For many years, liposuction was considered the fastest and easiest way to remove excess fat and help create a contoured look. The downside to liposuction is its invasiveness. Fat is removed from under the skin’s surface surgically by extracting fat using a suction device.
Many providers of non surgical liposuction claim results equivalent to its surgical counterpart; however, the effectiveness of each type of procedure depends highly on the person administering the treatment and on the individual.
Recently, non surgical liposuction techniques have emerged, claiming to produce desired results, painlessly and quickly. Although new, they are growing in popularity as an alternative to the surgical option and are offered in a variety of treatments.
Some popular non surgical treatments are given below, along with a description of how they work and their effectiveness.
There are several types of solutions that claim to dissolve fat and are administered through a series of injections. However, it should be noted that results vary amongst those who have tried this method and depend on several factors.
One technique, called Mesotherapy , injects chemicals into the fat cell layer. The chemical disrupts and stimulates the absorption of fat cells. Unfortunately, this type of injection therapy is considered more painful than traditional liposuction, producing inferior results. Achieving results similar to two weeks of traditional liposuction may take months using Mesotherapy.
A second technique, called Lipodissolve , has been noted to be extremely ineffective, worsened by unpredictable and undesirable complications. Lipodissolve uses chemicals that are not FDA-approved, but claim to rupture fat cells. This non surgical method is usually discouraged by the plastic surgery community.
An alternative to injections, contouring devices are completely non invasive and use varying temperatures paired with ultrasound to remove unwanted fat. This technique works best for small areas of fat, because they are much less effective than surgical liposuction and can remove minimal amounts.
Contouring devices are usually best used for people who are already fit, but are looking to tone specific areas of their body.
A more popular technique in this category is Cool Sculpting . This involves freezing fat cells, essentially killing them. Multiple sessions are required to produce desired results. To get an idea of its effectiveness, Cool Sculpting removes about 25 percent of unwanted fat in a small area in one session, while liposuction would remove 90 percent in that same area.
Another method involves using laser therapy to disrupt fat cell membranes, releasing intracellular fat and triglycerides, which expel naturally from the body.
As a result, it can take months to see results that can be attained through surgical methods. Yet, at the same time, this method works great for areas where you want to avoid surgical cuts and only need small trims and tucks.
In conclusion, non surgical liposuction can be effective depending on the desired results. If large volumes of fat need removing, non surgical methods are probably not going to have a measurable effect. However, if only small contained areas need toning, and if time permits, non surgical liposuction can deliver expected results.