contouring technique involves using lasers to break apart fat cells and turn them into liquid in problem areas like around the waist, thighs and hips. Those fat cells are flushed from the
body though your own natural cleansing process. Zerona can even tighten up loose skin, which is ideal for women after pregnancy.

Zerona laser light treatments take about 20 minutes for each side of your body. You'll need
to have the 40 minute sessions every other day for about 12 days for the best results. If
you skip a session there is a chance your body will reabsorb the fat. The manufacturer
recommends that Zerona patients drink up to 10 glasses of water per day during treatment,
get 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day and skip the alcohol and caffeine for optimum
weight loss.

Liposuction is also a popular weight loss and body contouring method. This cosmetic surgery has several forms, but all involve liquefying fat cells and then vacuuming them out through small incisions with a cannula. Areas most often pinpointed for liposuction are the hips, waist, thighs, buttocks, upper arms and back. Liposuction isn't meant to be a primary weight loss method. It's more for trimming off excess fat in problem areas when dieting won't work. All liposuction methods will require some down time after surgery, so be informed.

Wet Lipo involves being put under general anesthesia and having an injection of pain medication and dissolving solution in the target areas. Incisions for the cannula are then made and the liquid fat vacuumed out.

Ultrasound Lipo uses ultrasonic sound wave energy to break up the fat instead of having the dissolving solution injected. It's then vacuumed out the same way as wet lipo.

Vaser Lipo also uses sound waves to help break up fat cells. A solution of saline and anesthetic will be injected into the treatment area first. After the fat is liquefied, the cells and saline will be vacuumed out.

With Smart Lipo, the cosmetic surgeon will use a laser inserted beneath the skin to liquefy fat cells so they can be vacuumed out. The laser light also seals blood vessels so there is less bleeding.

Tummy tucks are another well-known method of body contouring. Again, it's for removing those stubborn pounds around the waist that just won't come off with dieting and exercise.

The two types of tummy tucks are complete or traditional and partial or mini. With a complete tummy tuck, the surgeon will make a large incision from hip to hip, remove yournavel and then remove excess tissue and skin and pull up and tighten the abdominal muscles before suturing everything back in place.

A mini tummy tuck has a smaller incision and your belly button isn't removed and then replaced. This scaled down mini tummy tuck is for people who just have a small amount of fat in the lower abdomen but relatively good abdominal muscle tone.  

All tummy tucks involve some type of anesthesia, often a drainage tube, compression garment and down time that can stretch into a few weeks.

A gastric bypass is usually reserved for people who have been unable to lose weight with normal dieting and exercising or need to lose weight for medical reasons. If you have a body mass index of 35 to 40 you may benefit from a gastric bypass. In fact, the American Medical Association has found that people who have weight loss surgery have a decreased rate of fatal heart attacks and strokes.

The procedure actually makes your stomach smaller. The surgeon will section off your stomach with a band or staples and reattach it the midway point of the small intestine. The smaller stomach restricts the amount of food you can eat at one time. There will be some  significant recovery time involved with a gastric bypass, so discuss all of your aftercare needs with your surgeon before making a decision to have this procedure.

If you've tried dieting and exercise but still aren't happy with your body shape, it may be time to find a cosmetic surgeon in your area and see what body contouring techniques could work for you.