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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

It's a new year, perhaps time for a "new you". A lot of people have done everything they can to tone up through diet and exercise, but still haven't gotten the results they want. Dr. Young Cho with Integrated Plastic Surgery and Zen Skin and Laser on the north side of Houston, to get some ideas of the next step.

He had a few ideas for non-surgical and surgical ways to lose unwanted inches, well known as body contouring.

"One of the more common areas people have concerns about are their love handles and abdomen. Things like CoolSculpting are a wonderful non-surgical are for any pinched areas, where you can pinch the tissue. It works by cooling and stressing the tissue and you can get roughly a 20-40 percent reduction in any pinched area with cool sculpting. Some of the more surgical options, things like liposuction, tummy tucks, laser-assisted lipo, and mini tummy tucks. This can be abdominal area, outer or inner things, and the back. A lot of what is a good recommendation depends on how much volume they have, and the quality of skin they have. If they've gained and lost a lot of weight, they may have looser skin than someone who has been relatively stable and just have problematic areas, so some of the surgical options like tummy tucks or body lifts are ideal for someone who has a lot of loose skin, besides a lot of volume."

For those who are having a hard time deciding whether they want to try a non-surgical or surgical approach, Dr. Cho recommends seeing a plastic surgeon, to let them help you decide your best options.

For starters, he says if you have some extra volume and you just want to look better in your clothing, you might want to start with a non-surgical approach.

"However, if you have a lot of looseness of skin, then we may move straight to a surgical option. It's very important to set expectations of what you can achieve," says Dr. Cho.

If Dr. Cho's patients, who choose to seek a non-surgical approach first, aren't happy with those results, he offers a special deal on a surgical approach, so that they aren't out of money from their attempt at a non-surgical procedure.

You can find out more about CoolSculpting and other options Dr. Cho discussed at http://www.integratedplasticsurgery.com/ or http://www.zenlaserspa.com/.

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