Ins and outs of non-surgical fat reduction
Aesthetic Skin LaserAreas of unwanted, diet and exercise-resistant fat are a common concern for many cosmetic surgery patients. Whether it comes in the form of a persistent stomach "pooch" after pregnancy, areas of fat around the thighs that won't budge, or bulges along the flanks and back, localized fat can be difficult to get rid of permanently.
Liposuction has been one of the most popular and top performed cosmetic procedures for many years, with good reason. This surgical procedure safely, effectively, and permanently reduces fat and refines the body contour.
Liposuction is a surgical fat removal procedure that first became popular in the 1980s. During the procedure, surgeon carefully and precisely removes excess fat through a small, hollow tube called a cannula. Suction is applied as the surgeon moves the cannula through the fat deposit, removing excess fat cells and sculpting a slimmer body contour.
Liposuction is particularly effective at removing fat in the legs, abdomen, back, arms, face, and neck. It provides more dramatic results than other noninvasive fat reduction procedures; however, it has a longer recovery period (up to six weeks) and typically costs more than its nonsurgical counterparts.
In recent years, nonsurgical or minimally invasive alternatives to liposuction have been gaining popularity. These body contouring treatments typically do not require an incision or anesthesia, and they often come with less downtime.
Non-surgical fat reduction treatments use different modalities to target and eliminate unwanted fat cells through a topical, rather than surgical, procedure.
Non-surgical body contouring treatments include:
Specialized cryolipolysis device which cools unwanted fat cells to the point of death without affecting surrounding tissues. Once the fat cells die, they are flushed from the body during the days and weeks following the procedure. The final result is seen after three months.
Device utilizes controlled radiofrequency technology which eliminates fat cells on the hips, thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. Treatment typically lasts around an hour, and most patients require one to two treatments to see noticeable results.
The cold laser deivices that targets superficial fat cells, causing the storage form of fat to leak out into the cell. This is then flushed out of the patient's system, which results in shrinkage of the fat cell itself.
But One of the most effective and safe one is device that uses low level lasers for targeted fat reduction in recent era.
i-Lipo is one of such where laser released through the treatment pads, creating a chemical signal in the fat cells that breaks down stored triglycerides into free fatty acids and glycerol, which are released through the cell membranes. Fat content is then transported around the body to tissues where it will be "burned off" during a period of post-treatment exercise. Vacuum massage promotes collagen growth, enhances circulation and attracts oxygen and nutrients - creating a slimmer, tighter target area with smoother looking skin. Vacuum massage is performed after the laser treatment to enhance lymphatic drainage, remove fatty acids from the target area and stimulate skin renewal.
This process of fatty acid release is a natural response of the body when the body needs to use stored energy reserves, thus i-Lipo is not creating any unnatural reaction in the body nor does it affect or damage any surrounding structures such as skin, blood vessels and peripheral nerves.
A period of exercise post treatment will ensure the complete metabolism and thus, elimination from the body of the freed fatty acids.
How i-Lipo Ultra fat reduction differes from exercise induced fat reduction:
Exercise creates a demand in our bodies for extra energy. Normally, the body responds to this demand by releasing stored fat content to be used as fuel. The release can be from any stored fat content around the body. Through the use of low level laser creates a process of photobiomodulation to mimic the body's natural processes, but i-Lipo Ultra allows the person to select a target area for fat release before the body even begins exercising.
i-lipo is a safe and painless low level laser diode system that can be used on all skin types and body areas. There is no downtime and following treatment one can return to normal activity. Results can be seen immediately following treatment. Typical results are a 2-4cm loss in abdomen circumference after every treatment. Eight treatments are recommended, two per week for four weeks.
i-Lipo targets specific problem areas. Laser pads are positioned on the targeted areas such as the upper arms, chin, abdomen, or thighs. Instead of exercise reducing overall body fat, i-Lipo can reshape individual problem areas.
Dr Imrose Mohit
Aesthetic & Laser Surgeon