Nonsurgical fat reduction technologies are growing in popularity and include heating or cooling devices or an injectable liquid solution to reduce fat cells. These treatments provide options for patients unwilling or unable to undergo surgery. Among the procedures that comprise nonsurgical fat reduction are cryolipolysis (e.g., CoolSculpting), injection lipolysis (e.g., Kybella), radiofrequency lipolysis (e.g., Vanquish) and laser lipolysis (e.g., SculpSure). All of these are outpatient treatments for fat reduction.
- Addresses pockets of excess fat on the abdomen, thighs, chin, or love handles that are resistant to diet or exercise.
Many options exist for non-invasive excess fat removal including:
Body Contouring: Cryolipolysis is a noninvasive technology that uses extreme cold to break up fat cells and help reduce the appearance of a fat pocket. A cupped device is placed on the skin in the area to be treated. The targeted area is suctioned up into the cup where low temperatures gently freeze fat cells, destroying them, and allowing them to then be broken down and removed from the body.
Body contouring: Laser fat reduction works by destroying fat using controlled heat. A specific laser wavelength is used to heat fatty tissues below the skin surface to the point where fat cells begin to break down and are removed from the body over a period of time.
Body Contouring: Ultrasound fat reduction uses high focused sonic waves targeting fat cells without damaging surrounding tissue. It breaks down the wall of the fat cell, allowing the fat contents to be released then broken down and removed from the body.
Body Contouring: Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps break down fat for digestion. In an injectable form, deoxycholic acid can break down fat cells on contact for isolated reduction of a fat pocket. Currently, Kybella is the only FDA approved injectable for this indication.
Body Contouring: Muscle Stimulation
HIFEM (High Intensity Focused Electo-Magnetic) or MMS (Magnetic Muscle Stimulation) technologies can improve muscle tone by inducing muscle contractions using electric current. These technologies are designed to directly stimulate muscles through electrode pads placed on skin over targeted areas and directing energy impulses stimulating full muscle contractions. The body responds to these involuntary contractions resulting in strengthening the targeted muscle fibers resulting in more defined muscles.
- Supports additional muscle tone and strength to supplement workouts and body conditioning.
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