Non-Invasive Body Contouring
Areas of unwanted, diet- and exercise-resistant fat are a common concern for many cosmetic surgery patients. It could come in the form of a post baby “pooch” after pregnancy, areas of fat around the upper legs that won’t budge, or excess fat along the hips and back. No matter what, spot removal of fat can be tough to get rid of forever.
Liposuction has been one of the most popular and top performed cosmetic procedures for many years. This surgical procedure safely, effectively, and permanently reduces fat and refines the body contour.
In recent years, nonsurgical or minimally invasive alternatives to liposuction have been becoming more popular. These non-invasive body contouring treatments usually don’t need an incision or anesthesia, and often come with shorter recovery time.
What are non-invasive body contouring treatments?
There are several non-invasive ways to remove excess fat from your trouble areas. These include:
Low level laser therapy: Low level laser therapy emits cold laser energy into body tissues that are absorbed by fat cells, which are broken down and absorbed into the body. The procedure has been approved by the FDA.
Ultrasound: Ultrasound uses intense, focused sound waves to disrupt fat cells. This will cause them to dissolve gradually over time with a noticeable reduction in size. Ultrasound therapy for excess fat removal has been approved by the FDA.
Radiofrequency: Radiofrequency delivers controlled radio energy to excess fat areas.This creates a heat deep within fat cells therefore destroying them. Radiofrequency therapy for excess fat removal hasn’t been approved by the FDA but is often used for non-invasive body contouring in dermatology.
Do non-invasive body contouring procedures work?
Yes, they do! While non-invasive body contouring is not a replacement for liposuction, in some patients there may be more benefit to these different treatment options. These treatment options include both standard liposuction and non-invasive body contouring. Remember, proper diet and exercise are necessary to achieve optimal results using non-invasive treatments, just as they are with surgery. Also remember, it may take multiple contouring treatments to achieve the desired results.