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

Cryolipolysis or CoolSculpting

  • Mechanism of action:

Cryolipolisis targets and destroys fat cells by using below-freezing temperatures. Coolsculpting uses controlled chilling to kill fat cells. The tissues in the near area are unaffected. Damaged  The frozen fat cells die after the treatment and are digested and absorbed by your body over a period of weeks to months These cells should not return once they have been removed.

  • Cryolipolysis Treatment

TIME: 30-60 minutes per treatment per region.

At first, your doctor will put a biological membrane over the treatment area, After this, the CoolSculpting applicator will be placed on the area of concern. It may probably feel quite chilly for the first few minutes, and you may sense a sucking or pulling sensation. The area will then go numb as the therapy is carried out.

  • Recovery

The treated area may be swollen initially after the treatment. This swelling gradually subsides within one to two weeks. Some people also experience bruising (ecchymosis) due to small bleeding under the skin, immediately after the treatment. This bruising also subsides on its own. You should consult your doctor immediately if the swelling or bruising worries you or if it persists for a longer time.

  • Results

After your session, you may see benefits in as little as three weeks. However, the best results are usually obtained two months later. In most cases, many treatments are required to achieve adequate outcomes.

  • Cryolipolysisi Cost

 It is about 15,000 to 20000 for 8*4” area per session  in  Andheri (w), Mumbai,

Laser lipolysis

  • Mechanism Of Action

 It's a noninvasive lipolysis technique that heats your fat cells with low wavelength and low energy laser radiation. It increases the permeability (ease of moving) of fat cells, so lipids (fat) and triglycerides can come easily out of fat cells. After the treatment, these extra fats are metabolized by the body's lymphatic system.

  • Limitation

There is no reduction in fat cells only an increase in permeability of fat from the cells, so chances of re-accumulation are there.

  • Laser Lipolysis Treatment

Treatment time: Each treatment is about 25 minutes long.  Multiple handpieces are often used.

Usually, multiple treatments are required.

Method: It is an outpatient procedure. It's a risk-free alternative for people of all skin types with low adverse effects. Your doctor will use a device that emits low-energy laser beams (because of low wavelength) over the desired area. This melts the fat from the targeted fat cells which will be metabolized with body system

  • Benefits Of Laser Lipolysis

The skin may also be firmer or tighter after the treatment for many people. This is due to the fact that laser treatments can boost collagen production

  • Recovery

There is usually minimal to no downtime. After laser lipolysis, swelling, bruising, and pains are there but minor.

  • Results

After your session, the first visible change can be seen as early as 6 weeks. However, the best results are usually obtained three months later. In most cases, many treatments are required to achieve adequate outcomes.

  • Laser Lipolysis Treatment Cost In Andheri, Mumbai

It is around INR 4000 to 8000 per session for 4 area of (3*2”)size

Radiofrequency Lipolysis

  • Mechanism Of Action

Radiofrequency handpieces are moved onto the skin. Radiofrequency energy is then converted into heat energy due to body tissue resistance. This results in an increase in local temperatures which increases the permeability of the fat cells. Because of high permeability, lipid (fat) from fat cells come out of the cells which are then further drained by our lymphatic system. This excess fat is metabolized by the body so there is no need to take it out using tubes and suction.

Radiofrequency can be used in different modes to get the desired effect:

  • Frequency: 1Mz to 10Mz (mainly from 1Mz to 3Mz)
  • Mode of delivery: Monopolar, bipolar or multipolar radiofrequency
  • Size of the hand piece: Various sizes of handpieces are also available depending on size of treatment area


  • Radiofrequency Lipolysis Treatment

Treatment time: Each treatment lasts around an hour on average,

Sessions: Multiple treatments are required at regular intervals of one to two weeks.

In radiofrequency lipolysis, your doctor will use an applicator that emits radiofrequency of decided frequency depending on the depth of the fat and the underlying vital structure. The applicator is moved in a rotating manner over the skin. This produces heat that melts the fat. This procedure causes minimal to no discomfort.

  • Benefits Of Radiofrequency Lipolysis

Along with the general benefits of non-surgical lipolysis, this procedure also boosts collagen formation that helps in making the skin tight.

  • Limitations Of Radiofrequency Lipolysis

This procedure should not be used in patients with metallic implants or pacemakers or with heart diseases like cardiac arrhythmias.

  • Recovery

NoDowntime: After this procedure, you should be able to resume your normal activities right away.After radiofrequency lipolysis, mild redness, tingling, warmth, and tenderness are common but minor.

  • Results

After your session, the first visible change can be seen in a few weeks. Some patients have reported visible changes of 2 inches fat loss in the abdomen area. However, results are highly dependent on your case and desired outcome. In most cases, many treatments are required to achieve adequate outcomes.

  • Radiofrequency Lipolysis Treatment Cost In Andheri, Mumbai

It is around  INR 4000 to 8000 per session for 4 area of (3*2”)size

Kybella Injection Lipolysis

  • Mechanism Of Action

Deoxycholic acid is a substance that has the ability to kill fat cells . Kybella is a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid, a chemical that the body produces naturally that aids in fat absorption.. During the weeks following treatment, the body gradually metabolizes the dead cells. Patients with loose skin or weak tone may be ineligible for the surgery.

