5 Things you should know about weight loss treatments

Fat reduction is a problem bothering most of us at one point of time. All of us want to look thin, petite and in control of our own bodies. With age and even due to lifestyle factors, the stubborn fat tends to accumulate on different parts of the body.

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Most of us spend quality time of our lives cribbing about the extra weight they have put on. Now is the time to get up, make yourself well informed and take the necessary steps to achieve that dream figure! And before you do anything else, start eating healthy and exercising.

What is invasive/non-invasive fat reduction?
Invasive or surgical interventions to reduce fat are technically termed as “bariatric surgery” is a surgery which can be used by people who are significantly overweight or obese and also suffer from other ailments such as heart diseases or Diabetes. The basic technique is to reduce the actual size of your stomach and reroute the digested food through the intestines.

As is clear non-invasive treatments for fat reduction are those methods which work through the skin and there is no need to cut the skin. Science has seen some remarkably significant developments and innovations in this field. These treatments utilize different energies such as radio-frequency energy, lasers, ultrasound for fat reduction. All of these techniques are used to impart energy to fat cells and collagen cells in the skin to activate rejuvenation of the body and helps in reducing the fat in the body.

What are the non-invasive options for fat reduction?
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has currently approved two types of treatments utilized in non-invasive fat reduction- ultrasound fat reduction treatment and cryolipolysis.

Cavi Lipo body treatment employs ultrasonic cavitation fat reduction in which ultrasound energy is focused on the target areas thereby damaging the fat. The damaged fat is then gradually eliminated from the body.

Cryolipolysis or ‘cool sculpting’ is analogous to controlled frostbite in which cold energy is used to disrupt the fat. The fat freezing process is used to destroy unwanted fat leaving the surrounding skin and cells untouched. Animal studies have shown positive results and research is ongoing to show the positive effects of the fat freezing treatment.

Other procedures that use radiofrequency energy are Thermage and Vela Shape. These non-invasive treatments use radiofrequency energy to tighten and contract the collagen fibers in the skin and reduce the appearance of the fat. It delivers heat in the deeper layers of the skin and destroys the fat cells. Radiofrequency treatments have not been yet approved by the US FDA but they have been used successfully by dermatologists for removing the extra fat in the body.

The non-invasive treatment for fat reduction
These techniques need more than one session for treatment generally ranging between 4 to 6 depending on the need and body type of the client. The treatments last for about half an hour to one hour and best results are visible when these are compounded with healthy lifestyle habits such as no large weight fluctuations, exercise, and proper diet. The results of these treatments are cumulative in nature and hence maintenance treatments are required for sustaining the results of the treatments. There is no downtime related with most of these treatments and results can be seen almost immediately.

The non-invasive modalities to reduce fat target the physical properties of fat which distinguish it from the upper layers of epidermis and dermis and hence results in removal of the fat layers. These new approaches to remove fat involve heating, cooling and selective treating fat layers embedded in the deeper layers of the skin.

The benefits of non-invasive or invasive fat reduction
There are many benefits which are known to be related with the non-invasive method of fat reduction. Some of the most important ones can be cited as
1. There is no need for an surgical cut or incision on the body.
2. There is no discomfort to the client during the procedure
3. The risk of a surgical intervention is brought down.
4. It has been found to be useful for all skin types.
5. There is absolutely no downtime and the results can be seen almost immediately.

The invasive or surgical fat reduction is intended for people with significant weight or obese. The fat is removed gradually over a period of few weeks following the surgery. After the surgery there is always a reduction in the symptoms of cardiac problems of Diabetes. The decision to go for surgical intervention for weight loss is a big one and irreversible and hence should be taken only when your clinician suggests it.

Who is a good candidate for weight loss treatments?
If you have regions in body with small to medium amounts of fat build up, or fat accumulation in the areas behind the knees, under your bra line, around your neck and chin or lose arm fat you can get any of the non-invasive treatments done for toning down the body fat. Those with smaller amounts of fat deposition are better candidates for non-surgical fat removal. Ultrasound is very suited for fat removal from outer thighs.

People with significant weight who may face clinical problems due to their fat are the most appropriate candidates. The NIH clinical guidelines for surgical weight loss clearly states that those with a Body Mass Index of 40 or higher; 35 with one or more co morbidities such as Type II Diabetes, high blood pressure, joint problems or sleep apnea. Those individuals who have been trying to reduce weight but have been overweight for the last 5 years can go for surgical treatment for weight loss.

Please remember that before going for any of these non-invasive treatments you should know that these treatments are not an alternative for healthy diet and lifestyle. The patients should have realistic expectations from these treatment modalities and patience is the key while going for any fat reduction treatments.

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