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Excess Weight

Recommended Treatments For Excess Weight Fat lasers and freezers may de-bulge so-called saddlebags and thunder thighs. Though not effective for large areas of fat or the extremely overweight, Zerona and Zeltiq may chill off or liquefy smaller pockets of stubborn fat, like love handles and stomach rolls.
Name Description Cost
Zerona Zerona can remove excess pockets of fat from the body, including the waist, hips, thighs, upper arms, inner knees, back, and buttocks. Zerona utilizes low level lasers to melt fat so it can...more Zerona costs $2,000 to $3,500.
Zeltiq (CoolSculpting) Zeltiq uses fat-freezing technology to remove targeted excess fat from overflowing parts of the body. Zeltiq can be used on the back, abdomen, and waist. During the procedure, a cooling...more Zeltiq costs $1,500 to $3,000.

Surgery For Excess Weight
Name Description Cost
Smartlipo Laser Liposuction SmartLipo is a type of laser-assisted liposuction. It uses a laser to melt fatty areas and a traditional liposuction tube to remove it. SmartLipo is for belly, buttocks, thighs, waist, hips,...more SmartLipo costs approximately $2,400 for fat removal from the chin. A larger region, like...more
Tumescent liposuction Tumescent liposuction is the original version of liposuction. The body shaping surgery vacuums out isolated pockets of fat through a suctioning device. It is not a solution for couch...more Tumescent liposuction costs $1,500 to $7,500.
Vaser LipoSelection Vaser LipoSelection is a body shaping procedure that uses ultrasonic vibrations to break up fat, suction out excess fat, and increase collagen production. LipoSelection removes s fat from the...more LipoSelection costs $2,500 to $4,000, depending on how much fat is removed.
Tickle Lipo An alternative to traditional liposuction, Tickle Lipo devices shape the body using ultrasonic vibrations to break up fatty deposits before suctioning them from the body. Tickle Lipo removes...more Treatment costs about $3,000.

Secondary Treatments For Excess Weight
Name Description Cost
Gastric band Gastric banding is a surgical procedure. An inflatable band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach. It is intended for aggressive weight loss, and it is the second most common...more Gastric banding costs $14,000 to $18,000.
Gastric bypass Gastric bypass surgery is the most common bariatric operation. Post-surgery, the stomach is so small that only one to two ounces of food can fit inside the walnut-sized pouch. Gastric bypass...more The operation costs between $18,000 and $35,000.

Treatments Not Recommended
Name Description
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) The tummy tuck is not an ideal fat removal treatment. Though it may remove loose skin and (some) fat, it is more appropriate for women (or men) who need to tighten the stomach, not de-fat it.
VelaShape VelaShape is approved for the treatment of cellulite and will not result in weight loss.