NONSURGICAL FAT REDUCTION

Nonsurgical and slightly invasive options for fat reduction include technology that utilizes heat or cooling or an injected medication to  eliminate fat cells from the body. While none of these fat reduction treatments are a replacement for liposuction, they give options for patients who are unwilling or not in favor of surgery. Nonsurgical fat reduction alternatives use a variety of modalities, including radio frequency, ultrasound, vacuum massage, infrared light, and injectable medication.

Among these procedures that include nonsurgical fat reduction are cryolipolysis, injection lipolysis, radiofrequency lipolysis, laser lipolysis.

Patients who are breastfeeding or pregnant should not have any of the aforementioned procedures.

CRYOLIPOLYSIS

Cryolipolysis, usually referred to as "CoolSculpting" by patients, uses fat freezing technology to eliminate fat cells. The fat cells are particularly vulnerable to the effects of cold, unlike other types of cells in the body while the fat cells freeze, the skin, and other structures are protected from any kind of injury.

This is one of the best nonsurgical fat reduction treatments, with more than 450,000 procedures performed all over the world.

Patients with cold-related conditions, like cold urticaria, cryoglobulinemia, and paroxysmal cold hemoglobulinuria, should not undergo cryolipolysis treatment. Patients with poor tone or loose skin may not be ideal candidates for this treatment based on fat freezing technology.

Injection lipolysis

Injection lipolysis chemically decreases the number of fat cells from a particular area. The chemical which is referred to as deoxycholic acid results in fat cell death and disruption. Currently, it is FDA-approved for the treatment of the area below the chin to eradicate what is called a "double chin."

Nonsurgical patients and candidates interested in a nonsurgical method for reducing the fat under the chin might be interested in injection lipolysis treatment. Patients with poor tone or loose skin may not be ideal candidates for the procedure.

RADIOFREQUENCY LIPOLYSIS

Radiofrequency lipolysis is a treatment which utilizes a radio frequency to heat the fat cells without an instrument which is making physical contact with the patient. The applicator heats from a distance of 1cm from the skin. Fat cells are specially heated without impacting other kinds of cells in the skin. A common example of radiofrequency lipolysis is Vanquish. Patients who want to lessen a localized fat bulge that has persisted despite exercise and diet may be interested in radiofrequency lipolysis treatment. Risks are minimal. Patients with poor tone or loose skin may not be ideal candidates for the procedure.

LASER LIPOLYSIS

Laser lipolysis utilizes laser energy delivered through an applicator. The fat cells are specially heated and disrupted without impacting other kinds of cells in the skin or other structures. A typical example of laser lipolysis is SculpSure.

What should I expect from a consultation for nonsurgical fat reduction?

As with any plastic surgery treatment, if you're thinking about a nonsurgical fat reduction treatment, do your homework before treatment. Begin by looking for a board-certified plastic surgeon with good before-and-after photographs. Advance preparation is an investment in your ultimate result.

Even though treatments may be conducted by non-plastic surgeons, only a board-certified plastic surgeon is able to perform the best procedure to assist you in achieving your goal, whether nonsurgical or surgical.

DURING YOUR NONSURGICAL FAT REDUCTION CONSULTATION BE PREPARED TO DISCUSS:

  • Drug allergies, medical conditions, and medical treatments

  • Your goals

  • Herbal supplements, current medications, alcohol, vitamins, tobacco, and drug use

  • Previous surgeries

 
YOUR PLASTIC SURGEON WILL ALSO:

  • Take photographs

  • Examine your general health status and risk factors or any pre-existing health conditions

  • Discuss your nonsurgical fat reduction alternatives

  • Recommend a course of treatment

  • Outcomes of nonsurgical and potential complications or any risks

 

It's vital to understand all aspects of your nonsurgical fat reduction treatment. It's natural to become nervous, whether it's excitement for your expected new look or a bit of preoperative anxiety. Don't be shy to discuss these feelings with your plastic surgeon.

IT IS BETTER TO USE THIS CHECKLIST AS A GUIDELINE DURING YOUR NONSURGICAL FAT REDUCTION CONSULTATION:

  • Were you trained precisely in the field of plastic surgery?

  • Do you have a license provided by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

  • Do you have any hospital privileges to do this treatment? If so, at which hospitals?

  • How many years of plastic surgery experience have you had?

  • Is the office-based surgical facility qualified by a state- or nationally recognized accrediting agency, or is it Medicare-certified or state-licensed?

  • Am I an appropriate candidate for this treatment?

  • What will be expected of me to get the best outcomes?

  • Where and how will you perform my fat reduction treatment?

  • What nonsurgical fat reduction method is best for me?

  • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?

  • What are the complications and risks associated with my procedure?

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