My Trips to the Hospital

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My Trips to the Hospital

Hi, I'm Cari. When I was a teenager, my best friend Claire's mom got cancer. I started offering to take Deb (the mom) to the hospital for her treatments to help give the family a break. They had all been in and out of the hospital so much, and since I'm basically family to them, it was nice to support Deb and Claire. Not to mention, I was able to learn a lot about different medical topics just be listening and watching while waiting in the hospital. It was fascinating. To everyone's joy, after a long and hard two years, Deb finally beat cancer! I decided to start this blog as a memorial to all those who have struggled with health problems and as a resource to for anyone who needs to know more about hospitals and treatments.


The Different Types of Body Contouring Procedures

A healthy lifestyle hinges on the pillars of diet and exercise. Yet, even when you put forth your utmost effort to uphold these foundations, your body may not always yield the anticipated response. In some instances, you may have medication-related weight gain, hormonal imbalances, or pregnancy. Fortunately, there are numerous non-invasive body contouring procedures available that can help you sculpt the body you want. The following explores the various types of body contouring procedures available today.

Non-Invasive Procedures:

Non-invasive procedures offer a cost-effective and safe approach to body contouring, making them an excellent choice. The advantages of these procedures include minimal or no downtime and the avoidance of surgical intervention. Some examples of these procedures include: 

  • CoolSculpting - Freezes and eliminates fat cells from the body.
  • Laser lipolysis - Uses laser energy to liquefy fat before it is removed.
  • Ultrasound therapies - Uses ultrasound to target and eliminate fat cells.
  • Injections/Fillers - Uses injections of hyaluronic acid fillers to add volume and reduce wrinkles.

Minimally Invasive Procedures:

Minimally invasive procedures are the middle ground between non-invasive and surgical procedures. Such procedures, while minimally invasive, still require some level of incisions and the use of medical instruments to reach the designated treatment area. These procedures include:

  • Tumescent liposuction - Uses a device to liquefy fat cells before their removal.
  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) - Uses ultrasound to break down fat cells before their removal.
  • SmartLipo - Uses a laser to melt away fat cells before their removal.
  • BodyTite - uses radiofrequency energy to target and eliminate fat cells.

Surgical Procedures:

Surgical procedures are the most in-depth and comprehensive procedures to address excess skin and fat removal. Such procedures may include: a 

  • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) - Removes fat from the tummy area 
  • Extended tummy tuck - Similar to a tummy tuck but with more extensive skin and fat removal
  • Body lift - Removes fat from the body, typically after weight loss 

Surgical body contouring is an invasive procedure and requires downtime associated with recovery. It is essential to note that these procedures may have associated risks and complications, but they have more significant outcomes than their less invasive counterparts.

It is essential to consider the benefits and risks of each body contouring procedure before opting for one. The procedure should meet your specific needs, concerns, and expectations. By seeking guidance from a skilled surgeon or physician, you can gain valuable insights into various body contouring procedures. Their expertise will assist you in selecting the treatment option that aligns best with your specific needs and preferences. Regardless of the procedure, it is important to remember that body contouring is not weight loss surgery, and leading a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise will maximize the results of these procedures.