You Can Get Rid of Stubborn Pockets of Fat

No matter how much time and effort people devote to eating healthy and staying active, most can point to at least a couple of areas of stubborn fat that they just can’t seem to shed. Whether on the belly, waist, flanks, butt, or someplace else on the body, those resistant pockets of stubborn fat can make you look heavier and feel less confident.

The good news: Fat-removal techniques — surgical, minimally invasive, and noninvasive — can help. In fact, these advanced approaches are so effective in eliminating stubborn pockets of fat once and for all that more than 600,000 fat-removal treatments are performed each year in the United States.

With practices in Middletown and Jefferson Valley, New York, Mrudangi S. Thakur, MD, offers traditional liposuction, state-of-the-art BodyTite® treatments, and innovative CoolSculpting® options for men and women looking to restore their slimmer, sleeker contours. Here’s how these innovative treatments can help you.

Exploring your fat-busting options

All of these approaches can help you get rid of stubborn areas of fat, but the way they achieve that goal is very different.


While liposuction has been around for decades, Dr. Thakur uses the most advanced techniques for optimal results. She makes an incision in your skin to access the fat deposits and inserts a long wand or tube with a cannula. It breaks apart fatty deposits, and the debris is suctioned away through the cannula’s open tip.

Liposuction is performed using sedation, so you can nap throughout the procedure. Afterward, you wear a special compression garment or bandage over the area to reduce swelling and speed healing. Liposuction is a good choice for people who want to remove a fair amount of excess fat.


Dr. Thakur also offers a liposuction technique called SmartLipo. This treatment is similar to liposuction, but it uses a smaller incision to access fatty tissue. The SmartLipo device emits laser energy to break up fat more efficiently, making it easier to extract the fat debris.

The heat emitted by the device’s laser tip also helps firm the overlying skin, making this approach a good option for people whose skin isn’t very elastic or who worry about lax skin remaining once their fat is removed.


BodyTite is a minimally invasive technique that uses radiofrequency energy to melt fat cells so they can be more easily removed from your body. Lidocaine and other IV fluids are infused through a tiny incision, helping to break apart fat while minimizing bleeding and post-op bruising.

Treatments are performed under sedation to keep you comfortable. Afterward, plan for a few days of activity modification to allow the results to settle in. Bonus: The gentle heating from the radiofrequency energy helps tighten skin, too, so your new body contours are toned and firm.


CoolSculpting gets rid of fat pockets without incisions. Instead, the CoolSculpting device is placed on top of your skin, and it emits targeted cold energy to chill those stubborn fat cells without harming surrounding tissue, a process called cryolipolysis — literally, destroying fat with cold.

The cold energy causes the cell walls to become brittle so they lose their integrity and are unable to store fat. Over the next few weeks, your body’s natural waste system disposes of the fatty debris, leaving sleeker contours behind.

Get your body ready for summer

It might be cold out now, but warm summer weather and a lighter, more revealing wardrobe aren’t far off. Scheduling your treatment now means your body can be ready to flaunt a slimmer new profile when the summer sun starts to shine.

To learn how Dr. Thakur can help you get rid of stubborn fat and reveal the sleeker contours you want, call the office that’s convenient to you or use our online form to schedule a consultation today.

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