What is the procedure of non-surgical liposuction?
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What is the procedure of non-surgical liposuction?

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Love handles, fatty arms, and thighs, the stubborn fat on the tummy, and other fat pockets are the banes of existence for many men and women. Sometimes all the gyming, Zumba classes and diets fail to achieve the desired fat loss, especially for people suffering from obesity. Yes, obesity is a problem that has been only rising in the last few decades.

Obesity is now recognized as a serious and life-threatening condition in India. It not only affects a person’s health but also causes damage to emotional and mental well-being. Though losing fat is a physical and mental challenge and with so many confusing fad diets, supplements, and false promises bombarding social media feeds it seems even more challenging. The bright side is that more and more people are now aware of the perils of extra fat deposits in the body and are actively looking for ways to get rid of them. Sometimes the stubborn fat just sticks and refuses to budge.

Top cosmetic surgeons in India confirm the rising influx of people seeking safe, easy, and long-lasting fat loss solutions that are scarless and painless. This is where nonsurgical liposuction helps them. Nonsurgical liposuction, or nonsurgical lipolysis, or non-surgical lipo is a safe way to get rid of the extra weight or fat pockets in the body and give the body a contoured or shapely appearance.

What is liposuction?

Our body has a large percentage of fat cells that are the storehouses of energy. The fat cells release energy when the glucose levels in the body go down. Stubborn fat is the fat that is resistant to fat burning and since they are energy storehouses, they are genetically resistant to fat burning and therefore they are not in a hurry to go anywhere. Men have more fat accumulation in the stomach because of testosterone circulation and women face the issue of stubborn fat deposits in the thighs and buttock region because of oestrogen circulation.

Liposuction or lipolysis is a targeted treatment that breaks down fats in the body to glycerol and free fatty acids. These broken triglycerides are then flushed out of the body in a natural manner via the lymphatic system or can be used as fuel by the body.  Thus liposuction is a simple cosmetic surgical procedure that results in a loss of inches and an increase in self-confidence.

Traditional liposuction methods are invasive and have longer recovery times. Nonsurgical liposuction or lipolysis is a trendy alternative for those who want don’t want to go under the knife but still want to shed stubborn fat. Non-surgical fat removal uses modern and safe technologies like laser, cooling, ultrasound, and radiofrequency to destroy the fat pockets. Non-surgical fat removal is done on an outpatient basis and there is no recovery time.

Types of Non-surgical liposuction cosmetic surgeries

If you too have been exercising regularly and keeping a close watch on your diet but still not getting the contoured body that you wanted then it is time to consult your cosmetic surgeon about non-surgical fat removal options that will suit you.

Non-surgical liposuction is suitable for people

  • who are near their ideal weight but still have stubborn fatty tissues in the abdominal area and buttocks
  • wo have extra fat deposits in hip and thigh areas
  • who have recently undergone weight loss surgery and want to tighten the loose skin
  • who are not able to lose the pregnancy weight
  • who are not obese but not able to get a toned body despite exercise and weight control.

More and more people are opting for non-surgical liposuction because

  • it is faster and can be done in an outpatient procedure.
  • No need for anaesthesia
  • Non-surgical liposuction cost is lower than the surgical procedure cost
  • it gives more visible results quicker
  • there is minimal and hardly visible scarring and no blood loss
  • it is possible to get back to regular activities a week after the treatment.
  • Non-surgical fat removal does not have any downtime

Types of non-surgical liposuction procedures

There are mainly the following types of non-surgical lipolysis treatments available:

High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Treatment ( HIFU): This type of non-surgical fat removal is also called as ultrasonic lipolysis and uses the power of ultrasound waves to target and break fat deposits under the top layer of the skin in specific regions of the body.  This process is non-invasive and the only side effect is moderate discomfort, tingling, and hot and cold sensation in the treatment area during the procedure. Results of HIFU take about 7-10 days to show up.  Ultrasonic fat removal is used to contour the areas of

  • waist
  • abdomen
  • flanks
  • inner thighs
  • knees
  • ankles

During the treatment procedure, the cosmetic surgeon applies a transducer over the skin. The transducer emits high-intensity ultrasound energy beams that warm the fatty tissues and mobilizes them to break down. these are then flushed from the body naturally. This treatment of non-surgical fat removal from the stomach targets fat cells to 1.5 cm below the top layer of the skin.

