Fat Reduction Without Surgery: Myth or Fact?

Surgery isn’t the only option for people who want to lose weight but have been unsuccessful with diet and exercise.

Stubborn fat pouches can remain and cause frustration and a self-conscious body image. Many believe liposuction, the most common cosmetic operation in the United States to address unwanted fat, is the only way to solve this problem, however the surgery requires healing and downtime. Busy schedules may not permit the inconvenience of recovery time. Although non-invasive options aren’t a replacement for liposuction, there are two promising new procedures for treating unwanted fat, allowing patients to see fast results with minimal downtime.

Liposonix is a non-surgical alternative for those who would like a modest reduction in exercise resistant fat with minimal recovery time. The ultrasound creates a powerful thermal effect that focuses at specific depths in fatty layers, safely destroying fat without damaging surrounding tissue in a one-hour session. This minimal risk procedure uses a high intensity focused ultrasound to destroy targeted fat in the abdomen, flanks, back, thighs, buttocks and arms, which show results within 8 to 12 weeks.

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar discussed the non-invasive fat reduction currently available today, along with Dr. R. Rox Anderson, the director of Wellman Laser Laboratories at Harvard Medical School at an international laser surgery conference in Moscow, Russia last year. It was attended by hundreds of dermatologists, who came to listen to Dr. Rokhsar explain his experience with the Liposonix device and his expert knowledge on non-invasive fat reduction treatments, as he is the first physician to use the Liposonix procedure in the United States.

Another effective non-invasive treatment is CoolSculpting, also known as Zeltiq. CoolSculpting is an FDA approved procedure that uses a unique technique for destroying unwanted fat. Extreme cold temperatures are emitted through cooling plates that suction the targeted area for an hour, during which time fat cells are turned from a soft to solid form. Literally freezing fat cells through prolonged controlled cooling, allows the body to naturally metabolize frozen fat out of the body. Results begin to show in three weeks with progressive improvements within four months post-treatment.

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