Non-invasive body contouring is gaining popularity as an alternative to surgical treatments, such as liposuction and tummy tucks. There are many devices on the market approved for non-invasive fat reduction. These devices eliminate fat cells by either heating or cooling the treatment area.
Cryolipolysis, radiofrequency, ultrasound, and laser are the main technologies. They not alternatives to a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise and are not for weight loss. They will help when you have stubborn fat resistant to diet and exercise.
Liposuction is the process of removing fat with cannulas or rigid tubes attached to a vacuum. A tummy tuck involves removing the skin and fat from the lower abdomen. These procedures require anesthesia and can take several hours. There are risks to undergoing anesthesia, incisions and scarring, possible infection and potentially life threatening complications. Healing time and recovery may be prolonged. Liposuction is a much easier recovery compared to a tummy tuck. These surgical procedures will yield much better results then non-surgical methods.
There are a number of advantages of non-invasive fat reduction. Anesthesia is not necessary. There is mild to insignificant discomfort during the session. The treatment time is relatively short, which can vary from 20 minutes to 2 hours depending on the device and how many areas are treated.
The risks are minimal. There are no incisions or scars. You may return to normal activity immediately after the treatment. The results are permanent as long as you maintain your weight and continue to maintain a good diet and exercise program.
Non-invasive devices work by delivering heat with high intensity energy or selective cooling. Fat cells are targeted leaving the skin unharmed. The fat cells are destroyed and eliminated by the body’s natural healing or inflammatory processes. Cryolipolysis utilizes a vacuum to draw in the treatment area and cools or “freezes” the fat cells. CoolSculpting® is one of the most popular treatments to date. High intensity energy is delivered through the skin with radiofrequency and ultrasound. SculpSure® is the first FDA approved laser body contouring device for reducing fat in the love handles and belly. There is contact skin cooling enabling the laser to energy to heat the underlying fat without damaging the skin and surrounding tissue.
There is not a consensus on which is the best device or technology for non-invasive fat reduction. SculpSure® can melt up to 24% of the unwanted fat in the desired area. Skin tightening may also occur. The treatment takes only 25 minutes per area. There are minimal temporary side effects. Two sessions are generally recommended, but more may be necessary. The results become apparent 6 to 12 weeks after the treatment. Contact Tower Cosmetic Surgery for more information