This treatment is very safe and does not damage other organs or surrounding tissues or muscles of the targeting treatment area.  The immediate results are smoother skin and the contours continue to improve over the next few months. You can see the final results in 8-12 weeks post-treatment as the skin heals and new collagen and elastin fibers form.

Fat-dissolving Injections or Injection liposuction: This treatment has been in use since the 1980s. Specific injections are used on the unwanted fat pocked and the chemicals cause the lipocytes in fat to rupture. They are then naturally broken down through the body’s metabolism. The results of contouring continue to appear over the next few weeks. Injection non-surgical liposuction is a type of mesotherapy treatment and is used to treat the fact pockets in

  • face
  • neck
  • upper arms
  • double chin
  • lower abdomen
  • thighs

Injection liposuction uses two main ingredients namely deoxycholic acid and phosphatidylcholine (PC).  The results are toned and smooth skin with no pigmentation and dark spots. this type of treatment is suggested for people who have small fat bulges and it can be combined with other liposuction treatments too. This type of non-surgical liposuction is not suitable for patients having diabetes or kidney problems.

The most visible results will be noticeable in about four weeks after the treatment. And the results continue to improve in the next four to eight weeks.  The results last for up to two years if you combine them with regular exercise and a healthy diet.

Cryolipolysis or Cool Sculpting liposuction:

This type of nonsurgical fat removal from the body is done by using the principle of freezing cold the fat cells to death! Cool Sculpting is also an outpatient procedure. The cooled fat cells are crystallized and then they burst. The entire treatment takes only about 1-2 hours to complete. Cool Sculpting can be used to remove fat pockets from

  • Inner and outer things
  • abdomen
  • flanks
  • bra fat
  • back fat
  • upper arms
  • double chin
  • buttocks
  • submental area

The freeze the fat procedure is FDA approved and has very few side effects such as pain, tenderness, and itching. In the procedure, a cupped device is placed in the treatment area. the temperature in the device ranges from 11 to +5 °C (+12.2 to +41 °F) which is low enough to freeze the fat cells.  When the cup is removed the area becomes hard and the clinician then massages the area to bring it to normal shape. Once the dead cells are flushed out of the body the fatty tissue layer in the body reduces. Cool Sculpting can give up to 25% of fat reduction.  The results take about 2-3 months to appear and last for about 1-2 years.

Laser Liposuction

Laser is one of the top preferred nonsurgical liposuction options for fat removal from the body. The laser beams target the fat cell and damage the walls of fat cells. The fatty oils leak from the damaged cell walls and then they are flushed out by the lymphatic system. Nd:YAG  laser is most commonly preferred for the nonsurgical fat removal procedure. lasers have become the gold standard for non-surgical liposuction because

  • It can precisely target the large subcutaneous tissue areas
  • It does not affect the surrounding dermal tissue
  • It has a high ability to coagulate the blood vessels.

laser liposuction can be safely used on

  • abdomen
  • thighs
  • arms
  • neck
  • face

A toned body and tight abdomen are what you can expect after nonsurgical liposuction. There is no recovery duration post-laser nonsurgical liposuction. The entire treatment takes about 4-6 sessions and the results keep appearing for months after surgery.

Kybella: This is an FDA-approved procedure for removing fat from the double chin and reducing loose skin. Kybella results in permanent fat reduction, sculpted jawline, and neckline.  There are no noticeable side effects of Kybella and the entire treatment can be done in less than half-hour sessions. The results are visible in a month of treatment.

Preparing for non-surgical liposuction

Although the treatment does not require any admission or overnight stay in the hospital, there are some basic things to keep in mind

  • Inform your cosmetic surgeon about any medications you are taking. You might also need to stop taking blood thinners as they can delay healing.
  • avoid getting any other skin or other treatments on the area that is to be treated
  • Inform your doctor about any pre-existing medical conditions.

Outcome and maintenance of nonsurgical liposuction

The results of non-invasive fat reduction are gradual.  You will keep seeing the improvements in the months to come. Your cosmetic surgeon will give you the exercises they do immediately after the treatment to metabolize the free fat. If you have unbearable pain and swelling in the treated area then inform your doctor immediately.

The key to keeping the results last for a long it is important that you exercise regularly and keep up a healthy diet lifelong.

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