If liposuction isn’t for you and diet and exercise aren’t getting you anywhere, other fat removal options might work better. Whether you’re concerned about fat on your body or face, you do have choices.
Non-Surgical Body Fat Removal
Coolsculpting can be a good fat removal option if you have stubborn fat in certain areas of your body, such as the hips, thighs, tummy and back. If the fat persists no matter how healthy your diet or how much you exercise, physically removing it might be your best option.
How can you tell if a non-surgical treatment, like Coolsculpting, is more appropriate than a surgical method like liposuction? It depends on the amount of fat you have. Coolsculpting can remove about 20 to 25 percent of the fat in an area. It won’t get rid of massive amounts of fat. For that reason, it’s worth it if you have a small amount of unwanted fat.
How does non-surgical fat removal work? Coolsculpting destroys your fat by freezing it. Cold temperatures permanently damage fat cells, so that the body flushes them out. The device is designed in such a way so that only fat is destroyed during treatment. Your skin and other cells are left intact and unharmed.
Compared to surgery for removing fat, Coolsculpting has several perks. For one thing, it doesn’t have a long downtime. You might want to take the rest of the day after your treatment off, but many people find that they can go back to work right away. Since the treatment doesn’t require incisions, there is no worry about scarring and no need to wait for your body to heal.
Coolsculpting can also be a pretty quick treatment, depending on how many areas of fat you have. Each treatment typically takes an hour, and involves treatment of one area. If your surgeon has two applicators, he can perform what’s known as Dualsculpting, which doubles your results but cuts treatment time in half.
Although non-surgical fat removal can be more desirable for many people than liposuction, there is one potential disadvantage. It can take several weeks, or even months, before you see visible results. How quickly you get results depends on how fast your body flushes away the destroyed fat. In some cases, it can take up to 16 weeks before final results are visible.
Non-Surgical Double Chin Treatment
You might think of fat removal as being a treatment for the body only. But, plenty of people develop fat in their neck area. Often, people get a double chin not because they are overweight, but because of their genes and the aging process.
Although it is possible to have liposuction to reduce or eliminate a double chin, less invasive options are available. One notable option is Coolsculpting for the chin area.
Since the chin and neck area are considerably smaller than other areas treated by Coolsculpting, a special applicator had to be created. Dubbed the CoolMini, it’s a small device that’s designed to fit perfectly underneath the chin.
CoolMini works similarly to full-sized Coolsculpting. The applicator is applied to the area under chin for up to an hour. During the treatment, the applicator freezes the fat in the chin area, destroying it. Like standard Coolsculpting, a CoolMini session can destroy up to 20% of fat in the area. Many people go through two treatment sessions with CoolMini to get the results they want.
Choosing Non-Surgical Over Surgical Fat Removal
How do you know whether a treatment like Coolsculpting is right or whether you should go with a more traditional option like liposuction? Several factors can influence your decision. One is time. Coolsculpting and CoolMini don’t require much of a time commitment on your part. You’ll spend anywhere from an hour to two hours in treatment, depending on your goals. After that, you’ll be able to jump back into your regular life pretty much right away.
Liposuction might only take an hour or so to perform, but the recovery is considerably longer. You’ll have to take about a week off from work and will want to avoid exercise for some weeks after that. Plus, you need to wear a compression garment after liposuction to help shape your healing body.
How fast your results appear can also influence your decision. Although different people have different results, you can expect to wait about four months before you see your final results from Coolsculpting. The results from liposuction are usually visible sooner than that.
Dr. Paul Vitenas offers Coolsculpting and CoolMini treatments at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique in Houston, Texas. One of the only providers of DualSculpting in the area, you have the option of treating two areas at once, cutting your treatment time in half. To learn more about your non-surgical fat removal options, call 281-810-9083 to schedule an appointment today.