Not long ago the only option available for fat removal was liposuction, a surgical procedure in which incisions are made in the body and the fat “sucked out” under either general or local anesthesia. As with any invasive surgery, there are a variety of risks inherent in this technique.
In 2010 and 2011, two new non-invasive fat reduction techniques were approved by the FDA:
These new body rejuvenation techniques are forms of non-surgical, non-invasive liposuction that are similar in many ways:
The Coolsculpting treatment disrupts fat using a form of “controlled frostbite”. Research studies have demonstrated that during frostbite fat cells freeze before skin freezes. In the same way, Cryolipolysis freezes fat, but not skin. One or more treatments may be needed depending upon amount of fat, and the full results are not immediately apparent; it can take 2-4 months for the outcome to be revealed.
The Liposonix procedure destroys fat cells using a special technology called High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) to cause the death of fat cells. The surgeon marks treatment areas with a pen, applies a thin layer of gel to the skin and the transducer head is then moved over each area. By focusing the ultrasound energy, the skin above and tissue below the focus point are both protected, and the body slowly absorbs the damaged fat.
According to Phoenix plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Gitt, “Liposonix can be used on off label areas like the arms, thighs, and other parts of the body inaccessible by not only Coolsculpting but also liposuction”.
Some results can be seen in 1-2 weeks; the final results are visible within 3-6 months.
If you’re considering one of these new non-invasive procedures, you should first meet with a doctor for a consultation to determine which will work best for you. ZendyHealth offers you the opportunity to bid on procedures in your area, saving up to 30% or more. Take that first step: visit ZendyHealth today.