Nonsurgical Fat Reduction

Also known as noninvasive body contouring or CoolSculpting

Nonsurgical fat reduction is a procedure that uses specialized equipment to create a controlled injury to small volumes of fat. Currently, there are two types of devices used for nonsurgical fat removal: ultrasound and cold energy or cryolipolysis. Both allow outpatient treatment resulting in efficient and consistent fat reduction as well as enhanced body contour.

When to Consider Nonsurgical Fat Reduction

  • If you are struggling with pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise programs.
  • If you have undesirable but limited fat deposits on your abdomen, flanks, back or thighs.
  • If you wish to achieve a trimmer appearance without having to undergo surgery.

Pros

  • Effective in diminishing stubborn areas of unwanted body fat.
  • Outpatient treatment with little to no downtime and minimal discomfort.
  • No incision required.

Cons

  • Multiple treatment sessions may be needed to produce satisfactory results.
  • Small burns are extremely rare but have been noted with ultrasound devices.
  • Temporary redness and numbness may occur.

Am I a good candidate for nonsurgical fat reduction?

Following are some common reasons why you may want to consider nonsurgical fat reduction:

  • You are in relatively good shape but have modest bulges of fat on your abdomen, flanks, back or thighs that you’d like removed.
  • You have pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.
  • You wish to achieve a trimmer look without having to undergo an invasive surgical procedure.

It is important to note that nonsurgical fat reduction is not a weight loss treatment. This procedure is best suited for treating very limited volumes of fat of the abdomen, flanks, back and thighs. Because larger volumes of fat require multiple nonsurgical treatments, liposuction is probably a better option for larger fat accumulations.