Non-Surgical Lipolysis Treatment: Advantages and Limitations

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You don’t want liposuction surgery

Are you having trouble losing weight in areas that are resistant to diet and exercise?

Do you want to get rid of fat deposits on your abdomen, flanks, back, or thighs?

Do you have a fear to go under the knife for a trimmed, youthful look?

You don’t have time out of your busy schedules to recover after cosmetic surgery

A non-surgical body sculpting technique is now available thanks to technological breakthroughs.

What is non-surgical lipolysis?

Non-surgical liposuction, also known as non-surgical fat removal (lipolysis), is a non-invasive process that destroys Extra fat cells in the body using various modern technologies like lasers, heat, cooling, ultrasound, and radiofrequency. Destroyed fat is metabolized by the body system so one can get rid of stubborn fat. Unlike surgical liposuction, this type of liposuction is done on an OPD basis and has little to no recovery time.

Non-Surgical fat removal methods aren’t meant to help you lose weight. Candidates who are near to their ideal weight and want to shed stubborn pockets of fat that resist diet and exercise are ideal candidates. Your BMI shouldn’t be more than 30 for most lipolysis treatments.

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  • Outpatient treatment, no need for hospitalization.
  • No need for anesthesia.
  • No cut, so blood loss.
  • No Scars.
  • Practically no side effects.
  • Little to no downtime.
  • Long-term outcomes
  • Can be used to correct minor irregularity after liposuction surgery.

The outcomes of non-invasive fat reduction are gradual.

You are advised to do exercises immediately after the treatment to metabolize the free fat.

If you’re being treated with a device to treat your condition, you might notice some changes as soon as three weeks. Between 3 and 6 months following the last treatment, most people notice the entire benefit.

About 3 to 4 months after the last treatment, you should observe the complete benefit of the injections of Kybella used to address excess chin fat. Some people notice the full benefits sooner than others.

Recovery time after nonsurgical fat removal is usually minimal, if at all. You will be able to immediately return to work and resume routine activities.

You may have brief skin redness, swelling, and numbness in the treated area, although these side effects normally go away soon.

The treatment is painless for the majority of patients, oral pain medication may be beneficial for some patients (particularly those with bigger treatment areas).

Some people might be very swollen for up to two weeks after getting injections of Kybella to reduce excess chin fat. They can, however, resume full activity can be right away. After your non-surgical fat reduction, instructions for diet and lifestyle changes as well.

The procedure for nonsurgical fat reduction is done as an outpatient procedure. Most nonsurgical fat reduction sessions take less than an hour to complete, but depending on the number of places treated, it could take up to several hours.

  • Medications may be given to you to help you relax during the process.
  • Your surgeon will stick to the treatment plan that you and your surgeon agreed on.
  • You will be able to return home and resume your daily activities once the procedure is completed.

To facilitate optimal healing, and best result your surgeon will want you to:

  • Follow a healthy lifestyle
  • Stop smoking before receiving treatment.
  • Aspirin, several anti-inflammatory drugs, and some herbal remedies can all cause excessive bleeding.
  • Regardless of the procedure to be conducted, hydration is critical before and after the procedure to ensure a healthy recovery.

Non-Surgical Fat reduction is typically done as an outpatient procedure. After treatment, you can drive home yourself, but you can ask your doctor for more details.

During the consultation, your doctor will go into detail about your medical history and weight gain/loss history. He will then examine you medically mark the area from where the fat can be reduced. You can use this time to ask your concerns and expectations to your doctor. After that, the doctor will make a customized treatment plan for you that will suit your body and desired results.

You’ll also be informed about what to expect during the treatment. For the before and after comparison, pictures are taken and the area to be treated is measured.

We understand how commuting can cause unnecessary troubles for you and delay your consultation. Therefore, here at Allure Medspa, we provide Online Video Consultation 

Non-surgical liposuction is performed using four different technologies:

  • Cryolipolysis/ CoolSculpting
  • Laser Lipolysis
  • Radiofrequency lipolysis
  • High intensity focused ultrasound lipolysis
  • Fat-dissolving injections

Non-surgical lipolysis can be a fantastic way to remove discrete pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise without surgery:

  • If you are at or near their desired body weight and
  • Do not require considerable contouring in an area.
  • You should have reasonable expectations for what a non-surgical treatment can accomplish.
  • You are most likely a good candidate for this surgery if you are in good general health have a positive attitude and realistic expectations.

If you think you may be a good candidate, you should see a board-certified plastic cosmetic surgeon who also frequently treats patients with non-invasive fat removal. This doctor has the experience needed to tell you whether this treatment can successfully treat your concern or you will need liposuction surgery.

This treatment can effectively treat all regions of the body that can store fat. The belly, waistline, thighs, arms, and under the chin are the most common body parts treated by non-surgical liposuction.

The common limitations of non-surgical lipolysis (separately mentioned with each technology also) are:

  • Reduces limited fat only (minimal sculpting ability compared to liposuction)
  • We cannot choose exactly how much fat is lost, only estimate a percentage.
  • Multiple treatments may be needed to achieve desired results
  • Non-surgical treatments are not intended for weight loss.
  • While larger amounts of fat require many noninvasive procedures., liposuction is probably a better alternative for bigger fat accumulations
  • A healthy lifestyle and weight maintenance are essential to maintain results. Following are some limitations associated with this procedure.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Non-surgical treatments are not recommended for people who have heart valves, dental plates, metal hip joints, or pacemakers.

Some fat cells will remain in the treated area. These cells will expand when you gain weight, but you will see less fat in the treated area. Treatments will not dramatically alter a patient’s weight, therefore maintaining results requires a healthy lifestyle and weight maintenance.

When compared to surgical liposuction, non-surgical fat removal techniques give limited result.

Liposuction is a more aggressive fat-reduction procedure. CoolSculpting, Kybella, and other non-surgical lipolysis treatments are often painless, both during and after the procedure.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons like any surgery, certain complications are linked with surgical liposuction. Because it does not entail surgery or anesthesia, non-surgical body contouring has fewer risks

When compared to surgical liposuction, non-surgical fat removal techniques are less expensive.

Though the outcomes of nonsurgical fat reduction are less obvious, you will be able to return to work and live your life much sooner.

Because of the healing process following liposuction, there is a downtime depending on the extent of the surgery and technology used for the liposuction. With a non-surgical lipolysis procedure, there is no need for a lengthy recovery period and you can resume your normal activities right away, but some soreness and swelling are to be expected.

The best approach to find out if non-surgical fat reduction is right for you is to speak with an expert plastic cosmetic surgeon who is board certified. A doctor that is skilled in both surgical and non-surgical treatments can assist you in determining the best treatment option for you.

Because the mechanisms of non-surgical fat reduction therapies vary, they may be conducted by a  plastic cosmetic surgeon. Injectable fat reduction therapies, such as Kybella, need a high level of anatomy understanding and should only be administered by a competent cosmetic surgeon with comparable training and experience.

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Note: The author of this content is Dr. Milan Doshi, An Indian board-certified plastic & cosmetic Surgeon wholly & solely confirms the authenticity of the information & knowledge delivered by this write-up.