You may or may not have heard of a new, less invasive version of the liposuction procedure called “non-surgical liposuction.” You may also be wondering how it’s even possible to perform liposuction—the removal of unwanted fat deposits localized on the body through a tube—without incisions or major surgery.
Marketed as an alternative to liposuction, non-surgical lipo refers to fat reduction treatments that use alternative methods to target and eliminate unwanted fat cells by means of a procedure applied topically, through the skin.
Both CoolSculpting and Zerona use a cold laser to target superficial fat cells, freezing them until they die. After the procedure, the fat cells are supposedly flushed from the patient’s body within a short period of time, with final results seen after three months. Alternatively, truSculpt is said to use hour-long treatments with radiofrequency technology to reduce fat cells on areas such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, and buttocks. Most patients will require one or two treatments to see results.
Non-surgical liposuction in St. Louis is recommended for people who are already at their ideal weight, but want to reduce fat in troublesome areas that have been unaffected by diet and exercise. While it does appear to work, it only results in a twenty-five percent reduction of fat in the treated area or areas, without contracting the skin.
While it’s true that traditional liposuction is a more invasive procedure than non-surgical, the difference in the results is undeniable; liposuction is more aggressive in reducing fat, producing more dramatic and longer-lasting results, in addition to resulting in skin shrinkage that more closely matches the original tightness of pre-surgery skin. Liposuction takes a full six months to really see the full scope of the results, but non-surgical lipo can take even longer, as the results are more subtle.
Liposuction is usually the best option for significantly reducing larger-sized excess fat deposits on the body, often in several areas at once, as opposed to the multiple treatments and less obvious results of non-surgical lipo.
As with any major medical procedure, you never want to go into a cosmetic surgery like liposuction without the proper resources of information and professional medical advice. Contact our dedicated team at Laser Lipo and Vein Center and set up your consultation appointment with one of our seasoned cosmetic surgeons today! We’ll help you with all your liposuction and non-surgical lipo needs in St. Louis today!