06 February 2013Many people believe that the most proven way of ridding themselves of excess body fat gained over the winter as they look ahead to spring is to either go on a diet or follow the surgical path. But a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based cosmetic surgery practitioner has said that two non-surgical methods in particular can be just as effective.The first technique Stephanie Davidson recommended, in an interview with local TV channel eightWest, was mesotherapy. This involves the injection of amino acids and vitamins into fat cells, using a series of tiny needles. The acids can then get to work dissolving fat in areas such as the thighs, abdomen, waist, hips and buttocks. If patients are up to the task of injecting themselves, they might consider the option of HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) shots. When used alongside a low-calorie diet, these injections have been found to refine the body's ability to target unnecessary fat reserves to be burned off, leaving the body's structural fat and healthy fat deposits. But some medical practitioners warn that any patient considering taking up this option should be prepared to undertake a strict low-calorie diet alongside it, in order to achieve the best results. And as spring also ushers in the season when many people are starting to consider showing off their bodies when they head off on holiday, these treatments can be considered alongside a course of laser hair removal, say cosmetic surgery experts.