Non-Surgical Weight Loss (Laser)
Nonsurgical fat reduction is a procedure that uses specialized equipment to create a controlled injury to small volumes of fat. Currently, there are two types of devices used for nonsurgical fat removal: ultrasound and cold energy or cryolipolysis. Both allow outpatient treatment resulting in efficient and consistent fat reduction as well as enhanced body contour.
When to Consider Nonsurgical Fat Reduction
- If you are struggling with pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise programs.
- If you have undesirable but limited fat deposits on your abdomen, flanks, back or thighs.
- If you wish to achieve a trimmer appearance without having to undergo surgery.
Depending upon your needs, your surgeon may recommend one of the following treatment modalities:
- Premedication is usually not needed.
- Your treatment areas are marked by your surgeon.
- A technician applies a thin layer of gel to your skin.
- The ultrasound transducer head is then moved over the treatment area. The same area may be treated more than once.
- Your session may last anywhere from a half hour to several hours.
- The fatty area is sucked up into a handpiece between two metal plates and the area is slowly cooled.
- Current treatment guidelines are one hour per site.
Nonsurgical fat reduction usually requires little, if any, recovery. For most patients, full activity may be resumed immediately. After the procedure, you and your caregiver will receive detailed instructions about your post-treatment care, including information about:
- Skin care
- Normal symptoms you will experience
- Potential signs of complication