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Types of Non Invasive Liposuction

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What is Non-Invasive Liposuction?

Non invasive liposuction also called non-surgical liposuction, as the name suggests are effective substitutes to the traditional surgical liposuction procedures. Traditional liposuction is tumescent liposuction, which means that fluids are placed in the layers of fat cells which is then removed through a cannula along with the unwanted fat.

The first of many non invasive procedures was developed in the later part of the 1980’s. Today there are many types of non invasive systems being promoted as alternatives that help in fat reduction in problem areas of the body and help achieve a well defined and contoured body shape.

Main Types

Many patients get confused with the types of non invasive liposuction treatments available and find it hard to differentiate between the many kinds of laser assisted liposuction procedures.  There are basically three types of techniques used in non surgical lipo procedures:

·         Laser

·         Ultrasound

·         Cool lipo

These laser treatments are classified as such based on the wavelength  of the lasers used in the processes.

It is useful to note that laser liposuction processes like Cool lipo, Smartlipo etc are really not alternatives to surgical treatments. What these treatments actually do is break down and melt the body fat before a liposuction surgical treatment is conducted, thereby making it relatively easier for the surgeon to get rid of the excess fat cell.


Other Non Invasive Alternatives


1)      Fat Dissolving Injections

As implied by the name, these non invasive techniques dissolve the unwanted body fat.

·         One type of fat dissolving injections is Endermologie, where vaccum suction is used to cut down body fat. The procedure has yet to be fully proven and researched.

·         Another similar treatment is Mesotheraphy, which consists of injecting fat disrupting and dissolving chemicals to the fatty cell layers of the body. This treatment is reported to be a lot more painful than standard liposuction and takes a lot longer to produce similar results.

·         Lipodissolve is another alternative that makes use of FDA approved chemicals to burst and break up fat cells. It is still a relatively unproven process.

·      ·               External use of fat dissolving devices such as Zeltiq (cold pinches done at stages) and Ultrashape (consisting of ultrasounds) have yet to prove their efficacy.


2)      Non-Invasive Contouring Devices

These devices are primarily equipments that make use of heat, cold and ultrasound on the outer skin to try and shrink the unwanted and excess fat. However, the main drawback of these devices are that only very small amounts of fat can be safely removed and are only suitable for generally fit patients who want very little fat removed and just want some body toning.

·         Cool Sculpting is one of the most popular of these devices and they work by freezing the unwanted fat cells to accelerate its cell death. As mentioned above, the drawback is that Cool sculpting can only remove upto a maximum of 25% excess body fat as compared to traditional liposuction that can easily get rid of 90% of any extra fat in the same area.

·         Another favorite is Liposonix, which is an ultrasound assisted device. It emits high frequency ultrasounds at a depth of around 1.3 cm under the skin’s surface to disrupt the fat cells.

Typical Cost and Benefits

The average costs of the different types of non invasive liposuction treatments vary depending on your geographical location, reputation of the surgeon and clinic and the area of the body being treated. Average prices for non invasively treating arm fat is around $700 and increase to approximately $2,500 for abdominal fat treatments.

Visible benefits of non surgical lipo included noticeable reduction on body circumference especially around the stomach, arms, buttocks and thighs. Though many of these treatments appear to be safe, numerous risks have been noted and advanced research is required to determine whether the processes impact any other cells besides the fat cells. Also many of the short and long term effects are still not very clear to many physicians.

Many of the non invasive treatments for liposuction are relatively new and have not undergone rigorous testing. So it is vital that you, the patient consult with a qualified surgeon and be thoroughly aware of the procedure you plan to undertake.

DISCLAIMER: This article is for your basic guidance only. Always consult with your Doctor or a Specialist on everything.