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Non-Surgical Fat Reduction

By New You Editorial
Posted On Nov 17, 2010

This procedure uses non-invasive methods to reduce unwanted fat. Non-surgical options include: ultrasound, coolsculpting, and laser liposuction.

Ultrasound
This fat removal technique uses focused ultrasound waves to break up and eliminate pockets of stubborn fat on the stomach, thighs, and hips. This non-surgical fat removal technique takes only an hour and does not require an incision. This cutting-edge technique is non-invasive and virtually painless, allowing a patient to return to work right after the procedure.The ultrasound fat removal procedure is perfect for individuals wishing to eliminate unwanted pockets of fat, which do not respond to diet and exercise, without having to go under the knife. While liposuction, the surgical alternative, can remove considerable amounts of fat, this ultrasound technique is better suited for smaller areas of excess fat. This technique requires that a patient undergo three to four treatments to achieve their desired results. During each session, a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon uses an ultrasound probe to massage the skin. The ultrasound waves painlessly penetrate beneath the skin, causing the fat cells to rupture and die. The body then gets rid of these unwanted cells.

CoolSculpting
This technique employs cold to reduce fat cells thereby enhancing the shape of the body. How It Works: The cells in our body react to heat or cold at different temperatures levels. It works by pressing the device against the area to be treated and then becoming cold enough to target only the fat cells in that area. The body reacts with an inflammatory response which causes the body to naturally dispose of the damaged fat cells. By doing so we see a significant improvement in the shape of the body. This procedure is performed in a doctor’s office, typically under the supervision of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. There is no anesthesia needed or recovery time. During the procedure, tissue is drawn into a cup with mild vacuum pressure. Patients may also be slightly uncomfortable with the contact of the cold as the procedure begins, which usually goes away after the first 10 minutes or so. If you feel too uncomfortable with the cold, let your doctor know. After the treatment is completed, patients may immediately return to their normal activities including work and exercise.

Laser Liposuction
This technique uses low level laser therapy to remove fat. Each session takes less than an hour; the low-level laser is used for a total of 40 minutes. The laser is applied to the targeted area, which is generally a combination of the waist, hips, and thighs, for 20 minutes. The patient then turns over and the very same treatment is applied to the opposite side. The minimum suggested treatment period is two weeks, with three full sessions each week. You should consult your physician about the maximum results for your body type, weight, and target loss. While all doctors’ recommendations are different, many will suggest that you increase your fiber and water intake leading up to the procedure to increase the speed of results. Others may encourage a detoxifying footbath or massage immediately following treatment. Each of these procedures is voluntary, and varies from office to office. What remains the same are the results.