  • Indication

Kybella is a non-surgical injection that is used for the treatment of the area underneath the chin to eliminate the fat beneath the chin, what is known as a "double chin."

  • Kybella Treatment

Treatment time: The average treatment time is 30 minutes. Multiple sessions are usually required.

Method: This method can be performed under local anesthesia, which is administered behind the chin in the treatment area. Following the injection of local anesthetic, a specific dose of Kybella is injected in a grid pattern on the skin beneath the chin that has been pre-marked. Kybella is administered in a single dose.

  • Benefits Of Kybella Injection Lipolysis

This procedure is very effective in reducing double chin.

  • Recovery

There is usually minimal to no downtime with no restrictions in activities, although patients may have swelling, bruising, discomfort, redness, and hardness that softens over time.

  • Results

By eight weeks, you should be able to see a difference in your body fat. The majority of patients notice improvements within 6 to 8 weeks of treatment. Unless a patient gains weight, the results should last for a long time.

  • Injection Lipolysisi Cost In Andheri, Mumbai

Kybella cost is very high in India and there is also question of availability.

Other good Indian product are available will cost you INR 20000 to 25000  for submandibular area.

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)

  • Mechanism Of Action

Ultrasound is commonly used in diagnosis. By accurately focusing high-intensity ultrasound energy deep into the fat tissue, it leads to fat volume reduction. The intensity targeted HIFU at the skin's surface is minimal, ensuring that the top layer is not damaged (the surface of your skin). Fat tissue thermo-coagulation is achieved by focusing ultrasonic energy at particular depths beneath the epidermis, paired with precise application procedures, resulting in successful non-invasive body contouring, fat removal, and skin tightening in the treated area.

  • Hifu Lipolysis Treatment

Treatment time: This procedure takes roughly around 30-40 minutes. Multiple sessions may be required for medium or large fat collection.

HIFU energy slices off specific fat tissue using an external transducer. It has no effect on the tissues around it, though. Tissue damage is limited to a narrow focal point due to the strong convergence of ultrasonic energy at high frequencies. Ultrasound energy causes molecular vibrations in the zone, resulting in a rise in temperature above 56°C in the targeted tissue and coagulation of fat cells. You may feel some tingling sensation during the procedure which is normal. However, do inform your doctor if these sensations are worrying you.

  • Recovery

 There is usually minimal to no downtime with no restrictions in activities, although patients may have very mild swelling, bruising, discomfort, redness, and hardness that softens over time.

  • Results

The effects occur gradually and are usually complete in 6 to 12 weeks. Fat cells that have been destroyed do not regrow; outcomes can last for years if weight is maintained.

  • Hifu Treatment Cost In Andheri, Mumbai

HIFU cost is around INR 15000 to 25000 for submandibular area per session.

Vacuum lipolysis or Velashape

  • Mechanism Of Action

Vacuum massage with specially constructed rollers is used in combination with the treatment. The mechanical massage smooths down the skin, making it easier to transmit heat energy safely and effectively. Velashape uses a combination of infrared and RF (Radio Frequency) energy to heat the dermal and hypodermal (extremely deep) tissue at specific temperatures within the targeted area, leading to the shrinking of fat cells.

  • Limitation

If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, if you are prone to blood clots, if you are using photosensitizing medicines, if you are a pregnant woman, or if you have been diagnosed with anticoagulative diseases, you are not eligible for this procedure.

  • Velshape Treatment

Treatment time: This procedure takes around 30 to 40 minutes. Usually, multiple sessions are required for medium or large fat collection.

Your doctor will use a hand-held device to treat the predetermined locations during the therapy session. A combination of infrared light, vacuum suction, radiofrequency energy, and special rollers are used to achieve skin smoothing and tightening, decrease cellulite appearance, and heat application to fat deposits while the doctor rolls the device over your skin. At the same time, the technique boosts metabolic activity, which leads to a reduction in fat cell size. Any little pinching during the treatment should be reported to your doctor so that the tension on the specialist rollers can be adjusted.

  • Benefits

Cellulite, uneven, sagging, or dimpled skin might all benefit from this treatment.

  • Recovery

A VelaShape treatment session does not require any recovery time. Following the surgery, patients are allowed to resume normal activities. It's a good idea to start with light activity after the surgery to help the lymphatic system metabolize the fat that's been discharged. Any lingering soreness should subside within 48 to 72 hours.

  • Results

The time it takes to see benefits from this treatment varies from person to person. The finest outcomes, on average, can be noticed about ten weeks after treatment, with notable and dramatic results visible from four to six weeks.

For the best outcomes, three or more therapy sessions are usually suggested. To acquire the same benefits, it is sometimes possible to attend one long therapy session instead of three shorter treatment sessions.

  • Velashape Lipolysis Treatment Cost In Andheri, Mumbai

It is around INR 4000 to 8000 per session for 4 area of (3*2”)size

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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