Medical weight loss
We begin your medical weight loss consultation with a careful history and examination by our M. D. Next we order a select lab panel to seek causes for weight gain. Examples include weight gain that is ‘hormonal’ or ‘secondary’ to other conditions. We look for these, because these conditions can be treated along with a weight loss plan. Then Dr Thaker selects appropriate medications or hormone treatments if needed. This is in addition to a diet and exercise plan we customize just for you. Some patients after our thorough initial evaluation, do not need weight loss medication. For them, treating another condition may restore healthy body weight.
Remember, while losing weight can make you look great, being overweight or even obese is associated with several negative health outcomes. These conditions include heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, even depression and diabetes. Any of these could diminish your life span and quality of life.
We specialize in multi-modal weight loss therapy. This is a unique and customized approach with three aspects. Dr Thaker is one of very few physicians and surgeons in Las Vegas, to offer not only medical weight loss, but also surgical liposuction, and non surgical fat reduction using lasers or freezing methods we describe below. These three methods add up to a comprehensive weight loss and fat loss treatment plan, that we customize for each unique patient.
Laser fat removal or lipolysis
We use Sculpsure Laser Lipolysis for patients that do not want surgery. Dr Thaker offers targeted laser lipolysis using the world renowned Scuplsure Laser. This is actually four separate laser heads that are placed on the areas of fat, in a comfortable, non-surgical 20 minute procedure. When this fat is gone, it is gone for good. Imagine a room filled with balloons, once these balloons are burst, they are gone forever. This is the effect of the laser on fat cells. We simultaneously cool the skin as the laser surface is actually chilled. We also offer cool sculpting, which is a method to freeze fat from problem areas.
Dr Thaker often combines both surgical liposuction, and non-surgical or laser techniques for body contouring to meet patient aesthetic goals, and with the highest margin of comfort and safety.See more about body contouring and other laser services here: Laser Services
Fat freezing or cool sculpting
Fat freezing, or cryolipolysis, also known as cool sculpting is a non-invasive procedure to target stubborn fat with cooling paddles that freeze fat cells. If you’ve struggled to lose fat in select areas despite diet and exercise, this may be an excellent option to reduce unwanted fatty tissue. The number of fat cells each individual has is unique and determined initially in childhood. It rarely fluctuates much as we age. When we gain weight, fat cells actually expand. When we lose weight, those cells shrink. For those with otherwise healthy weight and body mass, stubborn pockets of fat can be eliminated by cryolipolysis. The fat loss is permanent, and we advise healthy diet and exercise to optimize results.
Liposuction uses powered or hand held suction instruments to surgically and permanently remove fat from problem areas like the ‘love handles’, ‘spare tire’ around the waist, ‘banana roll’ below the buttocks, submental ‘double chin’ and other areas of the face and body. Dr Thaker trained in a personalized preceptorship with the world’s expert in tumescent liposuction technique, Dr Jeffrey Klein. This is a method where local anesthetic solutions are injected into the areas for liposuction, for both pain control and to minimize bleeding.
Tumescent technique is regarded as the world’s safest liposuction technique as established over many decades, hundreds of surgeons, and several thousands of cases world wide. This is superb not only to minimize discomfort, but to maximize patient safety. The patient is comfortable and alert, communicating with the team as needed during the procedure. There is no risk from general anesthesia or IV sedative medications, or ‘going to sleep and not waking up’ as some patients say.
Liposuction is the most popular surgical method of body contouring surgery because it allows the surgeon to re-sculpt specific areas of the body. It is one of the most effective forms of removing fat, and it permanently removes fat cells from the area, using only a few tiny incisions. The best part about liposuction may be that the fat can be used for fat grafting or fat transfer to areas where the patient desires enhancement, such as hollow points on the face, or the breast or buttocks, which is then called fat transfer. Liposuction is for targeted fat removal, in individuals without extreme BMI, or body mass index, where traditional weight loss therapies may be used first. See more about liposuction here: Liposuction
Whether fat is lost by medical weight loss, liposuction, lasers, or freezing, if you over eat and gain weight, you will gain fat. The fat cells that were removed will never come back. However, other fat cells that are remaining may swell and recreate the problem areas we have worked so hard to eliminate. Thus, long term follow up through periodic visits, where Dr Thaker can coach and reinforce healthy behaviors is a key to our practice. Other surgery practices that focus only on the procedure, with no time for the patient, may miss this critical step. They simply see you on return to the operating room, at your risk, time and expense. The first step is to book your medical consultation: New Patients
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