Comparing the top 5 Non-Invasive Fat Reduction Treatments

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Comparing the top 5 Non-Invasive Fat Reduction Treatments

A decade ago, men and women who struggled with stubborn bulges that resisted diet and exercise had mainly one treatment option: Liposuction. Today, innovations in fat reduction technology have supported the rise of various non-invasive fat reduction treatments that offer a non-surgical alternative to liposuction.

With all the different fat reduction treatments, it may be hard to know which one is right for you. Read on to discover the pros and cons of the most popular non-invasive fat reduction treatments on the market.

How Non-Invasive Fat Reduction Treatments work:

Non-invasive fat reduction treatments utilize different mechanisms, to achieve the same objective: the rupture of fat cells. Some treatments damage fat cells by exposing them to controlled cooling, some expose fat cells to heat. Other treatments use radiofrequency or ultrasonic injury to damage fat cells. All treatments aim for lipolysis (lipo = fat cells + lysis = cell death.)

As with any medical procedure, results may vary. The following information is based on the average patient experience.*

CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is the most popular non-invasive fat reduction treatment in the world, with over 6 million treatments performed to date. CoolSculpting essentially freezes fat cells to death using precisely controlled cooling.

CoolSculpting Treatment Time: Depends on the area treated and applicator used. The newly developed CoolAdvantage applicator collection decreases some treatment times to as little as 35 minutes.

Average # of treatments needed per area: 2 or 3 treatments

Patient experience during treatment: Patient may experience sensation of cold and a tugging feeling for the first 5 or so minutes before the area goes numb.

CoolSculpting down time / recovery period: Typically, no downtime is required and patients may return to their normal daily activities immediately following their treatment.

CoolSculpting side effects: Potential CoolSculpting side effects include mild tingling, tenderness, numbing, bruising, redness.

When will I see CoolSculpting results? Typically, optimal CoolSculpting results manifest within 8-12 weeks after the treatment.*

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Sculpsure

Sculpsure is similar to CoolSculpting; however, instead of using controlled cooling, Sculpsure heats up fat cells to the point of destruction using light based technology.

Sculpsure Treatment Time: Sculpsure touts one of the shortest treatment times of all non-invasive fat reduction treatments at 25 minutes.

Average # of treatments needed per area: 2-3 treatments.

Patient experience during treatment: Sensation of warmth and tingling.

Sculpsure Down time / Recovery period: Typically, no downtime required and patients may return to their normal daily activities immediately following their treatment.

Sculpsure Side effects: Potential Sculpsure side effects include stiffness and swelling.

When will I see my Sculpsure results? Typically, optimal Sculpsure results manifest within 8-12 weeks after the treatment.*

Learn more about the differences between SculpSure and CoolSculpting >>

Zerona

Zerona is another laser-based technology that heats fat cells using a “cold laser.” Zerona is probably the most gentle fat reduction treatment, but also the least effective. Zerona also requires patients to adhere to a strict diet following treatment.

Zerona Treatment Time: Around 40 minutes.

Average # of treatments needed: 6 in a 2-week span

Patient experience during treatment: Zerona’s cold laser technology makes it one of the most comfortable fat reduction treatments available.

Zerona Down time / Recovery period: Typically, no downtime required and patients may return to their normal daily activities immediately following their treatment.

Zerona Side effects: Potential Zerona side effects are rare.

When will I see Zerona results? Many fat reduction treatment specialists would say you won’t. Zerona is highly criticized for being ineffective. If you do respond to the treatment, typically, optimal Zerona results manifest after 2 week treatment program.*

Vanquish

Vanquish essentially heats fat cells to death, using radiofrequency. This unique mechanism can target larger areas of the body than other non-invasive fat reduction treatments. Vanquish is similar to other fat reductions treatments like liposuction, Venus Freeze, Trusculpt, or Ultrashape that utilize radiofrequency and/or ultrasonic energy to deliver thermal manipulation to fat cells.

Vanquish Treatment Time: 30 to 60 minutes.

Average # of treatments needed per area: 2-3 treatments.

Patient experience during treatment:

Vanquish Down time / Recovery period: Typically, no downtime required and patients may return to their normal daily activities immediately following their treatment.

Vanquish Side effects: Vanquish has few side effects but some patients report lumps and tenderness.

When will I see my Vanquish results? Typically, optimal Vanquish results manifest within 8-12 weeks after the treatment.*

Laser Lipo

Various forms of laser lipo, also known as smart lipo have been developed by companies like SonoBello or Athenix. While laser lipo is marketed as a minimally invasive fat reduction treatment, it is far more invasive than the other fat reduction treatments listed. Laser lipo makes traditional liposuction less invasive by targeting tissue density and dissolving fat cells with a laser before and after the liposuction procedure. Laser lipo does not require general anesthesia and is ideal for smaller treatment areas.*

Treatment Time: Varies depending on the area being treated.

Average # of treatments needed per area: 1 treatment.

Patient experience during treatment: Localized anesthesia should make treatment pain free

Laser Lipo Down time / Recovery period: Longer recovery time compared to other non-invasive fat reduction treatments. Typically 2 -3 days of rest and restricted activity. May take several weeks for tenderness and bruising to go away.

When will I see my Laser Lipo results? Typically, swelling must subside before seeing optimal Laser lipo results. This can take several weeks.

Laser Lipo Side effects: Potential Laser Lipo side effects include potential minor scarring, irritations, bruising, swelling, pain, infection.

Related article: CoolSculpting v Liposuction >>

If you are serious about finding the right fat reduction treatment for you, call (212) 754-6639 or sign up online to schedule a free consultation with a fat reduction specialist from SKINNEY Medspa.

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